Monday, March 28, 2011

12 Vegan Snack Ideas

Here is a round up of some of our favorite quick, easy and yummy vegan snacks. 

The simple:

1. Green popcorn Drizzle freshly popped popcorn with a little olive oil, then sprinkle with nutritional yeast and spinach powder (or spirulina). For a red hot variation, try sprinkling with garlic powder, paprika and a little cayenne instead.

2. Ants on a log's a classic! Spread peanut butter on celery sticks and top with raisins. For a variation, try cashew butter and chopped, dried apricots.

3. Trail mix I don't know about you, but I hate sifting through bags of unwanted sunflower seeds, which is what pre-made trail mixes inevitably become. Explore the bulk section of your local natural food store. Make your own mix with only your favorite fruits, nuts, sesame sticks or pretzels (and maybe chocolate)! 

4. Edamame I always make sure I have a bag or two of these soybeans in the pod in the freezer. Seapoint Farms has some that are ready to eat and thaw in a couple minutes under hot water.  We eat them plain, but they are good with a sesame dipping sauce, too.

The savory:

5. Pita chips with hummus Make your own pita chips! Cut pita bread into wedges, and lightly brush with olive oil. Arrange in a single layer and bake at 425F for about 7 minutes. Serve with hummus. If you want to get fancier or make it a meal, serve with dolmas, roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke and olives.

6. Lettuce wraps Top large lettuce leaves with your favorite filling and roll up like a burrito. Try vegan "egg" or "chicken" salads, baba ganoush or try this raw Italian Veggie Medley. Top with sprouts.

7. Easy tacos Top hot corn tortillas (get yourself a bag of Masa and make your own- it's so worth the few extra minutes) with avocado and a little salsa or tabasco. Add some green onion or grated vegan cheese, if you want.

8. Baked tofu sticks with dipping sauce  There are lots of variations on this one: roll tofu sticks in seasoned bread crumbs and serve with marinara or BBQ sauce, or marinate the tofu and dip in a peanut sauce.  I do not have a favorite go-to recipe for the tofu sticks, but I have a few recipes bookmarked that I am planning on trying out soon. Peanut sauce is easy; just mix together some peanut butter, coconut milk, agave (or other sweetener), soy sauce and a touch of lime juice.  Red pepper flakes are good to give it a little kick, and I like to add a little galangal (use ginger in a pinch).

The sweet:

9. Apple sandwiches Core an apple and cut into round slices. Spread half of the slices with peanut butter and top with the remaining slices. Try different nut butters and top with granola, shredded coconut, banana slices, or chocolate chips.

10. Apple wedges with caramel dip Let an 8oz container of vegan cream cheese soften slightly, then add 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix well, until sugar melts. Serve with apple wedges.

11. (Homemade) granola Serve with your favorite non-dairy milk, or layer with fruit and yogurt in a pretty glass bowl for a guilt free parfait. For some reason I never ate a lot of granola, but since getting my friend Megan's Maple Walnut granola recipe, it has become a staple at our house! ( 

12. Banana con leche (banana milkshake) I fell in love with this drink in Costa Rica years ago. It is so easy yet amazingly delicious, and quite filling. Simply blend 1-2 bananas with your favorite non-dairy milk until frothy and serve in a pretty glass. 

I'll leave you with a not quite as healthy bonus, just because they are yummy and I'm enjoying some with a mug of peppermint tea as I write this post...

Lazy "Quick and Easy" S'mores Top graham crackers with vegan marshmallows and semi-sweet chocolate chips

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