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25+ Vegan Kids Snacks for Picky Plant-Based Toddlers & Tots

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Snacks make the world go ‘round, staving off hunger between meals while preventing meltdowns and tantrums along the way. At any age, having quick, energizing vegan snacks on hand is essential. But for kids, it’s even more essential. So here is a round-up our favorite vegan kids snacks — from store bought to homemade!

Growing kids especially need almost continuous access to stay full and focused, fueling a full day of work or play. It’s also a great opportunity to sneak more vitamins and nutrients into your picky eaters, simultaneous staving off the impulse to overeat at mealtimes. When energy levels run low, a quick bite can be a real lifesaver.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to navigate around the junk food out there, especially when cravings strike. There’s nothing wrong with an occasional treat, but things like chips and cookies should be the exception rather than the rule.

Avoid the pitfalls of processed foods, get out of your snacking rut, and rediscover the fun of healthy snacking all over again. Just a little bit of planning can take the stress out of that midday break.

Easy Vegan Kids Snack Ideas

The best snacks for kids will always be fresh, whole foods. Sugar, fat, and salt are non-issues when you’re serving up the basics, like cut apples and baby carrots. That doesn’t mean it needs to be boring, though! Get everyone on board by dressing up fruits and veggies with sauces and dips, playful presentations, and crave-worthy flavors. Here are a few instant snacks you can whip up anytime, no recipes required:

Store-Bought Snacks — Toddler Approved! 

It can be a real challenge feeding tiny tots. They may not be as willing to try new foods, lack the teeth needed for crunchy or hard snacks, and small pieces could become chocking hazards. The best vegan toddler snacks manage to balance nutrition with safety and plenty of natural appeal. Don’t be discourage if little ones don’t immediately step up to the plate; sometimes it can take a number of exposures for success.

Freeze-Dried Fruits & Smoothie Melts

Amara’s smoothie melts are one of our favorite packages snacks because they’re actually healthy, but they taste like candy so kids love them! My toddler is obsessed.

The ingredients are so clean and simple: organic fruit, organic coconut milk, and organic carrots. That’s it! They have all the flavor and nutrition of a refreshing fruit smoothie with none of the spills, smears, or splashes. And no added sugar!

Two of the flavors are vegan (mango carrot and carrot raspberry) and they are ideal for toddlers, older kids, and even the youngest ones just learning to self-feed. Parents, you can munch on them too — I do! They come in a resealable bag and won’t melt, so they’re very convenient to pack in lunches or toss in your bag and take on-the-go. You can even find them on Amazon.

Pssst! If your little one is just starting to explore solid foods, or you’re trying baby led weaning, these can also help babies practice their grip and improve hand-eye coordination.

Plant-Based Cheese

Cheese is irresistible, especially since it comes in so many forms. Now there are vegan cheese sticks (from brands like Miyoko’s and Daiya), creamy spreadable wedges (like these from Good Planet Foods), and even a plant-based version of the iconic wax-wrapped Babybel wheel.

Snack Bars and Cereal

  • Dry cereal can be a great finger food, especially on long car trips or days outside since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Pack single servings in reusable pouches or zip top bags for grab-and-go convenience.
  • Snack bars are already neatly wrapped and perfectly portioned. Look for options that are made with whole grains for more fiber.
  • Granola has potential as well, like cereal, but can be more difficult to eat without utensils. Varieties with bigger clumps and clusters are best to prevent crumbs.
Mason jar filled with homemade granola spilled on white surface

Veggie Chips, Crisps, Puffs, and Straws

  • Freeze-dried vegetables seem like a questionable choice for young kids, but they’re surprisingly delicious, even if your little ones turn up their noses at the veggies on their plates! The drying process concentrates their natural sweetness, so single-ingredient crisps that are just corn, tomatoes, or peas take on greater depth of flavor.
  • Veggie straws or chips taste more like potato chips that everyone knows and loves but add a little bit more nutrition into the picture. They’re a good way to wean kids off less healthy snacks while still satisfying with a similar experience.
  • Cauliflower puffs prove that cauliflower really can do anything it puts its mind to! Puffed snacks are traditionally made from corn, but these use everyone’s favorite cruciferous vegetable as the base instead, coating them with dairy-free cheesy powder for that perfect savory finish.

You can also make your own chips like these zero-waste crispy potato skin chips and these kale chips!

Plant Based Crispy Potato Skins Easy Zero Waste Recipe

Dairy-Free Yogurt

Plant-based yogurt now comes in ever flavor and color imaginable! You can even find vegan yogurt tubes (for all the Go-gurt lovers) and cashewmilk yogurt pouches ideal for lunchboxes, that are nearly identical to the conventional options.

Just keep in mind most yogurts are loaded with sugar, so even though they contain beneficial probiotics, they should probably fall into a “sweets and treats” category rather than an everyday snack.

