5 Vegan Snacks to Fuel Your Hike

The sun is shining, you’ve got your hiking boots on, and you’re ready to head out into the wild unknown. But wait! Before you go, stock up on some protein-powered vegan snacks to help you climb higher, go farther, and meet the challenges of the trek ahead.

Let’s face it—everything tastes better when you’re sitting on top of a mountain, but you don’t need to rely on energy bars to fuel your adventure.

Here are 5 quick and tasty vegan snacks for all your outdoor shenanigans:

  1. Cacao is actually the original superfood! Packed with energy and antioxidants, there’s no reason not to include it in your pack. For a chocolate trail treat, make homemade energy “truffles.” Simply process 2 cups chopped dates, 1 ½ cups almonds, ¼ cup cocoa powder, and ½ teaspoon sea salt in a food processor until the mixture holds together. Roll it into balls or simply put the mixture in a resealable plastic bag. Whenever you need a hit of energy, just break off a piece and keep up the pace.
  1. Make your own custom trail mix —exactly the way you like it—with your favorite nuts, seeds, and fruit. Start by toasting the nuts and seeds for added flavor. Add dried fruit like apricots, figs, and dates. For an extra treat, throw in a handful of vegan chocolate chips or chunks, and finish it all off with a pinch of sea salt and cinnamon. If you prefer a savory mix, ditch the dried fruit and chocolate and opt for strips of toasted seaweed, wasabi peas, and vegan pretzels.
  1. Jerky is another classic trail snack. Why not save your dough for adventuring, and make your own tempeh jerky! Once you’ve tried our recipe, get creative and tweak the marinade to your heart’s content. Then share your favorite creation with #tofurkyjurky.
  1. Chickpeas aren’t just for hummus. When spiced and toasted, they make an excellent, protein-rich snack. Preheat your oven to 400℉. Drain a can of chickpeas and dry them well on a kitchen towel. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes to dry them really well. Then toss with a tablespoon of oil, spices (think chili powder, cumin, and/or curry powder), and sea salt. Roast until crispy, about 30 minutes. Warning: If you pop a handful before you pack them up, no guarantees they’ll even make it to the trailhead.
  1. Make some space for fresh veggies. One way to fit some fresh food into your day on the trail is to spread a thick layer of peanut or almond butter in the bottom of a tall plastic container (or an old peanut butter jar), and cut carrot and celery sticks to fit down inside. Whenever you need a quick bite, just reach for your pre-peanut buttered veggies and crunch away.

So whether you lean sweet or savory, we’ve got your vegan snacks covered for your next big outdoor adventure. The hiking part is on you.

Mollie Dickson, MS, focuses on Nutrition Science and Health Writing as the CEO and Education Director of The Heart’s Kitchen. She develops healthy recipes and curriculum for K-12 coursework and maternal education classes at Oregon Health & Science University.

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