18 vegan snacks for kids that are super tasty


by Hannah Carroll |
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Veganism is growing in popularity year on year with people all over the UK opting for a plant-based diet. This includes one in 12 parents now raising their children vegan. There are lots of reasons why parents choose a plant-based diet and use vegan products on their little ones, from dietary requirements to ethical beliefs and lifestyle choices. Bringing the best vegan snacks for kids is often key to having a successful family day out.

The right plant-based treats and snacks can calm a crying child instantaneously. But finding vegan snacks on the go can be very difficult as so many products contain animal bypass products, even when they do not contain meat.

We have compiled the best very best vegan snacks for kids that the internet and high street have to offer.

The best vegan snacks for kids

Best vegetable straws

The Kiddylicious Veggie straws are a healthier snack option than other crisps on the high street. They are the perfect size for little hands to practice self-feeding and are melt-in-the-mouth tasty. There are four packets that can be popped into any nappy bag as a go-to snack for days out.

Veggie Straws (Potato Starch, Dried Potato (40%), Tomato Powder (0.5%), Kale Powder (0.5%), Spinach Powder (0.3%), Beetroot Powder (0.2%), Salt, Turmeric), Rapeseed Oil

Review: "These are amazing. My baby absolutely loves them and they are so easy for her to hold and feed herself. Definitely keeps her entertained but she also very much enjoys the flavour. Such a great product."

Best breakfast bar

This Nakd breakfast bar is packed full of natural goodness. It is perfect for early morning park trips. Its main ingredient are dates, which will leave your little one feeling full due to their high fibre content.

Dates 39%, Gluten Free Oats 20%, Raisins 16%, Fruit Extract (Apple, Carob) 10%, Cashews 8%, Apple 7%, A hint of Natural Flavouring

Review: "Love this bar , great taste 👅 , one of your five a day 🍎 , good fibre , no nasties , all natural , diabetic friendly and filling , what is not to love ? Great to put in your bag 💼 , for a snack on those long walks 🥾, to put in your children’s lunch box 👶🏻 or to enjoy with a nice cup of tea ☕️ Great for pcos women / diabetics / pre-diabetics/ hypoglycaemic’s"

Best baked fruit wheels
BEAR Yo Yos StrawberryImage: Tesco

Bear Yo Yos are to put it simply, so much fun. Children (and adults alike) can unroll the baked fruit wheels ripping off small strips to eat. There's something satisfying about tearing off as much or as little as you want. These delicious snacks are one of your five a day and are made completely of real fruit and veg.

**Apples (65.8%), Pears (32.9%), Strawberries (1%), Black Carrot Extract (0.3%)

Review: "My two girls love the YoYos.... I have to stop them from devouring the box. My 5 year old especially loves the cards in the packs and swaps them with friends in school. I had been worried about the yoyos sticking to their teeth too much like raisins sometimes do, but we haven't had that issue and we will definitely still be eating them for some time (even mummy has been known to snack on a pack or two)"

Best vegan jam

Whether it's on toast or on a cake, jam is a British staple. It has the power to elevate any sandwich or sponge cake. The Fearne and Rosie vegan-friendly reduced sugar jam is a healthy alternative to traditional jams which are usually packed full of sugar. So although this isn't technically a snack on its own, it has made our best vegan snack shortlist.

Strawberries (71%), Sugar, Lemon Juice, Gelling Agent: Fruit Pectin, Prepared with 68g of Strawberries per 100g, Sugar 40g per 100g

Best iced shortcake rings

Can you believe it? Party rings are VEGAN! Fox's mini iced shortcake rings are a delicious sweet treat for little ones and parents alike. Enjoy a flavour party in your mouth with this fun snack.

Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Sugar, Water, Palm Oil, Glucose Syrup, Safflower Concentrate, Salt, Raising Agents: Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Partially Inverted Refiners Syrup, Radish Concentrate, Carrot Concentrate, Apple Concentrate, Glycerine, Flavouring, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Blackcurrant Concentrate, Hibiscus Concentrate

Review: "Bought for when the grandkids come to visit …they love the colours of these tasty iced bite size biscuit rings"

Best dehydrated bites

We love Freddie's Farm Snacks because they are made from 100 per cent British fruit and vegetables from a family farm in Kent. These plant-based fruit snacks have no added sugar and are one of your five a day. The dehydrated bites come in a plastic packing which can be recycled. This set includes 12 packs of 20g snacks.

