Vegan Pantry Staples

Happy New Year! With 2018 less than one-day old, it’s time to start on those New Years Resolutions. To quote Stephen King, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” So, let’s not over think anything and just go.

If you’re here because you want to switch to a Plant-Based life, then you’re in the right place. The best path to successfully transferring over to a Plant-Based diet, is by having a strong foundation. This means, a well stocked pantry. Or, maybe you’re not ready to give up all things animal. You can’t see your life without your chicken tacos, yet. But you are looking to add more plant-based items to your omnivore diet–either way, this list is for you:




Variety is the spice of life, and it is the key to a healthy diet. All items below are *suggested* additions to your pantry. Use this list to explore and discover new grains, spices, legumes, and even dried fruits and nuts.



  • Pearled Barley
  • Couscous
  • Rolled, Old-Fashioned Oats
  • Short-grain brown rice
  • Millet
  • Wild & brown rice
  • Speltberries
  • Farro
  • Kamut
  • Brown rice pastas




  • Whole wheat pastry flour
  • All purpose Flour
  • Light spelt flour
  • Oat flour
  • Almond meal or almond flour
  • Kamut flour
  • Brown rice flour



  • Quinoa
  • Black Beluga Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Red Lentils
  • Black Beans
  • Green/Red Lentils
  • Firm or Super firm tofu
  • Red kidney beans
  • Navy beans
  • Black eyed peas
  • Split peas
  • Edamame

Nuts (raw):


  • Macadamia
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews

Seeds (raw) & Dried Fruit:


  • Pepita (pumpkin) Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Whole Flax Seed
  • Dried & sweetened Tart Cherries
  • Dried & Sweetened Cranberries
  • Raisins

Vinegar & Oil:


  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • Organic Red Wine Vinegar
  • Spectrum cold-pressed Olive Oil spray
  • Cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Unrefined Safflower Oil
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Occasionally, soy-free Earth Balance–red tub.
  • Cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil



  • Raw Agave
  • Organic Molasses
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Organic Cane Sugar
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Medjool Dates




  • Camino Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • Cacao nibs
  • Carob Powder
  • Cocoa Powder



  • Nut & seed butters: Sweetened sunflower seed butter, raw almond butter, roasted natural peanut butter
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk or plant milk of choice
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Full fat coconut milk
  • Light coconut milk
  • Coconut Butter
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • BPA-Free Canned Beans
  • Strained Tomatoes
  • Organic/vegan Marinara Sauce
  • Low-Sodium Veggie Broth (Trader Joe’s has a great product)
  • Bragg’s Liquid Amino – an alternative to Tamari/Soy sauce
  • Baking Powder
  • Corn Starch/Arrow Root





Herbs & Spices:

(Bold are used more frequently)

  • Anise seed
  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • caraway
  • Cayenne
  • Celery seed
  • Chili Powder
  • Chinese 5 Spice
  • Cinnamon
  • Cream of tartar
  • Cumin
  • Curry Masala
  • Dill
  • Dry Mustard
  • Fine and Coarse Sea Salt
  • Garam Masala
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ginger
  • Ground Cardamom
  • Ground Cloves
  • Ground Coriander Seed
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Kosher Salt
  • Marjoram
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion Powder
  • Oregano
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Rosemary
  • Sage leaves
  • Paprika
  • Star Anise
  • Thyme leaves
  • Turmeric
  • Whole Black peppercorns

The first step towards healthy eating is the well stocked pantry that helps you take the second step, cooking real, whole food.

But let’s save that for another post.

Happy eating!

Published by AS Youngless

AS Youngless is a speculative and fantasy-based fiction writer who lives in sunny Los Angeles with her husband, son and dog named Missy.

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