vegan pantry

How To Stock A Vegan Pantry

If you’re newly vegan, one of the most helpful things you can do to get started is to stock your pantry with some vegan basics.  This will ensure you always have the beginnings to a great meal on-hand.  The following list may seem overwhelming, but remember, you only need to stock up once.  From there, it’s just about replenishing when necessary.

Why stock up?  On a vegan diet, meal preparation is golden.  Meal-prep will make your life easier by saving you time and energy.  DO NOT become a slave to the grocery store!  I’m a firm believer that grocery shopping should be done ONCE a week and not a day more.

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Pick a day (mine is Monday evenings, to avoid long lines), make a list, and stick to it!   If you run out of something after 4 days, find a way to improvise and next time you’ll know to buy more.  After a few weeks like this, you’ll have it down to a science.

On any given day, you should be able to prepare a meal without feeling the need to go shopping for ingredients.  Put it this way…Even when my fridge is empty, I can still pull a few things from my pantry and prepare a mind-blowing vegan dish 🙂  This list of vegan staples will help you stay prepared and stick to your new lifestyle.

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Beans & Legumes

  • Dried red lentils
  • Dried green lentils
  • Canned chickpeas
  • Canned black beans
  • Canned kidney beans
  • Black-eyed peas

Note: I buy canned beans for convenience, but dried is also an excellent option. If you’re using canned beans be sure to rinse them well to remove some of the sodium.

Spices & Herbs 

There are tons of wonderful spices on the market, don’t limit yourself to this list!  For me, these are the basic must-have’s.

  • Fresh garlic & garlic powder
  • Fresh ginger & ginger powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne
  • Fine & course sea salt
  •  Black pepper & red pepper flakes
  • Tumeric
  • Onion powder
  • Nutritional yeast (this gives food a cheesy flavor & it’s super healthy!)
  • Rosemary
  • Bay leaves
  • Smoked paprika
  • Oregano

Spreads & Sweeteners

  • Natural peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • Tahini (a paste made from ground sesame seeds- keep refrigerated)
  • Earth Balance Soy-Free Spread (use in place of butter- keep refrigerated)
  • Molasses
  • Raw agave syrup
  • Raw coconut sugar


  • Quinoa and/or couscous
  • Brown rice
  • Jasmine rice
  • Whole-wheat pasta or brown rice pasta
  • Quick oats

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Nuts, Seeds & Fruits

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Ground flax
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Raisins
  • Unsweetened fine coconut shreds
  • Pitted dates
  • Unsweetened applesauce

Oils & Vinegars

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Coconut oil and/or avocado oil
  • Rice vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar

Baking Items 

  • Whole-wheat flour and/or almond flour
  • All-purpose flour
  • Raw cocao powder
  • vegan chocolate chips
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Yeast

If you’re a neat-freak like me, you’ll want to make your pantry as pretty as it is healthy.  Check out for some awesome jars, tins and canisters with matching labels and accessories.  Hope this was helpful…happy pantry shopping!

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