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27 of the best healthy vegan snacks

Whether you’re trying to include more vegan food in your diet, giving vegan a go for Veganuary or in it for the long haul, knowing what vegan snacks are healthy and tasty is a great thing for everyone to know. Discover some of our favourite sweet, savoury, child- and lunchbox-friendly snacks.

Less of the animal products and more of the tasty, filling snacks that help you get through the day, there are lots of healthy vegan snacks out there, here are some of the best.

Here are 27 of our go-to vegan healthy treats and snacks:

1. Guacamole bruschetta

Bruschetta with guacamole on top and in a bowl, garnished with spinach.

Avocadoes are wonderfully packed with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling satisfied for longer. Give your avocado on toast an Italian makeover by making some guacamole bruschetta!

  1. Simply mash half a fresh avocado with diced red onion, cubed tomato, a sprinkle of fresh coriander, sliced red chilli, squeeze of lime juice, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Toast a slice of ciabatta bread and top with your fresh guac.

Nutrition info:

Approximate nutrition value of 1 slice of ciabatta1 topped with guacamole2







Calories Carbs (of which sugars) Fat (of which saturates) Fibre Protein
271 38.4g 2.1g 8.8g 1.9g 2.6g 8g

 

2. Healthier vegan crisps

Vegetable crisps in a pink bowl.

Yeah, a packet of crisps is an undeniably top-tier snack, but what if we said there were healthy and vegan versions? Instead of potatoes, these healthy crisps are usually made with wholegrains and vegetables in all your favourite crispy flavours for extra plant nutrients.

These crisps are perfect for if you’re struggling to find kids vegan snacks to pop in their lunchbox. Choose from tons of ‘healthy’ vegan crisps on the market made from:

Quinoa Eat Real Sour Cream & Chives Quinoa Chips

Sour Cream & Chives Quinoa Chips

SeaweedAbakus Foods Seaweed Crisps Cheese Flavour

Abakus Foods Seaweed Crisps Cheese Flavour

Hummus Eat Real Sea Salt Hummus Chips

Eat Real Sea Salt Hummus Chips

Lentils – Eat Real Chilli & Lemon Lentil Chips

Eat Real Chilli & Lemon Lentil Chips

3. Chia pudding

Chia pudding pot with a fruit topping of strawberries and kiwi's. They may look like tiny little seeds – which they are! – but chia seeds are packed with plant protein and other goodness. Mix them with plant milk, sweeteners and other flavours to make a tasty-yet-nutritious snack.

Pop them in sealed pots and enjoy just like a yoghurt at lunch time or any other time you have a sweet craving.

Here’s a recipe for chocolate & chia dessert

Nutrition info:

Approximate nutrition value of 1 serving of chocolate and chia dessert1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 :







Calories Carbs (of which sugars) Fat (of which saturates) Fibre Protein
431 23g 19g 24.4g 4g 16.5g 14.25g
 

4. Roasted veggies with tahini

Roasted veggies with tahini on a board. Broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, courgette, aubergine, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts… just some of the veggies that taste divine roasted with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Drizzle a little tahini over for a punch of flavour.

Roast your veggies in advance and enjoy cold with tahini drizzles over at any time of day. It makes a great lunchbox snack.

Nutritional info:

Approximate nutrition value of 100g of broccoli9roasted in 2tsp olive oil and drizzled with 1tbsp of tahini:.







Calories Carbs (of which sugars) Fat (of which saturates) Fibre Protein
227 3.35g 2.3g 19.3g 3g 4.75g 8g

 

Here’s how to make your own tahini.

5. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate chunks and grated dark chocolate on a spoon.

Looking for vegan healthy treats that really do feel like a treat? Dark chocolate is good for you…need we say any more? Not only does it taste delicious, good-quality, cocoa-rich dark chocolate is known forbeing a good source of flavanols

We’ve chosen a couple of our favourite dark chocolates here at H&B, so why not enjoy a square or two as a snack or melt some to top rice cakes, fruit, yoghurt, porridge, nuts and other vegan snacks (in moderation)?

Doisy & Dam Vegan Dark Chocolate Buttons

Doisy & Dam Vegan Dark Chocolate Buttons

Made with natural ingredients like ethically sourced 70% cocoa – totally palm oil and dairy free and 100% vegan. As they are already portioned into buttons, they make a fun, easy snack on their own or can easily be popped into mini overnight oats, smoothies or melted onto rice cakes.

What our customers say:

Marsha723- Just perfect - 5/5 stars

I had been buying very high chocolate content buttons from a specialist chocolate shop which then discontinued them. These are better! It’s a great way to eat dark chocolate in a more fun way. They are big buttons but thin and crisp.

Clapham23 – Dark and delicious! – 5/5 stars

“These are delish! Buttons are huge and you can tell the chocolate is great quality. Plain and simple but they’re less sugar which makes me feel less guilty!”

