These plant-based snack ideas will help you feel energized, satisfied, and hanger-free.
Are you a snacker?
Snacking sometimes gets a bad rap, but eating in between meals can be a smart way to reenergize and curb hunger while you're on the go.
Eating snacks also gives you another opportunity to fill up on all types of beneficial nutrients.
Ideally, I look for plant-forward bites with a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Eating a variety of nutrients helps stabilize energy levels and blood sugar, so you can use this trick to prevent energy crashes and hanger spells.
Need Some Plant-Based Snack Ideas?
Here are a few of my favorites.
cheesy herb roasted chickpeas by grateful grazer
Roasted chickpeas are a great portable snack option for savory snackers. In this recipe, protein-packed garbanzo beans are tossed with nutritional yeast and dry herbs for delicious cheesy flavor without any dairy.
vegan wild blueberry cauliflower smoothie by amy gorin nutrition
Including veggies in snacks is a convenient way to make sure you're getting enough produce. Blend purple cauliflower and seasonal berries to make this easy, grab-and-go smoothie!
white bean bars by the lean green bean
You might not taste it, but these bars are packed with protein-rich white beans. You can use the same recipe to make muffins, too—switch off every week and you'll never feel bored.
chia seed crackers by grateful grazer
vegan protein bars by bucket list tummy
These vegan protein bars are made with simple and satisfying ingredients like chickpeas, oats, and seed butter. They happen to be allergy-friendly, too, since they're without any nuts, dairy, or gluten.
chocolate chia pudding by shahzadi devje
Like your snacks on the sweeter side? Prep this chocolate chia seed pudding overnight for a ready-made treat the next day. Bonus: chia seeds are a source of gut-boosting fiber and plant-based omega-3s.
peanut butter hummus by cheerful choices
Instead of tahini, try a scoop of peanut butter in your next batch of homemade hummus. It's cheaper and still ultra creamy and flavorful. I love that you can customize this recipe with any your favorite spices, too!
candied ginger pistachios by eat real live well
Roasting nuts is a sure way to bring out all of their nutty flavors. You only need three simple ingredients to prep a batch of these candied pistachios for the week.
Quick Pickled Vegetables by Grateful Grazer
You can preserve almost any fresh veggie with water, vinegar, and a spoonful of salt. Quick cucumber spears are my go-to whenever a salty craving strikes.
savory hummus no-bake energy bites by sinful nutrition
Energy bites don't have to be sweet! Change things up and try this savory version of the popular plant-based snack, made with hummus, seeds, and spices.
maple tahini cashew clusters by lively table
These maple tahini cashew clusters are sweet, salty, and nutty—the perfect combination for an afternoon pick-me-up. Nuts and seeds also have a good mix of fiber, fat, and protein, so you're more likely to feel energized until dinner.
five ingredient guacamole by wellness for the win
Who doesn't love a bowl of fresh guac? This simple guacamole recipe combines five flavorful ingredients that you can mash together fast. Pair with chips or fresh veggies for dipping.
vegan cookie dough by the sensitive table
You can feel good about digging your spoon into this vegan cookie dough. It's egg-free (so it's totally safe to eat "raw") and packed with plant-based protein from chickpeas and sunflower seed butter.
carrot and white bean vegan blondies by it’s a veg world after all
These carrot and white bean blondies are a delicious way to get some extra veggies and protein-rich pulses at snack time. They also happen to be gluten-free.
trail mix energy bites by cozy peach kitchen
These no-bake energy bites are packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and oats. They're completely customizable, too!
pistachio hummus by sharon palmer
This pistachio hummus is the perfect plant-powered dip or spread to use with veggies or pita bread. It's filled with heart-healthy fats and antioxidants from olive oil, tahini, and pistachios.
raw chocolate coconut cashew bars by dishing out health
Too hot to bake? There's no need to turn on the oven to make these raw chocolate coconut cashew bars.
vegetable skin crisps by being nutritious
Put your potato, carrot, and beet peels to good use with this recipe for zero-waste vegetable skin crisps. Beyond satisfying your cravings for crunch, this is also such a smart way to reduce food waste!
sweet potato energy bars by grateful grazer
A cozy mix of mashed potatoes and warming spices make these no-bake energy bars perfect for the fall and winter seasons. They're balanced with energizing nutrients to keep you going longer.
What's your favorite snack to eat lately?
This post was originally published on Jan 4, 2017. Last updated Aug 21, 2019.