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27 Healthy Plant-Based Snacks (Store-Bought and Homemade Ideas)

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or simply just trying to incorporate more plant foods into your diet, looking for a high-quality plant-based snack can be tricky to find with the endless options that are out there. Just because something is plant-based doesn’t make it health. In fact, there are plenty of plant-based snack options on the market that can be loaded with added sugars and other heavily processed ingredients that don’t offer much nutritional value.


That’s why I’m providing you with a variety of tasty and nourishing plant-based snacks. A healthy plant-based snack should help you meet your nutritional targets while being tasty and satisfying. In this blog, I’ll showcase some of the top plant-based snack choices you can buy in a store as well as some recipes you can make at home using wholesome ingredients. Snacks like these are perfect for when you’re in a hurry, need something to tide you over, or seeking simple and easy homemade treats.

How to Shop for Store-Bought Plant-Based Snacks

What do I look for in a store-bought plant-based snack? Well, to make sure these snacks cover all plant-based eating styles, these options are vegan, so they don’t have any dairy, eggs, honey, or other animal foods. The certified vegan symbol is a helpful way to determine if your snack is fully plant-based because some packaged foods may contain hidden animal-derived ingredients. If you don’t see this sign, check the ingredient list to spot any non-vegan ingredients.


Here's how I shop for plant-based snacks in a nutshell

  • I choose vegan snacks, which cover all types of plant-based eating

  • I look for protein and fiber mainly from whole food ingredients

  • I read labels to find snacks with reasonable levels of added sugar, sodium, and saturated fat

  • I limit snacks with artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or preservatives

  • I choose grain-containing foods that are made with mostly whole grains

  • I limit the use of naturally-derived sugar substitutes, though I permit them when a snack meets other targets


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Here's a cheat sheet for choosing a plant-based snack

Now let’s dive in!


Bars

Bars are a versatile snack that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. They come in a variety of flavors and ingredients, providing a convenient mid-day pick-me-up while still providing essential nutrients to support a healthy lifestyle.


Plant-based bars are often made with whole food ingredients that provide a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They can be a good source of fiber, which is important for digestive health and can help keep you feeling full and satisfied between meals. They also contain protein-rich ingredients like nuts, seeds, or soy that support strong muscles and bones. Here are some of my favorite vegan bars you can stock up on. (And here's how to shop for the healthiest granola bars.)


Note that I use affiliate links for the products I vet for my readers. It doesn't cost you anything to shop through these links, and you're under no obligation to shop or purchase through my site. When you do make a purchase through an affiliate link, I receive a nominal commission, which helps me provide this service to you. Thanks for supporting my site!



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Larabars are perfect for many occasions

These delicious bars contain at most a handful of ingredients, such as dates and cashews. They also have no added sugar, except for the bars that have chocolate chips. And even then, they have a teaspoon or less. You'll get about 3 to 5 grams of protein and 2 to 4 grams of fiber depending on the flavor. The variety pack is a nice option because it allows you to try out all the flavors. And if different members of your household have different tastes, you can satisfy everyone!



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Go Raw Organic Sprouted Bar with plant-based protein

You'll get 12 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in each of these tasty, nutritious bars. These organic bars are made from ingredients you could have in your kitchen, like sprouted pumpkin and flaxseeds. Sprouted seeds are easier to digest and the sprouting process results in a crunchier texture than typical seeds.


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Aloha plant-based protein bars

If you're looking for a plant-based bar that packs in a little more protein, these bars are for you. They have 14 grams of protein from a blend of pumpkin and brown rice sources. These bars also contain a filling amount of fiber--from 6 to 10 grams, depending on the flavor. One thing I want to note is that they do contain monk fruit extract. I'm ok with some sugar substitutes as long as they're not a way of life, but if you'd prefer to avoid them, choose another option.


