If you’ve ever thrown a party that involves catering to the needs of your many vegan friends and family, then you understand the challenges that come with finding healthy snacks that fit the vegan diet easily.
But that doesn’t have to be the case anymore. With vegan diets being exclusive plant-based foods and no animal products, it’s obvious that your selection of vegan snacks will be limited.
Well, that is not entirely true because there are many bright minds all around us, and these great minds have come up with some of the tastiest, quirky, and perfect vegan party snacks.
In this article, we’ll look at some of the best snack combinations made of plant-based ingredients only.
So, whether you are looking for the best fully-vegan party snack options or just interested in reducing your consumption of the animal products from your diet, these snack ideas will make for one healthy party.
1. Fruit and Nut Butter
You can never go wrong with fruits and nut butter. Unless some of the expected guests are allergic to nuts, to which you could keep your wide selection of nut butters on one are of the room, nut butters are popular with vegans.
Whether you chose to make the butter from a blend of nuts or individual types of nuts, these butter options will go very well with the different fruit options, and the best part is that the butters are very filling.
The nut butters are high in protein, and they are also rich in fiber, meaning that they will leave your guests full and bursting with energy.
The fruits are not only easy snack options, but they are also rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins, hence the perfect vegan snack option for any event.
Some of the fruit and nut pairings you could try to include bananas and apples with almond, cashew, or peanut butter. You might also like this option because you can make your butter at home, and choose to add extra sugar, salt, or oil.
2. Edamame (with Sea Salt)
Edamame refers to the immature soybeans that are still in the bean pods. Though immature, edamame is an excellent source of high-quality plant proteins, with one cup of edamame providing as much as 17g of proteins, and less than 200 calories.
For your guests to enjoy this nutritional vegan snack, boil or steam the pods. You could thaw them in the microwave too. For extra flavor, sprinkle a little sea salt or some soy sauce over the warm pods.
Edamame is enjoyed by chewing the soybeans with the pod on, gently.
3. Crackers and Guacamole
In the world of dips, guacamole is one of the best and also the most popular kind of dip that could be served at any party.
Guacamole is also the perfect vegan dip since it’s made of everything tasty and nutritious, and plant-based. Avocado, garlic, onion, and some lime juice are the basic ingredients of guacamole, meaning that guacamole is undeniably nutritious and healthy.
To be specific, avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, potassium, and fibers – all great ingredients that promote good health of the cardiovascular system.
In addition to the nutritional value of guacamole, you also get to tweak the ingredients to match your taste buds – you could add salt or sugar.
For the crackers, there are numerous vegan-friendly and gluten-free options in stores all over. Crackers pair with guacamole perfectly.
4. Trail Mix
Trail Mix refers to the plant-based snack made of nuts, dried fruits, and seeds. You could also throw in some crackers, coconut, chocolate, or even whole grains.
Therefore, depending on what goes into your trail mix, this mix could be an excellent source of healthy fibers, fats, and protein.
Since the store-bought options might have added sugar or other non-vegan ingredients, you might want to make your own trail mix at home.
5. Fruit Leather
Fruit leather is one of the best party snacks made from fruit puree that’s flattened, then dried, and sliced up. It features similar ingredients to fresh fruits they are made from, and they are just as nutritious thanks to the high vitamins, minerals, and fiber content.
There’s one catch, though – some of the packaged varieties of fruit leathers have added color and added sugars, which means that you should consider sticking to the homemade fruit leathers.
6. Roasted Chickpeas
Also called garbanzo beans, these spherical, roasted yellowish legumes are not only 100% vegan, but they are also quite healthy, with a high protein and folates profile. The roasted chickpeas are also high in copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus.
The best bit is that roasted chickpeas are very easy to make since you only need to toss them in the oven with some seasoning and olive oil.
7. The Ultimate Vegan Party Platter
Sometimes, the best that you could do in terms of finding the best vegan party snacks going involves creating the ultimate vegan party platter.
