Snacks & Appetizers

These appetizers and snacks are more than just delicious shareable dishes: They’re opportunities to show friends and family just how tasty, satisfying, and creative whole-food, plant-based cuisine can be. Make one of these festive recipes for your next party or snack attack, or enjoy them as lighter meals on your own.
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Fresh Plum Muffins
Fresh plums stand front and center in these moist, sweet-as-summer muffins. Plums add fruity flavor to the batter, and thin slices of the stone fruit, fanned on top of each muffin, become jammy when cooked. With a light crumb and sweetened with maple syrup and applesauce, these magnificent vegan plum muffins are as delicious as they are healthy. They make a great breakfast, afternoon snack, or sweet treat at your next cookout.
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Spicy Jerk Mushroom Kabobs with Mango Salsa
Jamaica-born Chef Troy Levy serves up a taste of the healthy plant-based Rastafarian cuisine known as ital with these scrumptious jerk-seasoned mushroom kabobs. A fresh and colorful mango salsa adds a divine juicy element to the meal, with Scotch bonnet chile (or habanero) adding intense spicy flavor; if you prefer less heat, use it sparingly, remove the seeds first, or leave it out altogether. The combination of sweet mango salsa with char-grilled umami-rich mushrooms is a match made in heaven!
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Jackfruit Spring Rolls with Sweet-and-Sour Dipping Sauce
Canned jackfruit's neutral flavor and meat-like texture perfectly absorbs tantalizing sweet and sour flavors in these fresh spring rolls. The sweet and sour sauce, featuring lime juice, fresh ginger, and coconut aminos, does double duty, adding flavor to the jackfruit filling and then as a dipper. Tender steamed bok choy leaves complement the meaty jackfruit texture, quick-pickled radish gives a subtle tang, and fresh mint and cilantro leaves add fresh herbal notes.
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Air-Fried Cauliflower Poppers
Air-fried to crispy perfection, these tender-on-the-inside cauliflower poppers feel like a deep-fried appetizer, with none of the unhealthy fats. Tofu does double duty, showing up in the dipping sauce and in the buttermilk-style coating for the cauliflower. The battered cauliflower pieces get a dusting of whole wheat panko bread crumbs and cornmeal—then 10ish minutes in the air fryer and and pat yourself on the back for a standout appetizer.
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Ultimate Earth Day Smoothie
These groovy smoothies are a great treat to whip up for Earth Day, and they'll taste just as delicious any day of the year! The smoothie base, which features sweet banana, nutty almond butter, and citrusy orange zest, is divided into two parts and infused with differently colored fruits: The green mixture features kiwifruit and spinach, while the blue mixture is colored with juicy blueberries. Swirl them together in an Earth-like pattern!
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Fresh Spinach Hummus
Perfectly fluffy and a dreamy shade of green, this delicious spinach hummus combines classic hummus ingredients with the earthy goodness of fresh spinach to create a scrumptious spread that’s picturesque enough to serve as an appetizer at your next party while still being kid-friendly. The secret to getting a light and fluffy texture is to add a few ice cubes when blending—a handy trick to keep in mind for other hummus recipes!
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Spicy Black Bean Salsa
Loaded with creamy black beans, sweet corn, and juicy tomatoes, this spicy bean salsa is the ideal Tex-Mex appetizer to serve at your next plant-based BBQ. Cumin, paprika, and chili powder—the trifecta of smoky spices—liven up this WFPB rendition of “cowboy caviar.”. Serve this chunky black bean salsa on its own, with baked tortilla chips, or over baked potatoes.
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Vegan Stuffed Jalapeños with Lime Crema
Serve up these bean-and-rice stuffed jalapeños at your next party when you need some crowd-pleasing finger food. Cheesy nutritional yeast, smoky paprika, and salty soy sauce give the stuffing tons of savory flavor that complements the spicy jalapeño shell. While the jalapeño boats bake in the oven, you can whip up a zesty lime crema for drizzling or dipping. The secret to a luscious dairy-free sauce is blended tofu, which highlights any seasonings you throw into it.
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Air-Fried Arancini Air-Fried Arancini
These cheese-free arancini are crisped to golden-brown perfection in an air fryer so you get a satisfying crunch without the unhealthy oil. Each creamy rice ball is stuffed with green olives and piquant peppers to create a tangy center that contrasts nicely with the garlicky Arborio rice. A coating of bread crumbs ensures a crispy exterior while a side of spicy marinara makes for a delicious dipping sauce.
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Greek Stuffed Mini Peppers Greek Stuffed Mini Peppers
Take your taste buds on a trip to the Greek islands with these stuffed mini peppers that make the most of Mediterranean flavors. Creamy cannellini beans are mashed with zesty lemon juice, aromatic oregano, and a pinch of salt to make a deliciously simple filling. Stuff each pepper half with the bean mixture, sprinkle with fresh parsley, and serve tapas-style at your next dinner party.
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Air-Fried Southwest Spring Rolls
Sink your teeth into a creative combination of Southwest taco flavors wrapped up in the form of a spring roll. Mushrooms, chickpeas, and walnuts are finely chopped in a food processor and seasoned with a blend of smoky spices and herbs to create a savory plant-based chorizo that serves as the base of each roll. Smashed pinto beans, cilantro, scallions, and fresno chile are layered into each rice paper wrapper and then wrapped up and toasted to crispy perfection in the air fryer.
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Tabbouleh-Style Stuffed Tomatoes
Tabbouleh is traditionally made with bulgur, but our quick-and-easy version uses quinoa and whole wheat orzo pasta to create a satisfying mix of grains that soak up the tongue-tingling flavors of mint, parsley, and lemon. Cucumber, avocado, and the scooped-out tomato cores are added to the refreshing mixture and spooned back inside the edible tomato shells.
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Homemade Vegan Sopes with Refried Beans
In this scrumptious recipe, the sopes are formed by combining masa harina, sea salt, and water into a soft dough and rolling it into a log, which is then cut like a tube of store-bought cookie dough. Grilling them in a skillet ensures they’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside so your choice of toppings has the perfect base to highlight all the finger-licking flavors.
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Cherry Oat Snack Balls
A nutrient-dense combination of oats, dates, nut butter, chia seeds, and dried cherries are rolled into bite-size balls for the perfect healthy treat during busy days or after school. The warming flavors of cinnamon and vanilla are infused into each bite, and a few tablespoons of orange juice add a subtle fruity sweetness that ties everything together.
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Air-Fried Vegan Lumpia
The crispy Filipino spring rolls known as lumpia are traditionally stuffed with minced meat and vegetables, but this vegan version from Cleodia Martinez features a succulent filling of mushrooms, mashed sweet potato, and quinoa for extra texture. The veg-forward stuffing is infused with simple but flavorful seasonings, and the delicate wrappers get delightfully crispy in the air fryer sans oil.