There are plenty of reasons to watch March Madness, but I personally show up for the apps. Surprise, surprise. Filling out a bracket is a yearly ritual – and so is losing every single year. I always pick the wrong upsets because I just love a Cinderella team. But if I did it to win, I would’ve stopped by now. No, no. I do it for the apps! It’s impossible to watch multiple basketball games at once without proper sustenance. Please excuse me while I try (and fail) to avoid using sportsball puns in all of these recommendations. Enjoy!

Top 10 Seed Picks

Loaded Vegan Nachos with Black Beans and Spicy Chickpeas

Obvi my first choice is loaded nachos because… loaded nachos, you know? These chips are loaded up with black beans, spicy chickpeas, jalapenos, and more to give you a little bit of everything. (Bonus points if you top with Cookie and Kate’s Creamy Vegan Queso )

The ultimate vegan nachos, loaded with black beans, spicy chickpeas, and all your favorite toppings

Smoked Paprika and Cheddar Vegan Cheese Ball

I’m not saying it would be cute if you made this cheese ball look like a basketball, except I am. I’m having visions of nut rows for the lines, you know? Plus, this vegan Paprika Cheddar Cheese Ball has the perfect amount of smokiness to keep things interesting.

Smoked Paprika and Cheddar Vegan Cheese Ball//heartofabaker.com

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Dip

I think black beans get a bad rep when it comes to junk food or tasty-snacky food, but I honestly love them. Usually when I make this spicy dip, the dip to chip ratio is about 90-10. Yeah. It’s that good. A slam dunk, if you will. (insert eyeroll here)

A perfectly spicy vegan black bean dip, great for your next party or potluck! Chock full of black, beans, garlic, and a hefty dose of your favorite salsa.

Vegan French Onion Dip

I made this dip for my beautiful friend, Anne, after realizing there really weren’t any great French Onion Dip recipes that her allergies allowed her to eat. She was not disappointed. I went for 3 and you know I got it. Nothin’ but net, baby. (LOL really killing myself over here)

Vegan Goat Cheese Pesto Dip

Not sure how many times I’m allowed to say that my pesto is the besto, but I can’t lie to you and tell you that it’s crap. My Vegan Goat Cheese mixed with my pesto is just ahmazing. I know you won’t want to share, so make it for your basketball party and then put it in the fridge to eat alone when all your guests leave

Vegan Goat Cheese Pesto Dip

Vegan Pretzel Dogs with Cranberry Ketchup

To me, nothing says basketball like motherfreaking HOT DOGS. At high school games, they used to be a dollar and I would eat about 6 of them. No shame. The good ol days. These Vegan Pretzel Dogs are adorable and delicious and are just the perfect finger food for sportsball.

Vegan Pretzel Dogs with Cranberry Ketchup

Vegan Spicy Cheese Ball with Sriracha and Lime

I was feeling v feisty when I made this next little number. The Sriracha-lime combo in this vegan cheese ball is surprising and a welcomed slap on your tongue. Gonna make a mental note to never use that phrasing ever again. Starting now, of course. Goes perfect with all those beers you’re inevitably going to down.

Vegan Sriracha and Lime Cheeseball

White Bean Dip with Garlic Rubbed Toasts

I know we’ve covered black beans, but now I’m onto this delectable White Bean Dip with Garlic Rubbed Toasts! Pairs great with a glass of white, glass of red, glass of pink, purple, brown, black – you get the jist.

White Bean Dip with Garlic Rubbed Toasts

Cheesy Asparagus and Spinach Dip

Go ahead and tell me who doesn’t love cheesy spinach dips?! You won’t want this as a benchwarmer. (I’ll be here all day) Vegan Cheesiness + Asparagus + Spinach = love. And don’t even get me started about Love & Basketball. (classic)


Creamy Arbol Chile Salsa

Is it even legal to throw a party and not have chips and salsa? It should be. You’ll need this Creamy Arbol Chile Salsa in your life and your mouth. You’ll have the most team spirit of anyone in the room when you walk in with a giant vat of salsa. Go ahead and be that girl (or guy).

Creamy Arbol Chile Salsa//heartofabaker.com