If you can sit through a whole movie without craving snacks, then tell us your secret! If you’re like the vast majority, then snacks can make or break your movie experience. After all, how can you focus on the character development and plotline when you’re hangry?
Popcorn and chips might be the go-to movie night snacks, but why not get a bit more inventive? Here are some vegan movie night snacks guaranteed to fill your bellies and make your friends always want to come to your place for movie night.
All Y'Alls Plant-Based Jerky & Bacony Bits
For a zero-prep, mess-free snack option, try some vegan jerky or bacony bits! You’re going to be eating on the couch, and there’s nothing worse than getting wet food scraps in between the cushions or pouring sauces all over the fabric.
Vegan jerky & Bacony Bits won’t make a mess, plus it’s delicious and filling. You can get jerky in three different flavors, black pepper and sea salt, prickly pear teriyaki, and prickly pear chipotle, so you can satisfy everyone’s favorite flavor profiles.
Pizza is another classic movie snack, but this one is with a vegan twist. While you can choose to purchase frozen vegan pizzas from the supermarket, it’s not much more work to build them yourself. Plus, it offers more flexibility as your can top them with whatever you like! You can premake pizza dough and throw it in the fridge up to a day before using it. Then, you can simply assemble your pizzas before you start your movie with the ingredients you like best. Our favorite plant-based pizza combination is a tomato sauce base with mushrooms, vegan jerky, and vegan cheese. Find a video of the entire recipe here.
Crispy roasted chickpeas
Instead of potato chips, try substituting another crunchy snack that is more nutritious and less fattening: roasted chickpeas. Potato chips are full of synthetic chemicals and flavorings, whereas roasted chickpeas satisfy that crunchy, salty snack craving without any additives. Plus, they have tons of other nutritional benefits. You can season them with whatever you want!
To make crispy roasted chickpeas, all you will need is some cans of chickpeas, olive oil, and your chosen seasonings (we recommend paprika, chili powder, cumin, and salt). Drain and rinse your chickpeas, dry them with a towel to remove as much moisture as possible, and rub them a bit to loosen the skins. Mix the chickpeas with the olive oil and seasonings until fully coated and bake until they are crispy and brown!
Chocolate chip cookies
While they may not be the healthiest vegan movie night snack, it never hurts to have some chocolatey treats around if you have a sweet tooth. And a few cookies never hurt anyone (as long as you don’t eat the whole tray yourself)! You don’t need to be a master baker to bake up some simple vegan chocolate chip cookies. It is also getting easier to find vegan chocolate chip cookies at supermarkets like HEB, and you can definitely find them at health food stores. That said, you can’t beat the taste of warm, fresh cookies straight from the oven. Here is an easy vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe that only takes about 35 minutes total, including prep and baking time.
Homemade trail mix
Nuts and seeds are a high source of protein for those on a vegan diet and make a great snack for movie night. The perfect trail mix should be a balance of textures with both salty and sweet elements. You can include basically whatever you want, and the great thing about trail mix is that it keeps for a very long time, so you don’t have to prep it each time. Start with a base of nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Then add some dried fruit, like goji berries, raisins, coconut flakes, or bananas. And if you want to get really crazy, throw in some vegan chocolate pieces.
Guacamole is always a hit with vegans and super easy to whip up on movie night. Avocados are often associated with a vegan diet, and that’s for a good reason. They are packed with healthy fats, and the flesh is super creamy and delicious. But even meat-eaters can’t resist a bowl of tasty guacamole! All you need is avocados, red onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper. Serve with some tortilla chips, crackers, breadsticks, or veggies, and you’re good to go.
Rice crackers are low in fat, calories and most of them are vegan! They come in tons of flavors like salted, barbeque, seaweed, tamari, toasted onion, and more! There are many different brands available, and you don’t need to go to a specialty shop to find them. Actually, these are a great snack option for a last-minute movie night, as you can usually even find them in convenience stores and gas stations near the potato chips! One thing to note is that although the majority of rice crackers are vegan, some use gelatin or modified milk products in some flavors. Just check the ingredients list if you have any concerns.
One last vegan movie night snack that’s half healthy and half sweet treat is apple slices with caramel dip. This caramel dip is made different from your typical caramel sauce and without refined sugar. The ingredients for this vegan caramel sauce include almond butter, coconut oil, pure maple syrup, and cinnamon. Apples are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin K, making them a nutritious snack option. Now, this snack can get slightly messy, so make sure you have lots of napkins on hand!
The best vegan movie night snacks
Whether you’re watching a horror movie or a romance, you’re going to need some tasty vegan snacks to get you through to the end. There are tons of plant-based snack options that are much better than animal-based alternatives, both in flavor and nutritional value. What is your favorite vegan snack to munch on when you’re having a movie night?