Apple Fruit Shapes
Apple, Beetroot, Carrot and Spinach

Raspberry fruit shapes
Apple, Raspberry, Beetroot, Carrot and Spinach

Blueberry fruit shapes
Apple, Blueberry, Beetroot, Carrot and Spinach

Review: "I saw these fruit snacks on a recent TV programme and was very impressed by the quality of the fruits, local sourcing of the ingredients and ethos of the company. Bought for my young grandson."

Best vegan gummy bears

These sugar-free sweets by Free From Fellows are great treats that are made without gelatine, which means they are suitable for vegans. You wouldn't know these sweets are sugar-free as they are full of flavour. A must-have for vegans with a sweet tooth.

Sweetener: Maltitol Syrup, maize starch, water, acid: Citric acid, natural flavourings, coconut oil, glazing agent: carnauba wax; colour: lutein; colouring fruit and plant extracts: black carrot juice concentrate, spirulina concentrate, safflower extract.

Review: "My son love these sweets and I can give them him guilt free"

Best tomato-flavoured puffs

This nutritionist-approved snack by Piccolo is an organic puff that melts in the mouth. It's ideal for toddlers and infants who are still learning the art of self-feeding.

**Organic Corn Grits 46%, Organic Red Lentil Grits 15%, Organic Quinoa Grits 15%, Organic Sunflower Oil 12%, Organic Dehydrated Tomato 12%, B1 Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) <0.1%

Review: "My daughters new favourite snacks. They keep her quiet and happy for some peaceful minutes! Snuck in a couple myself, very tasty and can tell healthy!"

Best vegan hazelnut chocolate bar

Vego chocolate bars are not only vegan-friendly but they are also organic and Fairtrade. The ethical bar is award-winning and is packed with raw ingredients.

Cane sugar, whole hazelnuts (20%), cocoa mass*, hazelnut paste*, cocoa butter*, emulsifier: sunflower lecithin, vanilla extract* (*organic certified)

Review: "Tastes amazing, my sons favourite chocolate bar by far."

Best freeze dried fruit crisps

LioBites is a naturally sweet fruit crisp. The fresh fruit is picked in season, sliced and then freeze-dried to make sure the maximum nutrition and vitamins are retained, resulting in a sweet, crunchy fruit crisp.

100% Bananas with a trace of sunflower oil to prevent stickiness. 100% Granny Smith Apples with skin on. 100% Strawberries with traces of sunflower oil to prevent stickiness.

Review: "These are really lovely, crisp apple pieces. Very fresh and tasty. My daughter often takes them to school as a mid morning snack, but they are good for lunch boxes, taking on a day out or just eating at home. I also like them as a snack while I’m working as they are very healthy - it’s just freeze dried fruit and nothing added. Very good if you’re trying to avoid artificial sugar but want something sweet."

Best rice cakes

We love these Organix apple rice cakes. They are simply delicious. The rice cakes have a lovely texture for little mouths who have just started trying different foods. They are suitable for a child over seven months but can be enjoyed by adults too.

**Rice 84.9%, Apple Juice Concentrate 14.8%, Cinnamon Powder 0.2%, Thiamin (Vitamin B1)* <0.1%, Total 100%, *Thiamin (Vitamin B1) has no Organic certification

Best mango snack

These gently baked fruit snacks are 100 per cent fruit. Urban Fruit Mango is baked at low temperatures to ensure that it remains full of flavour.


Review: "We love these in our house, great for work or after school snack, perfectly portioned and amazing value for money- a must on my subscribe and save list"

Best fruit stripes
Bob Snail Sugar Free Sweets Gift Box of Fruit Leathers
Price: $29.99

These sugar-free fruit bars are a perfect chewy bar full of the vitamins to contribute to a healthy diet. These are a great alternative to carrying around fresh fruit.

Apple - Raspberry Stripes
Apple and raspberry

Mango - Pear Stripes
Mango and pears

Apple - Pear Stripes
Apple and pears

Review: "My kids love these so much, I have bought 2 additional packs. Great value for money and healthy snack too. Would definitely recommend"

Best vegan cheese puff

Not only are these Peppa Pig, making them an instant hit with tots, but they are also delicious. These baked red lentil puffs are a delicious crisp alternative. They have a cheese flavour seasoning but are vegan approved. These healthy crisps are baked instead of fried in oils, making them much healthier than other crisps.

Red Lentil (58%), Rice, Rapeseed Oil, Cheese Flavour Seasoning (10%) (Potato Maltodextrin, Potassium Chloride, Yeast Extract, Salt, Flavourings, Yeast Powder, Onion Powder, Acid: Citric Acid; Colour: Paprika Extract; Garlic Powder, Sunflower Seed Oil), Firming Agent: Calcium Carbonate

Review: "Our little ones love these crisps. Much cheesier than other kids crisps, lovely!"