5. Fruit / veg and nut butter

One of the speediest snacks out there, fruit and nut butter takes seconds to make.

If you have a minute before you shoot out the door, try putting some peanut, almond, cashew or other nut butter in a sealed pot and grab one or more of the following fruits / veggies to enjoy with it:
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Pear
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Mango
  • Grapes

Nutritional info:

Approximate nutrition value of 1 apple and 25g peanut butter:







Calories Carbs (of which sugars) Fat (of which saturates) Fibre Protein
224 19g 16.7g 12.6g 1.8g 4g 7.5g

 

6. Date-based bites

3 date-based bites on a baking tray with dates and nuts scattered.

Sugar isn’t the enemy, it helps to energise our bodies and minds all day every day, but some forms of sugar are better than others if you’re watching your health.

A sweet snack full of healthy natural sugar (the non-refined kind you find in sweets, chocolate, etc) are ‘date balls’, which are usually vegan too. Here are some of the best with some customer reviews:

Livia’s Kitchen Chocolate Orange Million Squares, 60g

Livia’s Kitchen Chocolate Orange Million Squares

A gooey date caramel sandwiched between a layer of dark raw chocolate and an oaty base.

What our customers say:

Chocolove – THE BEST FLAVOUR. PERIOD. – 5/5 stars

“Obsessed. I am usually NOT a fan of mix of fruits and chocolate, well turns out this is my favourite flavour among the Million Squares range from Livia’s. The orange flavour pairs so well with the date. YUM!”

Kali12 – Livia’s Million Squares – 5/5 stars

“So tasty and amazing vegan treat for on the go. Soft centre with a lovely dark chocolate on the top. Would definitely recommend! They are my obsession.”

Nakd Salted Caramel Fruit & Nut Bar, 35g

Nakd Salted Caramel Fruit & Nut Bar

Just raw fruits and nuts lovingly ‘smooshed’ together, these bars are simply yummy. This salted caramel flavour date bar is wheat, dairy and gluten free, providing you with a sweet snack made of healthy ingredients instead of packed with refined sugar.

What our customers say:

GuruStephen – A great bar for the slightly sweeter palette – 5/5 stars

“Healthy, tasty and very filling for the size. Pop one in your pocket for when you're out and about.”

B McGovern – Superb flavour – 5/5 stars

“Superb flavour, my favourite naked bar. Natural ingredients.”

7. Fresh popcorn

Fresh popcorn Of all the low-calorie vegan snacks out there, making your own fresh popcorn could be one of the most versatile, fun and healthy! Popcorn health benefits include:
  • Full of wholegrain goodness
  • Low calorie
  • Cholesterol free
It’s pretty cheap and incredibly easy to make make healthy popcorn, which you can top with healthy toppings like:
  • Maple syrup
  • Agave nectar
  • Chilli powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Dark chocolate
  • Nutritional yeast

Nutritional info:

Approximate nutrition value of 20g of popcorn kernels popped with 1½tsp coconut oil:







Calories Carbs (of which sugars) Fat (of which saturates) Fibre Protein
133 14.6g 0g 8g 6g 0.5g 2g

 

8. Vegan granola bars and loose granola

Vegan granola mix in a mason jar.

Granola / breakfast bars are a classic, easy and much-loved snack that can be healthy too.

Making your own granola, like this Vegan Dark Chocolate & Pecan Granola , is a great way to sprinkle healthy, natural nutrients over yoghurt for a snack. You can also simply enjoy it in a bowl with some cold oat milk when you need something to tide you over until dinner time.

Here’s the nutritional info for the above recipe:







Calories Carbs (of which sugars) Fat (of which saturates) Fibre Protein
225 14.6 5.8g 15.2g 2.9g 3.7g 5.5g

 

Vegan granola bars are also a great way to re-fuel the healthy way throughout the day and super handy to pop in your kid’s lunchbox. Here’s one of our favourite vegan granola bars:

Nine Breakfast Fruit & Nut Bar

Nine Breakfast Fruit & Nut Bar

Powered by 100% plant protein, NINE bars offer a breakfast solution full of sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and hemp seeds, as well as oats, peanuts and juicy raisins.

9. Hummus

Variety of hummus in bowls. Would this even be a legit ‘good vegan snacks list’ if hummus didn’t get a mention? Hummus has been a classic vegan staple snack for decades and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere – for good reason! Hummus offers the following health benefits:
  • A good source of plant-based protein
  • Full of fibre
  • Source of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc
Why not try making your own turmeric hummus with this recipe by rebel recipes? Ready to dip:
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cucumber, pepper and carrot batons
  • Pitta bread
  • Crackers
  • Celery

Here’s the nutritional info for the above recipe:







Calories Carbs (of which sugars) Fat (of which saturates) Fibre Protein
194 9.6g 0.7g 13g 1.9g 3.8g 6.4g

 

10. Vegan protein balls and bars

Vegan protein bars piled up with a protein scoop at the back.

