The 10 Best Vegan Things to Buy at Trader Joe’s

updated Jun 3, 2019
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If you’re vegan and already a die-hard Trader Joe’s fan, then it’s pretty likely you know just how many vegan-friendly options there are among the aisles. If you haven’t been to your local outpost lately, you’ll want to take note. Trader Joe’s is stocked with a ton of really great vegan-friendly foods. In fact, they even include a section on their website that lists them all out. Narrowing it down was really tough, but here are 10 of our favorite picks.

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  1. Muhammara, $3 for eight ounces: Found in the refrigerated case near the hummus and prepared foods, this robust, slightly spicy dip is a mixture of walnuts, roasted red peppers, and just a tiny bit of tart pomegranate juice. Use it for dipping or as a spread just like you would with hummus.
  2. Cinnamon Schoolhouse Cookies, $2.80 for 16 ounces: These cookies are the perfect mashup of nostalgic animal crackers and cinnamon graham crackers. (Yes, despite their name, most animal crackers are vegan.)
  3. Inner Peas, $1.50 for 3.3 ounces: If crunchy snacks are your thing, try swapping this bag with your usual potato chips. This family-friendly snack is made with dried peas, and have plenty of protein and fiber. Each bite is savory and slightly sweet, with melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
  4. Coffee Mochi, $3.50 for six: Just when we thought Trader Joe’s couldn’t top its mango mochi, this coffee version hit shelves. It’s a coffee-lover’s dream come true, and one of those special treats you’ll only find at TJ’s. Under the soft, gummy wrapper is coconut milk coffee ice cream with a lava-like mocha sauce hiding in the center.
  5. Harissa Salsa, $3 for 12 ounces: Adding to the already impressive salsa lineup, this is a real treat for those of you who have a thing for spice. Filled with lots of peppers and smoky spice, this salsa brings the heat to bean salads or a tofu scramble.
  6. Vegan Tikka Masala, $3.50 for 9.5 ounces: We’re happy to stick with this frozen version over take-out (and so is our wallet). It delivers on both flavor and texture. And the sauce will totally win you over — it’s super creamy and packed with warm Indian spices that give it a mild heat. It’s served over chewy chunks of texturized veggie protein.
  7. Vegetable Pakoras, $2 for eight ounces: This frozen Indian-inspired appetizer is made with chickpea flour, a medley of tender veggies, and warm spices. Cook them up quickly in the oven and you’ll get the crisp outside and soft center you’d expect.
  8. Goddess Dressing, $2.30 for eight ounces: We typically like to suggest making your own salad dressing, but this is an exception to the rule. It’s not as green as the classic green goddess dressing, but it’s just as creamy. And it adds a serious lemon-tahini flavor.
  9. Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls, $4 for five: Unlike many other brands, these irresistibly sweet breakfast rolls contain no eggs or dairy. We love cinnamon rolls made from scratch, but these are a favorite when it comes to convenience.
  10. Vanilla Almond Spiced Chai, $3 for 16 ounces: Trader Joe’s refers to this dairy-free drink as “nutrition-meets-indulgence.” We call it downright delicious! It has a base of black tea, coconut cream, pea protein, and almond paste, with just the right balance of sweetness and spice.

Your turn: What are your favorite vegan finds from Trader Joe’s?

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