Vegan junk food substitutes? Here’s some you’ll love!

Eating vegan is easier than ever, and there really is a vegan version of everything now! Here are some easy vegan junk food substitutes, both salty and sweet, you might want to check out, especially if you or your kids are nostalgic for the non-vegan versions. Even if your kid has been vegan since birth, it can be nice to have snacks to offer them if, for instance, everyone else is eating a Gogurt and they’re feeling left out.

The vegan versions are often healthier, and of course, the biggest upside to eating plant-based is that no animals were harmed!


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If you eat a mostly whole-food, plant-based diet and these sorts of products don’t excite you, keep them in mind for friends who are thinking about transitioning. So the next time someone says, “Oh, I could never be vegan, because…” you’ll be able to tell them, “Actually, there’s a vegan version for that!”

Gogurt—Kite Hill now makes almond milk yogurt tubes!

String cheese—Daiya unveiled Mozzarella Style Deluxe Cheeze Sticks at food expos this year, and they’ll start appearing in stores this summer. While tasters report that they don’t peel like string cheese, they’re the size as string cheese. This is one of many junk food substitutes that will be easy to throw in a lunchbox!

Cheez-ItsEarth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares are a widely available vegan junk food substitute for Cheez-Its!

Cheese puffs/CheetosVegan Rob’s has a whole line of vegan snacks. The Probiotic Cauliflower Puffs brought me right back to the cheese puffs of my childhood. I haven’t tried the Dairy Free Cheese Puffs yet, but they might be even more spot-on!

MarshmallowsDandies All Natural Marshmallows has you covered with big marshmallows and mini marshmallows. You can throw them in a lunchbox, but they also toast up perfectly around a campfire and make delicious Rice Krispies treats. And, it’s hard to believe, but Trader Joe’s marshmallows just happen to be vegan!

Candy barsGo Max Go makes a line of vegan candy bars mimicking the non-vegan chocolate bars many of us grew up on. These vegan junk food substitutes taste like Milky Way, Snickers, Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch, peanut butter cups (and white chocolate peanut butter cups), 3 Musketeers, Almond Joy, and Twix!

Wondering where to find these vegan snack foods? Products will vary by country, of course. If you’re in the USA, you can ask your grocery store to carry them, or you can order a case through your co-op. Many of these vegan junk food substitutes are new—more plant-based products are being created all the time and finding their way into more and more stores—so we can happily expect to keep seeing more vegan versions of any- and everything.

What’s your favorite vegan junk food substitute (or something you’re still trying to find a vegan version for)?


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Darcy Reeder’s been a journalist, a vegan pastry chef, owned a vegan pizzeria, and now she mostly just jumps around and helps stuffed animals speak (I had a kid, y’all!) See more at her blog Vegans in Love, her Etsy shop ItsyPunx, and on Instagram @darcyreeder.