When game day is approaching and you need some healthier snack options, look no further than this collection of vegan and gluten free appetizers that are perfect for munching.
Have you planned out your Superbowl party appetizers yet? Which team are you rooting for? If you’re anything like me, and rooting for team snacks, these tried and true, delicious vegan appetizers are for you. If it’s not football season, don’t worry, these recipes are perfect for any appetizer party.
These are some of the BEST, most delicious superbowl recipes around that I’ve gathered with the help of some very talented food bloggers. All are plant based and gluten free, or easily made gluten free with a simple swap, as listed below.
PLUS these incredible dishes are all made healthier than traditional versions by either omitting oil and refined sugar, or by sneaking in some healthier ingredients. You know, so you don’t sabotage all your hard work you’ve been up to, to shed the holiday weight thus far.
Ready for this?
Healthy Vegan Appetizers for Game Day
Cauliflower buffalo wings are super tasty, super flavourful and deliver just the right amount of heat. They’re soft and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, yet these bad boys are baked, and not fried, with no oil at all. (Air fryer instructions also included.) These bite sized appetizers are perfect for game day and party platters! Bonus, they’re gluten free as is!
These Loaded Vegan BBQ Nachos feature the easiest baked BBQ tempeh, freshly made slaw, quick ranchero beans, and a healthy cashew-lime dressing! Add your favorite toppings like corn, green onion, tomatoes, and more for some epic vegan game day eats. What a combo! This is definitely making it to my appetizer table.
Sweet & spicy baked plantain chips are the perfect appetizer on game day, or any day! So delicious and crispy, (yet oil free) offering hints of sweetness from ripe plantains and a touch of maple syrup, combined with spicy Sriracha and tangy lime juice. These crunchy chips are perfectly textured, unbelievably flavourful, and such a fantastic, healthy alternative to potato chips.
This Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip is absolutely incredible! Rich, creamy, delicious, & healthy. Perfect for holidays, game day, family gatherings, or any other day that ends in “y.” Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, & packed with protein. Pair it with homemade tortilla chips for a truly guilt free snack.
Oil free cowboy caviar is a wonderfully flavourful appetizer to eat on its own, or use as a dip with your favourite crackers or chips. It’s colourful, tangy, slightly sweet, hearty and bursting with freshness. This version is not only free from oil, but it’s also free from refined sugar typically found in this dish. Bonus! With no cooking required this easy recipe is ready in 15 minutes or less.
These crispy smashed potatoes with avocado hemp aïoli make the perfect addition to your plant-powered hors d’oeuvres spread! Fair warning: These are addictive, so you might want to make extra. And can you ever really have too many potatoes? I think not. You’re going to love this one!
Peanut butter lovers, this one is for you! Just think of this incredible dip as a cross between your favourite Thai peanut sauce combined with a creamy, luscious hummus. Um, yes please! Grab some crackers and veggies and dunk away. I have no shame in admitting that I eat this by the spoonful.
This hot vegan spinach artichoke dip is ultra creamy, savoury, and a popular appetizer, party dip, or bread spread! Quick and easy to make, this cashew-based dip is sure to be a favourite. Just grab some veggies, crackers, bread or tortilla chips. Yet another dip I could eat by the spoonful.
These lentil veggie nuggets are perfect for dipping in your favourite sauces. They’re wholesome and delicious, and perfect to feed a crowd. Just make sure to use gluten free bread crumbs for this one, if needed. These nutritious little nuggets will be a welcome healthy dish among the appetizer spread for game day.
The versatile cauliflower does it again! Mini muffin cauliflower pizzas that taste great on their own or dunked in your favourite pizza dipping sauce! I’ll never say no to pizza, but this healthy cauliflower option leaves me feeling guilt free! Make sure to use gluten free breadcrumbs for this one, if needed.
Is it even a party without queso? Check out your favourite pub food transformed into a healthy dip that you can feel great about serving your guests. This jalapeno popper dip is virtually fat free, with a cauliflower base, it’s super cheesy, and absolutely delicious. Makes enough to feed a crowd!
Smoky, sharp and sliceable – this Vegan Cheddar Cheese is a great choice for entertaining or everyday snacking. If you’re newly vegan, or missing cheese, you definitely need to give these one a try. Serve it up with some crackers and enjoy.
Sink your teeth into these incredible Asian wraps that are bursting with flavour. They’re savoury, peanutty, and oh-so satisfying. Made using fresh slaw that is doused in Thai flavours, combined with low carb, cauliflower rice, hints of fresh cilantro (or parsley) and then grilled to crispy perfection. Grab your favourite gluten free wraps for these ones, if needed.
Oil free hummus from Bad to the Bowl is easily made in the blender and the perfect dip for raw veggies and chips! This is a great snack for game day or any day. I just love a simple recipe that I can toss in the blender. This staple vegan appetizer is a must for any gathering.
Sweet & spicy salsa will quickly become your favourite way to do salsa! Hints of sweetness from ripe mango combined with heat from jalapeno in a well balanced bowl of goodness. Use your favourite chips or crackers for dunking, or just grab a spoon and dig right in. Yup, it’s that good!
These delicious rolls will satisfy your garlicky, cheesy, pizza cravings! Perfect for game day, lunch boxes or movie night. Serve with your favourite marinara sauce for dipping. More dippable pizza, oh ya, can you ever have enough pizza options? Use gluten free dough if needed.
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget the guac! I don’t think I’ve ever had a party, for superbowl, or otherwise where guacamole didn’t make an appearance. This super easy version is ready in LESS than 5 minutes, using a secret ingredient to cut down on prep time. You don’t want to miss this one.
Easy and flavorful copycat Chipotle Corn Salsa recipe, made in just a few minutes with a handful of simple ingredients. You won’t believe how easy this recipe is with either frozen or canned corn, plus you can make it well ahead of time to serve at your next backyard bbq or get together! Serve it with tacos, fajitas, or tortilla chips for dipping!
Baked zucchini tater tots are crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy in the middle. With hidden zucchini, you can feel great about sneaking in those extra nutrients, without sacrificing on flavour! These delicious taters are kid friendly too!
These Buffalo Quinoa balls are a great vegan option to get that hot sauce fix without any meat. They’re perfect for game day when you want to spice things up! Just stick a toothpick in each one, and serve alongside some vegan ranch dressing for the ultimate vegan appetizer.
It just doesn’t get any easier than a no cook, EASY recipe, ready in 5 minutes from start to finish. This white bean dip is so tasty and loaded with dill pickle flavour! If you want a low fat dip option, this recipe is the answer! No one will ever guess that the main ingredient is BEANS!
So, are you ready for game day? I know I am. If you’re not a football fan, just go for the snacks!
If you do make any of these superbowl recipes, I’d love to hear from you! Tell me what you think in the comments below!