Vegan Supermarket Essentials

Don’t feel that you need to rush out and buy all these vegan supermarket essentials right away. Simply use this as a guide to grow your Veganuary pantry.  You’ll find all the inspiration you need for cooking with these ingredients within our Recipe section. Happy cooking!

** These products are from non-vegan brands that offer vegan ranges, so be sure to check that the item is labeled vegan before you buy it!


Dairy-Free Buttery Spreads:

  • Country Crock Plant Butter**
  • Earth Balance
  • Flora Plant Butter
  • Forager Buttery Spread
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter It’s Vegan**
  • Kite Hill Plant-Based Butter
  • Melt Organic
  • Milkadamia Buttery Spread
  • Miyoko’s Creamery
  • Violife Plant Butter
  • WayFare Whipped

Dairy-Free Cheese:

Cheese is notoriously one of the hardest animal-based products to recreate, but these brands are offering amazing dairy-free alternatives to mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, and more:

  • Babybel Plant-Based**
  • Boursin Plant-Based**
  • Core & Rind
  • Daiya
  • Field Roast Chao
  • Follow Your Heart
  • Forager Project
  • Go Veggie**
  • Good Planet Foods
  • Kite Hill
  • Miyoko’s Creamery
  • Parmela Creamery
  • Riverdel
  • Siete Foods**
  • So Delicious
  • Tofutti
  • Treeline
  • Violife
  • Wayfare
  • Supermarket own label such as Whole Foods and Target
Kite Hill Vegan Cream Cheese - vegan cheese is another essential item
Image Credit: Kite Hill

Plant Milks:

There are so many varieties of non-dairy milk to choose from, including soy, rice, almond, oat, hemp, coconut, and more. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite brands of plant milk:

  • Almond Breeze
  • Califia Farms
  • Elmhurst 1925
  • Forager Project
  • Good Karma
  • Hope and Sesame
  • Malk Organics
  • Milkadamia
  • NotCo
  • Oatly
  • Oatsome
  • Pacific Foods**
  • Planet Oat
  • Rice Dream
  • Ripple
  • Seeds of Wellness
  • Silk
  • So Delicious
  • Westsoy
  • Supermarket own label such as Walmart and Whole Foods
So Delicious Coconut Milk, one of our key vegan supermarket essentials
Image Credit: So Delicious


Whether you’re looking for a Greek yogurt alternative for your breakfast or a fruity-flavored treat, these brands should have you covered. The bases of the yogurt vary with each brand, but soy and coconut are common alternatives in plant-based yogurt:

  • Chobani Non-Dairy**
  • COYO
  • Cocojune
  • Daiya
  • Follow Your Heart
  • Forager Project
  • Go-Gurt Dairy-Free by Yoplait**
  • Kite Hill
  • Nancy’s**
  • Oatly Oatgurt
  • Oui Dairy-Free by Yoplait**
  • Siggi’s**
  • Silk
  • So Delicious
  • Supermarket own brand
Coyo coconut yoghurt
Image Credit: Coyo


  • Chosen Foods Vegan Avocado Oil Mayo**
  • Follow Your Heart Vegenaise
  • Hellmann’s Vegan Mayo**
  • O’dang Egg-Free Mayo
  • Primal Kitchen Vegan Mayo**
  • Sir Kensington’s Vegan Mayo**
  • Wicked Kitchen Vegan Mayo
Jar of vegan Helmann's mayo, a vegan cupboard staple
Image Credit: Hellmann’s

Dairy-Free Chocolate, Ice Cream & Desserts:

We’ve listed some of the best vegan ice cream and dessert options below. Be sure to check out our list of favorite vegan chocolates for an inside scoop on the creamiest, most decadent chocolate options currently available in the US!

  • Arctic Zero
  • Ben & Jerry’s**
  • Brave Robot
  • Breyer’s Non-Dairy**
  • Cado
  • Cosmic Bliss
  • Coolhaus**
  • Daiya
  • Häagen-Dazs Non-Dairy**
  • Halo Top**
  • JD’s Vegan
  • Jeni’s**
  • Klimon
  • Magnum Non-Dairy**
  • Nada Moo!
  • Oatly
  • Ripple
  • Sambazon Fruit Bar
  • So Delicious
  • Talenti Dairy-Free Sorbetto**
  • Tofutti
  • Wicked Kitchen
  • Wildgood
  • Supermarket own brand
Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream flavours
Image Credit: Ben & Jerry’s


Protein is a hot topic when it comes to going vegan, but there’s no need to worry. There’s so much choice when it comes to vegan sources of protein, whether you like whole foods, plant-based forms of protein, or meat-alternative products.


Here’s a quick summary of the meat-replacement brands available, which typically use seitan, peas, or soy as their base:

  • Abbot’s Butcher
  • Alpha Foods
  • Beyond Meat
  • Boca**
  • Daring Foods
  • Field Roast
  • Gardein
  • Good Catch
  • Hungry Planet
  • Lightlife
  • Meatless Farm Co.
  • Morningstar Farms**
  • No Evil Foods
  • OmniFoods
  • Quorn**
  • Sophie’s Kitchen
  • Sweet Earth**
  • Tofurky
  • Upton’s Naturals
  • Wicked Kitchen
  • Supermarket own label such as Target, Wegman’s, and Kroger
Beyond Meat burgers
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Plant-Based Proteins:

  • Tofu: Extra firm for cooking or silken for sauces and desserts.
  • Beans, Chickpeas & Lentils: Dried or canned beans such as kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans. Lentils are a wonderful ‘meat’ substitute in Bolognese, Shepherd’s Pie, and Lasagna.
  • Seeds: Sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia, flax, etc.
  • Nuts: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil, and pine nuts.
  • Nut butters: Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter, etc.
  • Tempeh: Similar to tofu in that it is made from fermented soybeans but less popular in Western countries. It’s firmer than tofu with a stronger flavor.
  • Quinoa: A grain that’s also a great source of protein
  • Protein powders
  • Seitan: A high-protein meat alternative made from wheat gluten, sometimes called “wheat meat.”
Tofu curry
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Grains such as rice, oats, and couscous are a great addition to your meal. Most pasta and bread are also vegan, but just keep an eye out on the ingredients list for eggs or milk if you’re unsure.


Use these simple replacements to help you switch out the animal products in your cupboard:

  • Agar agar: Vegan substitute for gelatin
  • Nutritional yeast: A lovely cheesy flavor and great for vitamin B12, available from Bob’s Red Mill
  • Vegetable stock: Low-sodium options are also available.
  • Vegetable bouillon (cubes, powder, or paste)
  • Miso
  • Oils: Extra Virgin Olive Oil is great for cooking, but there’s a range of vegetable oils at your disposal, including grapeseed and sunflower.
  • Egg Replacements: Flax seeds or chia seeds (one chia “egg” equals 1 tablespoon of seed to 2 tablespoons of water), also available from Follow Your Heart and Just Egg.
  • Coconut oil: Good for replacing butter.
  • Honey Replacements: Agave nectar, maple syrup, or date syrup.
  • Blackstrap Molasses: Fantastic source of iron.
Unidentified person pouring olive oil into a glass dish - oil is another vegan supermarket essential
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Don’t forget to fill your diet with nutritious fruits and veg – eat the rainbow! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Kale: A vegan superfood! (Along with other cruciferous vegetables.) An excellent source of calcium and other vitamins and minerals.
  • Bell peppers: Great raw, dipped in hummus or in a stir fry.
  • Sweet potato: A fantastic source of vitamin A.
  • Mushrooms: Get your B vitamins here!
  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
  • Avocados: A great source of healthy fats!
An array of fruit and vegetables. A healthy vegan diet can tackle obesity and support weight loss.
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Although the healthiest options usually involve cooking for yourself, sometimes we need a quick meal on a busy day! These brands offer healthy or indulgent convenient meals that can be ready in minutes:

  • Annie Chun’s**
  • Upton’s Naturals
  • Amy’s Kitchen**
  • Daiya
  • Gardein
  • Healthy Choice**
  • Impossible Foods
  • Purple Carrot
  • Sweet Earth**
  • Tattooed Chef**
  • Tasty Bite
  • Wicked Kitchen
  • Supermarket own label, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s
Upton's Naturals Seitan
Image Credit: Upton’s Naturals


  • Beanfields chips
  • Bobo’s
  • Fit Joy
  • From the Ground Up
  • Lundberg rice cakes
  • Hippeas
  • Partake
  • Skinny Pop white cheddar**
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts and seeds
Hippeas organic chickpea puffs
Image Credit: Hippeas

Thinking of trying vegan?

Veganuary inspires and supports people all over the world to try vegan for January and beyond. Millions of people have already taken part.
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