In a fast-paced world it is difficult enough to get the right nutrition and proper amounts of protein. Being a vegan makes it a little more challenging since you can't just swing by a drive-thru or snack on anything around. As the no-meat lifestyle gains in popularity, there are more healthy snacking options and recipes than ever before.
We've put together a list of some great high protein vegan snack options, selected based on their simplicity or portability.
Grab and Go Vegan Snack Ideas
Packed with nuts (a solid protein source), this is a tried-and-true staple for munchers from the desk to the mountain. Avoid store bought trail mix to both save money and avoid any synthetic sulphites that it may contain.
Make your own trail mix with an easy recipe like this one.
Pea Protein Vegan Snack Chips
A more unique vegan snack option, pea protein chips offer a lot of protein (up to 15g) in a small serving. Healthy snack brand Snackergy offers a wide flavor assortment of pea protein chips, which also boast low-carb and non-GMO credentials.
Check out Snackergy Vegan Pea Protein Chips here.
Raw Banana Mash
Similar to a smoothie (but not blended) this concoction is cheap and easy to make.
In a bowl, mash up 2 bananas, 2-3 tbsp of nut butter, a sliced-up apple, and blueberries.
Vegan "Cheese" Popcorn
While you may not be interested in non-buttered/seasoned popcorn, you can boost the flavor and protein content. Just sprinkle nutritional yeast for a parmesan cheese-like flavor. See how to make the best butter-free popcorn (nooch popcorn) here.
Nutritional yeast can be used to season a variety of other dishes, as well. Learn more here.
There are several options for hummus at the store, but you can really get creative by making one yourself. This versatile spread is great on just about anything, from chips to wraps.
Check out 5 simple hummus recipes here.
Veggies are obviously a staple of a plant-based diet, but some stand above the rest in protein content. If you love snacking on veggies, here are several to focus on for their protein content:
- Edamame (18 g of protein per cup)
- Black beans (7.5 g of protein per cup)
- Lima beans (7.3 g of protein per cup)
- Peanuts/peanut butter (7 g of protein in 4 Tbsp serving of peanuts or 2 Tbsp serving of peanut butter)
- Almonds (6 g of protein per serving)
Easy Vegan Snack Recipes
For those that enjoy doing a little cooking, there are plenty of fairly simple and quick vegan snack options. Below are a few tantalizing suggestions.
Oven Roasted Chickpeas
These can be enjoyed as a topper on salads or as a snack directly warmed from the oven. In just over half an hour and with 5 common seasonings, you can make your own at home.
View a vegan oven roasted chickpeas recipe here.
Zucchini Tater Tots
These aren't the greasy tots you had in school. Still delicious when baked golden brown, this snack clocks in at 17 calories and 4 g of carbs a serving. Make your own in under 40 minutes, and make a bunch to serve a crowd.
View the vegan tater tots recipe here.
Vegan Loaded Nachos
Great as an anytime snack, but especially if you want to get in on this game day favorite. This recipe combines tortilla chips and lentil-walnut taco meat and vegan butter-based cheese sauce for an awesome dish.
Check out the Loaded Nachos with Lentil Walnut and Cheesy Sauce recipe here.
Black Bean Lime Dip
This recipe boasts a great protein-fiber value low prep+cook time of 10 minutes.
Check out the black bean dip recipe website HurryTheFoodUp calls their "revolutionary new snack" here.
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Quinoa Muffins
Healthy snacks are great. Pleasing the sweet tooth every now and again while being health-minded is even better. This gluten-free muffin recipe is also free of eggs, oil and dairy. The oat flour helps keep the muffins moist, making this an unbelievable sugary-muffin alternative.
Check out this nutritious dessert recipe here.
Next: If you're looking for incredible vegan breakfast recipe ideas, check out our megalist here.