I’ve shared batch cooking tips and ideas before, but today I want to focus specifically on plant-based snack ideas that you can prep ahead on the weekend and eat all week long. If you’re not incorporating a couple of snacks into your batch sessions, you’ll find that adding 2 or 3 into your plan can make a huge difference in the amount of packaged snacks you purchase at the store.
These plant-based snack ideas are healthy and delicious, and they are also versatile for snacking on the go, packing in school lunches or changing up a dozen different ways with different spice blends and ingredients.
1. Seasoned Nuts
DIY your favorite nut with a drizzle of olive oil and your favorite seasoning blend. Spread out on a baking sheet at roast at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Some of my favorite sprinkles are: Everything Bagel Seasoning (Trader Joe’s) and a blend of cumin, sea salt and chili powder.
2. Snack / Trail Mixes
My Savory Snack Mix goes so fast in my house that I usually fill up two baking sheets with this mix to last us the whole week!
3. Frozen Grapes
It doesn’t get much simpler than this! Just wash, dry and freeze your grapes in a freezer-safe container. Then, take out a bunch when you’re ready to enjoy them. This is a favorite snack of my son, Jake, who especially likes to eat them on hot afternoons after school.
In my opinion, hummus and vegetable sticks is one of the quintessential plant-based snack ideas that you can eat. Homemade hummus is simple to make in under 5 minutes, and you can change it up by just adding a few ingredients to play with the flavors: lemon juice, roasted red peppers, artichokes, olives, or sun-dried tomatoes, to name a few!
Whether I’m veganizing a box mix from Trader Joe’s to make these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins or batching something from scratch, muffins are made for batch cooking!
6. Energy Balls
This plant-based snack is portable and easy to adapt to whatever your family likes. They are a great alternative to the packaged protein bars you buy at the store and much healthier too.
7. Roasted Chickpeas
Use the same method you would for the seasoned nuts above but swap in chickpeas for a protein alternative. You can buy these at the store in a variety of flavors but they’re so much better when they’re homemade.
8. Seasoned Popcorn
We LOVE popcorn in my house. We make a pot at least 3 times a week so it saves time to batch a big pot once and portion it out throughout the week. If we’re feeling fancy, we’ll sprinkle on one of my homemade seasoning blends (taco seasoning + sea salt + nutritional yeast) or crush homemade Cheesy Kale chips over a batch.
9. Fruit and Vegetable Chips
If you have access to an air fryer, these are simple to make. Some of my favorite produce go-to’s: Bananas, apples, kale and rainbow carrots.
10. Fruit Leathers
Ditch the fruit roll ups and make homemade fruit leathers instead with a dehydrator. Just peel, thinly slice and let the air fryer do the work. My favorite is mango!
Which of the ideas above is your favorite? I’d love to hear your snack ideas too! Share them below.