16 of the Best Vegan Snacks to Buy at Costco, IKEA, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods
It’s no secret that vegan food has come a long way since the days when tofu had to serve as a substitute for basically everything. Now we have aquafaba to help veganize almost anything, and recipes for homemade vegan cheese are everywhere. It’s easy to get your hands on vegan soul food, and most people know that when you say you’re vegan, it doesn’t mean that you eat fish (fish is still a meat, people!). Best of all, eating vegan doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen or searching for niche ingredients at specialty stores across town. Whether you’re buying in bulk at Costco or picking up a quick bite at Whole Foods, these 16 easy-to-find snacks will make you happy to be eating vegan.
1. Made in Nature Figgy Pops Tart Cherry Fig Supersnacks ($30): Stock up on this healthy snack at Costco. A two-pack of these superfood bites made with figs, dates, cherries, and other nutritious ingredients will keep you going for months.
2. Crunch Roasted Seaweed Sticks With Almonds ($45): Wafer-thin seaweed snacks are great when you just want something to munch on, but they’re not very satisfying. Stock up on these roasted seaweed and almond sticks instead, and you’ll get a satisfying boost of protein with every bite.
3. Made In Nature Organic Dried Fruit Fusions ($77): Pick up a year’s worth of these healthy snacks at Costco. You’ll get an intriguing selection of two flavors: banana, pineapple, mango, ginger, coconut, and cacao nibs, or apples, raisins, and cinnamon.
4. Starlight Cuisine Crispy Vegan Chipotle Rolled Tacos ($6): It’s always a good idea to have some vegan junk food on hand, and these chipotle taquitos fit the bill. Available at Whole Foods, these are the snacks you’ll reach for after a night on the town.
5. Primal Strips Vegan Teriyaki Seitan Jerky ($2): It may sound impossible, but truthfully, these vegan seitan jerky strips are *pretty* satisfying. You can pick them up at Whole Foods, so you have some on hand whenever your protein cravings strike.
6. Gardein Crispy Chick’n Sliders ($5): Skip the drive-thru and go to Whole Foods instead to get your hands on these chick’n sliders. Each serving has 10 grams of protein and a much healthier nutritional profile than the deep-fried fast food chicken sandwiches available elsewhere.
7. Daiya Cheeze Lover’s Gluten-Free Pizza ($10): You’ll want to pick up one of these pizzas at Whole Foods to have on hand for any guests with special dietary needs. They’re soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, so pretty much *anyone* can enjoy them.
8. Eat Pastry Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ($5): It’s hard to oversell the delight that is raw cookie dough you can eat with no chance of getting salmonella. Pick up a tub at Whole Foods and you’ll be happily snacking until you reach the last bite.
9. 365 Everyday Value Sweet Curry Spice Coconut Chips ($4): The best snacks have a nice balance of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. These sweet curry spice coconut chips hit every mark.
10. Earth Balance Vegan Aged White Cheddar Puffs ($4): Tangy, savory vegan aged white cheddar is not a myth. These puffs from Earth Balance nail that cheesy flavor you crave.
11. So Delicious Cashew Milk Salted Caramel Cluster Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert ($7): When it comes to ice cream, the best vegan substitute is cashew milk. It makes this dessert, available at Whole Foods, the creamiest and dreamiest treat you can imagine.
12. Pepparkakor ($7): Spicy pepparkakor are just what you need with your next cup of tea. Get them at IKEA the next time you’re overcome with hunger pangs while shopping for budget-friendly home decor.
13. Knäckebröd Dill ($3): Seasoned with sea salt, dill, poppy, and sesame, these crispbreads are like IKEA’s answer to everything bagel chips. Eat them on their own, or pair with cured (fake) meats and cheeses for a fancy snack.
14. Trader Joe’s Supersweet Dried Carabao Mango ($4): Carabao mango just might be dried fruit royalty. Its super-sweet flavor has a bit of tang that beats boring candy any day.
15. Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter ($4): Cookie butter is truly one of the best European imports to ever make it to the states. Luckily, all three Trader Joe’s cookie butter flavors are vegan, so you can spread, spoon, and dollop them on everything.
16. Trader Joe’s Ancient Grains and Nuts Granola ($4): Maximize the nutritional potential of your snacks with this ancient grain granola. Loaded with ingredients like buckwheat, quinoa, teff, and amaranth, it’s a snack that will sate your cravings and fuel your day.
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