20 Vegan Appetizers for Game Day

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If you’re planning a party then I’ve got the best of the best game day snacks, holiday appetizers and easy finger foods for your big event. These 20 vegan appetizers are sure to please a crowd as well as cater to a variety of dietary needs your guests may have. Food is meant to be enjoyed, and vegan party food is no different!

I’ve divided my recipes into sweet and savory, depending on what you need. Be prepared to share these recipes with your guests; they are THAT good!

Vegan Party Food

Sharing good food with good friends is a passion of mine. There’s nothing quite like whipping up a recipe that I know others will enjoy. So rest assured the below vegan appetizers are part of my Thanksgiving spread, New Years snacks, Easter brunch, and Game Day snacks.

The term vegan applies to people who don’t eat food coming from or created by animals. Some vegans don’t buy or use animal products either. If you are making vegan food then the most common foods to avoid are eggs, honey, and dairy. I’ve got so many delicious plant based substitutes like flax eggs, vegan sour cream, dairy free parmesan, alternative sweeteners and more on the blog.

I am not a vegan– I follow a plant-based diet. Which I have found the most freeing way of eating and fueling my passions.

Savory Game Day Snacks

I’ve got a wide variety of vegan appetizers to help you wow your party guests. Hot dishes, cold dishes- you name it, I’ve got it!

Crispy Tofu Nuggets

These plant-based tofu nuggets are packed with protein and amazing crunch. The secret sauce is tearing pressed tofu to get craggily edges that help to make the crispiest nooks and crannies for your favorite dipping sauce to cling to. Try using your air fryer for an equally delicious nugget!


tofu nuggets recipe
Homemade Hummus

With this recipe on hand, you’ll never need store-bought hummus again! Along with iron-rich chickpeas, we’ve included loads of fresh, vibrant herbs to add extra vitamins, minerals to this herb hummus.


homemade hummus
Avocado Caprese Salad

It’s pretty hard to top a juicy, garden fresh, still-warm-from-the-sun tomato, but this comes pretty close. Creamy avocado stands in for cheese in my Avocado Caprese Salad. We don’t think you’ll miss it.


avocado caprese salad
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

This stuffed portobello mushroom recipe is easy enough for a delicious weeknight dinner and unique enough for your next dinner party. Mediterranean-inspired flavors pop in these beautiful mushroom caps.


vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

I’ve never been a fan of chicken wings—yet I love the spicy-hot flavor! I was so excited when I got this plant-based recipe to work. Welcome to the world of Cauliflower Buffalo Wings!


Recipe for vegan buffalo cauliflower wings
Tamari Almonds

Tamari, the deeper flavored cousin of soy sauce, goes splendidly with toasted almonds. Each handful will satisfy a craving for a salty, crunchy snack. One batch of tamari almonds is enough for the whole week, but feel free to make several batches to keep on hand for an easy, nourishing snack.


healthy snack for kids
Fresh Vegan Potato Salad

Step aside traditional potato salad! A new version is in town and it’s delightful. Try this vegan potato salad out on your next gathering and be ready to share the recipe!


Thai Lettuce Wraps

When I became a vegetarian at 16 years old, one of the meals I missed the most was the chicken lettuce wraps from my fav Chinese restaurant. This thai lettuce wrap recipe is inspired by those, yet this dish adds a lot more nourishment and flavors to make me one happy vegetarian.


Vegetarian Noodle Salad

This refreshing noodle salad is a great light lunch or yummy side for dinner. Take it to the beach and enjoy at sunset for the ultimate summer night.


cold noodle salad

Sweet Game Day Snacks

If you’re looking for vegan appetizers of the sweet variety, then I’ve got you covered! Check out these delicious recipes: 

Sweet Fried Plantains

My move to Florida introduced me to a beautiful Latin American food culture. I instantly fell in love with the smells and flavors of Latin cuisine and especially with sweet fried plantains. They are super easy to make and SO enjoyable as a fun side dish or light dessert. Feel free to dress them up how you want and enjoy my Latin-inspired version.


Healthy Zucchini Bread

A fun bread the whole family can enjoy (and help make!). I love that this bread contains a whole cup of veggies, and that it’s vegan… though you can’t even tell!


Healthy zucchini bread, ready to eat
Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

Grab a friend and whip up these delicious bite-sized snacks. Chocolate covered banana bites are super easy to make, and oh so fun!


vegan snack recipe
Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

This Rice Krispie Treats Recipe uses plant-based whole foods from brown rice to almond butter. Not only will you find more protein and fiber, but the flavor will blow you away. 


Rice Crispy Treat Recipe for Healthy Kids Snack
Healthy Caramel Apple Dip

Hope you’re sitting down because this healthy caramel apple dip is going to blow your mind! Made with all-natural, plant-based ingredients and ZERO added sugar (no corn syrup!), this sauce is rawkin’. Use as a spread, dip, topping, sauce, filling, or just eat it by the spoonful.


Lemon Fat Bombs

These lemon fat bombs, or meltaways, make a great quick afternoon snack. I should warn you—you really have to like lemons to like these tart treats.


Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are simply THE BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies around! We’ve given them another upgrade by adding in toasted coconut (you can buy it or make it) and toasted almonds for extra flavor and crunch. Use your favorite dark chocolate chips and bake up a batch or two. They make great gifts and store well in the freezer for when a craving hits. 


Vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe
Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Celebrate fall with this quick n’ easy protein-packed snack. Pumpkin Chia Pudding tastes great and is the perfect amount of sweet. Treat it like a dessert, a snack, or a light breakfast.


Peanut Butter Fudge

You’ll definitely wanna include this vegan peanut butter fudge into your holiday menu this year. This decadent recipe is easy to make and provides a beautifully rich treat. Plus, it’s only 6 ingredients!


peanut butter fudge
Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

Thick, fudgy brownies that also happen to be vegan and gluten-free. (No one will be able to tell!) Loaded with delicious chocolate flavor and a great texture, this Fudgy Gluten Free Brownie Recipe really hit the spot.


Recipe for gluten free fudgy brownies
Soft Ginger Cookies with Chocolate Chips

These soft ginger cookies are also naturally gluten free. The flavor of warm ginger shines through thanks to both dried ground ginger and freshly grated ginger. The second best part might just be the pockets of dark chocolate in each bite. These are sure to become a favorite!


Gluten-Free Vegan Ginger Cookies with Chocolate Chips | #vegan #glutenfree #cookies

Anyone hungry yet? I’m def looking forward to the next time I can break out a few of these gems. Whether you need savory or sweet, warm or cold, I’ve got a vegan party food that can fit any scenario.

Vegan Game Day Appetizers FAQs

What snacks do vegans eat?

All kinds! Salad is NOT the only answer when creating an animal-free dish. Buffalo cauliflower, hummus with veggies, cookies, cake and more can easily cater to a wide variety of eaters.

What is the most popular food for vegans?

Don’t feel limited when creating a vegan dish. Fruit and veggies, legumes, grains and pasta, tofu and more can grace your table easily.

How do you cater to a vegan guest?

‘Vegan’ food doesn’t have to be weird, difficult or hard to make! Check out this blog for vegan appetizers that have all been taste-approved by thousands of food lovers.

If you need some more vegan appetizer inspiration, then follow Stephanie of VeganWhat, Jenné of SweetPotatoSoul, Megan of Detoxinista and Jasmine of SweetSimpleVegan for incredibly tasty plant-based recipes.

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