Hello lovely reader, happy weekend!! I hope you’re spending some time relaxing or at least have something nice planned over the next couple of days – and if not, why not do a food marathon of all the snacks I mention today?
Following a vegan/vegetarian diet can be difficult when there are so many things that contain animal products and branded vegan foods can be so expensive. Sometimes, you just want a quick snack at home that tastes good – but what can you make that is minimum effort and maximum taste? Hopefully I can give you some inspiration…
Apple and Cinnamon
This first snack is my go-to recipe during the winter, or even if there’s an apple in the fruit bowl that just doesn’t possess that crunchiness I feel like you need to eat it on its own.
All you do is cut the apple into little cubes, add a generous dose of cinnamon and put it in the microwave for about a minute and there you have a warm bowl of happiness!
Apple slices and almond butter
There isn’t much explaining to do for this one, it is what it says on the tin. I recently discovered a love for almond butter after seeing all the vegan people on Instagram and YouTube raving about it and I thought I’d try it for myself – I recommend it with apple as the sweetness of the apple really balances out the nutty flavour.
Banana and peanut butter smoothie
These smoothies (or milkshakes I guess) are a favourite of mine for a quick breakfast, or something to have after doing any kind of exercise in the morning.
I normally use 1 banana, 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter, a drizzle of honey or syrup and then I pour in some oat milk until it just about covers the other ingredients. Sometimes I like to add a spoonful of yoghurt or some ice for an extra component, but it’s totally fine without.
Simply blend, pour and enjoy!
Banana with honey/syrup
Sometimes you just want to spice up a plain piece of fruit, right?
I have such a sweet tooth so I love adding a drizzle of honey or syrup to a chopped up banana. This isn’t anything extraordinary but it just adds a little something to upgrade a basic piece of fruit.
Soya yoghurt with walnuts and dates
This one is very versatile and you can really add whatever you want to your yoghurt, but my personal favourite is walnuts and dates because they add a really interesting texture and flavour combination with the sweetness of the fruit balanced with the crunchy nuts.
Vegan granola is also a favourite in yoghurt (recipe coming soon??)
Now this is what I call change-your-life-amazing.
On my first day of being vegan, I was craving something sweet for a little dessert, but we hadn’t done a food shop yet and everything in the house seemed to contain dairy. So I had to be resourceful.
After scouring the cupboards I found a packet of Biscoff biscuits (I was ecstatic to find out they’re dairy free!) and some homemade marmalade, which resulted me in creating a little cheesecake sort of creation?
All I did was crush up 2-3 biscuits, added a little oat milk so the crumbs would stick; and then added 3-4 tablespoons of marmalade on top.
To finish, I added half a Biscoff, two halves of a strawberry and voila!
Baked oatmeal flapjack
From writing this post, I have discovered I have an addiction to peanut butter and banana (oops)
This recipe does require a little more effort, but it creates around 12 portions so it makes up for the slight effort.
Blend 2 bananas, 160g of peanut butter, 60g of syrup and 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a bowl. Add 235g of oats and mix thoroughly.
Add to baking tray and bake for about 25 minutes in an oven at 160°c and enjoy!
Chia pudding has taken over Pinterest the last couple of years and I thought that it would be fun to try out because I really wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but I was pleasantly surprised!
What I do is whisk 220ml of (soya) milk, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a drizzle of syrup in a bowl. Add 40g of chia seeds and whisk again. Cover and set in the fridge for about 2 hours and top with whatever you want. If you have a sweet tooth you might want a little more syrup/vanilla, but just try and test until you get it right.
10 points if you guessed that I would use banana and peanut butter (sorry but it’s so good!)
Wrap nachos and homemade guacamole
My first out of 2 savoury recipes (sorry I’m not a big savoury person) does require an oven, but it still takes under 10 minutes to make!
To make the nachos, take one tortilla wrap and cut it into triangles, whatever size you like. Drizzle on some olive oil to rub in and sprinkle on some salt and chilli flakes. Put in a 180°c oven for 6-8 minutes until the edges are slightly golden and crispy.
For the guacamole (it makes quite a lot) mash up one avocado in a bowl. Chop up half of a red onion and about four cherry tomatoes and add them to the bowl with half of a red chilli.
Mash the ingredients together and squeeze the juice of half a lime and a handful of coriander into the bowl and mix everything together.
Scoop a healthy amount onto a wrap nacho and enjoy.
Hummus with carrot sticks and crackers
Last but not least, I usually have this as more of a lunch but you can add or remove what you like and use it as a snack.
There’s no difficult explanation to this: cut a carrot into sticks, find some crackers and humous (make it from scratch if you’re feeling adventurous) and serve.
On this particular day I decided to add a little pesto to one of the crackers and it was delicious!
And there you have 10 easy and delectable vegan snacks. I always struggled in regards to what to eat at the beginning of my vegan journey that wasn’t just fruit or an expensive ‘free-from’ cereal bar, so I really tried to be creative and come up with some fun alternatives.
I hope I provided you with some inspiration or even gave you some confidence if you’re on the fence as to whether to commit to the lifestyle but maybe weren’t sure what you could eat.
Did this help you? What are your favourite snacks? Let me know in the comments!