Best Vegan Yogurt Brands Silk Oatly Oui Culina Nancys Kite Hill and More

Fruit Snacks

  • Fruit leather is essentially fruit puree that’s been dried in flat sheets for a shelf stable alternative to fresh. There’s no added sugar which makes it a smart way to curb sweet cravings.
  • Gummies are not all created equal; many aren’t even vegan! Stay away from candies made with gelatin and sugar in favor of fruit snacks made with pectin and real fruit juices.

Recipes for Vegan Kids Snacks

Great snacks shouldn’t take a lot of time, effort, or money. Here are some delicious ideas that anyone can make!

Air Fryer Tofu Cubes

These tofu snacks are encrusted with nutritional yeast, known by some as vegan catnip. You might not normally think of bean curd as prime snacking material, but these buttery, cheese little cubes are an excellent high-protein alternative to plain popcorn. Especially when you want something more substantial between meals, this is the recipe to eat on repeat.

air fried tofu cubes in a bowl with parsley garnish

Vegan Bagel Bites

These easy vegan bagel bites take the universally beloved flavors of cheese pizza and transform it into an almost instant treat. They’re ready in minutes, freezer-friendly, and great for packed lunches too.

Vegan Bagel Bites Mini Pizza Bagels

Roasted Chickpeas

These roasted chickpeas are insanely addictive and stunningly healthy! All you need are beans and a handful of spices to create a crunchy savory sensation.

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas Vegan Snack

Sweet Potato Fries

If your kiddo loves french fries, try making them a bit healthier by using sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes contain far more nutrition than white potatoes, and they arguably taste even better. These will never steer you wrong as a side, starter, or snack. They’re a snap when made in the air fryer, and much healthier than anything deep fried. Save the oil and load up on flavor instead.

air fryer sweet potato fries on a plate with a dipping sauce

These delicious nut and date balls taste like a cross between chocolate ganache and cookie dough. For something so impossibly decadent, it’s hard to believe they’re made with just nuts and dried fruits! Anyone with a sweet tooth will be draw to these chocolatey morsels; no one needs to know their wholesome secrets.

Raw Cookie Dough Date Balls made with dates and walnuts

Pizza Rolls

These pizza spirals are a nostalgic favorite for anyone who grew up in the 90s, and now kids can enjoy them today, without all the processed ingredients! It only takes four simple ingredients to get some gooey pizza goodness on the table. The recipe is positively foolproof.     

vegan pizza rolls filled with vegan cheese and sauce on a marble surface with marinara sauce in the bottom left corner

Khichdi

Khichdi has long been a staple for vegan and vegetarian kids in India, made from easily digestible whole grains and legumes. Traditionally a simple, warming stew, it can also be rolled into balls that are easier for toddlers to pick up and feed themselves. The whole family can enjoy this one as a main dish, too.

Kid Friendly Indian Lentils & Rice Balls

Air Fryer Broccoli

This easy-to-make broccoli isn’t just a side dish; it’s also a great snack for kids! A touch of garlic goes a long way in transforming those green florets into prime snacking material. It may sound like a stretch, but veggie-lovers will gobble them right up!

air fried broccoli on a white plate with a fork on the side

Pumpkin Muffins

These vegan pumpkin muffins aren’t just for fall. Everyone will be drawn to the gooey chocolate chips strewn throughout that tender crumb, all while loading up on healthy pumpkin puree and unsweetened applesauce in every bite.

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins Fresh Baked

Tropical Mango Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are the best answer to a kid having a meltdown that claims they’re not hungry. Just a few sips of this refreshing blend will brighten their mood right away.

Tropical Mango Smoothie - World of Vegan

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

This recipe proves that potatoes don’t have the monopoly on this concept. Lightly breaded with a crunchy herbed crust, they’re so delicious that they don’t even need a dipping sauce. It’s hard to resist eating them right off the sheet!

Basket of air fryer zucchini fries With Marinara Sauce Dip

Deviled Potatoes

Have you ever tried deviled potatoes? These are great for kids and adults, and will make you forget all about eggs. Naturally, there’s no cholesterol in these animal-free alternatives that have just as much rich flavor. They’re fancy enough to serve at a party but quick enough to enjoy anytime.

Deviled Potatoes Recipe fo Easter Brunch

Corn Ribs

You’ve probably seen corn ribs on Instagram or TikTok. They’re a viral hit that’s as much fun to serve as it is to eat. It’s the same concept as corn on the cob, but the wedges take the distinct shape of ribs to create a whole new textural experience.

Easy Vegan Air Fryer Corn Ribs Recipe

Cheesy Kale Chips

Swap the potato chips for kale chips! These cheesy kale chips will make kids crave vegetables like never before. It won’t be a struggle to put away a whole head of the leafy greens when they’re coated in a rich, cheesy mixture of blended sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast. You might want to double the batch because they’ll disappear in no time.

large whole dino cheezy vegan dehydrated kale chips

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Many thanks to Amara Organic Foods for supporting this article, and for making amazing healthy snacks for kids! Many of their products are vegan and we encourage you to explore for your own kids. This vegan kids snacks round-up is copyright of World of Vegan, all rights reserved. This article contains affiliate links when available and shopping through these links supports World of Vegan. Thanks for stopping by!

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