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10 Best Plant-Based Healthy Snack Ideas For 2021 (Easy & Delicious!)

Avocado Tomato Crunchy Wrap


This satisfying wrap is nutty, fresh, and filling, and you can make it in less than five minutes. While no cooking is needed for this quick recipe, if you want to add an extra crunch, take the rolled wrap and place it on the grill for a few minutes.



Ingredients:

  • 1 whole wheat wrap

  • ½ avocado, mashed

  • ½ tomato, sliced

  • 1 tbsp. sunflower seeds

  • Drizzle of walnut oil (use olive oil or other healthy oil alternatives here)

  • Pinch of paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It:

  1. Lay out the wrap and spread the mashed avocado.

  2. Layer the tomato across the middle.

  3. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and drizzle with walnut oil.

  4. Shake on paprika, salt, and pepper to taste.

  5. Wrap tight and enjoy.

Nutritional benefits

Avocados and walnut oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and several anti-inflammatory polyphenols. Tomatoes are great sources of the antioxidant lycopene, and sunflower seeds have unsaturated fatty acids in addition to tocopherols, B vitamins, minerals, and protein.


No-Bake Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Feel like something sweet that isn’t packaged? These no-bake orange oatmeal cookies just might be a regular snack in your home; no need to preheat the oven, and even the kids will love them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats

  • ½ cup oat flour plus 2 tbsp. oat flour

  • 1 tsp. nutritional yeast

  • 1 cup almond butter

  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds

  • ¼ cup honey or molasses

  • Pinch of salt

  • Zest and juice from ½ orange

  • ½ cup cacao nibs (optional)

  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

How to Make It:

  1. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to blend the almond butter, honey or molasses, orange zest, and orange juice.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together the oats, ½ cup oat flour, nutritional yeast, chia seeds, salt, cinnamon, and optional cacao nibs.

  3. Using a wooden spoon, slowly mix in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until blended. The texture should be consistent but slightly sticky. You can add more peanut butter or oat flour to achieve desired texture.

  4. Shape into cookies.

  5. Pour the 2 tablespoons remaining oat flour onto a plate, and “roll” cookies in flour. This makes the cookies less sticky. Enjoy!

Tip: These cookies freeze very well for up to two months.


Nutritional Benefits

Rolled oats are a great source of fiber and are particularly high in beta-glucan, a type of dietary fiber associated with lower cholesterol levels. Nutritional yeast is a plant-based source of vitamin B12, and chia seeds and almond butter deliver plant-based protein, unsaturated fatty acids, and several polyphenols. Cacao nibs deliver potent antioxidants, and the orange and cinnamon contain components that help promote healthy blood circulation.


Cilantro and Black Bean Taquitos

Here is a great protein-rich, flavorful snack with only four ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 3 corn tortillas

  • ½ cup refried beans

  • 1 tbsp. cilantro, chopped

  • ½ tsp. cumin

How to Make It:

  1. Spread the refried beans across the tortillas.

  2. Sprinkle cilantro and cumin onto the beans.

  3. Roll up and enjoy!

Nutritional Benefits

Black beans are generally an easily accessible, low-cost plant-based protein source that contains several minerals, dietary fiber, and multiple polyphenols. Corn tortillas pair well with black beans to deliver complete protein, and cilantro is packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components.


Roasted Curry Chickpeas

Make these chickpeas on the weekend to enjoy throughout the week. While they are relatively easy to make, they take some patience, as you’ll have to use the oven. But the final result—crispy, savory, and flavorful—make these roasted chickpeas very snackable. Best of all, you can enjoy them on their own or as an addition to soups and salads.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tsp. salt

  • 2 tsp. curry

  • 1 tsp. pepper

How to Make It:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, and pat them dry with a paper towel. Shake the chickpeas in a bowl to loosen any skin, and remove them from the bowl. Pat dry again.

  3. Pour chickpeas onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.

  4. Drizzle with olive oil or avocado oil, and use a spatula to make sure the chickpeas are covered in a layer of oil.

  5. Add sea salt, pepper, and curry. Spread evenly across the cookie sheet.

  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, moving with a spatula halfway through.

  7. Remove from oven and cool. Enjoy!

Nutritional Benefits

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzos, are renowned for their iron content—a mineral that may be lacking in plant-based diets, and they also contain protein and fiber. Curry is rich in curcumin, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory component.


Cauliflower Blueberry Smoothie

You may have heard of spinach and kale in your smoothies, but have you ever tried cauliflower smoothies? Like bananas, frozen cauliflower gives the smoothie a rich, smooth texture, but, unlike bananas, it has a mild flavor so you really enjoy the blueberries.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower

  • ¼ cup cashew butter

  • 1 ½ cups hemp milk, almond milk, or other plant-based drink of your choice

  • 1 tbsp. date paste or 2 dates

How to Make It:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender, and pour into two glasses. Enjoy!

Nutritional Benefits

Cauliflower is not necessarily the most popular of the cruciferous vegetables (except when people are looking for vegetable replacements for rice or bread). However, cauliflower is rich in multiple antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer compounds, including carotenoids, antioxidant enzymes, flavonoids, terpenes, and others.

Blueberries are better known in the world of antioxidant fruits, but, in addition to a high concentration of flavonoids, they also contain components that fight against inflammation and support cell signaling. The cashew butter contributes several minerals and protein to this recipe.


Chia Seed Crackers

On their own or as a vehicle for guacamole or the Green Goodness Hummus recipe below, these chia seed crackers are a game-changer. Store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks for a great on-the-go snack.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup chia seeds

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed

  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

  • ½ cup sesame seeds

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder

  • ¼ tsp. salt

How to Make It:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine chia seeds and water. Let thicken for 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes.

  3. Add ground flaxseed, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, garlic powder, and salt. Mix thoroughly. If there is still water, let sit for another 2-3 minutes so the seeds can absorb the mixture.

  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the seed mixture onto the parchment paper, and spread with a spatula. If desired, sprinkle with additional salt. Use the spatula to “cut” the mixture into four rectangles.

  5. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove and flip the rectangles. Return to the oven for another 25-30 minutes or