I promised that my next blog post would be more ‘useful’ rather than a general ramble about myself haha so I have compiled a list of mostly ‘accidentally’ vegan treats and snack foods that are under 15 syns – nearly the whole list came from peta.org.uk but I did some additional research and have put together the syns for all of the items – so I did do some hard work! I hope you find this useful if you are vegetarian/vegan following Slimming World or if you want to buy something nice for a vegan friend. I also think a vegan treat box would make a great birthday/Christmas present… *hint hint* obviously most supermarkets now have a pretty good range of ‘dairy free’ or free from products but sometimes these still contain egg so do check.
Vegan sweets and chocolate under 15 syns
- Starburst (9 syns for the 45g packet or 1 syn each) I thought these had gelatine until a few months ago, a whole new world was opened up to me!!
- Millions (13 syns for 65g pack)
- Flying Saucers (1/2 syn each, 3 ½ syns for a small bag (17.5g in Tesco, 20g in Sainsbury’s) I don’t know who likes these, they taste like hard paper!
- Love Hearts (8g mini roll – 1 1/2 , 39g giant roll 7 ½)
- Jelly Tots (15g mini bag- 2 ½, 28g bag -5, 42g- 7 ½) Jelly tots rule!
- Sherbet Fountain (4 ½ syns)
- Skittles (18g bag- 3 ½ – I think this is the multipack mini size, 55g bag – 11, I think this is the normal small packet)
- Marks and Spencer Veggie Percy in a Twist and Colin the Caterpillar Sour sweets (percy are 1 ½ syns each) I love Marks and Sparks veggie sweets but lots use beeswax so not vegan
- Turkish delight – almost always vegan but do double check the label (3 syns a cube)
- Cadbury Bournville Plain Chocolate (1 syn per chunk, 45g bar – 11 ½ this is the small bar not the large sharing bar, sadly!)
- Green & Blacks – Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut & Currant, Ginger, Maya Gold, Espresso, Spiced Chilli, Lemon, Mint (around 10 syns for 35g bar)
- Lindt Excellence – 70%, 85% and 90% Dark Chocolate (70% & 90% are 7 syns per 25g)
- Divine – Dark Chocolate Mint Thins, Dark Chocolate Ginger Thins, dark chocolate bars in various flavours (2 ½ syns per thin)
- Fry’s Chocolate Cream (49g bar is 10 syns)
- Morrisons Free From Choccy Buttons (25g bag) (7 syns)
So as a little treat bag you could have a small bag of flying saucers (3 ½), 8g mini roll of love hearts (1 ½) a mini bag of jelly tots (2 ½) 3 chunks of Bournville (3) and a sherbet fountain (4 ½) all for 15 syns!
Vegan crisps and popcorn under 15 syns
- Aldi – lots of their snackrite versions are vegan including Bacon rashers (LOVE THESE) monster claws, Teddy faces (bit more creepy than pom bears!) (4 ½ per bag) prawn cocktail, ready salted and salt and vinegar crisps (6 ½ syns per bag)
- Walkers – Salt & Vinegar, Ready Salted, Prawn Cocktail (my absolute favourite crisps, I love that they are vegan), Worcester Sauce (25g bag are 6 ½, 32.5g bag is 8 ½)
- Walkers Sensations – Lime & Coriander Chutney Poppadoms, Balsamic Vinegar & Caramalised Onion (40g bag is 10 syns) The balsamic vinegar flavour are so moreish!
- McCoy’s – Salt & Malt Vinegar, Ultimate Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Ultimate Sizzling BBQ Chicken, Ultimate Chargrilled Steak & Peri Peri (27g bag is 7 syns, I love how the really meaty flavours are vegan haha! I often find flavours like steak just that bit too meaty tasting though)
- Skips Tingly Prawn Cocktail (21g bag is 5 ½ – there seem to be about 5 different sizes of bag so check!)
- Sunbites – Sweet Chilli, Original (28g bag is 6 ½, these pretend they are healthy but they are just less tasty!)
- Pringles – Original, BBQ, Paprika, Smokey Bacon (25g is 6 ½ syns – the mini tubs are 40g so just over half a little tub – not worth it!)
- Hula Hoops – Original, Salt and Vinegar (24g is 6 syns, 34g bag is 8 ½)
- Kettle Chips – Lightly Salted, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, Sea Salt & Crushed Black Peppercorns (30g is 7 ½ syns, again there are different sized bags so check, I like the huge share bags and I definitely don’t measure out the 30g….)
- Doritos – Lightly Salted, Chili Heatwave (40g bag is 9 ½ syns)
- Tesco Bacon Rashers Snacks, Sainsbury’s Bacon Crispies and many other own-brand bacon snacks (17g bag is 4 syns, I loveeee bacon rashers so much, nom nom)
- Propercorn – Smooth Peanut & Almond, Lightly Sea Salted (I find this one a bit dusty tasting), Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato, Sweet & Salty (5 ½ syns for 25g bag)
- Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn – Sweet ‘n Salt, Sea Salt, Wasabi Glaze, Cinema Sweet (Sweet n salt – 17g bag is 3 ½, 25g is 5 1/2, sea salt 11g bag is 3 ½) I love sweet and salty popcorn, such a nice cinema snack.
