Get more protein in your diet with these yummy plant-based snacks
Whether you’re looking for a morning boost, afternoon snack, or late-night treat — sometimes we can all use a little pick-me-up.
Check out these high-protein, plant-based snack ideas to not only satisfy your cravings, but also get your body the fuel it needs.
12 yummy high-protein, plant-based snacks
1. Energy bites
We crave energy bites before a yoga class, on a long car ride, and after a light lunch. Basically, whenever we’re feeling munch-y.
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These little bites from Cupful of Kale are easy to make (no oven required!) and will last weeks in the freezer. Plus, they’re made with hazelnuts and almond butter, which are full of good-for-you protein.
And add your own personal touch by substituting your favorite nuts and nut-butter to make them your own!
It’s no surprise that nuts are on this list. Nuts have healthy fats, protein, and vitamins. The best part: there’s zero prep… just grab a handful and you’re good to go.
Check out this post to read more about our love for almonds.
3. Veggies & hummus
Since hummus is made with chickpeas, it’s going to give you a protein boost. Up your protein intake by pairing the dip with vegetables like asparagus and broccoli.
Want to make your own hummus? Check out this oil-free hummus recipe from Ela Vegan.
4. Peanut butter & celery
This is a classic snack choice for good reason. Peanut Butter is a filling, heart-healthy source of protein that pairs perfectly with the crispness of celery. It’s easy, quick, and super portable = perfect snack.
Learn more about why we’re totally obsessed with peanut butter, then check out every peanut butter recipe you need in your life right now.
5. Protein bars
6. Chia seed pudding
Only one ounce of chia seeds has about four grams of protein (plus a bunch of other nutrients like calcium, manganese, and phosphorus). Chia seeds are also known for having lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which is especially important for plant-based eaters to consume.
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Plus, chia seed pudding is SUPER easy to make. We love this Matcha Latte Chia Pudding from Choosing Chia.
7. Almond butter & fruit
Like peanut butter, almond butter is also high in protein. Treat your fruit slices like a spoon to eat up your favorite spread — you’ll have less dishes to clean and get more vitamins in your body!
8. Overnight Oats
Overnight oats require very little effort and yet they can pack your diet with lots of protein. Check out this chocolate protein recipe from Sweet Vegan Sara.
Or simply add your favorite protein powder or sprinkle some seeds to your go-to overnight oats recipe for an extra boost.
9. Healthy muffins
Muffins don’t have to be loaded with sugar and not-so-healthy ingredients. Recipes like this one from Fit Mitten Kitchen are full of peanut butter, plant protein powder, and bananas. Mmmm.
Just one cup of edamame = 17 grams of protein.
They’re also great sources of vitamins and minerals — so don’t be shy. But it is good to take it easy on the salt!
11. Almond milk greek yogurt
Get your protein in quick with Kite Hill’s Almond Milk Greek Yogurt. It has 11 grams of protein and only 2 grams of sugar. If you want to add even more protein, add some blackberries to the mix!
12. Protein smoothies
We’ll drink smoothies in the middle of a blizzard. They’re easy, tasty, and just make us feel good. Blend some extra protein into the mix by adding seeds, plant protein powder, nut butter, and soy milk.
Here are some of our fave protein smoothie creations:
- Vegan Protein Shake – Loving It Vegan
- Chocolate Banana Protein Shake – Detoxinista
- Green Protein Smoothie -Wallflower Kitchen
Looking for smoothie recommendations? Take our quiz to find out what kind of smoothie you should be mixing!
Hungry? Check out for more plant-based recipes from our Wholesome Culture Cookbook:
- The best vegan chocolate chip cookie macadamia nut recipe
- Recipe: No Bake Banana Bars
- Recipe: Ultimate Buddha Bowl