It’s a shame that when we say ‘it looks good enough to eat’ we’re often not actually talking about food, in all its sloppy messy glory. When it comes to the good looks department though, vegan snacks definitely come out on top.
A healthy platter of diverse nibbling sounds and vibrant colours, vegan snacks can be a true visual and textural masterpiece when done right. Get it wrong though, and you’ll find yourself staring woefully at a bunch of limp carrot sticks.
Don’t worry, we’re not exactly full of creative ideas either but there are some awesome recipe sites that have done the work for us, so you can get your snacks back on track in no time. Here’s a selection of our top picks and some of their fancy vegan recipes too:
The power of this virtual mood board is not to be underestimated. When you’re looking for inspiration sometimes it is too much even to think of the right search term. But type ‘vegan snack recipes‘ into Pinterest and you’ll be greeted with a feast of delightful images. Looking at pictures is just a lot easier sometimes, it’s how we found this great recipe from Wallflower Girl:
Blueberry Coconut Popsicles
Vegan ice lollies are one of the healthiest, most delicious and most swanky looking things you can make. They’re super easy too.
- 1 cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 360 ml Coconut Milk
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup or Agave
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Simply mix together and pour into your mould to freeze overnight then your summer treat will be ready to go.
Tip: Popsicle naturals can get creative by blending ingredients and arranging fruit carefully in the moulds for the prettiest vegan snacks.
That’s another good thing about Pinterest, it’s a great way to find more vegan blogs too, like these:
Oh She Glows
For a guilt-free serving of something super fruity, nutty and energising look no further than the Oh She Glows granola bars along with loads of other healthy and colourful recipes which you can even download an app for! Wrap these granola bars in cute little parcels so you can feel like you’re in a nice cafe when you drink your morning coffee at the office.
Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars
- 1.5 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium/large bananas)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
- 1/2-3/4 cup dried cherries, chopped (I used 3/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pepita seeds (shelled pumpkin seeds)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or fine grain sea salt, or to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a baking dish.
- Mash that banana up in a large bowl – this is going to bind everything together – stir in vanilla.
- Blend oats in a food processor until chopped but still with plenty of texture. Add to the banana mix along with your chopped walnuts, cherries and everything else and stir thoroughly.
- Bake for around 25 mins or until golden and allow to cool before slicing into bars. Enjoy!
Though this site isn’t only for vegan recipes, it can be a seriously good option if you’re looking to avoid falling into the burger-granola-smoothie bowl hole that so many vegan blogs dedicate themselves to. It also features a handy cooking technique section so you can get to know what’s wok.
We love this recipe that takes snacking popcorn to a whole new level with a tasty middle eastern blend of thyme, sesame, and sumac. So easy and who doesn’t love these delightful bursting buds of joy?
Za’atar Popcorn Recipe
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped (about 8 cups popped)
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup store-bought za’atar spice blend
Get that corn popped and then simply toss in a bowl with all the ingredients while it’s still hot. Voila! Store in airtight bags once call and pop it in your lunch box.