Top 15 Nostalgic Vegan Snacks
These snacks will transport you back to the 90s.
Wish you could go back to the days of trampoline jumping, devouring yummy after-school snacks, and not having to worry about paying bills? While we can’t help you with your bills, we can definitely help you track down the plant-based versions of all your favorite childhood eats! From Cheetos, Doritos, and Hot Pockets to M&M’s and Little Debbie Snacks, there’s a vegan alternative for just about any popular food item from your past. Here’s a list of the top 15 nostalgic vegan snacks.
PeaTos brings on the heat with their Fiery Hot Crunchy Curls. These finger-licking snacks, reminiscent of Hot Cheetos, will give you the feeling of eating junk food—without all the junk! At 4g of protein and 3g of fiber per serving, these sustainable pea-based powerhouses are too hot to miss out on! Is it snack time yet?
Yummy Dino Buddies
If you agree that dino-shaped nuggets taste better than traditional nuggets, then you’ll want to head to the grocery store for Yummy Dino Buddies’ Meatless Plant-Based Nuggets. These wheat- and soy-based bites are a fun, delicious way to fuel your day. Don’t forget to grab your favorite dipping sauce while you’re at the store!
These crunchy, colorful, and chocolaty cuties are the healthier, tastier relatives to classic M&M’s! No Whey’s Choco NoNo’s are vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free—basically, they’re the epitome of allergy-friendly. To make things even better, each morsel is colored naturally with ingredients like spirulina, carrot, radish, blackcurrant, pumpkin, and lemon concentrate. Pour yourself a handful and get snacking!
Two words: Hot Pockets. Remember those? So easy to heat up and satisfying to the taste—that is, if you didn’t burn your mouth biting into them. Mikey’s now offers several vegan-friendly, gluten-free pockets reminiscent of those classic microwaveable meals. Our favorite is the Meaty Marinara Pocket. Loaded with Beyond Meat crumbles, vegan mozzarella, and marinara sauce, this glorious handheld gives off major pizza calzone vibes.
Rule Breaker Snacks
Remember all those times you would dig to the bottom of your lunch box to pull out your coveted Little Debbie snack? Now there’s a new pre-packaged treat in town—this time without dairy, gluten, nuts, or all that added sugar! Rule Breaker Snacks makes guilt-free, vegan Chocolate Chunk, P’nutter Chocolate Chip, and Birthday Cake Blondies, as well as Deep Chocolate Brownies. Out of them all, the Birthday Cake Blondies are our current obsession. Featuring a chickpea-based dough, white chocolate chips, and naturally colored sprinkles, these cute confections make for the perfect post-lunch dessert.
There’s nothing like peeling back the wrapper on a cheese stick bursting in flavor. Daiya makes the veganized version of just about every dairy product out there, including these soy- and gluten-free Cheddar Style Deluxe Cheeze Sticks. They’re convenient and rich in flavor, what more could we ask for?
For those who used to religiously purchase Nestlé Toll House cookie dough tubs, there’s a non-GMO vegan version you can enjoy! Eat Pastry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is sweet, decadent, and satisfying AF. Most traditional cookie dough containers read “do not consume raw,” but since Eat Pastry’s are made from 100% plant-based ingredients, you’re good to grab a spoon and dig in.
Who knew happiness could be contained in a can? Vegan Rob’s captures the essence of every child’s favorite chips, Pringles! The Cauliflower Crisps are the closest to the classic potato chip, but Vegan Rob’s also offers Dragon and Turmeric Crisps if you’re looking to experiment with other flavors. Oh, and if you were a fan of Cheeto Puffs back in the day, Vegan Rob’s has perfected the airy crunchiness in their Puffs—in seven different varieties!
Did anyone else always beg their parents to buy them a Snickers bar while waiting in the grocery store checkout line? While some mainstream fruit-flavored candies are accidentally vegan, basic chocolate bars are nearly impossible to find plant-based. Nelly’s to the rescue! These chocolate-coated refrigerated bars “taste like the good stuff, without all the bad stuff.” They’re gluten-free, heart-healthy, certified organic, and high in vitamins and minerals! Aside from the Snickers-reminiscent Nutty Nougat flavor, there’s a plethora of other nostalgic varieties in Coconut, Caramel Nougat, Peanut Butter & Coconut, and Chunky Almond.
Pizza Rolls are one of the most quintessential childhood snacks. Whether you’re raising your kids plant-based but don’t want them to miss out on those iconic bites, or you want to throw it back to the good old days by popping a few into your mouth, Amy’s Kitchen has you covered! Their Vegan Cheese Pizza Snacks feature organic tomato sauce and vegan mozzarella cheese wrapped in a soft flour crust.
Earth Balance’s Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares are the doppelgangers of Cheez-Its. These crunchy pieces are vegan and non-GMO, and they come in at 0g of trans fat per serving. Keep a box in your pantry for the next time you’re craving something cheesy.
Although you may not want to admit it, you’ve probably eaten your fair share of fish sticks as a tot. Now that you’re older, more health-conscious, and all about that #plantbasedlife, it is probably much more appealing to consume dishes with ingredients you can pronounce. But sometimes it’s comforting to bite into snacks that evoke good childhood memories. Thanks to the help of Gardein’s F’sh Filets, you can fulfill that need while staying true to your vegan lifestyle. These pieces of flaky, golden goodness are vegan, kosher, and packed with omega-3s—and the ingredients are legible!
Yogurt in a tube? Genius! While Go-Gurt finally launched a dairy-free version of their classic product, we love supporting all-vegan brands when possible. Kite Hill’s Strawberry Banana Yogurt Tubes beautifully blend creamy almond milk with real fruit puree to give you a fun, tasty way to eat on the go. Because the best way to stay young is to eat kid-friendly snacks, right?
If Snack Pack pudding cups were your jam, you’ll love this one! Whole Foods has created the ultimate smooth, sweet snack that will transport you to your elementary school lunchroom. Their Chocolate & Vanilla Almondmilk Pudding is made with vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free ingredients and packaged in perfectly sized portions.
A corn dog is like a hot dog’s more put-together sibling. They’re much more easy, clean, and fun to eat! Not only did Field Roast find a way to capture the taste of corn dogs using only vegan ingredients, but they’ve also made them fun-sized! These Miniature Corn Dogs showcase the brand’s Classic Smoked Frankfurters coated in a drool-worthy cornbread batter. Whether you prefer dipping them in mustard or ketchup, these adorable bites are sure to satisfy your cravings!
Allie is a writer, musical theatre performer, yoga instructor, and walking vegan restaurant directory. On any given day, you can catch her making tofu scramble, scouring Trader Joe’s for new plant-based products, or watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie! Visit her website at alexandrammitchell.com.
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