If you like to use protein supplements to increase your protein intake for the day, fear not, you can still find healthy vegan versions of your fave protein snacks. Here are some of our best vegan protein balls that both taste great and top up your protein levels for the day:

Misfits Dark Chocolate Raspberry Vegan Protein Bar

Misfits Dark Chocolate Raspberry Vegan Protein Bar

High plant-protein (16g) meets super low sugar (<1g) in this vegan protein bar. They make a great alternative to your afternoon chocolate bar and can make sure you’re hitting your daily protein goals.

What our customers say:

JoaoMiguel- Great taste! - 5/5 stars


“Order this a few days ago and I'm already re-ordering! Absolutely love it”

KHealey – MUST TRY – 5/5 stars

“OMG this bar is amazing, if you like raspberry and dark chocolate together you need to get this. Its soft and rich and delicious. Will definitely be buying again on the regular.”

Boost Ball Protein Bites, Lemon Drizzle Cake

Boost Ball Protein Bites, Lemon Drizzle Cake flavour.

Nutritious nuts, delicious fruit and plenty of plant-based protein make these boost balls make a perfect healthy vegan snack.

Their unique lemon and coconut flavour come together to give you a taste of dreamy lemon drizzle with an equally tasty 9g of protein per pack.

What our customers say:

Shooshie – Lovely little treats – 5/5 stars

“These are yummy, not too sweet (I'm trying to reign in my sweet tooth) but satisfying for a treat.”

Other tasty vegan snack ideas:

  1. Pan con tomate – this Spanish classic combines toasted bread with a cold – gazpacho-like – tomato topping.

  2. Romesco dip – roast some almonds and red pepper and combine with chopped tomatoes, smoked paprika, harissa, garlic, salt and pepper for a super-delish dip for crackers, bread and veggies.

  3. Smoothies – mix your fave fruits and veggies with plant-based milk or yoghurt to make yourself a nutritious drink that doubles up as a snack.

  4. Rice cakes – rice cakes make a brilliant snack, whether you buy them plain to top with nut butters, fruit, chocolate, syrup, hummus… whatever you like! Or buy pre-made versions like Itsu Dark Chocolate Rice Cakes.

  5. Homemade tortilla chips – take a tortilla, cut it into triangles, drizzle with olive oil and bake in the oven for healthier homemade tortilla chips – sprinkle with paprika and chipotle chilli to spice them up.

  6. Banana and peanut butter on toast – simple yet effective, a slice of tasty wholemeal toast topped with peanut butter and sliced banana makes a perfect snack.

  7. Coconut chips and chocolate – sweet tooth? Try making some DIY sweeties by dipping some coconut chips in dark chocolate and letting it dry.

  8. Spicy nuts – nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy fats, sprinkle some spices on them to take them to another level.

  9. Frozen grapes – grab some grapes, stick them in a freezer bag and freeze overnight for a new way to enjoy nature’s candy.

  10. Tofu satay – get yourself some pressed tofu, marinade it in peanut butter, soy sauce, red wine vinegar and sesame oil, slide chunks onto sticks and pop them under the grill for a satay-s-fying snack!

  11. Falafel – full of B vitamins and protein, falafels make a perfect tasty-yet-nutritious snack – here’s how to make your own.

  12. Vegan pate – vegans can enjoy pate too! Try spreading Granovita Vegetable Pate on bread, crackers, bread sticks or sandwiches.

  13. Bagel and vegan cream cheese – want a speedy snack? Cut a bagel in half, slather some vegan cream cheese over it, season with salt and pepper and you have yourself a satisfying little snack!

  14. Fruit salad – vegan snacks don’t have to be complicated, chop up some of your fave fruits and combine them into a fruit salad you can snack on whenever you need a little pick me up.

  15. Edamame beans with salt – edamame beans are excellent sources of protein for vegans – they are what tofu is made of – and they taste delicious simply steamed and salted. Try it out!

  16. Nut, seed and fruit mix – sometimes known as a trail mix, combining nuts, seeds and fruits into one snack supplies your body with tons of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Simply mix a few varieties together and portion into 30g pots to enjoy.

  17. Roasted chickpeas – drain a can of chickpeas, blot with kitchen roll, and leave to dry overnight. Then season and pop them in the oven for a super healthy alternative to crisps.
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Last updated: 20th January 2021

 

Andrea Dobronszki

Author: Andrea Dobronszki, Regulatory Affairs

  • Joined Holland & Barrett: August 2020
  • Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Food Science and Technology Engineering, Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics

Andrea started her career as a clinical dietitian and lecturer at a university hospital, managing the dietetic treatment of patients with various diseases, and giving lectures in nutrition for medical students. Later she worked as a Product Developer at a sport nutrition company where she developed food supplements and fortified foods, and ensured that the products complied with the relevant regulations. Andrea joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate and specialises in food supplements, food regulations, nutrition and dietetics.

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