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The Essential Vegan Guide to Pantry Basics


With the start of a new year, millions of people around the world are jumping on their goals and resolutions for 2022. And, for those participating in Veganuary, it’s important to be prepared when the inevitable cravings of old ones come together. favorites manifest themselves. Starting with your pantry, keep it stocked with all the vegan necessities to make sure you can curb your hunger with healthy ingredients or treat yourself under stress. Make your weekly grocery trip count with these basics and some of our favorite brands to keep on hand in an emergency.

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Cooking needs

If you’re stressed out until 2022, we’ve got all the tips for perfecting your banana bread, pumpkin pie, or classic chocolate chip cookies. Here’s the ultimate guide to all your vegan baking needs, the 25 desserts we make at home, and all the cookies the editors of VegNews are obsessed with right now. Make sure to keep these simple ingredients in your home at all times to make sure you’re prepared for any baking urges that arise.

  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Bananas (for banana bread, what else?)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
  • Egg Substitute (options include Apple Cider Vinegar, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Egg Substitute, Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds, etc.)
  • Flour
  • Maple syrup
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract


Whether you’re making avocado toast or a simple PB&J sandwich, the base starts with a great base. This Dave’s Killer Bread contains five grams of protein and fiber, as well as omega-3s. Interested in making your own? Check out our Vegan Bread 101 guide filled with delicious projects to perfect your vegan breads.

Canned products

While this is usually a safe bet, be sure to check the label to make sure these canned products are vegan.

  • Beans or refried beans
  • Coconut milk
  • Vegetables like corn, olives, pickles and pickled jalapeños
  • Tomato paste, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce

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The versatile staple can be used with hummus, vegan queso, salsas, guacamole and any other favorite dip. A simple corn chip like these Que Pasa vegan corn tortilla chips works with most condiments (hello, vegan queso!) For a pre-dinner snack or midday fuel.


To add more flavor and spice to staples, condiments should be your new best friend. Fortunately, there are many flavor profiles and spice levels to choose from. For sandwiches, Follow Your Heart’s Vegenaise or Edward & Son’s vegan Worcestershire is a must. For veggie bowls, hot sauce (try Dave’s Gourmet Creamy Citrus Ginger Sauce and thank you later) or pre-made salsas reign supreme. Keeping your pantry full of a variety of condiments ensures that no meal will become boring or bland.

Nut Butters

Peanuts, almonds, cashews, the list goes on! A staple for any vegan, the different types of nut butters are not only nutritious but extremely versatile, making them perfect for everything from oatmeal to dinner (try our Sweet Potato Kale Stew recipe). and almond butter) and snacks (like this delicious vegan rice crunchy Treat the look?).

Nutritional yeast

If you’re a vegan, you probably already like this potent ingredient because of its extremely nutritious profile and its cheesy and nutty taste. With high amounts of vitamins (especially B12), minerals and protein, we love to sprinkle those yellow flakes on toast, pasta, veg, popcorn, dips… everything! Shake these WonderDust seasonings with your next meal for an extra touch of flavor.

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Fill your oatmeal with fruit, nut butter, hemp seeds, and even dark chocolate for a hearty and appetizing breakfast. The easily customizable meal makes it a pantry staple for every morning. Plus, you can even make your own oat milk or use the grain in baking desserts for a healthier alternative. Try this apple and coconut pie recipe to get you started, it’s one of our favorites!


If we were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one food, it would be pasta (assuming there is also a pot there or an abundance of coconut to make one of fortune). In any case, macaroni, penne, fusilli… we love them all! While we also know that we also need to get the recommended amount of veg per day, that’s where Modern Table’s lentil pasta comes in. With 20 grams of protein and six grams of fiber, it’s hard to believe that pasta made from beans can somehow taste the same as its wheat-based counterpart and be good for you as well.

Pasta sauce

If you’re planning a date in quarantine, how about an Italian night out? Take spaghetti noodles and add this Primal Kitchen No Dairy Vodka sauce with avocado oil for a creamy, decadent dinner. All that’s left is a glass or two of wine, some classical music, and voila, you have livened up an otherwise routine dinner.

Prepackaged meals

Sometimes you want to spend all day on the couch watching Netflix (non-judgmental) and for those days you have to fuel your body without all the hassle. Come in easy to prepare meal packs, all you need is a microwave! We love these Loma Linda plant-based, microwaveable complete dishes for its array of options (Pad Thai, Chipotle Bowl, and Tikka Masala, to name a few). Plus, the brand is available at Costco, so you can buy bulk packaging in one go and make fewer trips to the store!


Protein bars

Need a quick pre-workout snack or a pick-me-up during the day? We turn to these Lupii bars made with lupini and made with less than six ingredients for sustained energy and a healthy dose of amino acids. Now just one question: Cocoa nib with peanut butter, Cinnamon raisin with almond butter or Cranberry with lemon and tahini?


White or brown rice is usually a good choice for any lunch or dinner, but if you want to take the nutrition up a notch, try these low-carb, high-protein, gluten-free RightRice sachets made with a Lentil mix. . With flavors like Lemon Pepper, Spanish, Herb Garlic, Thai Curry, and Cilantro Lime, we’ve got an endless supply of ideas for dinner tonight.


Fill the house with aromatic comfort while whipping up a hearty meal in minutes with long-lasting vegetable broth, vegetables and spices. However, if you’re in the mood for something that takes less than three minutes, these Amy’s Kitchen organic soups are the way to go. Opt for lentil veggies, butternut squash or chicken-free noodles for a quick, filling and comforting breakfast.

For more vegan essentials and herbal tips, read:
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How to cook vegan: the ultimate substitution guide
6 tips for cooking vegan Mexican food at home

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