Buying in bulk is a huge money-saver. Not very many people know that the staples in your pantry can actually be purchased online, for a much more affordable price. I’ve been shopping through Vitacost for about two plus years now. You might see me link to different products on their site and many of you have actually used my referral link, thank you! Overall, Vitacost is an incredible source for hundreds and thousands of vegan products. Many of which are gluten-free too and it goes beyond food, you can even search cruelty-free beauty products, eco-friendly cleaning products and more! Back to my original topic, plant-based pantry staples.
I’ve had a handful of you ask me what I like to buy consistently, so I thought I’d share a whole post dedicated to the must-have items I repurchase in bulk, on a monthly basis. I like to transfer all my pantry items into half-gallon mason jars, with reusable lids. I love to use this method for storage because it allows me to see everything I have, avoiding over buying things. My dad and I actually made custom shelving for this storage system because I have a smaller kitchen. This way everyone can see what I have haha, but in all honesty I think it looks very organic and I really dig it. Eventually I’ll share more on my kitchen and the updates we’ve made. It has come such a long way!
Vitacost Brand Brown Rice Elbow Macaroni
Life without mac is impossible. I love to buy the elbow noodles in a bulk bag and keep these for all my cheezy noodle cravings. These also bake up really well, if you’re into that method of making mac. Sometimes I’ll even add a little tomato sauce and call it a day. It’s really the perfect option for a quick meal, I can throw any leftover veggies into it and I’m more than happy with the outcome.
Vitacost Brand Rolled Oats
While I love oatmeal, I don’t make it too often because I love cold food in the morning. I actually throw oats into my smoothies to bulk them up. It keeps me fuller for longer and I usually have more energy too. When I do feel like making oatmeal, I love to bake it. I’ll have my absolute favorite combo for that coming soon. It makes for a great option on the weekends when you have a bit more time to prep food. I love it for Sunday brunch!
Vitacost Brand Apple Cider Vinegar
An essential for any vegan baker. ACV + baking soda helps baked goods rise, in place of using eggs. I also use it with water and my Well Scent Mold Plus essential oil to clean countertops and the kitchen floor. It smells amazing and is pet-safe! Apple cider vinegar can be used for many things, from baking to natural cleaning products. It’s also a wonderful addition to your diet. Capable of helping your body ph stay balanced and it completely relieves my acid reflux, which sounds odd but yes it really does work!
Vitacost Brand Raw Cashews
I feel bad for vegans that have a nut allergy. I probably go through 4-6 cups of cashews per month. From recipe testing raw desserts to making my absolute favorite zesty ranch dressing. Another incredibly versatile item that can be used for so much. If you enjoy making vegan cheesecake, sour cream, creamy dressing and more, then you’ll understand the need for cashews (I keep mine in the refrigerator).
Vitacost Brand Dried Garbanzo Beans
I’m guilty of buying canned chickpeas when I know I’m going to make something that night with them. But when I do plan ahead, I cook my own chickpeas/garbanzo beans. I love making falafel and hummus each week. Yes I am one of those people that eats falafel with hummus on top, give me all the chickpeas! Plus you save a ton cooking them yourself, but I totally understand the convenience of canned.
Vitacost Brand Coconut Sugar
Another essential for baking, I prefer using coconut sugar in place of traditional cane sugar. Mainly because I enjoy the flavor more. It’s almost caramel/toffee like, very deep flavor that compliments everything. I think it gives my gluten-free chocolate cake a little something extra that has people guessing what all I used. I highly recommend trying it out if you’ve never tasted it before.
Vitacost Brand Superfine White Rice Flour
Like I mentioned above, flour is a staple in baking and in place of traditional bleached all-purpose flour, I like to use white rice flour. Sometimes I alternative between this and brown rice flour, both of which are gluten-free. If you follow me on Snapchat, you’ll know I use this flour for the batter on my baked cauliflower wings.
Vitacost Brand White Quinoa
A wonderful source of protein and fiber. I love making quinoa in bulk and saving it for quick meals throughout the week. It reheats beautifully and combines with anything sweet or savory. Like my orange cinnamon quinoa porridge or my favorite quinoa salad with balsamic glaze!
Vitacost Brand Red Lentils
I love to make red and green lentils in bulk to have throughout the week as well. They keep really well and heat up quickly for a meal in a hurry. I usually mix them with quinoa or rice and add whatever veggies I have on hand that week. Lentils are great because they’re a solid source of protein and they take on any flavor you add. A recipe I haven’t shared, but I have made it and showed that process on Snapchat, is lentil sloppy joes. Add a little bbq sauce, diced onion, tomato paste and crushed tomatoes and you’ve got a killer combo thats delicious on potatoes, mushrooms or bread. I’ve even topped my pasta with it as a sauce replacement.
Bonus Pantry Staples:
Coconut Secret Teriyaki Coconut Aminos
My replacement for soy sauce. I put this on everything, from sushi to spring rolls to stir-frys. You absolutely must give this a try, I’ve hooked so many people onto it!
KAL Nutritional Yeast Flakes
I don’t know any vegan that isn’t a nooch lover. This is the magical ingredient that blends with cashews to make the best cheese sauce ever. It’s also a great source of B12, so sprinkle it on everything!
Vitacost Brand Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
In the past I used coconut oil in most things I cooked. I haven’t been doing that as much recently, but it’s still something I keep on hand for recipe testing. It’s essential for my baked goods and firm raw cheeses.
Vitacost Brand Cacao Powder
My life would be incomplete without chocolate. Cacao powder gives me the ability to flavor baked goods and/or smoothies, while still consuming nutrients in the process. I’m guilty of eating dark chocolate bars too, moderation is key though.
Vitacost Brand Powdered Peanut Butter
For anyone that loves peanut butter but hates the high fat content. You can have your cake and eat it too, powdered peanut butter is a game changer! I can’t wait to share more on this staple, I use it in a own personal protein powder blend for a low-fat option that still has that incredible peanut butter taste. More on that soon!
What are some of your pantry staples? I would love to hear what products you keep on hand at all times! Leave me a comment below, maybe I need to branch out and try something new.