Veganism is on the rise, and the availability of vegan snacks and ready meals is ever growing. It’s getting to the point where we’re actually spoiled for choice… but some trail snacks can be quite expensive and end up being disappointing. Too dry, too nutty, not nutty enough, a bit chemical tasting. There are other snacks that don’t get marketed as vegan snacks – they just are. ‘Accidentally vegan’ are my favourite finds, as they don’t have added Vegan Tax.
So, in the name of science, I have been eating my way through all the vegan snacks I could find and have selected 10 favourites, with a variety of price tags, textures, energy and flavours.
Biona Organic Sour Snakes
- Price: £1.50
- From: Supermarkets
- Kcal: 257, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 0.2g
These are a good example of Vegan Tax, though the price will partly be due to the fact they’re organic. Gluten free with no gelatin, these 75g bags of sweets are great to keep in your riding pack for a quick energy boost when everyone else has pulled the Haribo out.
- Price: £1.59
- From: Extra UK
- Kcal: 260, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 9g
I’m yet to meet someone that doesn’t enjoy Clif bars. The flavours are great, the texture is soft without being squidgey, and they’re good at filling a hole when you find yourself hungry. They stand up well to heat so are fine to keep in your pack on a long day out in the sun, and Clif are working towards 100% recycled, biodegradable packaging.
- Price: £2.69 each
- From: Extra UK
- Kcal: 90 per serving (3 Bloks), Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 0g
Clif Bloks are good for staggering and controlling your energy intake. Three Bloks is equal to one standard energy gel pouch, and each packet contains six Bloks. They come in a variety of flavours, some caffeinated but most not. If you struggle with the texture of energy gels, these are worth trying.
Ma Baker Giant Bar
The Fullness:Price ratio is very overbalanced on these vegan snacks. They’re dense, extremely tasty, affordable and can be found at service stations, supermarkets and decent corner shops.
Raw Velo Organic Energy Bars
- Price: £1.90
- From: RawVelo
- Kcal: 197, Carbohydrates: 24.2g, Protein: 4.7g
These 45g bars are the perfect size for a trail snack, the flavours are very strong without tasting ‘fake’ like a lot of quirky flavours do, and they fit in a hip pocket on most riding packs.
Raw Velo Organic Energy Gels
- Price: £1.75 each
- From: RawVelo
- Kcal: 80, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 0g
As someone that claims to hate all energy gels, I have had to retract that statement because these were really good. Not sickly at all, and they don’t taste like flavourings because the ingredients are all natural. I recommend Blood Orange over the others, because it’s more of a food flavour than the shampoo-inspired ones.
- Price: 30p
- From: Corner shops, supermarkets, service stations
- Kcal: 157, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 3.6g
Now for the cheapest, smallest, crunchiest vegan snack of them all. Sesame Snaps are only 30g and are basically just sesame seeds held together with sugar. 49% seeds, 51% sugar to be precise.
- Price: £4.90 each
- From: TentMeals
OK, so these are more of a bikepacking/camping snack, but they’re too good not to include. I have tried one breakfast and one main meal, and they were both good enough to seem like they were made from fresh ingredients. Very filling, full of carbs, fibre and protein, and a small packet for a big hit of a meal.
Torq Energy Bars / Explore Flapjacks
- Price: £27.70 for 15 energy bars, £33.00 for 20 flapjacks
- From: Wiggle
- Kcal: 153 / 263, Carbohydrates: 34g / 43g, Protein: 1.7g / 3.2g
Moist, chewy, low in fat but high in flavour the Zingy Apple and Zesty Orange energy bars are a nice amount of sticky and a good amount of carbs. The flapjacks taste too good to be saved for the trails – especially in Bakewell Slice flavour. I don’t think any of those made it past my front door.
- Price: £2.50 for a 3 pack
- From: Various supermarkets, service stations
- Kcal: 223, Carbohydrates: 22.9g, Protein: 9.3g
The salted caramel is subtle, meaning this flapjack isn’t sickly like you might expect. It can be a tad messy on a hot day due to the caramel coating on top, but it’s a good sized bar that fills you up and is basically just a tasty flapjack.
The following recipes are vegan friendly but you can substitute milks and syrups for whatever you want. I tend to find that adapting a ‘regular’ recipe into a vegan one can be very hit and miss, but if you start with vegan ingredients it generally works with whatever you choose to replace. Honey is thicker than agave syrup, cows milk is milkier than oat milk, and there is no egg replacement that binds as well as an actual egg! So here are my two favourite vegan snack recipes, that are easy, can be altered to suit your diet or taste, and don’t use hard to find ingredients.
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