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28 Vegan Snacks for Parties & Midday Slumps Alike

There are two camps of vegan snacks—foods that just so happen to be vegan and foods that are very intentionally vegan. We are equal-opportunity snackers! Whether you’re looking to impress guests or make something you can reach for while you work from home or marathon-watch TV, these 28 recipes cover your cravings for snacks that are crunchy, savory, sweet-leaning, or dips you can enjoy with your favorite vegan crackers.

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    Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates

    Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates

    Author Notes Though these sautéed dates are a sound match for a bubbly drink (Erickson serves them next to a pile of ricotta), Molly Wizenberg also likes to eat the dates over yogurt for breakfast. You could also pit them first and add them to salad or even scrambled or fried eggs, a comforting …

    Deviled Avocados

    Deviled Avocados

    Author Notes This recipe comes from my cookbook Tasting Paris. It is one of the signature dishes at vegan restaurant Le Potager de Charlotte in Paris. The yolk is made of turmeric-yellow hummus, and toasted squash seeds add a nice crunch. I serve a bunch of them on a platter, with spoons for eating, …

    Snack Mix-Style Sesame Sticks

    Snack Mix-Style Sesame Sticks

    Author Notes Sesame sticks are a great vice of mine: I'll strip the bowl of any before you have a chance to get a hand in there. But, luckily, while it'd be hard to make pretzel wheels, Fritos, or Cheez-Its (never Cheese Nips—never!), sesame sticks are the child's play of the DIY snack food world: If …

    Blistered Shishito Peppers

    Blistered Shishito Peppers

    Author Notes This technique comes from Molly Wizenberg and Brandon Pettit, owners of Seattle's Delancey restaurant. They make theirs in a very very hot pizza oven, cooked in olive oil -- the oven is so hot that the peppers cook before the olive oil has time to burn! At home, you can easily use …

    Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Author Notes This fully vegan buffalo chicken dip is not just hummus with spicy sauce mixed in. You'll love the spot-on texture (and flavor) of this simple recipe. —AnnieCate Test Kitchen Notes This recipe is featured in a story sponsored by Crunchmaster crackers. —The Editors Prep time 5 minutes • Cook …

    Tapenade Taralli

    Tapenade Taralli

    Author Notes I have a copy of a fun little cookbook called Salty Snacks by Cynthia Nims. It features a wide array of snacks, from chips and crisps to nuts and nibbles. The recipes I've tried have been very tasty and some of them have taken me completely by surprise. The taralli fall into that camp. …

    Hippie Cereal Crispy Treat Bars/Dessert

    Hippie Cereal Crispy Treat Bars/Dessert

    Author Notes This recipe was my attempt at making Rice Krispy Treats without marshmallows and with natural, healthy-ish ingredients. Inspired by David Lebovitz' Scotcheroos, I used chocolate, almond butter, coconut oil, and rice and maple syrups as the goo to bind the treats together, and topped …

    Giardiniera (Italian Pickled Vegetables)

    Giardiniera (Italian Pickled Vegetables)

    Author Notes Giardiniera is a really simple, age-old way to preserve homegrown vegetables from an overabundant garden (the word comes from the word giardino, which means garden) or to simply take advantage of cheap, in-season produce. These colorful pickled vegetables make a great addition to an …

    Apricot, Date, and Cashew Snack Balls

    Apricot, Date, and Cashew Snack Balls

    Author Notes This is an easy, fast, and delicious recipe for anytime snacking. You can use walnuts, almonds, or cashews, but my personal preference is for cashews, which have a sweet, buttery taste and a texture that's hard to beat. Most recipes for snack balls feature dates and nuts alone, but I …

    Smoky Fried Chickpeas

    Smoky Fried Chickpeas

    Author Notes I was making a sort of Spanish/Moroccan Moorish sort of dinner for friends one night, and was looking for something small and spicy and crunchy to serve with drinks. I thought I had almonds, but had run out, oh no! But I did have a can of chickpeas... Featured In: The Smoky, Snackable …

    Sweet & Spicy Sesame Dumplings

    Sweet & Spicy Sesame Dumplings

    Author Notes The filling is from a rice dumpling recipe handed down from my mother. Traditionally known as "kozhakattai" (learning to pronounce this word correctly involves a graduate-level tutorial; the "z" in the word is not pronounced as in zebra!!), these steamed dumplings are made with a cooked …

    Top-Shelf Trek Mix

    Top-Shelf Trek Mix

    Author Notes Transcend good ol' raisins and peanuts. And if you want to try a trail less traveled, here's a handy formula: 2 cups nuts, 1 cup crunch (seeds or grains or cereal), 1 cup dried fruit, 1 cup surprise, such as cacao nibs, candied ginger, or edible gold flakes. Excerpted from The Campout …

    Around-the-World Coconut Popcorn Mix

    Around-the-World Coconut Popcorn Mix

    Author Notes This savory, sweet, and spicy snack is like Cracker Jacks gone wild. There are some big flavors here, borrowing from Thai, Caribbean, Vietnamese, and Indian cooking. It's also spicy! So beware, and try not to watch weepy movies that'll cause you touch your eyes while you're eating this …

    Apple Chips

    Apple Chips

    Author Notes I borrowed the technique for these from Rivka, whose Cocoa Pear Crisps, were an early recipe contest winner. You don't need to add anything to the apples, but I often sprinkle half of them with a little cinnamon to keep things lively. Feel free to experiment with different spices like …

    Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits

    Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits

    Author Notes A sweet or savory spin on biscuits that feature sweet potato for a tender, moist interior and a very pretty golden color. Fold in some fresh herbs for a more savory flavor, and to help pair these biscuits with one of your favorite brunch or dinner recipes. For a sweeter version, add a …

    Roasted Red Pepper & Cauliflower Dip

    Roasted Red Pepper & Cauliflower Dip

    Author Notes I became well-acquainted with this roasted red pepper and cauliflower dip during a foray into the world of Whole30. It's equal parts creamy and perky, with a welcome tang from lemon and a little kick in the pants from cayenne. I love it just as much as the centerpiece of a crudités …

    Salty Southern Boiled Peanuts

    Salty Southern Boiled Peanuts

    Author Notes Boiled peanuts are not the prettiest treat, but once nervous newcomers try a salty handful, they become lifelong fans. Plus, they are incredibly easy to make at home. From THE FARMHOUSE CHEF: RECIPES AND STORIES FROM MY CAROLINA FARM by Jamie DeMent. Copyright © 2017 by Jamie DeMent. …

    Spicy, Smoky Homemade Kale Chips

    Spicy, Smoky Homemade Kale Chips

    Author Notes Kale chips are a perfect vehicle for any of your favorite spices. Curry, cumin, cinnamon, thyme, and rosemary will all work to give your next batch a unique flavor. My personal favorite spice mix for kale chips is this blend of smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. …

    Paula Wolfert's Herb Jam with Olives and Lemon

    Paula Wolfert's Herb Jam with Olives and Lemon

    Author Notes A genius recipe that brings new life to the herbs and greens that linger in the crisper, adapted slightly from The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen (Wiley, 2003) by Paula Wolfert. —Genius Recipes Serves 6; Makes about 1 1/2 cups 4 large cloves garlic, halved • 1 pound baby spinach leaves • 1 large …

    Vegan Mushroom "Jerky" (Slow-Roasted Mushroom Strips)

    Vegan Mushroom "Jerky" (Slow-Roasted Mushroom Strips)

    Author Notes On first inspection, there’s pretty much no food that could be less amenable to vegan interpretation than jerky. It's just not possible. Right? Wrong—at least if you’re willing to have a somewhat roomy interpretation of what jerky is. These portobello mushroom slices, which are cooked at …

    Wonder Fries (Fried Fingerling Potatoes)

    Wonder Fries (Fried Fingerling Potatoes)

    Author Notes If you are looking for a good excuse to deep fry something -- and who isn't? -- give these Wonder Fries a whirl. They are whole fingerling potatoes, first boiled then fried, and then topped with a lip-smacking miso mayonnaise and a nice bite of green onions. They are a starchy, savory …

    Jennie Cook's Zucchini Butter

    Jennie Cook's Zucchini Butter

    Author Notes Whenever you come home with a bundle of squash, this is the best, purest way you can distill it. (And when we're overrun, it will still be a happy way to dispense with lots of them at once.) It turns out zucchini wants to be butter. Grated fine, it cooks down quickly, pooling into a …

    Date and Walnut Oatcakes

    Date and Walnut Oatcakes

    • Makes 12 2 cups rolled oats • 1 1/3 all-purpose, spelt, or whole wheat pastry flour (use gluten-free certified oat flour to make the recipe gluten-free) • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon ground ginger • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts • 2/3 cup pitted and chopped medjool …

    Creamy, Zesty "Cheese" Dip

    Creamy, Zesty "Cheese" Dip

    Author Notes Make this sauce at your own risk: It's smoky, tart flavor is absolutely addictive, and once you try it, it'll be hard to stop smothering your veggies, burritos, nachos, baked potatoes, and salads. It's your new favorite cheese sauce, except it's magically dairy free, thanks to the …

    Five Minute, No-Bake Vegan Granola Bars

    Five Minute, No-Bake Vegan Granola Bars

    Author Notes This bar can be whatever you want it to be. Add different kinds of dried fruits, different nuts, or different nut butters. It's all good. Mix, wrap, and enjoy! —Gena Hamshaw Prep time 4 hours 5 minutes • Serves 10 to 12 2 1/2 cups rolled or quick oats • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas) • 1/2 cup …

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