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Obviously this list isn't only for homemakers, but as a vegan homemaker myself I can say that these products, books, and websites are musts for my home.
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These are items that I use often, but are not always easily found in standard grocery stores.
For a more in depth look at my recommended kitchen staples, please read my article "Veganinzing Your Fridge and Pantry"
White Chocolate Chips - Used in recipes like Vegan Capezzoli di Venere, White Chocolate Birthday Cake Cookies, and Berry Yummy Red, White and Blue Muddy Buddies, these white chocolate chips are really great to have around for special projects.
Nutritional Yeast - This is a must-have if you want to make anything cheesy like Cowgirl Cashew Queso or Chili Con Cashew Queso. Plus it's especially delicious on popcorn and tofu scrambles!
Vital Wheat Gluten - We love seitan in our house. To make recipes like The Best Buffalo Seitan Bites or Seitan Bourguignon you're going to need to pick some up. Seitan is high in protein, super tasty, and really easy to make, and it all starts with a little vital wheat gluten.
Raw Cashews - These get featured a lot in snacks like my Thin Mint Bliss Balls and Quick and Easy Pizza Dip. They're a staple in my cheesy and creamy recipes.
Kala Namak - You're going to find this salt in any of my recipes requiring an eggy component. It has a sulphur-like quality that ties together recipes like my Legit Veggie Fried Rice, German Fried Noodles, and Super Eggy Tofu Scramble.
Chickpea Flour - Chickpea flour is also great in specific eggy applications. It's the base for recipes like Roasted Potato and Onion Farinata and Chickpeas in a Basket (featured in Fall FoMo No More).
Vegan Bacon (recipe from Free From Harm) - This is our favorite vegan bacon recipe. My husband and I like to keep a constant supply in our fridge for scrambles, BLTs, soups, and mac and cheese.
Vegan Magic Savoury Coconut Wonder Oil (formally known as Magic Vegan Bacon Grease) - This isn't a must-have product by any means, but it's certainly a great little ingredient to have if you can get it. We use it in biscuits, gravies, stews, beans (like in these Smokey Pinto Bean Bowls w/ Easy Stewed Tomatoes, Swiss Chard, and Cornbread), scrambles, popcorn, etc.
Bee Free Honee - Honey was one of the last things I stopped eating when going vegan because I just loved the flavor so much. To me, finding Bee Free Honee was like finding manna from heaven. On its own it tastes apple-y (it's made from apples), but in recipes it tastes very honey-esque. You could use agave in recipes like these Sweet Corn Honee Donuts or Coconut and Brandy Hot Toddy, but why not go for the best here?
Bakol Jel Dessert - Who doesn't want vegan jello? This stuff is great on its own or used in desserts like my Tangerine and Cranberry Vegan Jel Dessert.
Earth Balance Mac and Cheese - In my Vegan Bacon Mac and Cheese Empanadas I call for a "6 ounce box of vegan macaroni and cheese". This is the boxed mac and cheese that I recommend. There are many vegan mac and cheese options on the market now, but Earth Balance's is by far my favorite. It's creamy and salty, and has no weird aftertastes. We're big fans in this house!
PB2 - A lot of people like this powdered peanut butter because of its low fat and calorie content, but we just appreciate the convenience of powder. This is a great ingredient to add to smoothies, soups, and even hot chocolate (as seen in my Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Mix in Fall FoMo No More)
Dandies Vegan Marshmallows - Dandies are one of my all time favorite vegan food items. They're fluffy and delicious and contain zero animal ingredients. You'll need these for better Cinnamon Hot Chocolate, S'more Cups, and vegan Rice Crispy Treats.
Kitchen Equipment That I Use
Stand Mixer: KitchenAid - I use my beloved KitchenAid to mix cookie dough, whip up coconut whipped cream, play with aquafaba, and knead bread. In a well-used kitchen it makes food prep so much easier!
Coffee/Nut Grinder: Hamilton Beach 80365 Custom Grind Hands-Free Coffee Grinder - True story, our old coffee grinder died while I was trying to grind beans for my morning coffee. My husband saved the day by immediately going to a coffee shop to get me some coffee, and ordering this (much better) grinder on Amazon Prime Now. I use this grinder for everything from coffee to spices to nuts. It works perfectly, it's easy to clean, and the custom grind never ceases to blow my mind.
Immersion Blender: KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender - This is a fine little immersion blender. It's our only blender so we use it for everything from soup to pesto to hummus to smoothies. It works better with some things than with others, but we're pleased.
