Up to 2.5 million Australians are now vegetarian, with a percentage of those also vegan – eating no animal-based food and using no animal products at all. If veganism is something you’ve considered, but you’ve struggled to find delicious recipes, then you’re in the right place. Here are some vegan snacks that may be worth trying to see if this lifestyle is right for you.
Guacamole on Crackers
Whether you buy guacamole or make it yourself, it’s a delicious and nutritious snack option. You can make it from avocado, lime juice, onion, and garlic, and pair it with your crackers of choice. There are many different guacamole recipes online that could be worth a try.
This vegan snack is one you can have at home, take to work, or even bring to a shared lunch. As an added bonus, it’s an excellent source of fibre, potassium, and monounsaturated fats.
Whether you’re low on energy or you need a delicious animal product-free snack, trail mix can be the answer. Once again, you can make this food yourself or buy it pre-made. The benefit of making it yourself is you can customise what you put in it.
Most people add nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, crackers, and even chocolate. There are plenty of vegan chocolate options on the market to choose from.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then fruit leather can be the answer. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t have a dehydrator, as you can make it in your oven. Puree fruit, then lay it on a dehydrator rack or a baking tray. Spread it out and allow it to dry. This process can take several hours.
You can then cut it up and roll it into parchment paper. Fruit leather is a delicious snack to have at the office or to pop in the kid’s lunchboxes.
Vegetables and Hummus
Not everything delicious has to contain animal products, and vegetables with hummus is proof of that. Hummus features chickpeas, oil, garlic, tahini, and lemon juice, and it’s a vegan dip that pairs beautifully with vegetables.
You can cut up celery, cucumber, carrot, radishes, or several other raw vegetables. The combination of hummus and vegetables means you get plenty of vitamins, fibre, and healthy fats.
Who would have thought that something so affordable could also be so delicious and healthy? That’s the reality of this wonderful food type – chickpeas. Just one cup of chickpeas can provide 14 grams of protein. You can also get plenty of iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.
Simply mix chickpeas with olive oil and your seasoning of choice. Spread them onto a baking tray, then bake them for around 40 minutes at 230°C.
Tortilla Chips & Salsa
Attending parties as a vegan can be hard work, but it doesn’t have to be. If you turn up with tortilla chips and salsa, you’ll be onto a winner. You can make your own tortilla chips by slicing tortillas, brushing them with olive oil, then baking them for around 15 minutes. By making your own, you’re avoiding excess oil and salt that typically features in store-bought chips.
You can also browse the internet for vegan salsa recipes, which typically have tomatoes, lime juice, onions, salt, and seasoning.
Choosing to live a vegan lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it allows you to get creative in the kitchen. Who would have thought that vegan food could be so flavoursome, delicious, affordable, and exciting?