Spring is finally almost here, bringing warmer weather and so many reasons to get together with friends and family. Whether you’re into the action or not, everyone can agree on gathering around a spread of hot vegan snacks. We’re talking about the snacks to fake out your omnivore friends—think plant-based sausages, gooey vegan queso, and spicy jalapeño cheese dip. As if we needed another reason to look forward to game day, here are 11 meaty, cheesy vegan snacks to make your parties infinitely more appetizing—win or lose.
1 Whole Foods sandwich platter
This year, Whole Foods is offering a sandwich platter with vegans in mind. It features a lineup of “customer-favorite” sandwiches, including Tabitha Brown’s famous TTLA (tempeh, tomato, lettuce, and avocado), plant-based chicken salad, and a falafel wrap. This spread will certainly last through your gathering.
2 MorningStar Farms Veggitizers
This long-standing vegetarian staple has a fantastic vegan snack lineup. Choose from options like the Veggie Chorizo Nacho Bites and Veggie Chik’n and Cheese Taquito Bites. While some MorningStar products contain eggs or dairy, both of these apps are vegan.
3 Primal Kitchen Queso
Primal Kitchen’s “No Dairy” queso has a velvety, creamy texture that’s perfect for dipping nachos into. It’s made from tomatoes, pumpkin seed butter, carrots, roasted red peppers, and jalapeños for a mild touch of heat.
4 Field Roast appetizers
When you need some snacks in a pinch, reach into your freezer and scan your condiment drawer. Field Roast’s frozen mini corn dogs and Buffalo wings (formerly known as Fruffalo wings) are easy and satisfying solutions to the half-time hangries. Serve with mustard and vegan ranch
5 Gardein crab cakes
Crabcakes may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think “football,” but they fit the category perfectly. They’re meaty, creamy, crispy, and fried. With or without tartar sauce, these mini crabless cakes will be gobbled up before the second quarter.
6 Kite Hill French Onion Dip
Perfection is attained in the form of a ruffled potato chip plunged into a thick French onion dip. Not even chips and guac emit the same pleasure of this divine pairing. Kite Hill’s almond milk-based French onion dip replicates the tang and bold onion taste we crave in this flavor-forward dip.
7 Nowadays Nuggets
For a heavier snacking tray that leans more toward a meal, a mound of vegan chicken nuggets is just the thing. There are dozens of plant-based nuggets on the market these days, but lately, we’ve been enjoying Nowadays’ version. Not only are we impressed with its solid nutritional profile (ingredients we can pronounce, only 3.5 grams of total fat, and 13 grams of protein), but also its texture is on point and they’re perfectly two-bite-sized for heavy snacking purposes.
8Good Planet Foods Snackable Wedges
Reminiscent of the Laughing Cow single-serve cheese wedges, this trio of vegan snackable, triangle-shaped cheeses is the perfect way to avoid the communal dip situation in a mixed crowd. Flavors include Original, Smoked Gouda, and Pepper Jack. Arrange a medley of these foil-wrapped cheeses on a tray with raw veggies, chips, and toasty pita triangles, and your snack-providing duties will be fulfilled.
From the Ground Up
9 From the Ground Up Cheddar Cauliflower Crackers
These vegan-friendly cheddar squares are reminiscent of our favorite childhood crackers. Fill a bowl with these cauliflower-based cheesy bites and watch as your guests’ expressions go from ones of a surprise to pure delight at this unexpected cheesy delight.
10 Vegan Rob’s Dairy-Free Cheddar Puffs
Made from sorghum flour, Vegan Rob’s Dairy-Free Cheddar Puffs channel white cheddar cheese puffs and we’re here for it. These puffs are guaranteed to disappear in an instant, so be sure to have a backup bag ready for refills.
11 Wholly Veggie! Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
These soy-free, gluten-free Buffalo cauliflower wings feature full florets coated in a crunchy panko coating and a spicy bite. All you need to do is bake. Be sure to serve it with fresh celery, carrots, and dairy-free ranch dip. Try the cashew-based dip recipe here.
As far as snacks go, feel free to also pick up chips, cookies, pretzels, and all of the vegan salty snacks and dips.