For many, eating beans as a snack doesn’t sound as fun as diving into a bag of salty potato chips or pretzels. We tend to associate beans as a side dish, not as a snack. That doesn’t have to be the case. In this post, we share a recipe roundup of the best bean snack recipes, from a variety of cuisines using a variety of beans. How you think of beans will never be the same.
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What Are Bean Snacks
Beans are an extremely versatile food product. With over 400 varieties of beans, the skies the limit on what you can make with beans. For the longest time, beans have been associated with side dishes, casseroles, and chili, but rarely as a snack. This is unfortunate because there a ton of snacks you can make using beans.
Arguably the most popular bean snack is hummus. Made using chickpeas, hummus is a Middle Eastern dip eaten with bread or vegetables. Chickpeas by themselves can be transformed into a healthy and delicious snack with a little seasoning and roasting. High in fiber and protein, roasted chickpeas are one of the best energy snacks you can eat.
Beyond hummus, bean snacks come in all shapes and sizes. From sweet dessert black bean snacks to battered and fried green bean snacks, there are many snack options to choose from. Best of all, most bean snack recipes require only a few ingredients and are super easy to make.
Increasingly, we are looking for more ways to include healthy and sustainable foods into our diets. Traditional snack foods like chocolate bars, cookies, and chips, are loaded with sugar and artificial flavorings. Making snacks using beans not only provides needed vitamins and minerals, but beans are a highly sustainable food source.
Some of the benefits of beans comes from them being great sources of fiber and protein. Fiber helps regulate our digestive system making beans one of the best snacks for IBS. Research has shown that beans are a great source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. A heart-healthy food, beans have been shown to help reduce cholesterol and control appetite.
Beans Snacks Are Great For Kids
All of these benefits make it easy to understand why making your own bean snacks instead of resorting to store-bought snacks is the right choice for good health.
These snacks are also a great alternative for kids’ snacks. They are a way to keep kids happy without the extra salt, fat, and sugar that comes with typical snacks for kids. We make some dessert hummus recipes, like snickerdoodle hummus, which are great to sneak protein to kids when they least expect it.
Types Of Bean Snacks
Our list includes both sweet and savory snacks, for every budget and with dietary restrictions taken into consideration. We offer recommendations for black bean snacks, roasted bean snacks like a protein-packed trail mix, and even a green bean snack.
Here are our recommendations for fabulous bean snack recipes that are easy to make and delicious. With over 400 varieties of beans to choose from, we have tried to include a wide range of bean types.
More importantly, we’ve selected beans that are more readily available in shops. As we find and test out new recipes, we will continue to update. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.
Best Bean Snacks
Our list of the best bean snacks includes sweet and savory options, including chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans, and even fava beans.
Healthy and delicious homemade falafel with a crisp outside and a succulent herb inside. This easy to make fava bean snack can be baked or cooked in an air-fryer. This is one of the most classic fava bean snacks.
These creamy vegan black bean taquitos are fabulously delicious and so fun to make! Perfectly crispy and chewy, you can bake them in the oven for a healthier take on traditional recipes or pan-fry them for a delicious black bean snack!
These black bean cookies are stuffed with creamy peanut butter for a decadent and gooey center. They’re a healthier, nutritious, and gluten-free way to indulge in dessert or snack! This is one of the best peanut butter snacks that is actually healthy.
This trail mix ditches the peanuts and uses roasted kidney beans and chickpeas instead. The perfect roasted bean snack, it tastes great and gives you the energy you need. It's one of the best trail snacks made with beans and protein.
Crispy & crunchy roasted chickpeas make the perfect plant-based snack! Choose your favorite flavor combination: Vegan Parmesan & Garlic, Maple Cinnamon, Tandori Lime, or Sweet & Spicy Chili. This garbanzo bean snack recipe is simple, easy, and sure to satisfy your snack cravings.
Need a tasty, easy dried bean snack recipe? Try this spicy cheesy dried pinto bean bowls! They’re sure to become a lunchtime favorite
These bean snack recipes barely scratch the surface on the ways beans can be incorporated into your diet. With their health benefits and sustainability, it’s no wonder that beans are increasing in popularity.
Check out all of our recipes for snacks and dips made from beans and lentils.
Eric Hoffman is the husband who eats all of these tasty bean and lentil dishes. He is also co-founder of Food And Drink Destinations. After 8 years of traveling the world, he now lives in Ireland with his wife, Amber.