Studies have actually shown that millennials love to snack so much that snacks are slated to grow into a $375 billion industry. We’re not surprised — we love to snack. In the past, snacking meant munching on pretzels, potato chips, popcorn, fruit snacks, and other nutritionally void, but delicious foods. Today, 63 percent of snackers worldwide eat them for nutritional reasons. We’re still reaching for sweet, fruity snacks but instead of chewy and brightly colored fruit-flavored candies, we’re opting for all-natural dehydrated fruit snacks like bars and fruit leathers. If you walk down any grocery store aisle, you’ll probably notice that kale chips, seaweed snacks, dehydrated veggies, and nutritionally dense granola bars are also growing in popularity, as well as meals replacers we can take on-the-go. All of these are great choices for snacking, but a homemade snack tastes just as good, if not better. And how much better can you get in terms of nutritional density than raw snacks?
Even if you’re not 100 percent raw, you can still reap the benefits of raw snacks. Raw foods are often packed with unprocessed nutrition because they’re never heated about 118°F, thus preserving the maximum amount of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Enzymes make it easier for our bodies to digest food, so if you snack on raw food during the day, you’re less likely to run into pesky indigestion problems. So, if you’re hungry, but not too hungry, stave off those munchies with these 15 raw vegan snacks.
1. Raw Chocolate Zucchini Bites
Need a quick and easy snack? Try these Raw Chocolate Zucchini Bites out for size! They’re so rich and chocolatey, you’d never guess that they have veggies in them. One bite of these gooey, sweet, delectable morsels and you’ll never look at zucchini the same way.
2. 3-Ingredient Cherry Pistachio Energy Bars
These 3-Ingredient Cherry Pistachio Energy Bars will be the most delicious energy bars in your life! Cherries and nutty pistachios complement each other so well. The cherries are tart while the pistachios are nutty crunchy. Dates allow them to stick all together in one big happy dough ball. Snack on!
3. Eggplant Jerky
When eating plant-based, you often find creative ways to make the foods you once loved. So, snap into this yummy Eggplant Jerky. Each strip of this delicious snack is savory and gives you that sort of tough chewiness you would expect from jerky. This recipe seasons it with garlic and onion powder but try experimenting with different herbs and spices to your taste.
4. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Buttercream Cups
These Peanut Butter and Chocolate Buttercream Cups are deceptively simple, but they taste even more delicious than they look. The creamy, nutty outer shell is made from tahini, peanut butter, and coconut oil. On the inside, they have chocolatey filling made from dates, cacao powder, and cashew butter that has a texture like buttercream. Seriously amazing.
5. Spreadable Herb Cashew Hemp Cheese
Looking to make a fancy snack for you and your buddies? This creamy, dreamy Spreadable Herb Cashew Hemp Cheese is made from raw cashews and hemp seeds and flavored with fresh herbs and a touch of lemon juice. It’s a great spread for crackers, sandwiches, bagels, and as a dip for veggies.
6. 2-Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream
Summer heat got you down? You probably know about “nice cream,” that creamy, delicious ice cream made from just frozen bananas. This 2-Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream transforms nice cream into a delicious seasonal summer treat. It’s creamy, refreshing, naturally sweet (no need for additional sweeteners!) and amazing! If you have a freezer in your workplace, even better.
7. Strawberry Peach Fruit Roll-Ups
Fruity flavors are bound to entice your taste buds and bring back childhood memories as you bite into your very own Strawberry Peach Fruit Roll-Ups! They’re so easy to make, so that’s a win for healthy snacks. They are a great way to use slightly overripe fruit when you aren’t sure what to do with it.
8. Spicy Kale Chips
Anytime you step into a health food store you’ll be hard-pressed not to find a bag of kale chips. Among all the different flavors out there, nothing beats these Spicy Kale Chips. They’re coated with a flavorful blend of puréed bell pepper, sunflower seeds, and spices and then dehydrated until perfectly crispy. You can use an oven, too, but be sure to keep that temperature low, so they stay raw!
9. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Rich, creamy, chocolatey, and delicious … That’s this Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. It’s just like the store-bought variety, only it’s dairy-free, free from refined sugars, and also 100 percent raw. You can make a big batch and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for weeks without any issue — not that it’ll last weeks.
10. Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn
Let’s make popcorn today! This Cheesy CauliflowerPopcorn is salty and crunchy while being a nutritious alternative to corn. It features turmeric, which is often called “the queen of spices,” with its immunity and metabolism boosting benefits, this snack tastes great and is gentle on your body. We could eat an entire bowl of this in one sitting.
11. No-Bake Galaxy Berry Cheesecake Bars
It’s not hard to see how these No-Bake Galaxy Berry Cheesecake Bars got their name. They’re quite simple to make; the only time-consuming thing is soaking the cashews and letting it all solidify in the freezer, but all of this won’t cost you any effort. Making recipe though takes about 10-20 minutes total, depending on how fast you work. Minimum effort and maximum reward — gotta love it.
12. Italian Herb Onion ‘Cheese’ Crackers
These Italian Herb Onion “Cheese” Crackers owe their cheesy flavor to a delicious almond cashew cheese. They’re perfect to keep on hand to fight those cravings for salty, crunchy snacks. Feel free to experiment with different kinds of herbs such as coriander, fennel, dill, lavender, sage, tarragon, and crushed peppercorn.
13. 3-Ingredient Coconut Avocado Mousse
This 3-Ingredient Coconut Avocado Mousse is super simple to make and totally delicious. Creamy, coconutty, light-as-air, yet rich in flavor, the topping of crunchy cacao nibs provides the perfect contrast in texture. Full of healthy fats to support the nervous system, it’s super creamy and sugar-free. Whether it’s breakfast time or just snack time, this mousse is a must-make .
14. Raw Jam-Filled Doughnut Bites
These cinnamon-y Raw Jam-Filled Doughnut Bites are filled with creamy cashew ice cream and gooey strawberry chia jam. Every bite is bursting with flavor! We recommend making a big batch of them for those afternoons/evenings where you just want something delicious.
15. Banana Bread Cookies With Coconut Cream and Chocolate Sauce
Want banana bread and a cookie in the same wonderful snack? These Banana Bread Cookies With Coconut Cream and Chocolate Sauce make it possible. These cookies seriously taste like banana bread. They’re topped with luscious coconut cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. These are so amazing, you’ll need to double the recipe because we guarantee you’ll want more than one.
Hungry for more? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Snacks!
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Lead image source: Strawberry Peach Fruit Roll-Ups