Savory snacks

For all my savory and salty snack lovers, there are plenty of healthy plant-based snacks out there that can satisfy those cravings and crunch you’re looking for. Whole grain crackers, roasted legumes, kale chips, and non-buttery, lightly salted popcorn are some great alternatives to other snacks out there that contain unhealthy oils and tons of salt.


All these snacks are great sources of fiber which supports your heart health, digestive health, and balanced blood sugars. You also get extra benefits from the other vitamins and minerals these snacks have to offer since they are made from nutrient-dense foods. For example, kale chips are excellent sources of vitamins A and K. If you’re ready to give these savory snacks a try, check out these brands.


Note that I use affiliate links for the products I vet for my readers. It doesn't cost you anything to shop through these links, and you're under no obligation to shop or purchase through my site. When you do make a purchase through an affiliate link, I receive a nominal commission, which helps me provide this service to you. Thanks for supporting my site!



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Mary's Gone Crackers plant-based crackers

I'm obsessed with these gluten-free, plant-based crackers made from a mix of whole food ingredients, like brown rice, quinoa, and flaxseeds. Use them to scoop up a plant-based dip, such as hummus or black bean dip. These are the OG, but I also love their Super Seed varieties. You can't go wrong no matter which option you choose!



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Bada Bean Bada Boom crunchy broad bean snacks

The gluten- and nut-free crunch comes courtesy of fava beans, so this snack dishes up 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. You can munch on them straight from the bag (though I always suggest pouring your munchies onto a plate or napkin for a more mindful experience) or you can add them to a salad or grain bowl for a crunchy topping. Stevia is used in some of the flavors, so if that's not your thing, skip the variety pack and go for the Sea Salt flavor instead.



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Rhythm Organic Kale Chips plant-based chips

It's not that hard to make kale chips, but it's even easier to buy them! I have to love a packaged snack that uses only culinary ingredients--meaning the same ingredients you'd use if you wanted to whip up a batch of these crispy veggie chips. And here's a fun fact: Even though they're in a package, these kale chips count toward your 5-a-day. I definitely recommend adding these highly nutritious chips to your snacking repertoire.



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Satisfy munchies with Skinny Pop popcorn

You gotta love a snack with three ingredients: popcorn, oil, and salt. I don't know how they do it, but this packaged popcorn stays crispy whereas other pre-popped brands are a bit chewy. Popcorn is a wonderful alternative to potato chips and other salty, crunchy snacks out there because it's 100% whole grain and offers antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients. This is a great snack to keep in a desk drawer, car, or backpack because you know you're gonna get hungry at some point.


Sweet snacks

Good news for my friends with a sweet tooth! There is no need to deprive yourself of your favorite types of sweet snacks, even if you're looking for plant-based options. Of course, I still recommend satisfying daily cravings by choosing products with lower added sugars. Reducing the amount of added sugars you eat can go a long way for your health by preventing large blood sugar spikes and helping with stable energy levels. Here are some of my favorite lower-sugar plant-based sweets that are delicious. (I've got more healthy sweet snacks for you over here!)


Note that I use affiliate links for the products I vet for my readers. It doesn't cost you anything to shop through these links, and you're under no obligation to shop or purchase through my site. When you do make a purchase through an affiliate link, I receive a nominal commission, which helps me provide this service to you. Thanks for supporting my site!



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Skinny Dipped almonds with 5 grams plant protein

My snack drawer almost always contains a bag of these cocoa-dusted nuts. I love that I can get my chocolate fix with only 2 grams of added sugar. Plus, you'll score 7 grams of filling fiber when snacking on a serving of these yummy treats. I'm also a fan of their other varieties, though they're not all exclusively plant-based. If you're okay with that, check out the Skinny Dipped store on Amazon for more nutty goodness.


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Made in Nature Organic Dried Mangoes satisfy your sweet tooth

Dried mangos are plenty sweet, and they're a great stand-in for gummy-type candies because they give you a satisfying chew. I typically reach for dried mangoes about 30 minutes before a workout to deliver energy to my muscles. Or I snack on it when I want something sweet but am looking for something less indulgent. What's nice about snacking on dried fruit is that it counts toward your daily fruit requirements, and it's a nutritious option.



