The 8 Best Vegan Snacks, According to a Dietitian

Enjoy these vegan-friendly eats to keep you satisfied between meals

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Vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based diets are associated with many health benefits including lowering cholesterol, reducing risk for cancer and heart disease, and decreasing the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. However, going vegan doesn’t automatically mean a ticket to health—there are certain nutrients that can be deficient in a vegan diet, including protein, vitamin B12, calcium, iron, and zinc.

Not all vegan diets are created equal. Healthy vegan diets are ones that primarily consist of plant-based foods—emphasizing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes—and limit processed foods, refined grains, and added sugars.

When it comes to snacking, whole foods are ideal, but sometimes life calls for something in a package. The good news is that the snack market has come a long way in recent years and there are plenty of nutritious options to choose from (and just as many not-so-great choices you’ll want to limit).

To make it easy, our dietitian scoured the grocery store shelves and rounded up the best vegan snacks on the market.

Best Overall: Bada Bean Bada Boom Crunchy Roasted Broad Bean Snacks

Bada Bean Bada Boom Crunchy Roasted Broad Bean Snacks

If you love an ultra crunchy snack, these dried broad bean snacks are for you. They won our top spot because they are as delicious as they are nutritious—and have a flavor to satisfy every eater from zesty ranch, mesquite BBQ, and sea salt to sweet cinnamon and cocoa dusted. All 13 flavors have between 6 to 7 grams of plant-based protein and 5 grams of fiber for around 100 calories, making them a super filling yet light snack. Some of the flavors do come along with a little more sodium, so it’s best to choose the lower-sodium options with under 140 milligrams per serving. 

Bada Bean Bada Boom snacks are also gluten-free, soy-free, and non GMO, making them a good vegan option for most!

Best Budget: Harvest Snaps Green Pea Snack Crisps

Harvest Snaps Green Pea Snack Crisps

Many healthy vegan snacks can cost a pretty penny, but these Harvest Snaps green pea snacks fit the bill for almost any budget.  Made from baked green peas and just a handful of other ingredients, they provide a balanced mix of plant-based protein, healthy fats, and fiber all in one addicting crunchy snack. The single serving packages help to keep your packaged food portions in check.

Harvest Snaps are also gluten-free and nut-free, making them an allergen-friendly snack for all ages.

Best Tasting: LӒRABAR Almond Butter Chocolate Chip

 Larabar Fruit and Nut Bar, Almond Butter Chocolate Chip

If you’re looking for a vegan treat that is full of good-for-you ingredients, this almond butter chocolate chip bar from LӒRABAR is it. Somehow the combination of six whole-food ingredients—dates, apples, almonds, vegan chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and sea salt—truly tastes like you’re eating a cookie, not an energy bar. There are 16 grams of sugar in this bar, mostly derived from the natural sweetness of dried dates.

The almonds in this bar give it heart-healthy poly and monounsaturated fats. That fat, combined with some plant-based protein and fiber, give these bars the staying power you want in a snack. If chocolate almond butter isn’t your jam, try one of the many other LӒRABAR flavors that are made with just nuts, dates, and fruit.

Best High Protein: 88 Acres Dark Chocolate Brownie Protein Bars

88 Acres Dark Chocolate Brownie Protein Bars

Pumpkin seeds give this real-food-based bar its protein content (unlike many other “high protein” bars which are packed with non-vegan protein isolates). In fact, one of the company's core values is to “Never Compromise,” which they describe as “never making industry-standard compromises: no chemicals, no isolates, no artificial sweeteners or flavors. No cutting corners.”

88 Acres' mission is to “make delicious food that everyone can enjoy with or without a food allergy.” So, like all 88 Acres bars, it’s free of the top eight allergens, making it a great option for kids' lunch boxes, pre-sports snacks, or for anyone else who might need to snack on allergen-friendly options.

While it is a higher calorie snack at 280 calories per bar, it comes along with 21 grams of healthy fats, 3 grams of fiber, and 12 grams of plant-based protein, making it a filling option for when hunger strikes. We love the chocolate brownie flavor (because who doesn’t love a brownie?), but the banana bread bar is just as tasty and offers the same great nutrition. 

Best Gluten-Free: Made in Nature Organic Veggie Pops, Sour Cream & Onion

Made in Nature Organic Veggie Pops, Sour Cream & Onion

Made in Nature truly lives up to its name with its "Sour Cream" and "Onion veggie" pops. They’re made from a mix of dried vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds—all ingredients that are the foundation of a well-rounded vegan diet—and flavored with a handful of spices and herbs like onion powder, nutritional yeast, and dill.

That powerhouse ingredients list is what gives these as much protein as an egg (7 grams) and 14 percent of your daily fiber needs for only 140 calories. The only drawback is that they are a little higher in sodium than some of the other salty snacks on this list, so be mindful about your portions (which shouldn’t be too hard because they are so filling).

Certified gluten-free, vegan, organic, and packed with plants, these pops check a lot of boxes when it comes to healthy snacking!

