Most things I’ve read about vegan snack ideas aren’t very portable.
At most workplaces, you can’t (or don’t want to) just blend up a fresh smoothie whenever you’d like.
That’s why I put together this list of vegan snack ideas specifically for the workplace. For snacks to get on this list, they had to meet most of the following criteria:
- Easy store in desk
- Not too strong of a scent
- Last for a while (at least the week)
- Not too messy (don’t want oily hands while typing)
This rules out snacks like yogurt and hummus, which you’ll need to store in a fridge, which may be forgotten about or “accidentally” taken.
Like beef jerky, vegan jerky is not the cheapest snack.
However, it’s probably the most convenient and filling one on this list, and gives you a good amount of plant-based protein throughout the day.
It also lasts for quite a while, and typically isn’t messy (depending on the seasoning).
Vegan Coconut Clusters
If you go to a store like Whole Foods (or I’ve even seen them at Costco), you’ll find many vegan snacks based on coconut flakes mixed with other ingredients like fruit or chocolate.
They taste great, and are very convenient. The only downside again is potentially the cost. However, you can also make your own if that’s an issue.
Nuts (or Trail Mix Snacks)
Trail mix is a classic snack that is also often vegan.
I’d prefer to make my own, but there are plenty of pre-made trail mixes you can buy. Just make sure there’s no milk chocolate or any other non-vegan ingredient in them.
You can make a big container full to stash at your work desk and it will last for weeks.
Dark Chocolate Covered Nuts
Similar to trail mix, dark chocolate covered nuts by themselves are typically vegan-friendly, just watch out for milk ingredients.
Go for peanuts or raisins on the inside instead of almonds if you’re looking to save money.
Marshmallows aren’t a “typical” snack, but I think it’s a good idea.
Certain brands of marshmallows are vegan (Dandies are the most popular) and can be tucked away in your desk for an extended period of time (if they last that long).
Dark Chocolate Bars
Most dark chocolate is vegan-friendly, and can be stored for quite a while.
The nice thing with dark chocolate is that it’s very filling and hard to overeat. It’s even quite healthy in small to moderate amounts.
This is one of the easiest vegan snacks to buy and keep in your desk at work, since bars don’t bake up much space.
There are plenty of cracker brands that make vegan crackers. Here’s my complete guide to vegan cracker brands.
If you’re willing to put in a bit more effort, squish some peanut butter in-between 2 crackers. I’m not sure how long these will last, but I’d wager at least a few days.
Most Clif Bars are vegan. They are cheap, and you can often buy them in bulk to save even more.
Not exactly the healthiest, but they taste great and are very convenient. Perfect for if you occasionally forget your lunch, or need a small snack to get through the work day.
Many Luna Bars are also vegan (also made by the same company).
Lara bars are a popular energy bar that you can find just about anywhere, and I’m fairly sure all flavors are vegan.
You can often buy a box of 18-24 to bring the price per bar down to a very reasonable amount.
Pretzels are a nice alternative to chips if you’re looking for something crunchy.
While still a bit messy, you won’t have oily residue left on your hands at least.
Roasted Chickpea Snacks
Arguably the healthiest snack on this list, but a bit messy depending on the brand or recipe you follow.
You can buy small packs in stores, or make them at home ahead of the work week you’d like them.
Similar to roasted chickpeas, Harvest Snaps are a popular brand of roasted peas.
Note that not all flavors are vegan, so check before you buy. Here’s a detailed look at which Harvest Snaps flavors are vegan.
Last but not least, who doesn’t love cookies. Not healthy, but tasty. Probably not the best idea if you tend to binge eat them though.
You can find vegan cookies in most grocery stores. I’d probably recommend buying them versus making your own, since store-bought ones usually designed to last longer.
If you have a tendency to overeat junk foods like cookies, you should probably hide them somewhere in a break room at work instead of your desk where they’ll tempt you.
If you think of any other vegan snacks that are good for workplaces, please share them with the world in the comment section below!