There’s a time and a place for everything — including your occasional cravings for easy, indulgent food! While some days we’re perfectly content to spend hours chopping and cooking away in order to meal-prep substantiative meals, other days we want nothing more than to leave work, plop down at the nearest bar, and enjoy a plant-based happy hour snack on the fly. And hey — the crispier and saltier, the better. Right?
We’ve pulled together 15 mouthwatering plant-based snack recipes that would fit right in at your local bar — but don’t let that stop you from whipping them up at home and enjoying next time you just need to unwind after a long day. Let us know what your favorite bar-themed snack is in the comments below!
These wings keep things as simple and easy as possible, while still being healthy, plant-based, and wholesome. The cauliflower bites have only a handful of main ingredients, while the sauces can be easily made from ingredients that are probably in your kitchen right now. These wings are paired with hot and spicy buffalo sauce (with an optional cajun spin), a milder sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, and maple mustard sauce. Talk about a delicious trio. You’re going to want to try all three. This Ultimate Cauliflower Wing Sampler Platter is a winner!
There’s nothing like the sweet, tangy, hot taste of Korean barbecue — especially in this recipe! Tofu triangles are marinated in a homemade Korean barbecue sauce and then baked until the edges are just a tiny bit crispy and the sauce on the outside is that addictive stickiness that makes barbecue wings so craveable. These Korean Barbecue Tofu “Wings” are the perfect appetizer for any occasion.
You can’t have a party without Buffalo wings and these Buffalo Seitan “Wings” are sure to be the star of the show. Made from seitan, these “wings” are meaty, flavorful, and coated with a crispy batter that’s drenched in spicy Buffalo sauce. Pair with fresh celery and dairy-free blue cheese dip and you’ve got the perfect appetizer!
Crunchy and Crispy Treats
Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas are one of many creative ways to add beans to your diet. The savory chickpeas are a great addition to salads, sandwiches, or eaten as a snack all on their own.
Sriracha Sweet Potato Chips are delicious! In this recipe, sweet potato is sliced into thin rounds, doused in coconut oil, drizzled in Sriracha, and then finally baked until crispy. Make a big batch, these are gonna go fast.
Poppers, Bites, and Fried Delights
Jalapeño Poppers With Smoked Tofu are the perfect mix of crunchy and creamy consistencies, together with the heat of the jalapeño and the complimentary cooling of the vegan cream cheese. Smoked tofu adds another layer of heat and a bacon-ish flavor to the mix. Is your mouth watering yet?
Fried Mac and ‘Cheese’ Balls are comfort food personified. The creamy, fiery jalapeño mac and cheese shaped into balls, coated in a flour and panko crust, and then fried until the balls become golden-brown orbs of deliciousness. Oh, and they are served with a zesty cheese sauce on the side.
Southern-Fried Tofu With Maple Dill Sauce can turn any tofu hater into a tofu lover. They are crunchy and indulgent are made even more tasty when dipped generously into the maple dill sauce. Boring, bland tofu no more!
Beer Battered Onion Rings are so delicious, you don’t even need a sauce, but who doesn’t want some ranch? These vegan beer battered onion rings are paired with a vegan jalapeño ranch dressing that is perfectly spicy and tangy.
Lemon Artichoke Dip is made from a base of cashews that are blended with lemon juice, cheesy nutritional yeast, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Marinated artichoke hearts are folded into the dip before it gets popped into the oven and baked until warm and bubbly. Pair this with a big bowl of chips or fresh cut veggies.
Cheesy 7-Layer Nacho Dip combines refried beans, olives cilantro, tomatoes, and everything else you could want into one seriously awesome snack. As if seven layers of nacho-dipping goodness aren’t enough, this dip is covered with a creamy and dairy-free cheesy sauce made from carrots and potatoes. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
Jalapeño Pickle Dip is effortless, affordable, has multiple textures, crisp dill flavor, and of course that added bit of heat with the jalapeños! Serve this at your next gathering and people will be shocked by the simplicity yet perfectly combined flavors. Whether you’re a pickle person or not, this dish will surely sweep you off your feet!
This is the enlarged version of pigs in a blanket. These Pretzel Wrapped “Cheese” Dogs will bring you right back to your childhood summers. They are wrapped in a perfectly textured homemade dough, sprinkled with cheese inside and out, and then served with a zesty spicy mustard.
This fusion recipe takes the tasty spiced potatoes of Indian cuisine and delivers it in the form of a flaky Latin-style taquito. That’s right, warm and zesty potatoes wrapped in a tortilla and then baked to crispy perfection. What an epic combination! Serve these Baked Samosa Flautas with some vegan ranch dressing to balance out the spices or serve with salsa to keep the Latin theme going.
Don’t stop there! Check out these 35 Indulgent Vegan Party Snacks and Appetizers for more plant-based ideas.
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Hungry for more? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Snacks!
Lead image source: Jalapeño Poppers With Smoked Tofu