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Vegan Pantry Essentials

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Vegan Pantry Essentials

Having a stocked up vegan pantry is important to help you stay on track eating vegan.

Plus, it’s always nice to have everything you need to make a recipe instead of having to go to the store.

I’ve come up with a list of some of the best vegan pantry essentials that vegans should have on hand.

The best way to build up your pantry is to buy a few things from your list each time you go grocery shopping, that way it won’t be as expensive.

You don’t need everything from this list, but it’s a great resource for you to pick and choose the things you do want.

I have sorted everything into categories to make it easier.

There are literally hundreds of foods that I could have added to each section, but to keep it short & simple I only added the most popular ones from each category.


Legumes are always great to have on hand. Whether you prefer canned beans or cooking them from dry, it’s up to you. Here’s a list of some popular ones:

  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Kidney beans (white or red)
  • Navy beans
  • Lentils (red and green)
  • Chickpeas


Even if you are gluten-free, you can still have grains in your pantry. Here’s a list which includes some grains you might not have tried before!

  • Rice (brown, white, or red)
  • Quinoa
  • Couscous
  • Oats
  • Buckwheat
  • Millet


Great for adding to oatmeal, smoothie bowls, snacking on, and using in recipes

  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts


Seeds are so healthy for you and are great toppings for breakfast bowls. Some of these such as chia and flax even act as egg replacers!

  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds

Canned Foods

Canned foods are lifesavers. They are amazing for soups and curries, and great to have on hand in general.

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Canned beans
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned baked beans in tomato sauce
  • Refried beans


Here are some popular spices to use in cooking:

  • Dried basil
  • Dried parsley
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Garam masala
  • Black pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne
  • Sage
  • Thyme


In this category, there are random foods that vegans use in cooking regularly.

  • Vegetable broth
  • Coconut oil
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Nori
  • Tahini
  • Shredded coconut
  • Dried dates
  • Flour
  • Pasta
  • Soy curls
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Vinegar
  • Coconut aminos
  • Crackers
  • Rice cakes
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Cereals
  • Rice noodles
  • Jarred pasta sauce
  • Curry paste
  • Miso

How many of these vegan pantry essentials from my list do you have in your pantry?

What are your vegan pantry essentials?

The beautiful thing about pantries is that everyone’s pantry will look different depending on what foods they are into.

There are no right or wrong foods to buy (unless they are animal products).

What other foods would you add to my list? I’m looking forward to reading your comments.

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Megan & Michelle
Frisco, Texas

Hi my name is Megan & in the picture above is my mom, Michelle. We are a mother and daughter team. I'm 20 and we are, inspiring young and old around the world that Veganism is the way of life. Vegan for the animals, people and the environment. Compassion = Veganism

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