Easy Veganuary Snacks (Ideas from Actual Vegans)

Going vegan this January or beyond?

In this epic list, you’ll find both recipes and store bought options that actual vegans want to share with anyone looking for easy Veganuary snacks or ideas!

Keep reading to discover the tried and tested as ‘extremely tasty’ vegan snacks!

Disclaimer: This post includes information and personal opinions. It is not individualized dietary advice. Talk to your own licensed health care provider about any health/diet questions and dietary changes. See our disclaimers for more details.

Title reads: easy veganuary snacks (ideas from actual vegans). pictures of various snacks are in the background, including popcorn, silk yogurt, nuts.

Why You Should Have a Handy List of Snacks as a New Vegan

Ok, so this goes for both new and well seasoned vegans as well (can’t leave anybody out)!

Here’s why a vegan snack list is helpful for Veganuary, or any vegan journey!

  • They can help fill in nutrition gaps: Think beyond quenching hunger! If you have a hard time getting enough nutrition in at meal times, or, you’re still learning how to make satisfying vegan vegan meals, snacks can help! They will be more balanced when you include healthy options that have all 3 essential macronutrients: carbohydrates, fat, and protein.
  • You’re bound to be in a situation where no vegan options are available – at some point: It’s happened to me a lot ! I learned quickly to make sure I take nourishing snacks, so I’d be remiss to not share that wisdom with you (you’re welcome 😊)!
  • Squash Those Hunger Cravings: Perhaps the most well known reason is this: because hangry is not a problem you want to have as a new vegan!
    So start veganuary (or any point of your vegan journey) off with an easy snack list – like this one!

Easy Veganuary Snacks

In this epic list, I teamed up with my friends and fellow vegan dietitians – Dietitian Debbie, Christina Bedetta, RDN, LDN, Karla Moreno-Bryce, MDA, RD, LD, Amanda Wagner, M.Ed, RDN, LDN and Leonila Campos, MBA, RD – to share vegan snacks that we actually eat!

Here’s a quick summary of both recipes and store-bought/super easy Veganuary snacks:

  • Vegan Popcorn
  • Vegan Muffins
  • Hummus with Pita Bread and Veggies
  • Protein Powered Bites
  • Trail Mix
  • Oven Roasted Chickpeas
  • Avocado Toast with a Twist
  • Harvest Snaps Baked Green Pea Snacks (Lightly Salted)
  • Vegan Protein Bars
  • Lara Bars (or similar fruit and nut bars)
  • Banana and Nut or Seed Butter Pack
  • Plant Based Yogurt Vegan Cereal
  • Hummus and Rice Cakes or Crackers

Easy Recipes

Easy Vegan Popcorn Recipe
I enjoy this one just about every week! If you are in to salty and savory, keep this classic handy.
Grab the Recipe Here!
close up of vegan popcorn in a bowl on a wood table
Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
Fellow vegan and dietitian – Deborah Murphy, loves to have these as a pre-work out snack! I mean, who could say 'no' to vegan muffins that look this good?
You Had Me at ‘Muffin!’ [Recipe Here!]
Photo credit: Deborah Murphy, MS, RDN
Picture of double chocolate banana muffins by Dietitian Debbie.
Simple Creamy Kidney Bean Hummus (Vegan)
If you love hummus like me, but just want something a bit different, check out this spin on the traditional version (this one uses kidney beans instead of chickpeas). Pair hummus with some veggies and whole grain bread or crackers to up the satisfaction factor!
Grab it Here!
Photo credit: Tori Vasko, RD
hand dipping some pita bread in kidney bean hummus with carrots on he side.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
Vegan Dietitian – Debbie, likes to keep these quick peanut butter cookie dough bites around as a quick and satisfying snack to tie her over to the next meal. They are super easy to make for someone just getting acquainted to vegan snacking!
Check Out the Recipe Here!
Photo credit: Deborah Murphy, MS, RDN
Road Trip Trail Mix
Ok, so these aren't really just for road trips! The combination of, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit is something that I love to keep on hand.
Give Me the Recipe!
Photo credit: Deborah Murphy, MS, RDN
trail mix in two glass jars. one has apricots cashews, coconut shreds raisins, and pepitas. a decorative cloth is near by.
Oven Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas are one of Christina's favorite ingredients! This is recipe comes packed with crunch and plant based fiber and protein to help beat the 'hangrys.'
I Love Crunchy Snacks (recipe link)
Photo credit: Christina Bedetta Willet, RD, LDN
home made oven roasted crunchy chickpeas in a bowl with a decorative cloth nearby.
Simply Avocado Toast and Its Many Variations
Both Christine and Christina love to add a little something extra to avocado toast! When you add some beans or seeds, you'll increase the plant based protein.
Classic Recipe with a Twist!
Photo credit: Christina Bedetta Willett, RD, LDN
avocado toast with seeds sprinkled on top. an tomato and avocado in the background

Quick Store-Bought Snacks

I love keeping store-bought stacks on hand for times when I haven’t prepared well, or need something super quick!