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Partake plant-based cookies

Sometimes your cravings are calling for cookies, and that's when these can come in handy. Not only are they vegan, but they're free of all the common allergens--something that's important to me because my son suffered from numerous food allergies as a kid. Serving allergy-friendly foods at events is a great way to make it an inclusive party. I'm a fan of soft cookies, but if you like your cookies crunchy, you can pick up Partake's crunchy version instead.



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Bare Apple Chips are sweet and crunchy

Bare has cracked the code on crunch, so unlike other dried fruits that are chewy, these have a crispy texture similar to a chip. They're a great way for kids and adults to get in a serving of fruit. I like to pair them with nuts or cheese to make a more filling snack.



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That's It fruit bars--no added sugars

I love these bars so much that I work with the company! I always have these on hand for a sweet snack with no added sugar. I also eat them before a workout for a quick source of healthy energy.


Creamy snacks

Adding nut butters, coconut yogurt, hummus, and guacamole to any other snack is a perfect way to include healthy plant-based options. These creamy snacks are a great source of healthy fats and protein, so they’ll hold you over until your next meal. Hummus and guacamole are great to pair with veggies and crackers, while nut butters are a delicious addition to fruits and veggies, depending on your personal preference. Coconut yogurt can be transformed into a parfait or fruit dip. Add these creamy vegan snacks to your shopping list.


Note that I use affiliate links for the products I vet for my readers. It doesn't cost you anything to shop through these links, and you're under no obligation to shop or purchase through my site. When you do make a purchase through an affiliate link, I receive a nominal commission, which helps me provide this service to you. Thanks for supporting my site!



Image of package of individual servings of Justin's Classic Almond Butter
It doesn't get better than Justin's Classic Almond Butter

You can’t go wrong with this nut butter! Enjoy it with veggies, like carrots, red pepper strips, and celery, or smear it over a banana or apple. This is also great to pack on trips.


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siggi's plant-based coconut blend yogurt--10 g of plant-based protein

I love and have worked with siggi’s because they’re the only leading brand of yogurt that uses all natural ingredients with very a very tame amount of added sugar. It’s the only brand of flavored yogurt I buy, and that says a lot!



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Veggicopia hummus has multiple flavors for your dipping needs

Hummus is not only a great plant-based snack, but it’s also a great match for other plant-based goodness, like veggies. And these to-go backs make it more portable than ever!



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365 Whole Foods Market Guacamole is a perfect plant-based dip

If you have access to a fridge, keep these guac packs handy for your dipping needs. Whether you’re in the mood for chips, crackers, or veggies, you can’t go wrong with this heart-healthy plant-based snack.


Easy Plant-Based Snack Recipes

If you’d prefer an easy and delicious plant-based snack recipe you can make at home, I’ve rounded up some simple and creative recipes loaded with nourishing ingredients. (If you need some meal inspo, check out my must-try flexitarian recipes.)


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Real Pineapple Whip will easily satisfy your sweet tooth

Real Pineapple Whip by Married To Health

Indulging in this pineapple whip not only offers a tasty frozen treat but also provides a creative way to get the immune-boosting and gut-healing benefits associated with eating pineapples. The fiber and digestive enzyme called bromelain found in pineapples can help promote healthy digestion. Additionally, its high vitamin C content can help the immune system's ability to fight infections.



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Easy Edamame Hummus is a delicious plant-based dip for veggies

Easy Edamame Hummus by Carrots and Cookies

This clever twist on hummus is a high-protein and versatile addition to snacks that you can serve with almost anything! You can serve it as a dip with your favorite veggies or chips, a spread for sandwiches, or as a topping for salads.



