10 Recipes for When You’re Craving a Snack, Munchy, or Quick Bite

Sometimes our snack cravings cannot be satisfied with prepackaged crackers or chips or granola bars. In these situations, our mouths demand something more: something fresh or familiar or homemade.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite easy-to-make snacks and quick bites. These plant-based recipes offer new versions of classic dishes, many of which are better for your body and overall health. Let baked apple donuts, cauliflower Buffalo bites, and polenta fries provide a temporary escape from the packaged, the frozen, and the processed.

This Monday, try experimenting with the snacks and bites below.

baked apple donutsApple Donuts

Everyone appreciates a freshly baked donut. Whip these up in 30 minutes or less.

For the Apple Donuts recipe, click here.

Baked Zucchini Fries

No deep-fryer required for these better-for-you veggie fries. This recipe can be made completely plant-based by swapping out the egg, cheese and yogurt with plant-based equivalents.

For the Baked Zucchini Fries recipe, click here.

Banana Sticky Rice

Pull out one of these packets of banana-stuffed coconut sticky rice for a fragrant and fun plant-based snack. The texture of these banana sticky rice pouches are simply divine.

For the Banana Sticky Rice recipe, click here.

Cauliflower Buffalo Wing BitesCauliflower Buffalo Wing Bites

We often find ourselves digging through our shelves or refrigerator looking for just a bite. Well, look no further than these super-simple hot-and-spicy cauliflower Buffalo wing bites.

For the Cauliflower Buffalo Wing Bites recipe, click here.

apple chipsCinnamon Ginger Apple Chips

Easy as slice, boil, bake. Sprinkle the “chips” with your favorite seasonings (we recommend ginger, cinnamon, and curry powder) and pop in the oven until crisp.

For the Cinnamon Ginger Apple Chips, click here.

Mediterranean Nachos

A healthy spin on the everyone’s favorite junk food, these Mediterranean nachos are loaded with vegetables and fresh herbs. Swap out the fried tortilla chips for some baked whole-wheat pita wedges.

For the Mediterranean Nachos recipe, click here.

baked polenta basil friesPolenta Basil Fries

Create a luxurious alternative to French fries with these simple yet elegant polenta fries. Buy premade polenta (or easily make your own with cornmeal), cut into fry-like sticks, toss with olive oil, fresh basil, salt, and pepper, and bake. All you need is your favorite marinara sauce, and you’re ready to start dipping.

For the Baked Polenta Basil Fries recipe, click here.

Quinoa Chili Fries

Chili fries are delicious, but they have a saucy reputation. Clean them up by swapping out meaty chili for a lighter, yet equally flavorful, blend of quinoa, poblano peppers, and beans.

For the Quinoa Chili Fries recipe, click here.

jalapeno cashew cheese dipSpicy Jalapeño Cashew “Cheese” Dip

This one requires a little bit of foresight: soak cashews the night before and then pop all the ingredients — cashews, garlic, lemon juice, jalapeños — into a food processor and blend till creamy. Transfer to a microwave dish, give a quick zap, and voila. Quicker prep tip: soak the cashews in a bowl of very hot water for 20 minutes and use high speed blender.

Spicy Jalapeño Cashew “Cheese” Dip recipe, click here.

Scallion PancakeThree-Ingredient Scallion Pancakes

Flour, water, scallions, that’s all you need to make these take-out grade scallion pancakes. Blend together a dipping sauce by combining soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, a dash of honey or agave, and some red pepper flakes.

For the Three-Ingredient Scallion Pancakes recipe, click here.

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