This platter will be made of everything vegan, for different types of eaters, but without the meats and dairy products. To get you started, here are the essentials of your party platter:
- Dips – for dips, you are looking at guacamole, hummus, and your queso,
- Crunchy – think tortilla chips for your queso, crackers for your hummus, as well as carrots or celery for that refreshing crunch.
- Fruits – you cannot go wrong with fruits in your platter. In fact, a vegan platter is incomplete without fruits. So, throw in some dried apricots, blueberries, grapes, and apples.
- Fatty Source – for fatty vegan goodness, you are looking at some homemade chive cheese balls, vegan cheddar cheese cut in cubes, olives, and almonds.
- Veggies – your vegan friends will thank you for going the extra mile. For a beautiful veggie platter, you could try the rainbow salad platter with some purple cabbage, tomatoes, corn, spiralized cucumbers, carrots, and radishes.
Your other vegan platter options would include a platter of green tortilla chips with avocado, cucumber, carrots, some rice zucchini rolls, yellow pepper, and some sauce, plus some salt/pepper to taste.
8. Vegan donuts
Who said you could not have a sweet tooth just because you are vegan?
Absolutely, no one. Since donuts are always a hit in parties, you could make your friends’ sweet-tooth-vegan dreams come true with some creamy vegan strawberry donuts.
The best bit is that you can make the donuts gluten-free by using tapioca flour, coconut flour, rice flour, bananas, coconut milk, chopped strawberries, maple syrup, lime juice, vanilla extracts, and baking powder.
9. Twice-baked potato bites with some coconut bacon
For unique appetizer ideas, try the baked potato bites with tasty coconut bacon.
This appetizer is just as tasty as it sounds – thick and creamy/ buttery potatoes, some sour cream, chives, and some smoky maple coconut bacon for toppings.
These are guaranteed to be a party favorite. The best bit is that you get to serve them with some sour cream as the dip.
10. Mixed Vegetable Croquettes
Croquettes might be popular among the dutch, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot make them in your party. The croquettes are made of vegetables covered with breadcrumbs and then slightly pan-fried.
Expect some full-flavored crispiness on the outside and soft gooeyness on the inside.
11. Broccoli and Spinach Pâté Tart
For something unique at your party, try this tart. It’s quite easy to whip up, and it works for every event thanks to the green color in the crusty crust pit.
The crusty pit will be filled with the creamy pâté that’s made from the creamy avocado that’s pureed with broccoli and spinach. Sprinkle some festive red berries or any other preferred garnish and get ready to impress.
12. Homemade Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Salsa is typically chopped onions, tomatoes, lime juice, seasonings, and salt. This simple side is rich in vitamin C, lycopene from the tomatoes, and potassium.
Salsa is also best paired with tortilla chips. But instead of buying the chips, why not make them at home, especially if you are trying to avoid the store-bought tortilla chips which are made with too much salt and vegetable oils.
13. Home Made Granola
Granola is often made of seeds, oats, dried fruits, nuts, some spices, and in some cases, a sweetener. The homemade granola is preferable to the store-bought since the latter often has too much-added sugars and vegetable oils.
The homemade granola, on the other hand, is a healthy vegan snack high in proteins, fiber, as well as healthy fats.
To make the best granola for your guests, mix some old-fashioned oats with almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil. Mix all these well, lay them on a baking sheet, then bake under low heat.
14. While bean dip and Homemade pita chips
For the dip, blend your while or cannellini beans with lemon juice, olive oil, and fresh herbs. You could also make your pita chips at home.
15. Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
If you are having a small, intimate party and wish to keep your vegan friends happy with healthy and filling vegan drinks, then the vegan smoothies (fruit and veggie) is one snack idea you cannot go wrong with, ever! Smoothies are on-the-go snacks.
Your other options include:
- No-bake cookie butter bars
- Roasted balsamic carrot hummus
- Nut-stuffed date chocolates
- Cinnamon ginger bites
- Crispy cauliflower nuggets
- Peanut butter/ banana protein bars
- Vegan cheese and apple tartlets
- Cheese and onion rolls