The funny thing about going vegan is that usually people focus on what you need to deprive yourself of. Or, to shift the focus off deprivation, they talk about the new amazing foods you will introduce to your kitchen and tastebuds. Yet, no one rarely mentions that some of the comfortingly delicious things you loved before going vegan – you never need to give up! Yes, that’s right! Why doesn’t anyone talk more about that?
Of course, if you have made the decision to go cruelty-free, you must be prepared to make certain sacrifices and stick to them. Yet, some or all of these products can be great substitutes for the comfort snacks you don’t want to give up. Or,
ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE COMFORT MUNCHIES MIGHT ALREADY BE ON THIS LIST!
America’s Favorite Cookie is vegan-friendly!
2. JELL-O INSTANT PUDDING MIX
Vanilla, Chocolate, Lemon, Pistachio, and Banana Creame are all vegan! Add your favorite non-dairy milk and you’re good to go.
3. TACO BELL’S CINNAMON TWISTS
For after the lard-free burrito.
4. CHIPOTLE SOFRITAS
Which honestly everyone should try.
5. BETTY CROCKER’S BAC-O’S BACON FLAVOR BITS
We’re not sure if this is something to celebrate or be very, very afraid of.
6. RITZ CRACKERS
Another food that prides itself on butter flavor, yet has none. Pass us a sleeve with some soy cheese, please!
7. UNFROSTED POP-TARTS
In Brown Sugar, Blueberry and Strawberry. Because Pop-Tarts are important.
8. LINDT EXCELLENCE COCOA BARS IN 70%, 85% AND 90%
9. NUTTER BUTTERS
10. NATURE VALLEY CRUNCHY GRANOLA BAR
In Apple Crisp, Cinnamon, Peanut Butter, Pean Crunch, Roasted Almond AND Maple Brown Sugar. We are so darn excited it hurts. Bring on the crumbs!
11. DORITOS SPICY SWEET CHILI
The classic flavors Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese are made with milk, cheese and whey, but the lesser-known Spicy Sweet Chili flavor is dairy-free.
12. SUPERPRETZEL BAKED SOFT PRETZELS
You’d expect to find eggs or dairy in these baked snacks, but, albeit carb-heavy, they’re actually vegan.
Classic Fritos contain just three ingredients: corn, corn oil, and salt.
14. PILLSBURY CRESCENT ROLLS
Ahh, the buttery taste of vegetable oils.
15. THOMAS’S NEW YORK STYLE BAGELS
In Blueberry, Cinnamon Swirl, Everything and Plain. Because carbs. And tofu cream cheese.
16. CHOCOLATE CHIP TEDDY GRAHAMS
Delicious and vegan. And so darn cute we can BEARly stand it.
17. TRADER JOE’S SPECULOOS COOKIES
Spicy sweet perfection. Pro tip: dip in almond butter.
18. GHIRADELLI DOUBLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIE MIX
Just sub an egg substitute like a tablespoon chia seeds and some almond milk or a few tablespoons of apple sauce and you’re seconds away from gooey vegan brownies.
19. SARA LEE’S FROZEN PIES
In Cherry and Apple. We’ll take both.
20. DUNCAN HINES CAKE MIXES
Swap out the eggs and butter/oil for a can of soda or sparkling water and you’ve got yourself the fluffiest vegan cake you could ever want.
21. BRACH’S MANDARIN ORANGE SLICES
Many if not most gummy candies contain gelatin, which is made from collagen from the skin and bones of animals. These citrus bites are an exception.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying these are healthy. But as long as they’re cruelty-free – why not indulge in them from time to time?