I’m going to tell you something I’m not proud of: I’m really bad at feeding myself. Grocery shopping never sounds fun, I’m a mediocre cook at best, and when I get hungry between meals, grabbing a bag of potato chips from the naughty drawer at work always sounds infinitely more appealing to me than slicing an apple from the not-so-naughty fruit bowl. What can I say? I like tasty, ultra-convenient food. And when that isn’t available, sometimes I skip meals altogether, which also isn’t good. Moreover, I choose to follow a plant-based diet (mostly for environmental and animal rights reasons)—based on my often-lazy meal habits, some might call me a “junk-food vegan.” And let me tell you, it’s hard out there for a vegan who wants to snack healthier, but also prefers to eat things that aren’t too hippie-dippie and don’t take so much effort that I just forego food altogether, leading to a major blood-sugar crash.
Enter Vegan Cuts. For the holidays last year, my brother gifted me with a yearlong subscription to this monthly vegan snack delivery service, where every 30 days, a box of 10-plus vegan snacks (think pea protein crisps, salty-sweet granola, vanilla supplement powder, etc.) from different brands shows up on my doorstep. (PS: The company also offers a monthly beauty box, but I’ve yet to try it.) My family is deeply familiar with my inability to feed myself, so this was really the perfect gift. Over the past six months, I have devoured over 70 new vegan snacks, making me a bit of a connoisseur of the genre—and on behalf of my fellow junk-minded vegans (or anyone who wants to snack a little healthier and way more sustainably), I wanted to share my favorites. Keep scrolling to discover 12 delicious plant-based snacks to buy instead of chips!
So “sorghum” doesn’t exactly sound like the most delicious thing in the world, but this teeny-tiny popcorn-like foodstuff really hit the spot. The product is an American-made, non-GMO, gluten- and corn-free alternative to popcorn that requires 50% less water to grow. It’s also weirdly nutritional, containing high levels of protein, fiber, potassium, calcium, and iron. It comes in flavors like truffle and jalapeño ranch. Big fan.
These addictive little gluten-free nuggets are available at places like Whole Foods and Starbucks, and I buy them basically every time I see them (I’m a sucker for the dark cocoa flavor). The company was started by a cute couple (one was vegan, one gluten-free: a modern love story) and is still small and family-oriented. The product basically tastes like part macaroon, part cookie and is 100% organic and non-GMO.
I think these delicious crunchy clusters might be my all-time favorite granola. The brand is called Lazy Susan's because every bag is literally handmade by Susan herself (and you can see and taste the homey deliciousness). It comes in charming flavors like apple walnut and summertime blueberry, or variety packs if you want to switch it up. Love you, Susan.
I am a major chocolate monster, and these raw vegan squares make me feel actively good about that. The chocolates come in super-exotic flavors like blueberry lotus and goji with Schizandra and are packed with organic ingredients and holistic meditation herbs. The packaging is beautiful. I could eat one after every meal.
This isn’t exactly a snack you’d eat on its own, but if you’re feeling ambitious enough to bake one yourself, you need it. The products is an all-natural vegan egg replacement made from just chia seeds and garbanzo beans. I’ve used it to make cookies before, and it works so well it’s hard to believe. Neat indeed!
Be careful with these: They are so salty-sweet and tasty, you could kill a whole bag in one sitting. Though that actually wouldn’t be the worst thing. The combo of crunchy roasted favas and green peas has seven grams of plant-based protein and three grams of fiber per serving.
There aren’t a lot of vegan protein bars I like, but this one literally tastes like chocolate brownie dough—you can’t not love it. Luckily, it’s made with a natural, low-calorie, immune-boosting sugar alternative called monk fruit, plus organic sunflower butter, pea protein, and extra virgin coconut oil, so you can feel way better about it than a normal non-vegan brownie.
I saw these on Shark Tank a few years ago, so I was especially excited to try them. Formulated by women for women, each little cookie bite is made with a blend of holistic herbs meant to help with bloating, cramping, and bad moods (think Siberian ginseng, chamomile, and dandelion root). It’s genius, really: a snack that satisfies your period cravings while also helping with the symptoms? Sign me up.
I haven’t eaten meat in so long I don’t even remember what traditional jerky tastes like, but I made Byrdie’s non-vegan assistant editor Erin try this with me, and she said it tastes almost exactly like the real stuff. (I also think the fun Western packaging helps with authenticity.) The soy-based product packs 12 grams of protein per serving. The perfect road trip snack.
More crunchy goodness! These healthy bites are surprisingly complete in their nutrition, made with crispy quinoa, toasted coconut, ground turmeric, and 200 milligrams of cocoa flavanols.
Like a chip but way better for you and the planet, these dill pickle–flavored vegan crisps are made from sauerkraut, so they boast a billion CFUs of probiotic cultures per serving. They don’t exactly make your breath smell good, but… worth it.
These are more of a meal product than a snack, but I’m so obsessed I had to include. Made from edamame beans, these tasty noodles (which cook in less than three minutes!) contain a whopping 24 grams of protein per serving. Next time someone annoyingly asks how vegans get their protein, just point them to this stuff.
Want more vegan food recommendations? Check out Byrdie’s two vegan editors’ favorite plant-based recipes.