For the cinema you could have one of the little bags of sweet and salt popcorn for 3 1/2 syns and 42g bag of jelly tots – 7 1/2 syns for a total of 11 syns.
Biscuits and cakes
- Lotus Original Caramelised Biscuits (1 ½ each – 3 in a two pack – these are like heaven, melt in the mouth golden tastiness, totally recommend using them to make vegan ‘cheesecake’ with them as the base, Alpro plain with coconut yogurt frozen on top and topped with oreos! 6.5 syns of deliciousness) Poundland often have a huge multipack of them, for, you guessed it, £1!
- The new Lotus Biscoff The Original Caramelised Biscuit Spread is also vegan (4 ½ syns per tbsp) this is too dangerous to have in the house though so be warned! Poundland do sell a smaller sized tub of this too.
- Fox’s Party Rings (1 ½ syns each)
- Bourbon Biscuits (3 ½ syns each)
- Asda free from caramel rice squares (6 ½ each)
- Oreo cookies, including the mint and strawberry cheesecake flavours which are amazing, often on offer in supermarkets for 50p a pack, sadly the peanut butter flavour contains milk, again these crumbled with yogurt is amazing, I also freeze mine so I don’t worry about them going stale and they taste exactly the same frozen (without even defrosting!) (2 ½ each, thins are 1 ½ each)
- Crawford’s Pink Wafers (2 syns each)
- McVitie’s – Ginger Nuts, Fruit Shortcake, Fig Rolls, Hobnobs, Chocolate Chip Hobnobs (choc chip hob nobs are 3 ½ each – how are these vegan??!!)
- Morrisons Chocolate Chip Cookies 150g pack (each) (5 syns each)
- Mr Kipling – Apple & Blackcurrant Pies, Treacle Tart (10 ½ syns each)
Asda Lemon Cheesecake, frozen 6 portion (12 ½ syns per portion)
Co-op Custard Doughnuts, in store bakery 5 pack (9 syns each)
- Duncan’s of Deeside Scottish Oatcakes – Family, Olive Oil, Wheat Free (2 ½ each)
- Jacob’s Cream Crackers (2)
- Ritz Crackers (1)
- Ryvita Multi-Seed Thins (1 ½ each)
At some point I will see which healthy extras are vegan too.
Spreads and toppings
- Lotus Smooth Caramelised Biscuit Spread (4 ½ syns per tbsp)
- Peanut butter (1 ½ tsp, 4 ½ per tbsp)
- Marmite Yeast Extract (FREE) I am not a huge fan of Marmite but as it is a good source of vitamin B12 I tend to add a tbsp in to lots of my meals which my mum secretly did in all our meals growing up despite us all saying we couldn’t stand it! I did a bit of research and apparently it is better than I realised –
“Marmite is packed with B vitamins that are essential for good health. A single serving of just 4g contains 17% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin B1 (thiamin), 18% of B2, and 36% of B3. These vitamins are essential for eye and skin health, as well as protecting your nervous system and helping you to break down the energy from food.
“Vitamin B12 is essential for maintaining a healthy nervous system and blood, but cannot be found in plants. This is a problem for vegans, who do not eat any animal products, which naturally contain the vitamin. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause numerous health problems, but Marmite may provide a solution. Our favourite savoury spread is fortified with B12 providing 40% of your recommended daily allowance with a single serving.”
You can also mix some with yogurt/quark (not vegan) to make a marmitey syn free nip for carrot sticks etc which is really yummy. Another Slimming World friendly recipe is to roast potatoes in marmite – not tried this yet but people rave about it!
- Nākd bars – all flavours (these are quite high in syns – around 7 or 8 for 35g bar, lowest is the banana bread 30g bar at 4 ½ syns) I tried the cocoa orange recently and wasn’t hugely blown away with the texture or flavour.
- Trek – Peanut Power, Berry Burst, Original Oat Flapjack, Cocoa Chaos, Cocoa Coconut Flapjack (around 11 syns for 50g bar)
- 9bar – Peanut & Raisin, Apricot & Strawberry, Nutty, Original, Flax, Fruity, Chia Berry, Pumpkin, Almond & Raspberry, Peanut, Cashew & Cocoa, Hazelnut, Coconut, Raspberry (11-13 syns for 50g bar) I tried the Almond and Raspberry bar which was tasty and a nice texture, quite a large bar but definitely a waste of 11 syns!
- Deliciously Ella Energy Ball, Hazelnut & Raisin (40g pack) (7 1/2 syns each) I think all of the energy balls are vegan. I tried the hazelnut and raisin ball – the texture was nice and the flavour was good too, it was also really filling, but for 7 1/2 syns I don’t think I would have it again.
- Pot Noodle – Beef & Tomato, Bombay Bad Boy, Sweet & Sour, Brazilian BBQ Steak, Chilli Beef, Chinese Chow Mein, Piri Piri Chicken, Sticky Rib (6 ½ / 7 per 90g pot )
- Batchelors Cup A Soup – Tomato, Tomato and Basil (4 ½ per sachet)
- Heinz Cup Soup – Vegetable, Minestrone (3 ½ per sachet)
- Bird’s Traditional Custard Powder (4 ½ syns for 25g dry powder)
I hope this has been of some use – go out and enjoy these delicious vegan treats! Remember there are only 4 days left of National Vegetarian week so get cracking with your delicious veggie recipes!