I’m a little embarrassed, because this is a Super Bowl post and I haven’t watched a football game all season.
What can I say? I’m not a football fan. Although some of the quarterbacks do look cute in those little pants. (I’m allowed to say that, because hubby played football in high school and looked mighty fine. 🙂 )
But I digress. I actually love the Super Bowl for 2 reasons—and neither one includes spandex:
- The commercials entertain me.
- It’s an awesome excuse to try tasty new snacks and party bites!
In that spirit, I’ve rounded up 7 delicious and secretly healthy Super Bowl snacks for your game-day get-together. All are 100% plant-based, low in or free from refined sugar and oil, and gluten free (or can be with a simple swap). They’re perfect for parties with omnivores and vegans alike—or for nibbling in front of the TV with your honey.
What’s more, I’ve marked the recipes that comply with popular plant-based plans, like McDougall and Fuhrman, so you can hop straight to the ones that work for you.
So whether you’re a football fan or just watching for the
cute pants commercials, here’s to a happy, healthy Super Bowl!
I can’t wait to make these roasted cauliflower bites by Susan at FatFree Vegan Kitchen. First, they look incredible—hello, perfectly browned florets dunked in sassy nacho cheese sauce! (I have a minor obsession with nacho cheese; see below.) What more, I’ve made many of Susan’s recipes over the years, and I’ve enjoyed every single one. She’s a magician when it comes to making low-fat vegan recipes that even omnivores love! (Low fat, oil free, McDougall)
You’ll love this quick-and-easy guacamole by yours truly, and chile-lime jicama chips are a fun swap for corn chips. Not sure you’d recognize a jicama if it jumped out and grabbed you? Check out this handy jicama how-to guide (including some jicama fun facts for entertaining your friends during halftime). (Oil-free, Fuhrman/Eat to Live)
This 7-Layer Taco Dip from Angela at Eat Spin Run Repeat looks off-the-charts delicious. I especially love that she uses coconut milk in the black bean layer for a bit of a Caribbean twist—yum! (Oil-free)
Even broccoli-haters will love these tasty morsels from Richa at Vegan Richa! Made with almond meal and bread crumbs (use gluten-free if needed), they bake up crisp and are just begging to be dipped in tomato chutney or a spicy marinara sauce. Or kick up pizza sauce with a little Tabasco or sriracha for a quick dip. (Low oil)
Like I said, I’m mildly obsessed with nacho cheese. In fact, I used to love the fake, frightening orange stuff that comes out of a pump at 7-11—I’m that classy! Luckily, now I can enjoy vegan versions of nacho cheese that are tasty and healthy, like this quick-and-easy cashew nacho cheese from Krista at Destination Delish. With only 7 real-food ingredients, it couldn’t be easier. Serve with baked chips for a deliciously nutritious treat! (Oil free)
If you like spinach artichoke dip, this kale version by Sam at Pancake Warriors is for you—especially if you’re also a heat seeker. (Be forewarned: it contains habanero pepper sauce. Yowza!) Now, I’m a wimp when it comes to spice, but if you like it hot—or you’ve got friends who like to outdo each other when it comes to heat—make this dip as-is. Protein-packed and creamy thanks to a combination of cashews and white beans, it’s a winner with baked chips or roasted sliced plantains. (Oil free)
Holy moly, these chunky monkey bites by Arman at Big Man’s World look ah-maz-ing. Made with whole-grain oat flour, banana, and nutrient-packed cocoa powder, they’re just the right combination of decadent and healthy. Perfect for omnivores, vegans, and of course, kids of all ages, did I mention they’re also a snap to make? No matter who takes home the Super Bowl trophy, you win! (Oil free, low added sugar)
There you have it—7 healthy Super Bowl appetizers and snacks that everyone will love!
Pin it for later:
- Do you actually watch the Super Bowl, or just the commercials?
- What’s your favorite healthy Super Bowl snack?