One common misconception about vegans is that their diets are basically the same as rabbits. And, that there are no crave-worthy snack foods that are vegan.
Okay, sure – vegans do tend to eat tons of leafy greens and typically maintain a nutrient-dense food regime, but you’d be surprised how many snack foods (and junk foods, for that matter) are accidentally vegan.
If you’re vegan and craving something sweet, salty, crunchy, or greasy that you’d find at any old convenience store, we’ve got the ultimate list of snack foods for you.
Yep, that’s right.
You won’t even have to make a trip to Whole Foods to satisfy your vegan snack cravings.
Bring on the “vegan junk food”.
15 Vegan-Friendly Snack Foods You Can Find Pretty Much Anywhere
Luckily for the vegans of the world, a number of popular snack brands have produced foods that are actually vegan-approved.
The thing to keep in mind is that these snacks may or may not actually be marketed as vegan, even though they do not contain any animal-derived ingredients.
If you’re nervous about shopping for snacks and other processed foods as a vegan – we get it. There certainly can be some gray areas as to whether or not particular snack foods are vegan (like the infamous “Are Oreos vegan?” debate, which is a bit more complicated than you may have been led to believe).
But you don’t have to worry any longer because we’ve done our due diligence and found a number of snack foods (both healthy and not-so-healthy) that actually adhere to vegan standards.
1. Ritz Crackers
That’s right – these super-addicting Ritz crackers your mom fed you as a kid when you had the stomach flu are also appropriate for vegans. They’re the perfect option if you want something flaky, salty and a little butter-y (without the actual butter).
2. Sour Patch Kids
Even as a vegan you can find something to munch on at the movie theatre. Sour Patch Kids don’t contain gelatin like other gummy candies, so you can eat as many as you like until your tongue goes numb!
3. Terra Real Vegetable Chips
What? We had to put some healthy vegan snack foods on this list too!
But honestly, these vegetable chips are just as tasty as traditional potato chips and perfect for when you have the munchies but don’t want to feel terrible about yourself.
Terra Real Vegetable Chips come in numerous varieties, most of which are vegan-friendly (and thank goodness too – because you’ll probably eat an entire bag in one sitting).
4. Thin Mints
Yep, the holy grail of all Girl Scout cookies are officially vegan.
We won’t judge you if you buy out all the Thin Mints from your neighborhood girl scout. After all, they freeze really well – so you can always save some for later.
5. Lay’s Classic Potato Chips
Who knew it would be so easy to get vegan chips for a party? These classic potato chips are not only vegan-approved, but also salty, crunchy, and a crowd-pleaser.
And, if you’re feeling adventurous flavor-wise, these Lay’s Potato Chips varieties are also suitable for vegans:
- Deli Style
- Dill Pickle
- Lightly Salted
- Lightly Salted Barbecue
- Salt and Vinegar
- Kettle Cooked Original
- Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
6. Clif Bars
Perhaps not surprisingly, the majority of Clif Bar flavors are accidentally vegan – perfect for when you need a protein-heavy snack before or after a workout.
There are no actual animal products in the ingredients, but the company does want you to know that some bars may have trace amounts of dairy products from their production facilities.
For some vegans, this isn’t such a big deal. But we understand that some of you may take issue with this and we wouldn’t want to lead you astray.
7. SunChips Original
We all grew up knowing that SunChips were considered the healthier chip option. Well, turns out that the original flavor was vegan all along!
8. Nabisco Nutter Butter Cookies
We also cried tears of joy when we found out these creamy, crunchy, delicious peanut-butter sandwich cookies qualify as a sweet vegan snack. We also ran to the grocery store and picked up the biggest case of Nutter Butter Cookies we could (just like you probably will).
9. Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars
These semi-healthy snacks that many of us got in our lunch boxes throughout our school years are also vegan!
If you’ve got a long day of work or plan on spending a good chunk of the day studying at the library, grab one of these Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bar flavors: Apple Crisp, Cinnamon, Maple Brown Sugar, Peanut Butter, Pecan Crunch, or Roasted Almond varieties.
