Trader Joe’s is one of our favorite places to discover food. Sometimes it’s mashups like the Buffalo Style Hummus or reimaginations like the Outside-In Stuffed Gnocchi, and then other times it is plain and simple genius culinary invention like the Everything but the Bagel Seasoning which we sprinkle on, well, everything.
We’ve shared where and how Trader Joe’s sources much of their fun food products and even dished out some of the brand’s deep dark secrets courtesy of this employee turned whistleblower. But in the spirit of summer and healthy eating, we’re dropping a list of our favorite vegan foods at Trader Joe’s. Whether you’re a full blown level 12 vegan master or just flirting with a meatless Monday, these vegan-friendly TJ’s items will keep you smiling all week.
Vegan Ranch Dip (available in stores)
This is a brand-new item on shelves now, and we’re running out to pick some up tonight. A vegan ranch dip, it’s made with 50 percent coconut cream and all the garlic, herbs, and shallots you’d expect (but no buttermilk, of course). It’s ideal for a grazeable meal—just add chips, crackers, and a rainbow of fresh vegetables—or you can spread it on a sandwich or veggie burger when plain vegan mayo just won’t do. It’s meant to be thick for dippin’, but you can even loosen it up with a little non-dairy milk and use it as a salad dressing.
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Almond milk on its own can be kinda bland. It works in smoothies but doesn’t quite get it done on its own, according to me anyway. That’s why this matcha almond milk is so genius. All the protein of almond milk with a taste you actually want to drink. Turn your morning latte into a matcha almond latte in no time. Buy Now
Unless you’re a vegan living under a rock, surely you’ve heard of jackfruit. The fibrous and meaty tropically grown fruit is used as a satiating meat replacement for tacos, stews, and much more. Raw jackfruit itself is not found often in grocery stores but this processed (not in a bad way) brined jackfruit is ready to use in your next recipe—we’ve got 15 ways to use jackfruit, for starters.Buy Now
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Cream cheese is another food that vegans in the dark ages simply had to go without. That’s no longer the case thanks to some mind-boggling advancements in vegan substitutery. Miyoko’s, which is sold at all Trader Joe’s locations, is a personal favorite and while nothing is as good as the real thing, Miyoko’s vegan cream cheese, made with cashew and coconut, comes close. It works well in recipes that call for cream cheese, too, and is a great partner to TJ’s also-vegan Peach Bellini Jam!Buy Now
It’s high s’mores season (probably why these have jumped up in price from around $12 since May!) and if you’re planning a camping trip with vegan attendees, you’d be wise to get your hands on a pack or two of these vegan marshmallows (and some vegan chocolate, of course).Buy Now
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If you’re anything like me, nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts) are your go-to snack to power through that 4 p.m. peckishness. The only problem is they can be redundant. But sprinkling in some zesty flavored nuts, like these Thai chili lime almonds, is a surefire way to beat your nut boredom.Buy Now
Getting the right texture for a vegan baked good can be tricky but these clever spins on the brownie are crispy, kinda like a Tate’s cookie. They’re fully snackable, and a great, easy, no-hassle dessert to put out at a barbecue or take to the beach this summer.Buy Now
This is one of those Trader Joe’s items gaining cult status. People swear by it with the loyalty and fervor of Sriracha stans and Cholula champions. The Green Dragon also happens to be a Vegan Dragon so you can spill this hot sauce on everything from a tofu scramble to a vegan burger.Buy Now
Any time we come across a vegan cookie we like, we can’t help but share it with the world. These snickerdoodles have lots of cinnamon-y goodness but no dairy, wheat, or nuts.Buy Now
Vegan Banana Bread (available in stores)
Anyone who has had BAD vegan cakes or bread will be very pleasantly surprised if they can get their hands on TJ’s version of banana bread. Packed with crunchy walnuts and moist as all get out, it may not earn you a summer bod but it’ll help keep your vegan streak intact without sacrificing taste.
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