My family is vegan, and going grocery shopping with our son usually means having to tell him he can't have certain snacks. But just because go-to snacks like string cheese and cookies aren't on the menu doesn't mean feeding your kids after school has to be complicated. That's why it's helpful to have some great vegan after school snack recipes on hand.
There are plenty of animal-friendly diets out there, but "vegans do not eat meat, fish, poultry or animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, and honey," the Vegetarian Resource Group noted. When parents at school or play dates learn that our family is vegan, I typically have to dispel a few myths. One of the biggest misconceptions being that we only "rabbit food." Obviously there's more variety to an animal-friendly diet than just raw veggies. Still, despite all the animal-free options available, I'll be the first to admit that being vegan isn't always convenient.
Sometimes the prospect of "veganizing" your favorite recipes can feel overwhelming and time-consuming. Thankfully, once you see just how many flavorful dishes are out there, you'll feel more confident in the kitchen. So check out these vegan after school snack recipes that are as tasty as they are easy to make.
1. Creamy Vegan Queso
This creamy vegan queso from Cookie + Kate puts a dairy-free twist on the classic chips and dip snack. Even your kids' non-vegan friends will dig this cheesy goodness.
2. Baked Heart Shaped French Fries
Another classic after school snack, Fo Reals Life's baked heart-shaped french fries are surprisingly easy to make. Not to mention they are adorable.
3. Deep Fried Mushrooms
You might be surprised to learn that you can make fried food without a dairy or egg batter. These deep fried mushrooms from What Jew Wanna Eat are both vegan and gluten-free
4. Gingerbread Granola
Whether used on its own or combined with other ingredients, this gingerbread granola recipe from Have Cake Will Travel is an ideal post-school snack.
5. Vegan Israeli Pizza
This delicious recipe for vegan Israeli pizza from What Jew Wanna Eat isn't just for the sophisticated palate. Folks of any age or dietary preference will enjoy this rich avocado-topped slice of pizza.
6. Cinnamon Pull-Apart Brioche
Served as desert, with breakfast, or for a snack, the cinnamon pull-apart brioche recipe from Have Cake Will Travel is the jack-of-all-trades in the bread world.
7. Quinoa Corn Black Bean Fiesta Bowl
For the days when your kids want a hearty snack, this quinoa corn black bean fiesta bowl from Healthy Happy Life will do the trick.
8. Coconut Curry Popcorn
A tantalizing combination of sweet and spicy, this coconut curry popcorn recipe from Naturally Ella hits all the right notes. It's perfect for on-the-go eating, too.
9. Raspberry And Blueberry Crumble Bars
These raspberry and blueberry crumble bars from Healthy Happy Life are yummy without being too sugary for kids.
10. Roasted Vegan Nacho Cauliflower
A healthy alternative to munching on a bag of cheesy chips, this roasted vegan nacho cauliflower recipe from Fo Reals Life fits the bill.
11. Artichoke Crostini With Hummus
Who doesn't love crunchy bread and tasty toppings? It may have a fancy name, but this artichoke crostini with hummus recipe from Pickles & Honey is sure to be a family favorite.
12. Mashed Potato Salad
Typically served as a side dish, this mashed potato salad from Quinoa Kale and Exhale also doubles as a delicious after school snack.
13. Spring Rolls
The perfect size for small hands, your kids will love these spring rolls from Naturally Ella.
14. Cashew Yogurt
My son loves yogurt, so it was important to me to find a vegan version. This cashew yogurt recipe from Pickles & Honey is my go-to for after school snacks at our house.
15. Beet Hummus With Crispy Greens
It's a well-known fact that kids love foods in funky colors. That's why this beet hummus with crispy greens from A Cozy Kitchen is a spot-on choice for an afternoon snack.