Plant-based diets are on the rise for a variety of reasons—environmental sustainability being in the spotlight. Perhaps you identify as a vegan for environmental, ethical, or health reasons, you have a dairy intolerance, or maybe you are looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into your life to lessen your environmental impact. No matter your reasoning, you won’t miss animal products when you try these plant-based and vegan snacks.
Craving ranch but you’re plant-based? These avocado-based puffs have you covered, along with BBQ and plant-based cheddar flavors too. Using rice flour as the base with the addition of avocado powder, they are gluten-free and vegan and pack a nutritional punch. The company also gives back to hungry families in need with every purchase.
It doesn’t get much more plant-based than these chips which are made with upcycled vegetables from some of our favorite juice brands’ vegetable pulp. Available in BBQ, jalapeno lime, sea salt, and salt ‘n’ vinegar, they are grain-free and vegetable-based, which means they provide a healthy dose of fiber as well as fight food waste. (They’re also available on Amazon.)
These days it’s not too hard to come by vegan crackers, but finding something to dip them into might be more challenging. Mother Raw’s organic french onion dip allows you to indulge in what’s otherwise a dairy-laden feast—but make it vegan. Made with hemp seeds, apple cider vinegar, coconut sugar, and a handful of other simple ingredients, you won’t miss the original soup mix and mayo version anytime soon.
If you’re looking for a trail mix that’s a little more interesting than the average, Wildway’s fruit and nut snack mixes may be just the ones for you. Plant-based, grain-free, and gluten-free, they come in flavors like pineapple mojito, toasted coconut latte, and salted chocolate truffle, and their newest flavors lemon blueberry and mint chocolate chip. Throw them in the car, in your backpack, or take on a hike for a simple, nutritious energy boost. Plus they donate proceeds from every sale to nonprofits that protect the wild, to support wellness-focused entrepreneurship, and organizations that support equal opportunities to all. Now that’s a trail mix you can feel good about eating. (They’re also available on Amazon.)
Eat Chic’s line of vegan, organic, and gluten-free chocolate nut butter cups boast a variety of flavors, each more delicious than the next. Opt for the dark chocolate coconut sugar tahini cups, or go in a different direction with their matcha cashew butter cups—you really can’t go wrong. The Brooklyn-based company handcrafts each chocolate using their own freshly ground nut butter, so these aren’t your average movie theater peanut butter cups.
If you’re looking for an easy, mess-free way to enjoy fruit on the go, RIND snacks has you covered with their skin-on dried fruit snacks. Each variety has only fruit—no additives, sulfites, or mystery ingredients. By leaving the skin on the fruit, you get an added nutritional punch, including a nice dose of fiber. (They’re also available on Amazon.)
While these bars are sweet in nature, featuring flavors like salted dark chocolate brownie and oatmeal raisin cookie, Naturally Clean Eats sneaks in a dose of greens such as spinach and kale, as well as prebiotic fibers to support gut health. The bars have simple ingredients such as nuts, seeds, and dates, and are vegan, gluten-free, and feature mostly organic ingredients.
These mini-heirloom popcorn kernels are a delight—add some vegan caramel and you’ve got a decadent but plant-based snack. Bring it to a party or keep it for yourself at home—I won’t judge.
Utilizing sorghum, an ancient grain, Ka-Pop!’s dairy-free cheddar puffs solve the age-old vegan craving for some cheesy snacks. The puffs are soy-free and corn free, as well as gluten-free and top 12 allergen-free, and are likely to remind you of the nostalgic days of your childhood with orange fingers. (They’re also available on Amazon.)