Giving up dairy is hard.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m not quite managing it at the moment but I think it’s much healthier to take it a step at a time. Once you start to look for it, you realise dairy products are everywhere.
Fortunately I’ve found plenty of dairy-free snacks to keep me going, no matter what the occasion.
For emergencies: Booja Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate Ice Cream
I wasn’t sceptical, exactly, when I saw that Booja Booja made their four-ingredient ice cream without any dairy (anyone who has used a frozen banana as an ice cream substitute will know it can be done!), just curious to see how it would work and a little nervous about how it would taste.
I realise this sounds incredibly overdramatic, but I think my terrible experiences with vegan Gary thus far have had more of an effect on me that I realised.
The four ingredients:
- Agave syrup
- Cashew nuts
- Cocoa powder
Anyway, I needn’t have worried. Booja Booja‘s ice cream (in Hunky Punky Chocolate) is delicious — the rich taste is incredibly similar to regular chocolate flavour and the texture is pretty much the same as that of regular ice cream, making it the perfect dessert when you want something comforting. It’s also soothing for the throat if you have the dreaded winter cold.
At £5.99 per 500ml tub it’s a bit much to buy regularly, but perfect for keeping stashed in the freezer for emergencies.
For cravings: Popchips, dark chocolate
Popchips have long been a favourite of mine, thanks to their light texture. Salt and vinegar crisps are the ones I tend to reach for the most (they’re the only thing I can eat on long car journeys) and to my delight the salt and vinegar Popchips are suitable for vegans. I tend to grab a pack whenever the savoury cravings hit.
On the (slightly) sweeter side, dark chocolate has fast become an essential for me. Literally any dark chocolate will do me just fine; I’m not fussy. I keep it on hand for days when I get a chocolate craving but don’t want to cave and buy the milk version.
For everyday snacking: Graze Veggie Protein Power, Nakd Bars
I’ve been getting a Graze box for years now and I’m always excited to see what I’ve got, but I think selling the snacks in stores is a wise move — and a welcome one, because it means I can pick them up on the go. Veggie Protein Power is my number one. I’m not so keen on the chickpeas (I prefer them in curries) but the cashews and edamame? Obsessed.
And finally, my everyday sweet treat of choice: the Nakd bar. Nakd‘s products do have quite high sugar content but they’re natural sugars, plus everything is cold-pressed and preservative free. My current favourite is the Bakewell Tart bar, which is basically a healthier version of marzipan.
What are your favourite snacks? Are there any you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.