I had a lot of fun getting back into Twitter a bit last night and taking part in the weekly #veganhour. I am already exhausted this week but only two more days to go until my annual leave and I’m quite excited about that.
As much as I love a little sweet treat now and again my favourite types of snacks are savoury in nature. It is a bit disappointing that there seems to be less savoury snacks made for vegans in comparison to sweet snacks. Saying that, there are a few gems that I’ve picked up recently that I thought I would review.
The first snack is this Rawsage in original flavour. I usually buy little sticks of vegan pepperoni or other meaty flavoured snacks but when I saw this out next to my usual snacks I picked it up instead. It’s a long, thin stick of raw foods that I was definitely curious to try. The smell is quite strong but not even that prepared me for the intense flavour of this snack, I found it mildly spicy and the sundried tomatoes definitely were one of the stronger flavours. The whole experience was mouth watering and I would love to eat it again. You can find the Rawsage online for around £1.60.
Ingredients: Brazil nuts, vegetables (27 %) (sundried tomatoes w/ sea salt, garlic, onion), raisins, hemp seeds, herbs&spices (2.4 %) (caraway ground, dried marjoram, chilli powder).
I had seen a lot of buzz around the next two products, especially in my local vegan community, the quinoa puffs from Eat Real. I picked up the white cheddar, and jalapeno and white cheddar varieties, although both these flavours are available with added kale. These crisps are extremely satisfying, like giant Wotsits (albeit a little crunchier). The cheese flavour is really great and almost addictive, I also really liked the addition of spicy jalapeno in the second packet. Just like the other crisps from Eat Real you won’t be able to just eat a couple of these, you may just find yourself eating a whole bag in one sitting! You can find these 80g bags for around £1.50 to £2.50 online, I paid £1.39 and £1.69 for mine in my local vegan shop.
Ingredients for the white cheddar flavour puffs: (corn meal, quinoa), soybean oil, tapioca maltodextrin, salt, sugar, yeast extract, natural flavours, lactic acid, silicon dioxide.
Ingredients for the jalapeno and white cheddar flavour puffs (corn meal, quinoa), soybean oil, tapioca maltodextrin, salt, tomato powder, jalapeno pepper, yeast extract, sugar, dehydrated red and green bell pepper, onion powder, paprika, extractives of annatto and turmeric, natural flavours, lactic acid, silicon dioxide.
The last product I am going to review is not a snack in itself but is absolutely amazing for dipping snacks into, the vegan ranch from Follow Your Heart. Growing up in a family which partially originates in America I ate a fair bit of ranch as a child and now and again I find myself missing it so when I saw this product I knew I had to buy it regardless of the price. The sauce is salty, peppery and creamy with flavours of garlic and dill. I absolutely loved dipping crisps into this, I also had it as a side sauce for chips and in burgers. I paid around £4 for the 355ml bottle, so very expensive but for me it was definitely worth it.
Ingredients: Vegenaise® (expeller-pressed canola oil, filtered water, brown rice syrup, apple cider vinegar, soy protein, sea salt, mustard flour, lemon juice concentrate), filtered water, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, shelled hemp seeds, flaxseed oil, lemon juice concentrate, cold-pressed hemp seed oil, spices, mustard flour, xanthan gum, salt, garlic.
What are your favourite vegan savoury snacks? Let me know in the comments below.
Hope you’re having a good week,