The Top 15 Trader Joe’s Vegan Products for Plant Based Diets
In case you’re new to the world, Trader Joe’s is probably the best thing for vegans since sliced plant-based bread. They’re known for their amazing store brands, prices that millennials can afford, and their really broad selection of groceries inspired by flavors from one end of the planet to the other. Among all this goodness are tons and tons of delicious vegan gems. Start writing your shopping list.
1. Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups
These cups have a cult following, and they definitely deserve it. Good luck finding someone who doesn’t think they blow the doors off the mainstream chocolatey butter cup candy. There’s something so satisfying about the combination of dark chocolate and plant butter. It’s decadent, rich in protein and antioxidants, and the perfect cure for a sweet tooth. These cups come two to a pack, but don’t think for one second that you’re going to share them.
2. Organic Creamy Cashew Cultured Yogurt Alternative
Nuts are yummy, satisfying, and healthy. They’re a vegan staple, especially as a dairy alternative. Trader Joe’s blends cashews and coconut cream with live enzymes and organic natural flavors to make an amazing yogurt that's perfect enough to eat on its own.
If you’re feeling up to the effort, try sprinkling it with granola or adding in some extra fresh fruit for a super satisfying breakfast that feels more like a dessert.
3. Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto
This pesto’s hearty “cheesiness” comes from cashews rather than dairy. It’s the perfect solution for a quick dinner that tastes like you spent hours on, but you’re free to binge watch a few episodes of something with your feet up. All you need to do is warm it up.
Try tossing it with Trader Joe’s infamously delicious cauliflower gnocchi, over top of zucchini spirals, or plain old pasta. Top it off with some nutritional yeast for a little extra zing and a great nutrition boost.
4. Vegan Crabless Cakes
Manufacturers and chefs have gone leaps and bounds to perfectly mimic the flavor and texture of poultry and beef. But what about the seafood? Trader Joe’s came to the rescue with these crabless cakes made of jackfruit. Jackfruit’s texture is very similar to lump crab meat or pulled pork, making it just as versatile as an ethical stand in for seafood cookouts and barbecues.
These can be served as an appetizer before the main course if you’re hosting a vegan dinner. Alternatively, you can cook up the entire box and selfishly eat it up with just a squeeze of lemon. You’ll probably want to.
5. Miso Vegetables and Brown Rice Saute Kit
This kit is for more than just vegans. It’s for absolutely everyone who wants to eat healthier but feels too busy to put the effort into cooking. The rice, vegetables, and miso sauce are already in the bag. It just takes a few minutes to cook up something fresh and delicious, packed with essential vitamins and healthy carbs.
If you’re looking to up the protein content, just toss in a can of organic red beans. They’ll work beautifully with the miso and add some fiber to your dish.
6. Protein Patties
Trader Joe’s is always out to prove that they can do everything just as good as the bigger brands. These ambitious protein patties are made to compete with burgers made by Impossible and Beyond. How do they stack up? Two at a time on your next double decker vegan burger. These delicious patties boast an impressive 18 grams of protein per serving, all without any animal byproducts.
If you don’t really miss the flavor or texture of beef, Trader Joe’s also makes these patties in a “turkeyless” variety. Cook them up the same way you’d cook up any burger, or take advantage of the flavor and pair them with cranberry or rosemary garnishes.
7. Miyoko’s European Style Cultured Vegan Butter
This vegan butter alternative is the thing you never realized you were missing. Chefs use butter in almost everything -- good luck finding a restaurant dish that doesn’t use at least a small amount of butter.
This alternative works exactly the same as the real thing. Put it on toast. Use it to saute vegetables. Toss it with pasta, or bake a loaf of homemade banana bread with it. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
8. Soy Chorizo
Trader Joe’s soy chorizo is a plant-based sausage with a smoky, spicy kick. Add it to your breakfast burrito, tacos, or vegan nachos. It plays well with their cashew fiesta dip, which serves as the perfect alternative to the melty orange cheese that many Mexican inspired recipes require.
9. All The Dips!
Trader Joe’s makes an absurd amount of vegan dips that go perfectly with plain vegan chips, raw vegetables, or as sandwich spreads. They have a vegan ranch, an herbed tahini sauce, a romesco dip, and even a chocolate hummus. These dips are a lifesaver for vegans who like to entertain at their homes, and for non-vegans who want to accommodate their plant based guests.
All you need to do is open them up and set them out on the table. Everyone can enjoy them.
10. Vegan Mac
Everyone needs a good bowl of mac every now and then. It’s the ultimate comfort food. Kids love it just as much as adults do.
If you need to treat yourself, just grab some premade Trader Joe’s vegan mac. It’s shell pasta tossed with a cashew-based “cheese” sauce. You can toss in some vegetables or protein crumbles if you feel like putting a complete meal together. If you don’t, keep your sweatpants on, pop it in the microwave, and treat yourself.
11. Falafel Mix
Falafel is one of the world’s most perfect vegan foods. It’s nutritious, hearty, and filling. The only trouble is that it’s not so easy to make. Well, at least not usually. Trader Joe’s has a vegan falafel mix that’s as simple as “just add water.” That’s it. Even if you’re the type of person who would manage to burn ice cubes, you can manage to make great falafel at home.
Serve it up with some hummus and vegan tabbouleh.
12. Coconut Cream Cold Brew Lattes
If you’re the type of person who needs to have your coffee before you can go out to get another cup of coffee, you’ll appreciate Trader Joe’s vegan coffee offerings. Each cold brew is made with coconut cream and some of them are flavored just like the lattes from the store with the green mermaid logo. Just grab a coconut cream cold brew out of the fridge and a pack of Mid-Day Squares for a pick-me-up first thing in the morning.
13. Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels
Trader Joe’s orange chicken took the internet by storm. Everyone loved it right off the bat. It became the perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner for everyone... but vegans. But dear vegans, Trader Joe’s wants you to know that they didn’t forget about you. Soon after, a vegan friendly alternative hit the freezer section so everyone could understand what the hype was all about. Unsurprisingly, the vegan version proved to be just as delicious.
14. Super Burrito!
Frozen burritos are a staple in most kitchens. They’re great for days where you don’t have the time or energy to pack a lunch for work. Just grab a burrito and take it with you. Simple enough.
Trader Joe’s Super Burrito is completely vegan, filled with quinoa, veggies, and Mexican spices. It microwaves in just a minute and a half, making it the perfect meal for those moments when you’re super hangry.
15. Non-Dairy Ice Cream Alternatives
Trader Joe’s makes a wide variety of non-dairy ice cream alternatives. Some utilize soy, while others are made with oat milk or almond milk. There’s a lot to choose from.
The Soy Creamy cherry chocolate chip flavor has developed quite the following. All of them come in a basic vanilla variety that’s easy to dress up with fresh fruit, caramel, dark chocolate pieces, or vegan cookie dough bits. Experiment with them. Make a dessert disaster. Live your best life.
Trader Joes is a safe haven for vegan foodies who want a wide selection. They have everything from highly nutritious plant based dishes, to unbelievably delicious meat alternatives, to ethical comfort food that’s easy to heat up in the microwave when you need a little extra “me” time. Best of all, it’s all affordable on the average millennial’s budget.