The end of another school year stirs up different feelings for parents than it does for kids. Children, of course, are ecstatic that they no longer have to sit in a classroom all day. Summer brings endless possibilities for playing sports, riding bikes, swimming and hanging out with friends. They know exactly what they’re going to be doing for the next three months – and all of it is awesome.
Parents, on the other hand, are left scratching their heads. And sweating. Not because it’s over 100 degrees (although that’s certainly a factor) but because they have no idea what to feed a bunch of hungry munchkins who are circling the kitchen waiting for a delicious snack. Add to the equation that you and your family follow a vegan meal plan and things start to get really complicated. Right?
Not really! Many of your kids’ favorite snacks are “accidentally” vegan anyway. Foods like apples, peanut butter, hummus, pasta, and veggie sticks are all in line with a plant-based diet. With just a few ingredients, there’s so much you can do to switch things up and keep snack time interesting and healthy. These vegan snacks kids love will make you a hero in the kitchen straight through to Labor Day.
Baked Zucchini Fries
This super easy recipe only requires five ingredients and takes just 30 minutes to make. If you’re feeling fancy, you can whip up the accompanying recipe for Sunflower Seed Herb Dressing. Running short on time? These crispy guys taste great dipped in ketchup, too.
Get the recipe from Fork & Beans.
Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter & Chocolate
Great for a snack or dessert, these healthy “nachos” are sweet, satisfying and filling. The best part: This is a totally flexible recipe – you can use any kind of apple you want, any kind of topping and any amount.
Get the recipe from Trial & Eater.
Sweet & Salty Soft Pretzel Bites
Here we have a simple and easy to make, kid-friendly, party food that will satisfy everyone’s sweet and salty cravings! You need about an hour to make these, but the time and effort is totally worth it.
Get the recipe from Where You Get Your Protein
Carrots in a Blanket
Can we all agree that finger food is the best? Okay, good. Now go make these adorable carrots in a blanket. They only take a few minutes of your time, and we can pretty much guarantee they’ll be eaten just as quickly.
Get the recipe from Neurotic Mommy.
Blueberry Quinoa Muffins
This is a great recipe to make while the kids are at summer camp and you have a few hours of free time. These muffins don’t require much effort and they’re terrific for freezing and reheating when the troops are hungry.
Get the recipe from Well Vegan.
Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles
These refreshing watermelon kiwi pops are perfect for hot days! Warning: These popsicles do contain some sugar. Make sure you serve them at the pool or playground so your kids can get their crazies out before heading home.
Get the recipe from The Pretty Bee
What vegan snacks do your kids go nuts for?