Here are some of my favorites that are super tasty and satisfying for a quick on the go!

Harvest Snaps Baked Green Pea Snacks (Lightly Salted)

hand holding harvest snaps lightly salted.

If I’m in the mood for that chip-like crunch, but want something with a bit more sustenance?

These lightly salted Harvest Snaps is it (well, it’s least it’s one of my favorites for that craving)!

I like it because each serving (about 22 pieces) is a good source of fiber at 4 grams, low sodium, and includes a decent 5 grams of protein from the green peas!

Oh, and did I mention that they are tasty?

Vegan Protein Bars

title reads: vegan protein bars. graphic shows different protein bars.

Vegan protein bars are so handy, especially if I’m on a road trip or going to a party, where the only vegan options might be the fruit salad or raw veggies!

And you’re bound to be in one of these situations as a new vegan too!

Since vegan protein rich options can be hard to find in some places, you’ll often find me bringing a vegan protein bar when I’m out and about.

Here’s a couple of reviews I did on tasty vegan options I’ve tried:

Lara Bars (or similar fruit and nut bars)

Fruit and nut bars usually have less protein than high protein bars, and that’s ok!

They still provide a hunger crushing combo of some plant based protein, fat, and fiber containing carbohydrates.

I like to bring this whole food plant based snack when I need something to tie me over till my next meal.

Banana and Nut or Seed Butter Pack

hand holding a peeled back banana with a dab of peanut butter on the banana.

You get the concept with any easily portable fruit and nut/seed butter combo!

You get a bit of plant based protein and fat with the nuts/seeds, and an energy rich carbohydrate source from the fruit!

Leonila Campos, MBA, RD adds, “I love a small banana with peanut butter and topped with hemp seeds. Such a treat.”

Vegan Cereal and Yogurt

title reads: vegan cereal and yogurt. Picture of a hand holding a silk soy yogurt. Next to it is a box of three wishes cereal.

Ok, so you’ll want to make sure you keep the yogurt in a cold pack (and don’t forget the spoon)!

But this option is still super quick and satisfying.

I like to go for yogurts with at least 6 grams of protein per serving (soy based yogurts tend to have this amount) and higher protein cereals to help keep me satisfied!

Hummus and Rice Cakes or Crackers

“One of my absolute favorite and quick balanced vegan snack is hummus and rice cakes. They’re really easy to prepare, especially with a busy lifestyle, and helps meet carbohydrates and protein for a filling snack. If I don’t have rice cakes, I’ll grab any other cracker I have on hand and dip them into hummus while I work at my desk.”

Karla Moreno-Bryce, MDA, RD, LD

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Veganuary?

Like the name implies Veganuary is a vegan challenge that occurs every January. It is operated by a charity in England and Wales, but Veganuary has grown in popularity in many countries.
When you sign up to take the Veganuary challenge at Veganuary.com, you can get emails and resources, including recipe ideas. While it is heavily promoted in January, anyone can sign up at anytime on their website.

What if my Vegan Journey Takes Longer Than 1 Month?

It’s perfectly fine for your vegan journey to take longer than 1 month. Most of the world is not vegan, and learning how to identify vegan products or make plant based recipes can be a learning curve. Always remember compassion and the meaning behind veganism.
And make sure you check out these Veganuary recipe hacks!

I Need More Help with the Nutrition Side of Things!

I have a couple helpful resources for you! Check out this ‘Vegan For Beginners Guide‘ and my ‘Nutrition Made Simple’ Workshop!
Both are created by both a vegan and dietitian, so you can feel good about learning from a credentialed expert who ‘gets it.’
If you need some personalized nutrition guidance, or you have a medical condition, I’d suggest setting up a consultation with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Let me know what your favorite snacks for new vegans in the comments below!
If you loved this article, you should check out these posts about being vegan!
Transitioning to Veganism
Vegan Challenges We Don’t Talk About Enough
Vegan Quotes to Come Back To
Grocery Shopping for Vegans (the 101)
And if you decided to make the switch, you should check out the replay of a talk I gave on ‘3 Common Mistakes New Vegans Make!’

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