8 Healthy Vegan Finger Foods for a Movie Night

If you’re looking for snacks to serve your vegan friends and families, these 8 easy recipes are all you need. Take this opportunity to invite your friends and families over for a movie night. Turn it into a meaningful event by decorating the living space into a home theatre and make the recipes below to please them.

1. Air Fried Cauliflower Bites

These light and easy cauliflower bites are one of the best snacks you can make in under 30 minutes. These cauliflower bites are not only crispy but also low in carb and healthy. You also can make it into a spicy version by adding a pinch of cayenne powder.

Ingredients: 6 cups cauliflower florets, ¾ cup all-purpose flour, ½ cup non-dairy milk, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper

Step 1: Line the air fryer basket with aluminium foil.

Step 2: Whisk together flour, non-dairy milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Step 3: Add cauliflower and toss to coat.

Step 4: Arrange cauliflowers onto the prepared basket with cooking spray and bake in the air fryer at 200°C for 20-30 minutes. Serve.

2. Fruit Pitas

These fruit pitas are loaded with fibre and give you a taste of summer that you can enjoy anytime. Super easy and healthy fruit pitas that required only 2 steps. You can make the salad mixture ahead of time and keep it refrigerated before serving. Also, you get to choose what kind of salad dressing and fruits you want to use in this recipe.

Ingredients: 20 miniature pita pockets (halves), 2 ripe pears (diced), ½ cup seedless grapes (halved), 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, salad dressing, lettuce leaves

Step 1: Combine all fruits and salad dressing. Mix well.

Step 2: Line pita halves with lettuce and fill each with the salad mixture. Serve.

3. Peanut Butter Balls

These no-bake peanut butter balls are the perfect dessert when you’re having a movie night. You can make these one-bite treats ahead of time and simply store them in the fridge to help firm up. They’re perfectly sweet to cure any sweet tooth.

Ingredients: ½ cup peanut butter, ¼ cup unsalted vegan butter, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 cup powdered sugar, 170 grams bittersweet chocolate

Step 1: Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Step 2: Stir together peanut butter, vegan butter, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar and stir until completely incorporated.

Step 3: Use a cookie scoop to scoop out peanut butter balls and arrange them onto the prepared baking tray. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.

Step 4: Heat up the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Dip the chilled balls into chocolate one at a time, turning to coat. Lift out with a fork and place the balls back onto the baking tray. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes before serving.

4. Cooked Vegetables Zucchini Bruschetta

This lighter version of bruschetta uses crisp zucchini as the base instead of bread. It is low in carb which makes it suitable to munch on even if the movie lasts till late at night. So, go ahead and make a double batch to enjoy as healthy finger food at your next movie night.

Ingredients: olive oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, ½ cup chopped onion, 2 ½ cups chopped eggplant, ½ cup chopped red bell pepper, 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved), salt and pepper, ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, 450g zucchini, 1 garlic clove (halved), parsley for garnish

Step 1: Cut zucchini diagonally into ½-inch-thick slices. Keep aside.

Step 2: Heat oil in a medium pan, cook onion and minced garlic over medium heat, till onion turn semi-translucent. Add red bell pepper and cook till semi softened.

Step 3: Add eggplant and cherry tomatoes. Cook till softened.

Step 4: Add rosemary, salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5: Rub zucchini slices with cut sides of garlic clove. Top each zucchini slice with cooked vegetables and sprinkle parsley on it. Serve.

5. Sweet and Sour Mushroom Toast

Instead of the classic mushroom toast, surprise the crowd with this mind-blowing sweet and sour mushroom toast. The good of this recipe is you can use any type of mushroom you want. So, if you have leftover mushrooms in the fridge, be sure to add to this recipe. Lastly, a swipe of vegan butter helps to provide more flavour to the toast.

Ingredients: olive oil, 500g mixed mushrooms, ¼ cup minced shallot, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 3 cloves minced garlic, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, salt and pepper, vegan butter, 16 wholegrain baguette slices (toasted)

Step 1: Heat oil in a medium pan, cook mushroom over high heat, till browned. Reduce heat to medium, add shallot, thyme, onion powder, minced garlic, and cook till mushrooms release their liquid.

Step 2: Add sugar, white vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3: Spread vegan butter evenly on toast slices. Top with mushroom mixture. Serve.

6. Smoky Roasted Chickpeas

Looking for a lighter snack to please the crowd? These crunchy chickpeas serve you as both a snack and protein-rich topping for salads. Keep everyone happily munching while enjoying the movie.

Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Prepare a large baking sheet with baking paper.

Step 2: Pat dry the chickpeas with a kitchen towel. Drizzle with oil, and bake for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Remove the chickpeas from the oven. Sprinkle chickpeas evenly with paprika, salt and cayenne. Toss to coat.

Step 4: Return to the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes till the chickpeas are crispy and crunchy. Cool completely before serving and store the leftover in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

7. Mini Zucchini Pizza

Another simple yet delicious snack to help you get through the night. This simple snack recipe is a fantastic way to satisfy your pizza cravings while trying to stay low carb. By switching the usual carb base to zucchini, these healthy zucchini pizzas are all you need to please the crowd when they’re looking for a pizza.

Ingredients: 1 large zucchini, salt and pepper, ½ cup pizza sauce, ¾ cup vegan cheese, ½ cup mushrooms, dried basil

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Prepare a large baking sheet with baking paper.

Step 2: Cut zucchini diagonally into ¼-inch-thick slices. Arrange zucchini in a single layer and bake till crisp-tender.

Step 3: Sprinkle zucchini with salt and pepper. Top with sauce, cheese and mushroom. Bake till cheese is melted and lastly, sprinkle with basil. Serve immediate.

8. Pumpkin Spice Walnuts

Yes, you can have pumpkin spice all year! These walnuts are delicious and healthy vegan snacks loaded with fibre, protein, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Feel free to remove the cayenne powder if you prefer to just stick with the pumpkin spice flavour.

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon water, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder, 2 cups toasted walnut (halves)

Step 1: Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Step 2: Cook maple syrup, water, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and cayenne powder over medium heat until maple syrup is dissolved.

Step 3: Add walnuts and cook until sticky, about 3 minutes. Stir constantly.

Step 4: Remove the walnuts onto the prepared baking tray and break up the walnuts into individual nuts. Cool completely before serving and store the leftover in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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