As many of us have been stuck in isolation for weeks on end, we have surely seen ourselves taking more unnecessary trips to the kitchen pantry for some scrumptious vegan snacks. I for one am definitely guilty of this, using boredom as an excuse to get up off the couch and find something to nosh on.
Perhaps a better way to get your snack on while also keeping you busy is to make the snacks yourself! You can trust us, these 5 vegan snacks are incredibly simple and your body will thank you for them a lot more than the bagged chips from the store.
So, let’s get snacking!
1. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls
I made these a few weeks ago and they were a household favourite; gone in the blink of an eye. You do only really need a few simple ingredients: oatmeal (we use rolled oats), peanut butter, maple syrup, ground flaxseed, and hulled hemp seeds (both great to add to your morning porridge!). You can also pop in some vegan protein powder for an extra kick (Bulk Nutrients’ Earth Protein is our favourite!), as well as cinnamon, vanilla extract and cacao nibs.
The process is just as simple. Mix all the ingredients together into a large mixing bowl and combine them well. Then, take 1 tablespoon of the mixture at a time and gently press or roll it into a ball. And hey presto; you have your energy balls! You can eat them immediately or store them in the fridge to eat (and, if your friends are lucky, share) later.
Okay, this one’s
a doozy. When I saw this recipe for the first time I have to admit I was a
little scared; my baking experience is very limited. But I’m happy to report
that this chocolate chip banana bread loaf was so easy to make! It probably
took me 10 – 15 minutes to prepare everything before putting the loaf in the
oven for an hour. The best part? It’ll be there for you to enjoy for the whole
week, even longer!
To create this
simple yet scrumptious loaf you’ll need 3 very ripe bananas, sunflower oil,
plant milk, cider vinegar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, plain flour and
wholemeal flour, baking powder and bi-carb soda, cinnamon and your favourite
vegan dark chocolate chips.
Whisk all your wet ingredients together with the mashed bananas, and sift all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Tip the dry ingredient bowl into the wet one and fold everything together until smooth before adding your chocolate chips. Pop it all into your greased loaf tin and bake for an hour. Once done, leave it to cool for 20 minutes before taking it out of the tin onto a wire rack to cool completely. And voila!
This recipe comes from Domestic Gothess; click through to follow the recipe and if you like, add a decadent blueberry glaze to your chocolate chip banana bread.
3. Cut Fruits
You won’t even need a recipe for this one; it’s just cutting up some fruit! Fruit is one of the best go-to vegan snacks and super healthy for you without making you feel bloated. Always check what fruits are in season for a fresh mix in your grocery shop.
Our favourites at the moment are watermelon (or any melon!), oranges, apples, pears and passionfruit. For me, there is no better feeling than cutting open a passionfruit and scooping out the insides; the flavoursome, sweet, acidic taste will surely bring a smile to your face!
Let’s face it; hummus is addictive. We can’t think of anything better to dip some sliced veggies like carrot, capsicum or celery into for a healthy snack, ready to eat at any time of the day. The best thing about hummus? You can make it in so many different ways! From turmeric to roast capsicum or just the good old classic recipe, you’re bound to find the perfect hummus for you to enjoy.
The trick to a good hummus is the chickpeas. Real, authentic hummus uses dried chickpeas instead of canned which are soaked overnight. Dried chickpeas provide a better flavour, and are easier to puree. This extra smooth hummus recipe is our go-to; give yourself a couple of hours and remember to pre-soak the chickpeas. Although it may take a little longer to prepare, we guarantee you’ll be thanking us later in the week when it’s sitting in the fridge, ready to eat.
A less complicated option is this super tasty turmeric hummus, and you probably have all the ingredients already! Making this one is as easy as one, two three! Add your chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, ginger, fresh and ground turmeric, salt and if you like spice – cayenne pepper to a blender or food processer and blend until smooth.
Adjust the flavour as you wish, and then if you enjoy a creamier texture, add some oil or water. We suggest serving with some pine nuts and paprika for an extra kick.
5. Vegan Buckwheat Muffins
Buckwheat is one
of our favourite ingredients to use in the kitchen. It’s jam-packed with
dietary fibre and protein, and is gluten free and non-allergenic, making it
accessible to everyone to enjoy. What better way to use this super-food than in
muffins; everyone’s favourite go-to snack.
For this recipe, you’ll need a mashed banana, vegan butter, coconut sugar, plant-based milk, cider vinegar, light buckwheat powder, baking powder, salt, vegan chocolate-chips and if you like, a carrot. Mix the wet ingredients and sugar to the mushed banana until creamy before adding your buckwheat flour, sugar and salt. Then, combine the ingredients but be careful not to over-mix; just fold in the flour. This is the trick!
Then, add in
your chocolate-chips and carrot if using and evenly divide the batter in your
muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes and voila!
Check out the scrumptious recipe from Running on Real Food here.
Looking for more inspo? Here are five books that are packed with some great vegan snack ideas:
What are your favourite vegan snacks to make at home? Let us know!
Written by Talya Jacobson. Images credited.
About the Author
Talya is a journalist and a professional photographer from Sydney, Australia. She works as a freelance writer and photographer, with a strong belief in vegan lifestyle and a love for food, music and lifestyle.
She is a lover of all animals, dreams of getting a little Border Collie pup one day soon, and is very excited to be a part of the growing global vegan movement.
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