Vegan Creations from Your Kitchen
By Contributing Author, Kate Harveston
If you’re vegan or interested in gradually transitioning your eating habits to align with veganism, something that makes those dietary choices easier is to have some delicious snacks on hand. After all, most people get the urge to munch from time to time, and it’s convenient to have your pantry stocked with vegan snacks. Here are six tasty options to try.
1. Homemade Vegan Trail Mix
Whether you’re going camping or want something to take care of your hunger during an afternoon at work, trail mix is a sure bet.
Prepare it in your kitchen using a simple recipe of nuts, fruits, seeds and vegan chocolate chips.
You can portion the finished trail mix into single-serving containers and put some in the pantry, not to mention your work bag, the glove compartment of your car and any other places where it’d be convenient to be able to reach for a pick-me-up once hunger strikes.
2. Vegan and Gluten-Free Energy Balls
It’s common for coffee shops and cafés to sell energy balls in their bakery cases, and those treats cater to people who want something healthy, energizing and easy to eat on the go.
But you don’t need to spend money buying them while you’re out.
Instead, make a batch of eight-ingredient vegan energy balls in only 15 minutes — baking not necessary.
Each batch contains up to 20 balls, and the snacks keep for up to a week in the fridge.
However, the ingredients also stay packed tightly enough to eat without messes when you travel.
So, consider freezing some of the balls and using them as needed over the weeks and months to come.
3. Sweet Potato Fudge
It’s also easy to make a tempting snack that mimics the chocolate fudge so many people love. Start by fully cooking a sweet potato and mashing it with two teaspoons of unsweetened vegan cocoa. After you have thoroughly mixed the cocoa and potato, gradually add two tablespoons of 100% pineapple juice.
You can also add extras like vanilla extract or cinnamon to alter the taste to match your preferences. After preparing the mixture, let it set and get the fudge into the proper shape by using a candy mold or cookie cutter. Ice cube trays work too in a pinch.
4. Whole-Grain Vegan Crackers
Whole-grain crackers are simple but satisfying snacks, and you can make them at home.
They’re great for helping you get prepared for a party. Flour, oil, water and salt are the main ingredients for the dough, and you’ll bake your concoction in the oven after mixing all the ingredients.
However, this is not a snack to make when you have a lot on your mind and might leave the kitchen for more than a couple minutes at a time. Since it’s necessary to roll the dough out thinly, the crackers will cook faster than you likely anticipate. These crackers are naturally crisp, but you don’t want to risk burning them. One fun thing about this cracker recipe is that you can experiment with using different seasonings to shake things up a bit.
5. Mint Chocolate Chip Glazed Popcorn
Popcorn is arguably one of the most popular snacks. It’s also high in fiber and antioxidants, making it healthier than some other options.
Do you often find yourself wishing you could make some switches to this typically salty snack? Give that a go by whipping up a batch of popcorn with mint chocolate chip glaze.
Although you’ll notice the recipe calls for butter and honey, you can make it vegan by swapping those ingredients for a vegan butter alternative and agave syrup, respectively.
Green food coloring makes the results look and taste minty (Many countries have banned conventional food dyes due to health concerns, so be sure to use, or make your, natural food dyes.)
Keep this recipe in mind whenever you want to make a snack that has a surprising burst of color, such as for someone’s birthday party or to prepare for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The flavorings of this recipe add some calories to the snack, but you can still enjoy it in moderation without lapsing into unhealthy eating.
6. Vanilla Pumpkin Seed Clusters
Many of the snacks mentioned here are handheld treats you can easily toss in your mouth. Those characteristics make them fantastic for road trips or packing into school lunch bags. Vanilla pumpkin seed clusters are also worth checking out. They only require five minutes of prep time and 15 minutes of baking. After making them, enjoy the snacks by themselves or as a topping for your cereal.
Hopefully this list proves it’s possible to feel a sense of accomplishment by cooking vegan snacks at home for yourself, your family or friends. You can count on the options on this list to make you feel satiated and help you stick to a healthy diet.