String cheese and crackers. Yogurt and fruit. Hard-boiled eggs. Jerky. While these healthy snack suggestions are great, most of them don’t necessarily account for those of us who don’t do the whole animal products thing.
But it’s far from slim pickings when it comes to vegan snacks that are meat-, dairy-, and egg-free. We’re here to dig you out of your hummus-and-carrots rut with 19 sweet and savory vegan recipes that take less than 10 minutes to put together—because really, when that mid-morning crash, afternoon slump, or post-dinner pang hits, who wants to wait longer than that?
Sweet Vegan Snacks
In just 10 minutes, you can satisfy your munchies and feel like you’re on a beachside vacation. Packed with coconut and dried pineapple on the inside, and topped with a lime-infused coconut icing, these are practically edible (and healthier) piña coladas.
It may be granola, but this particular recipe is anything but basic. Not only does it need a fraction of the time in the oven than most granola recipes, but it opts for lesser-used pistachios instead of the usual almonds or walnuts for a pop of color.
A more wholesome take on dessert pizza, this pretty pie replaces both the crust and the toppings with fruit and swaps out dairy in favor of coconut yogurt. Even if you do polish off the whole thing, you’ll still have room for dinner.
Date and nut balls are staples in the healthy snacking world, but a decent pinch of turmeric makes these particularly high in the anti-inflammatory department. You won’t really notice it though because the big tablespoon of cocoa powder makes sure all that you’re tasting is chocolate.
Forget the butter-drenched buckets at the theater or the sugary stuff at the fair. With just a few tablespoons of added sweetness (use maple syrup if honey isn't in your diet) and a fraction of heart-healthy coconut oil, this sweet and sour batch is as addictive as kettle corn, but with the added bonus of being much better for you.
Before you dismiss cake pops as a dessert, not a snack, check out this recipe. Free of butter and made with grain-free coconut flour and pumpkin purée, these make for a healthy snacking option that lets you have your cake and eat it too.
For a more substantial alternative to cookies, try these no-bake, oat-based bites, where almonds and almond butter pack in healthy fats to make them highly satisfying. Note that the dark chocolate drizzle on top adds a bit of time to the recipe, but as with most things chocolate, it’s totally worth it. Swap in maple syrup for the honey if you follow a strict vegan diet.
A banana alone makes for a great energy spike, but why not jazz it up a bit, especially if it only takes five extra minutes? Sprinkle your slices with cinnamon sugar (use coconut sugar if that's what's in your pantry) and skillet-cook them until gooey and warm to make snack time instantly special.
Not only does this recipe require just five minutes to satisfy your cookie craving, it also uses chickpeas instead of flour for a protein boost. Just be sure to use dairy-free dark chocolate chips to make it 100-percent vegan. Bonus: You don't have to worry about salmonella since this cookie dough is egg-free.
Whether you’re looking for a grain-free alternative to a PB&J sandwich or a sweet substitute for chips, these “nachos” hit the spot. Apples provide a high-fiber base, while the peanut butter and jelly drizzle doesn't even compare to the processed cheese-in-a-can.
Savory Vegan Snacks
Piled with creamy avocado, juicy cherry tomatoes, and the brightness of fresh basil, this no-cook bruschetta is all about lending summery vibes to snack time, no matter what the season. No, really: Both avocado and tomato are known to be mood-boosting foods, so this is a delicious way to chase away winter blues.
Far from tasteless diet food, rice cakes can actually be awesome vehicles for creative, satisfying toppings. Take this recipe, for example: The avocado, Sriracha, nori, and seasoning combo make for a snack that’s anything but bland.
Lose the carbs but keep the protein when you swap chickpeas for edamame in this rich, garlicky-green take on hummus. Slathered on crackers and topped with veggies, this stuff is ideal plant-based, post-workout fuel.
Unlike traditional pinwheels that are stuffed with cream cheese, these dairy-free spirals are slathered with a tahini-based spread before getting rolled up with veggies for a quick and simple snack. These go with artichokes, tomatoes, and olives to keep with the Mediterranean vibe, but feel free to use any vegetables you’ve got.
Although you might be tempted to eat it by the spoonful, this cheese-free "cheese" dip doesn’t quite work alone as a snack. Whip it up in five minutes, and use another two to chop up some veggies or plate some chips for a restaurant-quality snack that still comes together in under 10 minutes.
If you’re looking for something heartier to snack on than just nuts or fruit, these quesadillas fit the bill. With hummus standing in for cheese and extra veggies upping the fiber quotient, they’re a fantastic balance of protein, healthy carbs, and produce to keep you going until your next meal.
Making potato chips from scratch is practically as simple as popping open a bag of Lay's, not to mention these are less processed and not deep-fried. It’s also just plain cool to see them go from raw slices to crunchy crisps after just a few minutes in the microwave.
Mushrooms may not be your automatic first choice when it comes to snacking, but that’s only because you haven’t tried these yet. After just 10 minutes of soaking in the slightly sweet, slightly tangy marinade, they give you something to munch on that’s exploding with flavor without ruining your appetite.
We know we said we’d dig you out of a hummus rut, but this recipe makes the cut because of one key ingredient: oil-packed, sun-dried tomatoes. It’s just one extra item and requires zero extra time, but the added tanginess makes a world of difference.