Like napping and thick fluffy socks, snacks are one of life’s little pleasures. Of course, on a low carb vegan diet, your snacktime routein will probably change pretty drastically. Fortunately, there are a ton of vegan keto snacks out there that are affordable and convenient. This list includes 10 of my favorites – the low carb snacks that are always in my pantry-fridge. I strongly recommend stocking up on some of these, so you don’t find yourself in a bind!
Most of these snacks are surprisingly high in protein, and all are gluten free.
I also like to have a few snack items in my car and purse, just in case I’m out in public, at work, or at a friend’s house when I start to feel hangry…
The Best Low Carb Gluten Free Vegan Snacks
Coconut is kind of a rock star on keto diets, not only is it low in carbohydrates, but coconut is high in fat, inclyding medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTsand MCT oil have become somewhat of a fad in the keto and paleo communities, as they digest quickly, and provide your body with immediately usable energy. Instead of buying MCT oil, which can be expensive and is unecessary, I like to buy dried coconut in bulk. Coconut is also rich in minerals, and can be super filling!
Sometimes, you just want something really salty, and seaweed snacks certainly fit the bill. Seaweed is high in iodine, which can be great for those with a sluggish thyroid (obviously don’t go crazy with this, and run it by your doctor if you have thyroid issues). Often, those who avoid iodized salt and processed foods can be low in iodine, which is an essential nutrient for thyroid function. Seaweed snaks are portable and convenient, and come in lots of flavors. I also like to add them to my homemade low carb vegan mock tuna salad and to stir fries for a little more depth of flavor.
Okay, these are definitely a treat item. Macadamia nuts are incredibly low in carbs and high in fat. They’re also crazy delicious, and crazy expensive. Because of this, I’ll tend to buy them for myself from Trader Joe’s as a treat every once in a while. I’ve found TJ’s has the best price by several dollars/pound.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Another high fat, super low carb option! Pumpkin seeds are absolutely delicious, and rich in zinc. Zinc is essential for immune system function, and really is not found in a lot of vegan foods, so pumpkin seeds are a perfect vegan keto snack! I definitely go through periods of eating just coconut and pumpkin seeds as snacks.
Like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds are a staple in my weekly snack budget. I’ve also been known to eat sunflower seed butter straight from the jar with a spoon, all in the name of health.
Vegan Keto “Ants on a Log”
Remember being a kid and eating celery with peanut butter and raisins? This is kind of like that, only with hummus or tahini, and black sesame seeds. Basically, spread some hummus or tahini on a 3-4″ piece of celery, and sprinkl the sesame seeds on top. Chickpeas and sesame combine to make a complete protein (there is generally sesame in the form of tahini in hummus), and this whole snack is pretty filling.
Coconut Milk Yogurt
So delicious makes some really tasty coconut milk yogurts. I like to buy the unsweetened vanilla one, and add in a little stevia and some nuts or hemp seeds. Occasionally I’ll add some berries, too!
Pecans and Walnuts
Pecans and walnuts are much lower in carbs than almonds, peanuts or cashews, and they taste pretty darn good. I like to make a trail mix by spreading equal portions of pecans and dried coconut on a baking sheet, sprinkling it with cinnamon and lightly toasting (just keep an eye on them in the oven!). Both pecans and walnuts contain oils that are great for your skin and brain, so definitely eat up!
Sometimes you just feel like you need a protein boost after a particularly hard workout, or when you’re a little under the weather. For those moments, I really appreciate a good protein shake. You can read more about low carb vegan protein powder options here!
I try to use protein bars as a last resort. They’re a great emergency food to keep on hand, because they last forever. I really like Raw Revolution’s Glo bars and Julian Bakery’s pegan bars. You can read more about the Raw Rev bars here, and the Pegan bars here.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good fat bomb? They’re super easy to make, and can be stored in your freezer. I’m a big fan of the following recipes: