Lots of what you already eat is vegan!
Many well-known products are vegan purely by accident, and we've listed some of our favourites below...
The More Obvious…
Pasta (dry): almost all dried pasta is made without egg and is therefore 100% vegan.
Baked Beans (original recipe, without cheese or sausages etc.)
Tinned/Canned Spaghetti (original recipe, without cheese or sausages etc.)
Yeast extracts like Marmite
Most fresh bread is vegan and Ciabatta, by its very nature, is always vegan as it is made with olive oil
Mustard: whether it’s Dijon, wholegrain, English or American (note: Steers mustard is not vegan)
Hot sauces like Tabasco, Sriracha, and Sriracha Mayo
Rice noodles: when ordering a Chinese takeaway, ask for rice noodles instead of egg noodles.
Jam: typically made with pectin (to thicken) rather than gelatin (Pick n Pay jams are labelled vegan)
Chips/French fries: if cooked in veggie oil then they are vegan!
Porridge/Oatmeal: when made with water or plant milk
Bagels (mostly vegan, check that it’s not brushed with egg)
Oreos: Original and Golden
Dark Chocolate Jungle Energy Bars
Doritos: Sweet Chilli Pepper and Chilli Rib flavour
Pringles: Original and Salt & Vinegar
McVities Fruit Shortcake Biscuits
Kettle Chips: Sea Salt, Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar
Ritter Sport chocolate: Dark, Extra Fine Dark, Dark Marzipan
Chocolate: Albany Classic and Almond, Beacon Midnight Velvet, Beacon dark Orange and Almond, TV bar dark (slab only), Aero dark, Woolworths dark chocolate, De Villiers dark chocolate and dark chocolate thins (not salted caramel), Woolworths dark chocolate covered almonds, ginger, and orange peel.
Spar Squillos Chocolate Spread
ProNutro: Original and Wholewheat
Spar Rice Crackers
Moir’s Instant Pudding: Butterscotch and Chocolate flavour
Bakers Biscuits: Ginger Nuts, Mini Ginger Nuts, Romany Tarte, Original Digestive and Snacktime Golden Grain
Ina Paarman Cake Mix: Vanilla, Chocolate, Red Velvet
Ina Paarman Brown Gravy, Chicken Flavour Stock and Beef Flavour Stock Powders (Note: the liquid stocks are not vegan!)
Lay’s Potato Chips: Classic, Salt & Vinegar, Thai Sweet Chilli, Caribbean Onion & Balsamic Vinegar
Kellogg’s breakfast cereal: Strawberry Pops, Coco Pops, All Bran, Corn Flakes, Froot Loops, Special K
Ouma rusks: Muesli and Condensed milk rusks.
Pick n Pay rusks: plain/original rusks
Cape Cookies: Choc Chip and Crunchy Shortcake
Gullon biscuits: sugar free choco chip, sugar free fibre, sugar free wafers, gluten free maria cookies, gluten free cookies (plain).
Cadbury Hot Chocolate Powder
Woolworths hot cross buns: all except the buns with white chocolate chips.
Woolworths ancient grain rice crackers: plain and Mexican Jalapeño flavour.
Pesto: Pesto Princess basil & chili pesto, red pesto, coriander & chili pesto, basil & lemon pesto, Ina Paarman coriander pesto, and sun dried tomato pesto.
Salad dressings: Ina Paarman creamy herb dressing, classic balsamic vinaigrette, classic red wine vinaigrette, reduced oil balsamic, reduced oil greek, reduced oil lime & coriander.
Dry Cook-in-Sauces: Knorr naturally tasty range, Robertson’s Rajah Easy Indian curry cook in sauces.
Wet Cook-in-Sauces: Pakco curry made easy chicken korma, beef curry, malay curry, Royco recipe base butter chicken (no dairy).
Monteverde pasta sauces (available at Checkers)
Beers and Ciders…
Carling Black Label
For more information on alcohol please have a look at our Label Reading Guide.
Have a look at the Barnivore website.
We have not included the obvious plant foods in the lists below (fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses, legumes, dried fruit, nuts, pickled vegetables, oilves etc.), but they are most definitely vegan!
Ingredients can alter from brand to brand, so do not assume just because an item is vegan in one store that it will also be in another. For help reading labels please see our Vegan Label Reading Guide.
Check this list out too, courtesy of Vegan Wiki!
On Instagram? Follow @weareveganuary for regular Accidentally Vegan product posts!