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There’s so much to love at Trader Joe’s (besides their awesome prices). The customer service is bar none, they always have tasting stations, and they’re constantly coming out with new good-for-you products.
With all that, it’s not surprising that Trader Joe’s also has an amazing vegan selection. And they’re constantly adding new vegan items too. Here are some of the best products for vegans right now.
Vegan Ranch Dip
This stuff is delicious! Made from mainly coconut cream, red wine vinegar, garlic, and dill. I can’t think of a better way to eat carrot sticks than dunk them into this creamy goodness. Two tablespoons will set you back about 100 calories so be sure and eat with caution.
Super Burrito = super good quick vegan lunch or dinner. It’s packed with sweet potatoes, kale, and quinoa; plus its ready in less than 2 minutes. Don’t eat them on the regular because one burrito packs about half of your daily sodium needs, but as a once in a while in-a-hurry meal it’s pretty amazing.
Chili and Lime Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips
Don’t you just love it when things are “accidentally” vegan? If you do, these are another happy accident that was made for you. They pack a huge tangy and spicy taste that is out of this world.
Cold Brew Coconut Cream Latte
This amazing cold brew is made with Arabica beans and then mixed with coconut cream and cane sugar to create the perfect summer pick me up. It also comes in caramel spice flavor.
Vegan Banana Bread with Walnuts
This bread tastes just as good as homemade banana bread. It’s moist, dense, and spongy – all the things you want in great banana bread. Look out, though… Just like the sunbutter cups this isn’t a healthy option, but if you’re looking for a quick vegan item to bring along to a potluck or other dinner this would be an amazing option. You can also take it out of the packaging and claim you made it. (We won’t tell!)
Cashew Fiesta Dip
I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like a good cheese dip and this one’s ooey and gooey vegan perfection won’t be changing that. It makes an amazing party dip if you’re looking for the perfect potluck addition.
How does it have a cheesy goodness without dairy, you ask?
It’s made with cashews, potatoes, jalapenos, and green chilies. With some kind of vegan magic they combine to give you an amazing cheese flavor.
Surprisingly enough, taking the dairy out of cheese dip makes it pretty healthy for you too. Two tablespoons will only set you back 30 calories.
Trader Joe’s Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls
WARNING: NO cinnamon roll is healthy. Eat these sparingly.
Sometimes these can turn out dry so definitely take them out a few minutes before the directions say to. That will ensure the gooeyness you look for in a cinnamon roll. The icing is made from powdered sugar and water so no worries about hurting your vegan lifestyle. Also, they’re super filling and it’s possible to stop after one unlike other grocery store brands where you feel like you have to eat three to really get your cinnamon roll fix.
Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups
Step aside Reeces… there’s a new treat in town. And the best part of this treat (besides the $0.99 price tag) is that they’re NUT FREE. That’s right, you can actually pack them in your kids’ lunch box.
The chocolate is smooth and creamy just like the sunflower seed butter center. However, be aware that these are definitely not a healthy alternative to Reeces. One pack will still set you back 230 calories and 18 grams of fat.
Freeze Dried Strawberries
Finally a truly healthy option. This is nature’s candy. Anytime you have a sweet tooth, pop one (or 10) of these in your mouth.
They’re simple and have only one ingredient. (If you guessed “strawberries” you’re right).
Honestly, if you want to pound the whole bag in one sitting, you’d only be set back a little over a hundred calories so it’s not even bad for you! Plus a bag has over 260% of your daily vitamin C!
Chicken-Less Mandarin Orange Morsels
I think every vegan needs a couple go-to convenience items that are always in the freezer for those “I don’t have time to think let alone cook” moments.
This is the perfect addition to your quick dinners lineup. It’s ready in just a few minutes plus HALF the bag is only 250 calories and has a whopping 16 grams of protein! That’s some crazy good nutrition facts. I’m always looking for higher protein vegan items and this one is a staple in our house.
10 Minute Barley and Farro Grains
Let’s be honest, cooking grains is HARD. It takes forever and they usually end up either soggy or crunchy… both of which are terrible. This is the perfect solution to your grain cooking problems.
Also, because it’s barley and farro you can diversify your grain consumption too. These are super easy and fast to cook plus they turn out perfect every time!
Buffalo Style Hummus
Hummus is doing great things these days. There’s chocolate hummus, brownie batter hummus, and now buffalo style hummus. It’s so creamy and smooth it tastes just like the buffalo sauces you’ve come to know and love. Enjoy it with celery, pretzel thins, or even atop of a veggie burger if you’re feeling really dangerous.
