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!

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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!

Table of Contents
  1. Vegan Party Food
  2. Savory Snacks
  3. Sweet Snacks
  4. Vegan Game Day Appetizers FAQs

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. I’ve found this lifestyle the most freeing way to eat and fuel my passions.

Savory 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!

tofu nuggets recipe
Crispy Tofu Nuggets
4.8 from 5 votes
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!
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homemade hummus
Homemade Hummus
5 from 13 votes
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.
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Sweet Potato Nachos
5 from 1 vote
Kick back and dig into this sweet n' savory plant based sweet potato nachos. Gorgeous fresh chips baked to perfection and topped with a rainbow of toppings, you'll never order nachos again! These are really pretty easy to make and so worth it for the warm flavors.
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avocado caprese salad
Avocado Caprese Salad
5 from 16 votes
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.
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vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
5 from 3 votes
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.
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Recipe for vegan buffalo cauliflower wings
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
4.9 from 9 votes
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!
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Oven Roasted Almonds
4.7 from 6 votes
Tamari, the deeper flavored cousin of soy sauce, goes splendidly with toasted almonds. Eat as is for a quick, filling snack or roughly chop and use as a savory salad topping.
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Fresh Vegan Potato Salad
4.4 from 347 votes
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!
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Thai Lettuce Wraps
5 from 28 votes
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.
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cold noodle salad
Vegetarian Noodle Salad
5 from 4 votes
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.
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baked potato wedges
Baked Potato Wedges
5 from 5 votes
Whether you need a great side dish or a fun appetizer, these baked potato wedges are delightful. They come out perfectly crispy with just the right amount of seasoning.
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Sweet 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
5 from 2 votes
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.
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Healthy zucchini bread, ready to eat
Healthy Zucchini Bread
5 from 5 votes
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!
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vegan snack recipe
Chocolate Covered Banana Bites
4.9 from 7 votes
Grab a friend and whip up these delicious bite-sized snacks. Chocolate covered banana bites are super easy to make, and oh so fun!
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Rice Crispy Treat Recipe for Healthy Kids Snack
Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
5 from 18 votes
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. 
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Healthy Caramel Apple Dip
4.9 from 7 votes
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.
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lemon fat bombs
Lemon Fat Bombs
4.9 from 26 votes
These lemon fat bombs, or melt-aways, make a great quick afternoon snack. I should warn you, you really have to like lemons to enjoy these tart treats.
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Vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
4.8 from 5 votes
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. 
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Pumpkin Chia Pudding
5 from 4 votes
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.
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peanut butter fudge
Peanut Butter Fudge- 4 Ingredient Dessert!
5 from 3 votes
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!
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Platter of gluten free fudgy brownies
Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies
5 from 5 votes
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.
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Soft Ginger Cookies with Chocolate Chips
5 from 6 votes
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!
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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.

Which recipes from this list are you adding to your next party menu? Drop and comment and let me know!

About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. First time I’m being social on Super Bowl day!! These have come in handy with the preparations. Can’t wait to tell them the wings are cauliflower ones!!

    1. Wait until you see their faces, Isabel! So glad these yummy foods will join in your fun this year. 🙂

  2. The Peanut Butter Fudge are def on my party list!! They are so good!! I am excited to try the hummus since there’s variety in what you can pair with it. What veggies or snacks would be best?

    1. I love eating fresh veggies with hummus – carrots, cucumbers, celery, bell pepper slices, cauliflower. It’s one of my snack staples!
      Mmm. I need to try that Peanut Butter Fudge, though.

    2. Awesome plan for the game Kelly! We’d recommend fresh cut veggies like carrots, cukes, celery, bell pepper for pairing with your hummus. Pita bread wedges or crackers are yummy too!

  3. Yum, yum and yum! I’m a big fan of the homemade hummus and rice Krispy treats. But I’ve heard so many good things about the Cauliflower Wings I can’t wait to try them! Not sure I can wait for game day… LOL

    1. Hahaha Don’t wait! Go for it with the Cauliflower Wings and let us know what you think!

  4. I really like how many ideas you gave for this. I could see using this blog post for family movie night, world series and any other big event where I like to have a variety of foods. I think I’ll be making the wings and tofu nuggets this year.

    1. Great idea Dani! Thanks for the inspo of other places to rawk these recipes!

  5. Thanks for the great list! Definitely making the banana bites and cauliflower buffalo wings for game day.

    1. Yum! Can we come to your house for the big game, Erin?! 🙂

    2. Have you tried the buffalo wings yet? They’re INCREDIBLE!!!!!

    3. So glad you love them Kaitlyn! Def a ‘game-changer’. 😉