20+ Plant Based & Vegan Snacks

Need plant based snack ideas? Healthy vegan snacks are the key to powering through your day. Here are all the best recipes!

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Here’s a secret. Alex and I can eat mostly plant based on the regular because…we’re good at snacking. Yep, staying full can be an issue when you’re eating a vegan or plant based diet. So one key: find a repertoire of healthy and delicious snacks to tide you over!

Here’s our best list of vegan snacks, with all our ideas for plant-based noshing! They’re full of nutrients, fiber and plant-based protein to make sure you get full. From vegan snack bars to crispy chickpeas to amazing guacamole and refried bean dip, there’s really something for everyone. (And those carrot cake snack cookies…)

And now…our top plant based and vegan snacks!

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Vegan Snack Bars

Vegan Snack Bars (Plant Based!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 14 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These vegan snack bars are the perfect plant based snack! It’s naturally sweet, featuring oats, chia seeds, and pecans.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 15 Medjool dates (9 ounces)*
  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200F.
  2. Remove the pits from the dates with your fingers (they come right out!). Place the dates in the food processor and process or pulse until they are mainly chopped and a rough texture forms. Then add the remaining ingredients and process for a minute or so until a crumbly dough forms.
  3. Line a baking sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Dump the dough into the center of the parchment paper and use a rolling pin to roll it into a rectangle that is 6” x 10.5”. Cut the dough into 14 bars that are 1.5” x 3”. (You don’t have to be as precise as we were, but we found it was easiest for cutting uniform bars!)
  4. Bake the bars for 30 minutes (this step helps to make the texture more dry and less sticky). Cool the bars to room temperature, then store refrigerated in a sealed container between sheets of wax paper.
  5. If you’d like to package them for on the go snacking, cut out 4” x 6” rectangles of wax paper, wrap them around the bars, and secure them with tape. 

Notes

* We recommend using Medjool dates: they’re a large, tender and sweet variety of dates that create the perfect texture for these bars. They’re available at most grocery stores; many times they are in the bulk or produce section, or packaged in the dried fruit section.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Plant Based

Keywords: Vegan Snacks, Plant Based Snacks

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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