Image of a plate with Coconut Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls and a smattering of chocolate chips and chickpeas on the table
Coconut Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls are a sweet plant-based diet snack

Coconut Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls by It’s a Veg World After All

Fiber-rich and protein-packed vegan cookie dough? Count me in! Instead of reaching for typical cookie dough, you can make a large batch of this tasty and healthy snack that will satisfy your mid-day sweet cravings throughout the week.



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Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit Bites are the perfect plant-based indulgence

For those seeking a vegan treat that blends sweet, salty, and creamy flavors into one, look no further than these dark chocolate-covered fruit bites with sea salt. I recommend buying dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa to get the most antioxidant benefit.




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Satisfy your sweet tooth with Dark Chocolate Granola with Coconut

Dark Chocolate Granola with Coconut by The Healthy Epicurean

Making your own granola is a great strategy to reduce added sugars since store-bought options can often hide them. Not only is this granola recipe deliciously satisfying, but it is also packed with a variety of nutrient-dense ingredients, including oats, coconut, chia seeds, and flax, as well as indulgent dark chocolate. (If you’d rather skip straight to the store-bought options, check out my favorite low-sugar granola options you can buy.)



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Strawberry Shortcake Bliss Balls are the perfect plant-based snack

Strawberry Shortcake Bliss Balls by The Flourished Table

Strawberry Shortcake Bliss Balls are a delicious plant-based snack that will leave you feeling satisfied. The ingredients, such as cashews and dates, provide essential vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and potassium, which support heart health and boost energy levels. Additionally, the recipe uses natural sweeteners, such as strawberries and vanilla, making it a healthier alternative to processed snacks.



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Healthy Roasted Chickpeas with Seasoning are rich in plant-protein

When looking for a crunchy and convenient snack, roasted chickpeas are a great alternative to processed chips and one of my personal favorites. Chickpeas are a good source of plant-based protein and fiber, which help promote feelings of fullness and aid in digestion. Roasting the chickpeas with spices adds flavor without adding extra calories or unhealthy ingredients.



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Make your own Healthy Vegan Energy Bars with Prunes

Create your own vegan energy bars using wholesome ingredients rich in fiber, healthy fats, and plant-based protein. Instead of processed sugars, this recipe uses fruit like dates and less refined sweeteners, like maple syrup, making it a healthier choice for those with a sweet tooth. These bars make for an ideal pre-workout snack or a quick focus boost while working at your desk.



Picture of a bowl of Easiest Air Fryer Kale Chips
Make these Easiest Air Fryer Kale Chips for a delicious, crunchy snack

Easiest Air Fryer Kale Chips by Carrots and Cookies

This recipe for air-fried kale chips is a good option because it provides a healthier alternative to traditional, heavily processed potato chips that are typically high in calories and unhealthy fats. Kale is a nutrient-dense leafy green that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Plus, you can customize the flavor by using a variety of spices and seasonings to make a delicious snack.



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Easy No Bake Cookies are customizable!

Easy No Bake Cookies by Kid Food Explorers

These quick and easy cookies make for a scrumptious and healthy snack, offering a better alternative to conventional sugary cookies. The cashews in the recipe provide a hint of plant-based protein, as well as magnesium and healthy fats that are beneficial for brain health.


Final Thoughts

Plant-based snacks are a great way to satisfy your cravings while staying healthy. There are plenty of options available in stores, from fruit and nut bars to veggie chips and popcorn. However, making your own snacks at home is not only less expensive but also allows you to experiment with plant-based ingredients and flavors. By incorporating plant-based snacks into your diet, you can reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle while also supporting sustainability efforts.


If you're looking for the healthiest eating plan, I've got you covered with my e-book, the Refresher. It includes 4 weekly sugar-conscious meal plans to help you boost your intake of plant foods without giving up any of the foods you love, including burgers, pancakes, and chocolate! Buy it here, and you'll also get a BONUS crash course on eating more mindfully, even if you have the TV on!
























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