They’ll surely keep your tummy full while you’re hard at work.
If you’re looking for a snack to satisfy your sweet tooth and your childhood nostalgia, Smarties are the perfect choice.
Turns out, these chalky, pastel candies are vegan-approved and (thank god) you can buy a 5-pound bag of them on Amazon to have on-hand for “emergencies.”
11. Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili
Most of Doritos brand tortilla chips are not vegan-friendly snacks. But there is a loophole: the Spicy Sweet Chili flavor.
So if you’re looking for a vegan snack that’s sweet, savory AND spicy – these are your best bet. Plus, you can probably find them at any gas station or corner store.
12. Nabisco Original Grahams
No one knows why Nabisco Original Graham Crackers are so addicting. Once you start eating one, you just can’t seem to stop!
While the source of these crackers’ deliciousness seems to be a mystery, there’s one thing that’s certain: these subtly sweet, crunchy snacks are vegan.
As far as we know only the Nabisco brand grahams are vegan, so double check the ingredient label before you buy another brand.
13. Kettle Brand Potato Chips – Multiple Varieties
If Lay’s potato chips aren’t really your thing, you can still have your potato chips and be vegan too.
The majority of Kettle Brand potato chips are vegan-friendly, and their flavors are a little more exciting than other potato chip brands (in our opinion). Here are all the flavors you can munch on as a vegan:
- Backyard Barbecue
- Maple Bacon (there’s no actual bacon!)
- Red Curry
- Roasted Garlic
- Sea Salt
- Sea Salt & Vinegar
- Spicy Thai
14. Swedish Fish
Turns out the most popular fish-shaped candy in the world is also vegan-approved. These fun little snacks are sweet, chewy gummies that you can pick up at a number of stores and vending machines.
For the most part, vegans can safely buy a package of Swedish Fish without fear. However, there have been instances of people getting packages of Swedish Fish that contain beeswax. We aren’t sure why, but just be sure to read the label before you commit to buying.
These rolled-up, deep-fried tortilla chips from Mexican company Barcel have become a cult favorite in the world of snack fanatics.
Are Takis vegan-friendly?
Well, we have good news: a few of the Takis flavors are accidentally vegan.
Takis Fuego: vegan! And Takis Nitro flavor is also vegan-friendly. It’s rumored that the Takis Salsa Brava and Zombie flavors are also suitable for plant-eaters. Just be sure to buy one of these varieties or read the ingredients very closely on the package (some Takis flavors contain animal ingredients like casein and cheese).
But for those of you who love munching on something spicy and crunchy, Takis are the perfect vegan snack food to satisfy those cravings.
Consider Your Vegan Snack Cravings Fulfilled
There’s no need to go out of your way to go to a natural foods store every time you want a snack. Plenty of snack foods that are sold at typical big box grocery stores or your local gas station are vegan-approved.
Whether it’s a healthy snack, sweet snack, savory snack, or just straight up junk food that you’re craving, chances are high that you’ll find something free from animal ingredients.
To recap, here’s the 15 vegan-approved snack foods you can start enjoying today:
- Ritz Crackers
- Sour Patch Kids
- Terra Real Vegetable Chips
- Thin Mints
- Lay’s Classic Potato Chips
- Clif Bars
- SunChips Original
- Nabisco Nutter Butter Cookies
- Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars
- Doritos Sweet Spicy Chili
- Nabisco Original Grahams
- Kettle Brand Potato Chips – Multiple Varieties
- Swedish Fish
Heck, this is only a list of 15 popular snack foods that are actually vegan — it doesn’t even begin to cover all of the snacks out there that are free from animal ingredients.
Granted, just because a processed snack food is vegan doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you, and following a vegan diet doesn’t automatically make you a healthy eater. So keep in mind that many of the vegan snack foods on this list should be eaten in moderation.
But hey – even vegans are allowed to indulge every now and then!
What’s your favorite vegan snack food?
Tell us what you’re eating in the comments below!