Looking for the perfect satiating, crunchy snack? While normally you'd turn to a bag of chips or crackers, why not expand your snacking repertoire with some puffs. These days, there’s a seemingly endless array of tasty vegan puffs on the shelves, and online. We've weeded through the masses to help find some of the more better-for-you puffs that are not only vegan but also pack in extra nutrients.

All of the puffs on our list are vegan, easy to find (both online and at your local supermarket, and honestly, they are all delicious. Note, as with any processed foods, popping any puff is always best in moderation. If you are through searching for your new go-to packaged snack, we’ve had you covered with this round-up of the best puffs for light and easy snacking.

The Daily Crave Beyond Puffs Vegan White Cheddar ($4.19)

With 4 grams of protein per serving, The Daily Crave’s vegan puffs go above and beyond our expectations. They are made from rice, black beans, and lentils, making it a healthier substitute for conventional dairy-based cheese puffs. Although some puff lovers will be thrown off by the dense texture, this puff lacks the usually airy consistency. Still, it offers an allergen-friendly snack that will satisfy your craving for a cheese puff, with 30 fewer calories than leading dairy-based puffs. Made with sunflower oil, the 7 grams of fat might deter some consumers, but the low saturated fat should keep these in the cart.

Serving Size: 25 puffs

Calories 130

Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 0.5g

Protein 4g

Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar ($3.19)

You may have seen this bright yellow bag on the shelf at Starbucks, and not realized it was vegan—luckily, all of Hippeas snacks are. This puff company, backed by celebrity powerhouses like Leonardo DeCaprio, makes crunchy treats that are made primarily with chickpea flour, an environmentally-friendly crop, and a nutrient-packed one. The 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving is a nice touch helping you feel like it's not just empty calories. They’re also organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and OU-certified kosher.

Serving Size: 25 puffs

Calories 200

Total Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 0.5g

Protein 6g

IWon Organics Protein Puffs, Camalized Onion ($4.89)

IWon makes a line of killer puffs, and you can’t go wrong with any flavor but a few of their vegan options are at the top of the list. Caramelized Onion with 10 grams of protein per serving, is the perfect balance of savory with a kick of sweetness. The Spicy Sweet Pepper is also a stand-out. As the name implies, IWon is always organic, and always made with a mixture of either organic green peas & yellow peas, organic brown rice, or organic navy bean.

Serving Size: 20 puffs

Calories 180

Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 0.5g

Protein 10g

LesserEvil - SunPoppers, Sour Cream & Onion ($2.99)

LesserEvil has a wide selection of puffs and recently introduced Sun Poppers, little bitesize puffs that pack a flavorful punch and contain protein from watermelon and pumpkin seeds. Great for adults, and kids! With the first two ingredients organic cassava flour, and organic avocado oil, these guilt-free treats will have you covered with your need for a salty, crunchy bite. And yes, they’re also non-GMO, kosher, and grain-free.

Serving Size: 45 poppers

Calories 130

Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 0.5g

Protein 3g

Outstanding Puffs, Hella Hot ($4.50)

From the iconic brand that brought you the Instagram-famous PigOut pigless snacks, Outstanding Foods’ Outstanding Puffs are not just delicious, they’re packed with nutrients.

The vegan brand packs its puffs with 20 essential vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, and vitamins B12, D, and C. Outstanding Puffs are always vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO.

Serving Size: 20 puffs

Calories 130

Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 0.5g

Protein 7g

PeaTos Crunchy Curls, Fiery Hot ($3.59)

PeaTos signature puffs deliver all the flavor and crunch of conventional puffs but without the unhealthy ingredients. The brand’s gluten-free and non-GMO formulation makes PeaTos one of the most allergen-friendly puffs around. The snack company uses a “pulse flour blend” that counts several sources of protein in the mix including pea flour, lentil flour, and fava bean protein. The snack has 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving, making this plant-based puff one of the most health-conscious options.

Serving Size: 1 oz (about 20 puffs)

Calories 130

Total Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 1g

Protein 4g

Sabritones Chile & Lime Puffed Wheat Snacks ($2.69)

These are made by Frito Lay’s and just like the parent company’s other major brand, Fritos, these are not made to be healthy. But they are addictive. When it comes to Saberitones Chile & Lime puffed wheat snacks they are authentically spiced with a touch of lime. You won’t be able to stop yourself from finishing the entire bag. Unlike some of the other brands, these lack enough fiber or protein to be considered beneficial. Still, pair these chips with your favorite salsa and you will not be disappointed.

Serving Size: 23 crisps

Calories 140

Total Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 2g

Protein 1g

SNACKLINS Barbeque Seasoned Plant Crisps ($3.99)

SNACKLINS are more like puffed crisps, but still worthy of our list since they’re light and low-cal made from real ingredients including yuca, mushrooms, and onions. SNACKLINS comes in portioned bags, coming in at under 100 calories a serving for a good portion-controlled snack. Their crisps are always gluten- and grain-free, vegan, kosher, and non-GMO.

Serving Size: 25 Crisps

Calories 100

Total Fat 4.5g, Saturated Fat 0g

Protein 0g

Spudsy! Cinnamon Churro Sweet Potato Puffs ($3.99)

Meet the novel sweet potato puffs, Spudsy!, which use imperfect sweet potatoes and upcycles them into a plant-based, delicious snack. These perfect little puffs come in five vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free varieties like Bangin Bar-B-Q, Buffalo Ranch, Vegan Sour Cream & Onion, and Vegan Cheesy Cheddar. But the star of the show is the Cinnamon Churro flavor that actually tastes like a churro, condensed into crispy bite-sized treats. An added bonus is that they’re low in sodium, with only 30 milligrams per serving. And yes, in addition to being vegan, they’re gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO.

Serving Size: 28g

Calories 150

Total Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 0.5g

Protein 3g


Thrive Market Grain-Free Puffs - Vegan Nacho ($2.84)

Made with simple, healthy ingredients including navy beans and cassava flour, Thrive Market’s signature vegan puffs are an allergen-friendly, vegan, and tasty snack. The vegan nacho cheese will satisfy your craving for a junk food fix, but without as much to worry about. This plant-based puff delivers 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving. Still, if you are avoiding saturated fat (known to increase LDL and is not recommended for some people) then heart-conscious shoppers might want to skip this puff, which uses Coconut Oil (high in saturated fat) in the formula.

Serving Size: 20 puffs

Calories 130

Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 6g

Protein 2g

Vegan Rob’s Cauliflower Puffs ($4.05)

With Vegan Rob’s snacks like its Cauliflower Puffs, you’ll bite into a perfect balance of crunch, with a subtle flavor that’s not overpouring. These puffs use sorghum flour as the main ingredient which is a nutrient-rich gluten-free flour. You’ll also get the added benefits of probiotics in these puffs to support digestive health. Vegan Rob´s are always vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and OU-certified kosher.

Serving Size: 35g

Calories 170

Total Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 1g

Protein 3g


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