Make Your Own Plastic-Free, Zero-Waste Snacks!
Looking for zero-waste, eco-friendly, plastic-free snacks? I am a self-confessed snacker but I hate the guilt of the single use plastic packaging. All of these recipes are vegan and can be adapted to suit whatever tastes you like. Here are some ideas and recipes I use to satisfy the snack cravings without plastic:
Despite it's fantastic eco-friendly factors, most vegan, plant-based milks are packaged in TetraPak which can technically be recycled, but not all recycling centres accept it. If you fancy cutting out the packaging and making your own oat milk, find our recipe here>>
Can't do oats and need a gluten-free option? Try this BBC Good Food Almond Milk Recipe>>
Who doesn't love hummus? It's the ultimate summer, picnic snack. Forget those plastic pots from the supermarket and make your own plastic-free, zero-waste hummus! It's super easy, delicious and you can add in whatever you like (I personally recommend a wild garlic pesto hummus!)
Over to Debbie for her go-to hummus recipe:
125g of cooked, dried chickpeas or a 250g tinned chickpeas - make sure to keep the aquafaba!
Half a clove of garlic - crushed
1 heaped tablespoon of Tahini
1 teaspoon of salt (or as much to taste)
Juice of one Lemon to taste
50ml of olive oil
Blitz in a food processor until smooth, adding more oil or aquafaba to loosen if needed. Leave for a little while to allow it firm up.
TIP: For super smooooth hummus, remove husks from the chickpeas first!
I like to top mine with a good drizzle of olive oil and sumac or zaatar. Or I'll blend in any of these to flavour: a handful of coriander, left over roast veg or chilli flakes.
Make Your Own Crisps
Next time you peel your potatoes, keep the peels and turn them into crisps! This is a big favourite of mine, especially good for vegans as we often miss out on our favourite flavours (thanks milk powder...) so you can make your own cheese and onion crisps using onion powder and nutritional yeast - result!
Simply lay the peel out on a tray and cover in oil and seasoning - I recommend garlic powder and salt!
Pop into a hot oven for 15-20 mins until crisp, check regularly to make sure it doesn't burn.
This also works really well for parsnips, sweet potatoes and even cauliflower leaves.
Seemingly obvious, but so many of us buy plastic bags of popcorn and its SO easy to make! There are so many recipes online but essentially all you need is any cooking oil, popcorn kernels and a pan with a lid.
- Drizzle a little oil in a pan and add the popcorn.
- Keep on a low to medium heat with the lid on and wait. Shake gently occasionally, to ensure they don't stick and burn, and it'll start popping.
- When the popping stops, its ready to eat!
More Plastic-Free, Zero-Waste ideas?