Cast Iron Skillet: Lodge - I'm so used to my cast iron skillets that I've almost forgotten how to cook on anything else. They're not as fussy as numerous articles would have you believe, and they make cooking just so much easier. You can use them on the stove or in the oven, and a well-seasoned cast iron will get your food perfectly brown with no sticking. Our kitchen will forever be a cast iron kitchen.
Spiralizer: Veggetti Pro Table-Top - We got this for Christmas last year, and have loved using it this summer. You'd think that something like zucchini noodles and pesto is going to be whatever, but it's so so good. While it seems like a weird tool to have, it's pretty invaluable when you want a good zoodle.
Ceramic Pour Over Coffee Filter - I've been drinking coffee for almost 20 years, and in that time my kitchen has seen machine drip, instant, espresso, french press, and ceramic pour over coffee. Ceramic pour over is hands-down my favorite. I'm the only coffee drinker in our house, so being able to make just what I need at a time is really convenient. Plus it takes up minimal space in our kitchen, and allows me to make a fresh cup without waste whenever the mood strikes. Here's a tutorial on how to use one: How to Make Coffee Using A Ceramic Filter
But I Could Never Go Vegan - A great modern cookbook that answers any concern someone would have about vegan food with delicious recipes.
Veganomicon - A classic written by vegan chef legends, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Many refer to it as a vegan recipe bible.
The Homemade Vegan Pantry - My husband and I are obsessed with this book. We genuinely use it to stock our own kitchen with items like Unchicken, Unsteak, homemade vegetable bouillon, homemade mac and cheese powder, homemade soy milk, homemade granola, and even homemade mustard. We've only had this book for a few months, but rely on it heavily to feed our little family quality and inexpensive vegan staples.
The Taco Cleanse - Written by science tacos in our own town, this book was destined to be a favorite in our kitchen. Every recipe is modern, very Austin, and delicious. Read my review from last December to see what I mean: I Did A Three Day Taco Cleanse and Survived!
The Asian Vegan Kitchen - This was one of my first favorite vegan cookbooks, and remains beloved to this day. It includes recipes from India, Japan, China, Korea, Burma, Thailand, and more. If you love Asian food this book is a must.
House Vegan: Fall FoMo No More - Ok yes I wrote it so I may be biased, but I really love my book. I refer to it to help my fall planning, and the recipes included are some of my favorites. Obviously, that's why I shared them! If Quinoasage and Potato Tofu Scramble, Weekend Seitan Chili, Gravy-Smothered Stuffed Seitan Sausages, and Chocolate Hazelnut Dessert Rolls sound good to you then give it a look. You can read the first chapter here for free!
Vegan Food Gifts - This book contains really great recipes for vegan food gifts, but we actually use it to make staples for our own home. It's nice to be able to reach into our pantry for a jar of Cheesy Potato Soup mix for a quick meal on busy nights.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home - Straight up, this book taught me how to clean naturally and love it.
Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure - While the Mrs. Meyer's book taught me how to clean, this book taught my husband and me how to live like grown ups. It instructed us on how to think of where we live as "home" even though we're renters. If you don't love where you live, I promise this book will teach you how to change that.
Lush - If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know about my love for Lush. This company is mostly vegan, and dedicates its efforts to minimizing its environmental impact, and advocating for others to do the same. I would have to say that at least 90% of our personal care items are purchased at Lush. We love their bar soaps, shower creams and gels, shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and shower jellies a whole bunch. And while I use their Full of Grace Moisturizing Serum on my face everyday, my husband similarly enjoys their Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash.
mykind Organics Supplements - This is the brand that my husband and I use for vegan B12 and Vitamin D3 supplements. I'm a baby with pills so I really appreciate the fact that these are sprays. And they taste really good!
Vega Plant Based Nutrition - Vega just makes the best tasting vegan protein powder, y'all. They're also nutrient dense, and made without dairy or soy ingredients, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. We love their All-In-One Nutritional Shake as well as their Performance Protein powders.
Vegan Food and News Resources
One Green Planet - Recipes and vegan news
Finding Vegan - Gorgeous food photography and recipes
The Vegan RD - A dietitian's perspective on veganism
VegNews - Vegan news, product spotlights, recipes, and more
Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness - A great resource for physically active vegans
Eat Drink Better - Vegan food news, tips, and recipes
Vegan Food Blogs
Vegan Youtube Channels
Vegan Grocery Shopping
Rabbit Food Grocery - Online or in person at 2210 S 1st St #M Austin, TX 78704Food Fight! Grocery - Online or in person at 1217 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
Vegan Essentials - Online
Pangea’s Vegan Store - Online
Nooch Vegan Market - In person at 10 E. Ellsworth Ave. in Denver, CO