Miyoko’s Vegan Butter
Made with cashews this “butter” is creamy, spreadable, and all around delicious. At $5 a package it is a bit pricey but totally worth it in terms of flavor.
Jackfruit Crabless Cakes
I think Jackfruit may become the new kale… it’s simply EVERYWHERE. Restaurant menus, vegan barbeque, and now crab cakes.
There was a time when I thought, “Just stop trying to make jackfruit happen!” but alas, it’s so delicious I’m now on the bandwagon. The shredded jackfruit tastes exactly like crab cakes in texture and flavor except there’s no fishy smell or aftertaste – just a wonderful cilantro kick.
Organic Air Popped Popcorn
Everyone needs a big bowl of popcorn while watching their favorite movie and this popcorn is a great option. For an enormous serving of 3 cups you’ll only eat 130 calories. Plus if you want to get really crazy you can throw some nutritional yeast on it and make it a bit cheesy as well…or melt some of your vegan butter to drizzle on top.
Mango Mini Mochi
This are little drops of mango sent straight from the heavens. The outside is a layer of sweet pastry followed by a smooth center of mango sorbet. The only drawback to this item is that they’re so small you might accidentally pop 5 in your mouth before you realize it.
Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds
This “cheese” is really good cold on salads. It’s a little too melty when it comes to putting it on top of pizza, though. It kind of went everywhere when we tried it. However, it is a great alternative to mozzarella on top of cold foods.
No butter? No eggs? No problem! These are some of the best store bought cookies I’ve ever tasted. They’re chewy and sweet plus the chocolate chip cookies are to die for. No one will even notice they’re vegan. Don’t buy more than one package unless you’re planning to eat them both in one day…because once you start you won’t be able to stop.
Sriracha Baked Tofu
Yum, tofu with a little kick! It’s so easy to cook up and it only takes about ten minutes. Add it to a bowl with quinoa, carrots, avocado and hummus and you’ve got yourself a superfood bowl made in vegan heaven.
Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies
These cookies are the perfect after school treat for your little ones (and you!). They’re tiny so you feel as if you’re eating a ton when you really aren’t AND they have way less sugar than other cookies.
Beefless Ground Beef
Trader Joe’s has really nailed this product. It has a little chewiness to it and a nice subtle array of spices that are a perfect combo. These are the best served as an alternative to ground beef in tacos. Add some beans, tomatoes, guacamole, lettuce and chips. Dinner, done!
In a typical grocery store nutritional yeast is super hard to find. It’s usually in a bulk section tucked towards the back of the products. Not at Trader Joe’s, this bag is right in the middle of the main isles and it’s only $2 a bag! Nutritional yeast is the best for adding a wonderful cheesy flavor to your dishes without the animal products, calories, or fat.
Tofurky Deli Slices
I want to get real with everyone: Don’t eat these by themselves… they won’t taste awesome. However, load them up with some vegan mayo, lettuce, tomato, vegan cheese and you’ve got yourself a GREAT vegan sandwich. Hearty and full of flavor. Note, keep it in a tight pyrex or tupperware once you have opened it because it will harden if you don’t.
Tofu Spring Rolls
Spring Rolls are LIFE! They’re so fresh, crunchy, and all around amazing. Any time you’re at Trader Joe’s just put a few in your cart. They’re an amazingly healthy and flavorful lunch option when you’re low on time. Plus the peanut sauce is to die for.
Organic Riced Cauliflower
If you want to lose weight super fast while going vegan this needs to be a staple in your pantry. It’s a great low carb alternative to so many things… add it to soups, substitute it for rice, and even try it in sauces. You won’t be able to tell the difference between riced cauliflower and regular rice. Your waistline will though.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
You don’t have to be anti-carb to enjoy this crust. It’s delicious for even the biggest gluten supporters. It has a slight chewiness and crunch with excellent flavor. Not only is it low in calories (only 80 per serving), but it will also give you a nice helping of veggies. Be sure you read the directions carefully before you cook it, though. You have to bake the crust alone for 20 – 25 minutes before adding on any toppings. If you don’t, the crust will kind of melt causing all of your pizza and toppings to drop through the metal racks in the oven and make an enormous mess …not that it’s ever happened to me.
This list could have hit twenty more items without even trying. Trader Joe’s is amazing when it comes to vegan options. And they’re adding new items on the regular! What’s your favorite vegan item at Trader Joe’s?
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