The best vegan travel snacks
Molly Waring-Moore • October 15, 2018
Travelling as a vegan, even just a work commute, can be challenging at times. The journeys and convenience food along the way are prepared for the ‘traditional’ diet and so the choice can seem limited.
But we’re here to show that it shouldn’t be that difficult. Whether it’s finding the right brands in the right shops or preparing the best vegan travel snacks yourself, we’ve got you.
Vegan travel snacks in-store
Sometimes you’re just not prepared, or you’ve already eaten your lunch on the journey and have the rest of the day to get through. You should at least find small convenience stores and local mini supermarkets.
Check the ‘food to go’ sections and their free from range. They may not always be the healthiest but here’s what to look out for:
Vegan bars & energy balls
- Deliciously Ella
- Belvita soft bakes (only the filled chocolate kind)
- The primal pantry
- Livia’s Kitchen
- TRIBE (not all vegan)
Vegan crisps & packet snacks
- Fruit & nut mixes
- Crisps (look out for milk powder & flavourings)
- Indian snack mix
- Hippeas chickpea snacks
- Lentil chips
- Veg crisps
- Ritz crackers
Not every brand will be vegan but keep an eye out
- Dark chocolate digestives
- Chocolate chip hobnobs
- Free from bars & buttons
- Dark chocolate bars
- Free from chocolate raisins
- Doisy & Dam
The best supermarket & cafe to go food
- Holland & Barrett's ‘Sos’ roll
- M&S Supergreens & Rainbox veg sandwiches
- Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen range
- Tesco falafel wrap
- Sainsbury’s super green sandwich
- Sainsbury’s avocado & tomato sandich
- Morrisson’s salad bar
- Starbucks superberry acai
- Starbucks sticky rice chips
- Starbucks lentil & veg protein bowl
- Starbucks classic & blueberry oatmeal
- Costa chipotle wrap
- Costa tomato soup
- Pret A Manger Dark chocolate cookie
- Pret A Manger avocado & tomato baguette
- Pret A Manger coconut porridge
- Pret A Manger tomato soup
- Pret A Manger curried chickpea sandwich
- Boots coronation veggies
- Boots summer pea & mint fritter sandwich
- Boots veggie quinoa sushi
- Co-op Holy Guacamole
- Co-op falafel & houmous salad
- Co-op onion bhaji sandwich
The best vegan travel snacks to prepare
If you have the chance to prepare, you’ll always get a much better deal. It’s not only cheaper but you watch what ingredients you’re using and make things to your taste. No more falafel if you’re over it!
It’s a bit of an obvious one but makes a great snack. Cut up and keep in tubs. Some of the best travel snack fruits are…
- Easy peel oranges
Dried fruit & veg
Of course, fruit is not the easiest to transport and can end up getting bruised. Alternatively, you could dry your own fruit and veg.
For fruit, use a dehydrator or use your oven on a low heat (pre heat to 140/150C/ gas mark 2-3)
Peel the fruit (as it dries out better)
Slice & chop into small, thin pieces
Soak fruit in lemon juice & water for about 10 mins
Dry off and place on baking paper on an oven tray and put on the middle shelf
These will take 4 hours or more depending on the fruit so be patient and keep turning the tray every hour or so.
You can even make your own veg crisps...
Save the peelings from any veg you prepare and slice your chosen veg very thinly. The best ones to use are white potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnip and beetroot.
Preheat oven to 150C / gas mark 2-3)
Place the slices on a baking tray and cook on the middle shelf for around 2 hours.
These a super easy to make and delicious as a travel snack. You can experiment with how you like them but a great base is: oats, peanut butter & dates.
Simply blend dates, oats and peanut butter or maple syrup together.
You can then add dried fruit, coconut, nuts or even chocolate chips
Roll them into balls, dust with a bit of sugar or the oat dust and put in the fridge to set
They should be set after a an hour or two and then they’re ready to go!
You can use the mix you make for the balls to form bars - and even add a chocolate topping to it.
Here’s another bar we like to make:
Blend dates, oats, cacao powder, cacao nibs, desiccated coconut, chia seeds and a pinch of salt together in a blender.
Put the mix into a baking dish and press firmly to fill the whole tray.
Leave to set in the fridge for a few hours and then slice into bars.
Humous & veg
Create your own snack pots with humous and veg batons. Slice up carrot sticks, cucumber sticks and celery and add a dollop of humous (even better if it’s homemade).
Include some raisins to add into the mix.
Peanut butter & banana
This is a great sweet treat but can get a bit sticky so make sure you’ve got a decent tub and place to keep a fork. Slice up a few bananas into discs and add a tablespoon or two of peanut butter. Dipping the banana into the peanut butter is delicious and a great energy boost.
Save up your bananas that are on the turn and use them to make a loaf of banana bread. We like this recipe by Nora Cooks. Slice it up and take on its own or add a smothering of peanut butter.
Buy in bulk packets of unsalted nuts, coconut and then dry your own fruit to make bags of mix. You can even include other dried snack like pretzels and seeds. If you want to sweeten the mix, add some chocolate chips or cacao nibs.
It’s a great idea to keep some of the packaged foods in your bag for emergencies and prepare your food wherever possible. But no matter where you are, it’s likely that you’ll at least find access to fruit, which always makes the best snack.