Vegan Snacks and Dips

NYC-Style Street-Cart Pretzels

NYC-Style street-cart pretzels recipe

Soft street-cart pretzels have been sold on the streets of New York City since at least the 1820s, and now, here’s a recipe you can make at home. Today, they’re still sold from ubiquitous metal carts found all over Manhattan and always offered with mustard. From NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple, copyright © 2017 by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment. Photos by Jackie Sobon. Used by permission. more→

Caramelized Onion Hummus

caramelized onion hummus

This caramelized onion hummus recipe was inspired by one in Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, and the endless hummus plates that I devoured in Israel. Recipe by Gadi Friedman, adapted from Sesame Kingdom, reprinted by permission. Photo by Marc Piscotty. more→

How to Roast Chickpeas in a Skillet, 4 Ways

Sesame-ginger skillet chickpeas

There are tons of recipes out there for oven roasted chickpeas, but I question the need to turn the oven on for one, or even two can’s worth of this tasty legume. Instead, we’ll show you how to roast chickpeas in a skillet, and give them a variety of flavors each time — spicy, savory, and even sweet.

The result might not be quite as crispy as what you’d get from oven-roasting, but it also sidesteps the tendency to dry out. What you’re left with are flavored chickpeas to snack on with no guilt, and far fewer calories than the equivalent volume of nuts. more→

Chickpea, Avocado, and Spinach Spread

Chickpea, Spinach, and Avocado Spread

If you’re looking for an easy, healthy, and yummy spread for fresh bread, crackers, or tortilla chips, you’re in luck. This one combines tasty chickpeas with smooth avocado, and boosted with a good dose of baby spinach or arugula. Spread it on toast any time of day — even for breakfast, or scoop a little of the soft center from a fresh crusty baguette. It’s as good for everyday lunches as it is as a special occasion dip or spread. Makes about 2 cups. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Chocolate Almond Spread

Chocolate Almond Spread

Move over hazelnuts! Almonds are equally delicious when paired with chocolate. By simply blending almond flour, cacao powder, and agave nectar, you can create a rich and luscious spread that rivals the popular stuff in a jar. Use this as a topping for toast, layer it with sliced fruit on sandwiches, add it to your favorite sweet recipes, or smear it on sliced bananas or apples. Of course, you can also just lick it directly off a spoon. This makes about 1 cup.from Almond Flour: The High Protein, Gluten-Free Choice for Baking and Cooking by Beverly Lynn Bennett, (© 2016 Book Publishing Company, reprinted by permission) Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Stovetop Herb Popcorn

Stovetop Herb Popcorn from Thug Kitchen

When did we all fall under the spell of microwave popcorn? Make your own, because it’s cheaper and better for you. Afraid you’ll burn it? You already burn it in the microwave, so you really have nothing to lose. This makes about 8 cups of popcorn. Reprinted from Thug Kitchen  © 2014 by Thug Kitchen, LLC, by permission of Rodale Books. more→

Avocado Nori Crostini

Avocado Nori Crostini by Julie Morris

There is only one thing that is better than creamy avocado on toast, and that’s creamy avocado on toast with just a teeny touch of buttery coconut oil. And there’s only one thing better than THAT . . . which, my friend, is this recipe. While it is pretty epic fare for entertaining, you can also prepare it family-style if you slather the whole piece of toast with avocado goodness (transforming it into the best-ever half-sandwich), instead of quartering it into bite-size pieces. This makes 16 crostini. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Snacks © 2015 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photos by Oliver Barth. more→

Hummus Crackers

Hummus Crackers recipe

Since hummus and crackers are a flavor match made in heaven, why shouldn’t they be fused into a single delicious snack? These hummus crackers are good enough to eat on their own but also great with any number of dips. Feel free to use your favorite flavor of hummus. These crackers come together very quickly. This recipe makes 36 to 48 crackers, depending on how you measure and cut. Double the hummus flavor by serving with hummus, or serve with your favorite spread. They’re good plain, too! Recipe and photos contributed by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

White Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Pâté

White bean and sun-dried tomato pate

Here’s an old standby that never fails to please — a savory spread based on creamy white beans, accentuated with sun-dried tomatoes. Serve with raw vegetables and crispbreads. Make the sliceable version of Smoky Cheddar Cheez and serve with crisp red grapes for a lovely array of appetizers. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Green Pea and Arugula Spread

Green pea and arugula spread

This bright green pea and arugula appetizer or sandwich spread will bring springtime to your palate, but it can be enjoyed year-round. Serve as an appetizer with sliced baguette or bruschetta; as a sandwich spread with sliced cucumber and/or radish. Alternatively, you can also use this is a dip for raw vegetables — try a mixture of cauliflower florets, red bell pepper strips, baby carrots, and snap peas. This makes about 2 cups.  more→

Edamame Guacamole

Edamame Guacamole recipe

If you’d like some protein in your guacamole and chips, blending the prime ingredient  — avocado — with edamame (fresh green soybeans) is a great way to do so. If you don’t care for soy products, you can substitute baby lima beans or even green peas. Make the dip smooth or chunky, as you prefer. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

On Toast: 8 Simple Ways to Enjoy a Slice of Bread

Sweet spreads for toast

Despite the gluten-free trend, and apart from the Paleo phase, toast seems to be making a comeback. Judging by a spate of magazine spreads and books on the subject, it’s once again considered the best thing since sliced bread. Here are 8 simple vegan toast toppings that make a quick route to a snack, breakfast, or lunch. Use whole-grain bread to boost nutrition; and of course, there are plenty of decent gluten-free breads out there if that’s your preference. No need for recipes; just some good ideas, a few minutes, and a spreading knife. Photos by Evan Atlas.  more→

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