10 of Our FAVORITE Vegan Snacks (Updated 2021) (VZ 101)

popcorn is one of many vegan snacks

Whether you are a “sweet” or “salty” type of snacker, there are really a LOT of choices available to you when it comes to vegan snacks!

Here is a list of the top 10 vegan snacks we’re noshing on in 2021. This will be a mix of off-the-shelf prepackaged snacks as well as ones you can easily make yourself at home. There is also a mix of the healthy and not-so-healthy list since some are processed food on our list but an indulgence every now and then is not the end of the world! Like we always say, it’s not all or nothing!

You can listen to the episode of our podcast below to hear us discuss some of our favorite vegan snacks read on for a quick summary.

Please note, the article below has been updated for 2021 so you may hear some different snacks mentioned on the accompanying podcast. We strive to we are always bringing you the most up-to-date information.

 

Our Favorite Vegan Snacks of 2021

Let’s not waste ANY time sharing our top nom-noms.

 

  1. Angie’s Boom Chickapop Vegan Salted Caramel Popcorn

The first thing you notice when you pop a few pieces of Angie’s Boom Chickapop in your mouth is how light the pieces feel in your mouth.

That’s because there aren’t a whole lot of ingredients in this snack. They keep it simple which keeps it delicious and one of the healthier off-the-shelf snacks.

You can also make your own air-popped popcorn at home which we sometimes do when we are out of Boom Chickapop. One of my favorite ways to add some great flavor to air-popped popcorn is to sprinkle it with nutritional yeast.

Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Vegan Salted Caramel Popcorn, 6 Ounce
  • Whole grain energy
  • 80 calories per cup
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Certified Gluten-free
  • Real, simple ingredients. Nothing fake.


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  1. Primal Spirits Vegan Jerky

We were big fans of beef jerky before going plant-based in 2013. Luckily it wasn’t too long before we discovered the deliciousness of vegan jerky!  Primal Spirits offers some great flavors you can check out. I recommend trying out their sampler pack to find your favorite!

Primal Spirit Vegan Jerky - Our Sampler Pack
  • The “SAMPLER PACK” is comprised of equal amounts of all six of our “CLASSIC FLAVORS” – Hickory Smoked, Teriyaki, Texas BBQ, Hot & Spicy – Sweet & Savory, Thai Peanut, and Mesquite Lime. TRY THEM ALL!
  • Voted Best New Vegan Snack by both PETA and VegNews.
  • Sustainably Sourced and Cruelty-Free
  • 10 Grams of High Energy Plant-Protein


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  1. Earth Balance Cheddar Squares

We love Earth Balance products and their Cheddar Squares are definitely on our list of top 5 products from them.  These are awesome for movie night or anytime you’re craving something a bit salty.

Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares
  • Vegan, non-GMO and Kosher, these crackers are for everyone
  • Enjoy these vegan snacks for movie night, office snacks or anytime salty goodness
  • Stock up on these plant-based vegan crackers today
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  1. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds, where have you been all my life? Not only are pumpkin seeds nutritious but they are full of antioxidants. They have also been linked to reducing certain types of cancers.  What else could you ask for in a snack?

Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Pumpkin Seeds, 2 Lbs - Premium Quality | Fresh | Raw | Unsalted
  • Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas), 2 Pounds
  • USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan
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  1. Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids candies are one of Larissa’s FAVORITE treats s one of the first questions she had when we became plant-based was, “Are Sour Patch Kids Vegan?” The answer is an emphatic YES,! Sour Patch Kids are vegan!

While the makers did not necessarily intend for these delicious morsels to be vegan, they (thankfully), do not contain any gelatin or other animal byproducts.

SOUR PATCH KIDS Soft & Chewy Candy, Family Size, 1 lb 14.4 oz

Sour Patch Kids candy is mischief-filled sour-then-sweet treats. Soft, chewy, and oh-so-fun, these tasty candies come in playful fruity flavors to help you escape the everydayness of your day.

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  1. Hummus

In episode 280 of the podcast, we talked all about chickpeas and what a GREAT source of plant-based protein they are! While you can certainly buy hummus off the shelf, you can also easily make it at home. Check out our recipe for easy homemade hummus!

I love to eat hummus with pita chips or bread!

 

 

  1. Fritos and Fritos Bean Dip

In episode 286 of our podcast, we answered the question “Are Fritos Vegan?” that not only answered this question but also provided a list of other accidentally vegan foods (spoiler alert: YES, Fritos ARE vegan!).

I grew up with Fritos and Fritos Bean Dip as a frequent snack in my house. It’s still one of my favorite game-time snacks and luckily for me,  both Fritos AND Fritos Bean Dip are vegan!

Fritos Hot Bean Dip , 9 Ounce
  • Jalapeno peppers dip contains pinto beans
  • All-natural
  • Refrigerate after opening
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  1. Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas aren’t all about hummus! These  Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas.  are loaded with protein and will satisfy any sweet tooth!

 

cinnamon sugar roasted chickpeas

 

  1. Earth Balance Gluten-Free Vegan Aged White Cheddar Puffs

I am a big fan of Cheetos but don’t like all of the added ingredients. These Earth Balance White Cheddar Puffs are so light and delicious they just melt in your mouth!

    1. Earth Balance Gluten Free Vegan Aged White Cheddar Puffs 4 Oz (3 Pack)

      Vegan Cheddar Puffs are simply unbelievable. You have to do a double-take to make sure these are truly Vegan. Careful you'll eat the entire bag in one sitting!


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  1. Homemade Applesauce

    We’ll end our list of top 10 vegan snacks for 2020 on a healthy note. Homemade applesauce is one of our favorite snacks when we feel a sweet tooth coming on. Try sprinkling a dash of cinnamon for some added flavor and nutrition!

     

    applesauce

     

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Quotes of the Week

What we’ve learned is that if you can make the right decision in the supermarket aisle, it’s a heck of a lot easier to make a good decision when you reach in your cupboard when you’re craving a snack at eight o’clock at night.

— Tom Rath

 

Thanks for listening!

Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa