Trader Joe's Ten Best Vegan Products
Trader Joe's has everything. It seems like every trip to the new Pinecrest store yields some gleaming new goodie we can't imagine we ever lived without.
And much to our delight, even vegans have options at this ever-impressive chain. After the jump, check out ten of our favorite animal-product-free items.
See also: Trader Joe's: Top Ten Vegetarian Finds
Photos by Hannah Sentenac
10. Cookie butter ($3.69)
Crushed up cookies you can spread on stuff. It's rich, cinnamony, and totally without redeeming nutritional value. Plus, it comes in crunchy or smooth. Win.
9. Soy creamy vanilla ice-cream sandwiches ($2.99)
Ice-cream sammies are a quintessential comfort food, and it's sad to have to say goodbye when you hop on the vegan train. Luckily, these little treats taste just like the real deal.
8. Refried jalapeño black beans (99 cents)
Add a little peppery kick, and black beans get a lot more exciting. And they're supercheap for vegans on a budget.
7. Quinoa and black bean tortilla chips ($2.69)
Chips with quinoa in 'em are, like, the best invention ever. Healthful and as tasty as any Frito-Lay crap, they go great with guac, hummus, salsa, or any other vegan-friendly dip.
6. Roasted coconut chips ($1.99)
Coconut is never not awesome, including in chip form. A little sweet, a little salty, these are the perfect alternative to any greasy chip you might otherwise eat.
5. Vegan cream cheese ($2.49)
We're not gonna lie -- it's no cream-cheese doppelganger. But it does the job as an acceptable substitute on lonely bagels. Mix in a little jam or other flavor enhancer to give it a boost.
4. Pumpernickel pretzel sticks ($1.49)
Once you go pumpernickel, you never go back. This is leaps and bounds better than many other salty snacks, and it's free from animal influence.
3. Dark chocolate nutty bits ($3.99)
Vegans need treats too. These sweet, salty dessert bites are totally delicious and will satisfy your chocolate craving without forcing you to resort to gnawing on a nub of unsweetened baking cocoa.
2. Chicken-less mandarin orange morsels ($2.99)
This one begs a challenge. Serve these meaty pieces to some carnivorous friends and see if they can tell the difference. We're betting not. This sweet, succulent meatless meal is all kinds of impressive.
1. Inner peas ($1.49)
One word: addictive. These amazing baked pea treats are salty, crunchy, and utterly delicious. They're better than any chip, cracker, or bad-for-you snack. Be prepared to kill entire bags at a time.
Note: A few of these products might have trace amounts of milk because they are made on shared equipment, but none has animal products as actual ingredients. So just keep that in mind when making your picks.
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