Firstly I just want to thank you for reading this, and, apologise that I haven’t uploaded anything in so long. My house in Dublin was burgled, as happens in Dublin, and my laptop was stolen out of my bedroom. Dicks! I won’t be getting another one for a while, but, thankfully I can use my boyfriend’s computer when he’s here.
So, I’m writing this post hoping that it will encourage and inspire people to reach for healthier, more ethical snacks when they are feeling peckish. I don’t personally snack that often because my meals are so huge and that eliminates any cravings for processed snacks, or anything at all really. But sometimes, when I’m really busy and my dinner is taking ages, or if I have managed -somehow- to not eat a meal, I will definitely grab something to snack on. I came across a few of these ideas through other vegan YouTubers and bloggers, and the others I just created myself. Not in a creative way, just in a ‘there’s nothing else here‘ way. And more often than not it turns out delicious.
WIERD VEGAN SNACK IDEAS
Celery sticks and peanut butter.
I don’t know where this idea came from but when I first discovered it I thought I was being so innovative and original…until I found out that this is quite a common snack…is this true? Anyway if you haven’t tried it, trust me – it works so well. It’s so fast and easy too, as long as you don’t go slicing up the celery into neat, proportioned sticks and putting the peanut butter in a dainty serving bowl. By all means do that for Instagram but when you’re starving and hangry just break off a stick of celery, rinse, and dip it straight into the jar! Note: Definitely try to get organic celery and not conventional because according to the internet celery is doused in chemicals 🙁
Rice cakes or corn cakes with mushroom paté and sauerkraut.
Yes, now things are getting weird. But the creamy earthiness of the mushroom paté contrasts with the sourness of the sauerkraut and it’s extremely moreish. Trust me on this one it’s an unlikely match but it works. I got the paté in my local health food shop, Natural Way, in Letterkenny. But I expect all health food shops will stock some type of vegan mushroom paté.
Chocolate banana spread on rice cakes.
Another rice cake snack. It makes sense to snack on rice cakes if you’re starving before your dinner because they are basically air and won’t fill you up. They’ll just keep those painful hunger pangs away until you get a proper meal. Directions for this snack recipe: Mash a very ripe banana with a tsp or more of cacao or dark cocoa powder. Add a sweetener of choice such as maple or agave syrup. And there you have it, a quick, healthy, chocolate spread! Delightful. 🙂
I would not recommend this as a snack in winter but if you have the good weather this is as good as a standard ice pop from the shop! If you already know about banana ice cream then you should have a stash of frozen ripe bananas in your freezer already. If not, wait till your bananas are covered in brown spots then peel them and place in freezer bags. Store in the freezer and use in ice cream or as frozen banana ice pops. The latter of which I am recommending here as a quick and easy snack. But again, temperatures should ideally be above 20 to enjoy this!
Lettuce cups with sauerkraut and nutritional yeast.
Right you know your ideas are weird when you can’t find a single photo on the internet to represent the dish. Why I didn’t take a photo the day I made this myself – I don’t know. To make this all you need to do is get some baby gem lettuce, pick of a leaf, rinse, put a layer of sauerkraut into to middle and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. This is random, I know, but the sauerkraut and nutritional yeast combo was an accidental discovery – and it’s so good! Try it and let me know if I’m just
being a weirdo or if it is actually nice.
Tahini and maple syrup on toast.
The sweet and the savoury merge to make a melty, moreish spread. Same principle as peanut butter and jam. (PB & jelly for the yanks) It’s delish I swear!
I stole this photo from this website as it was the closest thing I could find to a picture of tahini and maple syrup on toast, and it’s actually a brilliant recipe! If you don’t have nut butter it would still be nice!