Best Nut-Free: BIENA Chickpea Snacks Sea Salt

BIENA Chickpea Snacks Sea Salt

The crunch of a potato chip, the saltiness of a pretzel, but the power of beans. That’s what these Biena Chickpeas are all about. Chickpeas are chock full of nutrients from iron magnesium, and potassium to antioxidants. The protein and fiber content of beans has been shown to increase satiety and potentially play a role in weight management.

They’re also a great alternative to nuts as they are portable and generally mess-free like nuts, but allergy-friendly and lower-fat (if that’s important to you). We love sea salt for its simple ingredients list (chickpeas, sunflower oil, salt), but Biena offers other flavors like Habanero and Rockin' Ranch that also stack up nutritionally when compared to other vegan snacks.

Best Sweet: Superseedz Premium Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Pumpkin Seeds

Superseedz Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Pumpkin Seeds

When an afternoon chocolate craving strikes, Superseedz Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Pumpkin Seeds are sure to satisfy. The combo of sweet and salty is like a party in your mouth that comes along with 7 grams of plant-based protein, and a high dose of minerals, including iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in phytonutrients (plant nutrients that offer health benefits like antioxidants) which can help to reduce inflammation in the body.

Superseedz was born out of a mother’s kitchen who was looking for the perfect crunch and flavor to add to her salads, but she ended up with a snack that her picky-eater kids couldn’t resist—and you won’t be able to either! If you’re not a chocolate lover, try the cinnamon and sugar or the Vermont maple sugar and sea salt. These seeds truly are addicting (you’ve been warned!).

Best Savory: Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips, Sea Salt

Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips, Sea Salt

Before you turn your nose up at the idea of beet chips, try these from Rhythm. With a hint of salt and a ton of crunch, they’re a tasty option for dipping in your favorite vegan dips, like hummus and guacamole. One serving has 320 milligrams of sodium, making it higher in salt than other snack options, so consider your daily intake of sodium for the day when choosing this snack.

And if your goal is to get more nutrients in at snack time, beets are a good source of fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C and are packed with antioxidants linked to a number of health benefits. They are also a good source of inorganic nitrate, which has been linked to lower blood pressure.

Final Verdict

For a vegan snack that checks all the boxes from plant-powered nutrition to super satisfying flavor combos, Bada Bean Bada Boom Snacks (view at Amazon) come out on top. They’re perfect for a between-meal energy boost with 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, guaranteed to fill you up and keep you going until your next meal.

What to Look for in Vegan Snacks

Ingredients

The best store-bought vegan snacks are made from whole food and contain a mix of protein, fiber, and healthy fat without unnecessary added sugar, excess sodium, and artificial ingredients. Choose snacks with whole foods as the primary ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Protein

Getting enough protein on a plant-based diet can be challenging for some, so snacks are a great way to help you meet your needs. Choose whole food protein sources like beans, nuts, and seeds, which come along with other beneficial nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Sugar

Many vegan snacks can be laden with added sugars to boost flavor, which you want to limit in your diet. The American Heart Association recommends keeping added sugar to less than 24 grams per day for women and 36 grams per day for men.

The sugar naturally found in fruits and vegetables does not count toward this limit, so be sure to look at both the ingredients list and the nutrition facts panel—which for the most part now separates added sugar from total sugar. Aim to keep snacks to 5 grams or less of added sugar (the lower, the better!).

Salt

Sodium is another nutrient that we want to limit, but can quickly add up in vegan snack foods. Look for options with 140 milligrams or less per serving to help you keep your total intake to under 2,300 milligrams per day as recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

FAQs

Are All Vegan Snacks Healthy?

Just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean that it’s healthy. Many vegan snacks contain excess sugar, salt, and artificial ingredients that don’t contribute to health. When choosing vegan snacks, look for ones that are made from whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds, and follow the What to Look For guidelines above.

What Are Some Healthy Vegan Snacks I Can Make at Home?

There are so many healthy vegan snacks you can make in your own kitchen without a lot of time and effort. In fact, many of the snacks on this list are easy to make on your own. Some of our favorites include roasted chickpeas (try our Roasted Harissa Spiced Chickpeas); homemade energy balls with oats, nut butter, chia seeds, and a touch of maple syrup or agave; smoothies (try our Peanut Butter Banana Blueberry Acai Smoothie and make with plant-based milk); or a simple trail mix of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Fresh fruit with nut butter or fresh vegetables with your favorite vegan dip are always a good option as well.

What Experts Say

“Choose vegan snacks that contribute important nutrients to your diet—snacks that contain beans, lentils, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats like avocados and nuts. When you eat a vegan diet, it’s important to try to make your food choices really count; they should contribute to those essential nutrients you need for the day—protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals. If you fill your diet with vegan junk foods, you are crowding out those opportunities to meet your nutrient needs for the day. The beauty of a healthy plant-based diet is that it is filled with health-protective whole plant-based foods.” Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian

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