5 Healthy Vegan Snacks That Don’t Need to be Refrigerated

Whether you’re always on the go—running, jogging, trailblazing, or you just need a quick pick me up at work, there are a number of healthy vegan snacks you can create that don’t require refrigeration. You can dig these little energy boosters and appetite suppressors out of your purse or pocket without feeling too guilty about adding pounds, excess sugar or salt to your diet.

1. Healthy Trail Mix

Store-bought trail mixes are ok, but they’re often too heavy in sugar and sodium. It’s much better to make your own from scratch. Start with unsalted almonds, add some dark chocolate (bar or chips). Next add some unsalted shelled sunflower and pumpkin seeds. You can also add some freshly ground flax seeds for heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Ditto for some toasted oats as the high fiber protects your heart. Finally, include some dried cranberries or apples (avoid any fruits that are sugar coated).

2. Curried Baked Carrot Chips

Never had these? They’re delicious and easy to make. Peel a large carrot, and toss with a little bit of olive oil, some curry powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees or until the chips begin to turn brown. Place baking sheet on a wire rack and cool until chips are crisp, about 3 minutes. Follow Kiersten Frase’s detailed recipe at Oh my Veggies for the most delicate, crispy oven-baked carrot chips.

3. Seaweed

Seaweed (specifically nori) is packed with nutrients, including vitamins A and C, and calcium. In fact, seaweed is one of the only natural, non-animal sources of vitamin B-12 necessary for many cognitive and bodily functions. Sea vegetables also contain lots of iodine, potassium, selenium, iron, and magnesium—more so than land-grown vegetables, since these minerals are concentrated in seawater. One thing to look out for is the sodium content, which can be particularly high. Read the labels and opt for brands with the shortest ingredient list—seaweed, olive or sesame oil and salt. Avoid any that have added sugars and artificial ingredients.

4. Fruit Infused Popcorn Balls

Get some lightly salted or unsalted basic popcorn (without added sweeteners, butter or artificial flavors). Air pop it (air-popped popcorn has just 31 calories and 3 grams of fat). Use maple syrup (or honey if you’re not vegan) as a binding agent. You’ll only need about 1 teaspoon of maple syrup to hold 1/2 cup of popcorn. Drizzle the maple syrup over popcorn and stir until the popcorn is coated. Allow the syrup to cool for about 2 to 10 minutes and then shape it into balls. Add some dried nuts and fruits—like mango cranberries, cherries, or anything seasonal—for a totally tasty, healthy snack.

5. Homemade Granola Bars

Store-bought granola bars can be pretty salty and sugary. And they’re not exactly cheap if you’re feeding a scout troop or T-Ball team. So why not make your own? Chances are, you already have the ingredients: rolled oats (not quick or instant), maple syrup, salt, canola oil, sunflower seeds, dried mixed berries and coconut flakes. You’ll find the complete recipe at a Love a Fare.

103 comments

Mary T.
Mary Tabout a year ago

thanks for sharing...looking for a trail mix recipe

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc2 years ago

Danke

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik2 years ago

Thank you for sharing

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Arnold B.
arnold B2 years ago

thanks

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Rob B.
Rob B2 years ago

There are a number of vegetables that can be baked and made into chips (sweet potato, potatoes of various colors, kale, zucchini). Another idea is to bake chickpeas after seasoning them the way you like (curry is good).

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc2 years ago

Thanks. Like to eat seaweed snack.

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Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey2 years ago

Thanks

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Bobi E.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing, great ideas. I have made baked carrot, beet and parsnip chips and love them. I will try the nori, and read that it can be baked to make crispy chips too.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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