Best vegan white chocolate

Nothing is better than chocolate. Your little one doesn't have to miss out just because they are a vegan. These free-from white chocolate buttons give their dairy counterparts a run for their money.

Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Inulin, Maltodextrin, Maize Flour, Coconut Oil, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins), Flavourings.

Review: "These are nice and creamy, and not overly sweet. Probably the best vegan white chocolate I’ve had, certainly the best for the price!"

Best organic biscuits

Organix has teamed up with the best-selling children's book The Gruffalo to make the perfect vegan snack. These tasty biscuits are made with organic cocoa powder and vanilla extract. These snacks are only suitable for children over one year old. The Gruffalo biscuits are suitable for vegans but are produced in a factory that also prepares milk-based food.

Wheat Flour 38.6%, Grape Juice Concentrate 24.9%, Wholegrain Wheat Flour 20.8%, Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil 5.9%, Sunflower Oil 3.6%, Wholegrain Oat Flour 3.0%, Cocoa Powder 2.1%, Vanilla Extract 0.5%, Lemon Juice Concentrate 0.4%, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate)* 0.3%, Thiamin (Vitamin B1)* <0.1%, Total 100%, *Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate) and Thiamin (Vitamin B1) have no organic certification

Review: "Great taste, nice and chocolatey but without being too sweet. Great for our little one, have since bought more."

Best strawberry fruit snack

These Kiddylicious wriggly worm-shaped fruit snacks are the perfect food for little fingers. This snack is made from fruit puree and is packed with real fruit.

98% Fruit (Apple Purée Concentrate, Apple Juice Concentrate, Strawberry Purée, Elderberry Juice Concentrate),
Gelling Agent: Pectin, Citrus Fibre

Review: "My son absolutely loves these he's got autism & has an eating disorder only likes his " safe foods" these being one of them we go through tons of these and to find them at such a cheap price makes it even better he spotted the box straight away to come and eat 🤣"

Best houmous

This trio of houmous is a great way to elevate any snack. Just pop off the lid and let your little ones start dunking. Whether it's carrot sticks, celery, bread or even, dare we say fingers.

Red pepper houmous
Cooked chickpeas (40%) (water, chickpeas), roasted red pepper (20%) (red pepper, rapeseed oil), rapeseed oil, water, tahini (11%) (sesame seed paste), concentrated lemon juice, salt, garlic, colour (paprika extract).

4Plain houmous

Cooked chickpeas (46%) (water, chickpeas), water, rapeseed oil, tahini (13%) (sesame seed paste), concentrated lemon juice, garlic, salt.

5Lemon and coriander houmous
Cooked chickpeas (48%) (water, chickpeas), water, rapeseed oil, tahini (12%) (sesame seed paste), concentrated lemon juice (4%), coriander, salt, garlic, sugar, green chilli purée, ground coriander, paprika.

Review: "Love the choice of having three flavours and convenience of the small pots."

Vegan snacks for kids FAQs

What is a vegan diet?

What was once thought to be a niche craze has now become a mainstream way of living. The vegan diet even has its month, Veganuary. Veganism is the ideology that you should not consume anything that is produced or a by-product of animals. This means vegans do not eat things like meat, eggs, and milk. Most vegans do this because they believe that meat and animal by-products are exploitative and cruel to animals. An Ipsos study revealed that almost half (46 per cent) of Brits aged 16-75 are considering reducing their intake of animal products in the future.

Is it safe for a child to be vegan?

The long and short answer is yes. Like any diet, it is important to have a varied and healthy food intake. A well-planned and knowledge-based vegan diet is safe for people of any age including children. One of the concerns regarding a plant-based diet is that your child will not receive adequate nutrition. Parents need to be very well informed about which foods provide all of the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy diet. We have included a variety of vegan snacks for kids that will contribute to a balanced diet alongside healthy meals.

Are there any benefits of raising a child vegan?

One of the biggest driving forces for people to become vegans is to protect animal welfare. In raising your child vegan, you may choose for you and your family to take a stand against the exploitation of animals. This will lead to discussions around your personal beliefs and ideologies, which will help the way your little one sees the world around them.

The Vegan Society claims that some research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.

What is a healthy vegan diet?

The NHS advises that to have a healthy vegan diet you need to:

• Eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables every day

• Include carbohydrates in meals (including potatoes, rice, pasta and bread)

• Choose calcium-fortified dairy alternatives

• Include beans, pulses and other proteins in meals

• Cook with unsaturated oils

• Drink lots of fluids

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