Can you believe it’s that time of the year again? When summer begins, it feels endless. However, the truth is that August is upon us, which means it’s time to begin preparing to go back to school.
These days, there are countless options to choose from to have ready for your kiddo when they return home from a grueling day of school and are ready for a snack. Whether your kid has an “adult” palate and enjoys coffee-flavored treats, or is more of a plant-based meat lover, we have you covered with 15 vegan back to school snacks you’ll enjoy consuming just as much as your child does — convenient snacking isn’t just for children, after all. Check them out below!
Vegan Coconut Jerky, Original Flavor
Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares
There Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares are free from dairy, trans fat and GMO’s. They contain wheat. Reviewers appreciate that they are kid-friendly. “My daughter is allergic to dairy and has always wished she could eat cheez-its. These crackers have filled that void and she loves them,” wrote one reviewer. “I was surprised when I tried them and liked them too. Not exactly like cheez-its, but very close. Great job, once again, Earth Balance! Thanks for looking out for those with food allergies.” You can buy a 6-ounce box for $10.99.
Larabar, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Navitas Organics Cacao Goji Superfood Power Snacks
Navitas Organics Cacao Goji Superfood Power Snacks are certified gluten-free and contain no added sugar. They are USDA organic, non-GMO, kosher, and vegan, and are made from organic date paste, organic cacao powder, organic chia seed, organic sesame seed, organic raisin, organic sunflower seed, organic goji powder, organic maca powder, organic lucuma powder, organic camu-camu powder, and natural chocolate flavor. Buy an 8-ounce bag for $6.60.
Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs, Vegan White Cheddar
These Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs, Vegan White Cheddar are USDA certified organic, certified gluten-free, vegan, kosher, allergen free, non-GMO, low-calorie snacks. They are made with organic chickpea flour, organic rice flour, organic sunflower oil, organic tapioca starch, organic seasoning [degermed corn flour, salt, sugar, onion powder, citric acid, garlic powder, lactic acid, canola oil, natural flavor], and organic pea hull fiber. Pick up a pack of 24 for $28.56.
Mary's Gone Crackers, Black Pepper
These Mary’s Gone Crackers, Black Pepper crackers are certified organic, wheat-free, gluten-free, and kosher. Users enjoy the variety of textures in these crackers, with one writing: “These crackers are the ultimate crunchy, seedy, yummy, satisfying snack. I love them, and they just happen to be gluten free.” Pick up a 6.5 ounce pack of 12 for $43.55.
Veggicopia Dips, Variety Pack
These Veggicopia Dips, Variety Pack contains four each of Original Hummus, Red Pepper Hummus, and Original Edamame Dip. No refrigeration is required and each flavor is all-natural, gluten-free, dairy-free, OU kosher, vegetarian, and vegan, and contains 5 grams of protein, and 3 grams of dietary fiber per serving. Pick up the variety pack of 12 for $16.99.
Bixby Bar Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Maine Sea Salt Candy Snack Bar, Nutty For You
The Bixby Bar Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Maine Sea Salt Candy Snack Bar, Nutty For You bar is vegan, gluten-free, organic, non-GMO verified, and are free of additives and preservatives. They are made in Maine and have 5 grams of protein from natural nuts. Pick up a pack of 12 for $38.06.
Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, Variety Pack
These Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, Variety Pack are Certified Organic, contain no artificial flavors, synthetic colors, preservatives, or high-fructose corn syrup, are gluten free and vegan, and includes 100 percent of your daily value of vitamin C. The organic fruit bites value pack comes in four assorted flavors (Berry Patch, Summer Strawberry, Sunny Citrus, Tropical Treat). Pick up a pack of 24 for $14.92.
gimMe Snacks Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks, Teriyaki
These gimMe Snacks Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks, Teriyaki snacks are gluten-free, contain no GMOs, and are 25 calories per pack. Their ingredients are organic seaweed, organic sunflower oil, and sea salt. Customers are satisfied with their flavor: “I didn’t have high hopes, but I have to admit they are addictive and rather tasty for a healthy snack,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. Pick up a pack of 12 for $14.12.
Tosi Superbites, Combo Pack
These Tosi Superbites, Combo Pack come in two flavors: almond and cashew. They’re made with cashews, almonds, flaxseed, sesame seeds, chia seeds, cane juice and salt, and are organic, gluten-free and vegan. They contain tree nuts and are manufactured on equipment that processes products containing peanuts. Pick up a 12 count for $36.00.
Brad's Raw Chips, Sweet Potato
Brad’s Raw Chips, Sweet Potato flavor are vegan, kosher, non-GMO, organic and gluten-free. Made with carrots, sweet potato, flax seeds, raw buckwheat groats, maple syrup, extra virgin olive oil, salt, vanilla extract, Jamaican allspice, nutmeg, and Himalayan sea salt, they are not fried and not baked. You can buy three ounces for $23.99.
CLIF KID ZBAR in Chocolate Chip
The CLIF KID ZBAR in Chocolate Chip is USDA Organic and Non-GMO, and uses no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or synthetic preservatives. They contain 8-11 grams of whole grains and 12 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, and zinc. Zbar contains 0 grams of trans fats, and does not contain high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. You can pick up an 18 count for $10.79.
Natierra, Nature's All Foods Freeze-Dried Pineapples
These Natierra, Nature’s All Foods Freeze-Dried Pineapples are made out of 100 percent organic freeze-dried pineapple. They are kosher, raw, and vegan, as well as gluten and GMO-free. They are packed in a facility that also handles dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, and other tree nuts. Pick up 1.5 ounces for $5.30.
Laughing Giraffe Snakaroons, Coffee Bean
Laughing Giraffe Snakaroons, Coffee Bean snacks are gluten-free, organic, raw, vegan, paleo friendly, and grain-free. They are made with Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coffee Extract, Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans, Organic Vanilla Extract (Gluten-Free), and Himalayan Pink Salt. You can pick up a six-ounce bag for $11.90.
Make Your Own!
We’re huge fans of homemade bars because they are transportable, easy, no-fuss and no-mess. Your kid can put them in their lunchbox and take them out whenever they need a little pick-me-up. We looked through our Food Monster App for some recipes. We’re partial to the gluten-free Almond Butter Energy Bars by Gemma Gonzalez pictured above because they’re crunchy, and versatile (you can drizzle chocolate on top of them if you have a sweet tooth). These No-Bake S’mores Bars also make a tasty dessert treat, and so do these Raw Key Lime Pie Bars.
For more nutritious vegan bar recipes, we recommend checking out our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
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