How To Stock A Vegan Pantry

When people find out I’m vegan, the first question they ask me is “what do you eat”? So, I thought I would share my pantry essentials. I love this vegan lifestyle, it has made me become more creative in the kitchen and discover a whole new world full of delicious flavours.

If you are interested in exploring a plant-based diet, the first thing you need to do is stock up your pantry with the essentials. Once you have these basics, and some fresh produce from your local farmers market you are good to go.

The following is a list of my pantry essentials. Use it to help you build your own pantry. My pantry is alway changing and expanding because I love trying new foods.

Legumes
Beans are a vegan staple, I’m always well stocked up on them. They are nutritious, inexpensive, ridiculously easy to prepare and are chock-full of protein. I like to stock up on different types of legumes both dried and canned. I love canned, they are ready to use for super quick meals. I also cook them from scratch in big batches and freeze.

  • chickpeas,
  • black beans
  • borlotti beans.
  • black-eyed peas
  • lentils
  • yellow split peas
  • tempeh
  • tofu

Grains
I’m never without grains, they are perfect for those nights you just want to whip up a quick meal. In my kitchen, you would find:

  • white rice (I can’t live without it)
  • quinoa,
  • brown rice
  • couscous,
  • oats
  • Barley

Nuts and seeds (raw)
Nuts and seeds are an absolute must-have in any plant based kitchen. They are incredibly versatile. I use them in smoothies, salads, pesto, nut butters and as a snack.

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Pepitas
  • Flaxseed
  • Sesame seeds

Oils 
I use rice bran oil for cooking, coconut oil for baking and olive oil in dressings.

  • Olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Rice bran oil

Plant-based milk
Every week I make a fresh batch of almond milk to use in oats, smoothies, baking and hot beverages. I love coconut milk, use it to add flavour and richness to your dishes. You can find my homemade almond milk recipe here. You might also be interested in this coconut-almond milk.

  • Almond
  • Coconut
  • Brown rice
  • Coconut water

Vinegars
Vinegar is great in dressings, marinades, stir-fries and stews. I also use apple cider vinegar to make nut milk buttermilk to use in baking.

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar,
  • Red wine vinegar.
  • Rice vinegar

Herbs and spices
I love my collection of herbs and spices. So essential to cooking as they enhance flavour, and boost nutrition. A few of my favourites;

  • Turmeric
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Chilli flakes
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic powder
  • Garlic salt
  • Thyme
  • Curry powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Oregano

Dried fruits

  • Medjool dates
  • Raisins
  • Goji berries
  • Sultanas

Pasta
I hardly eat pasta but my family loves it so I keep a good supply in the pantry. Pasta is great for quick and easy meals.

  • White pasta
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Brown rice pasta
  • Quinoa pasta

Sweeteners
The sweetener I use the most is dates. I adore medjool dates, they are so delicious and full of so much goodness. In baking, I use coconut sugar and raw brown sugar and I love a drizzle of maple syrup over my granola and yoghurt.

  • Maple syrup
  • Medjool dates
  • Coconut sugar
  • Raw brown sugar

Sauces and butters
I drizzle almost everything I eat with tahini e.g salads, buddha bowls and sweet potato. Yep, that’s how much I love it. What pantry is complete without peanut butter! If you haven’t tried peanut butter sweet potato, you must. It’s amazing and here’s the recipe! Tomato paste is great in stews and curries and I use soy sauce in stir-fries and marinades.

  • Soy sauce
  • Tahini
  • Tomato paste
  • Almond butter
  • Peanut butter

Superfoods 
I don’t often buy into superfoods but trust me these foods have super powers.

  • Maca
  • Turmeric powder
  • Baobab powder
  • Cacao nibs
  • Cacao powder
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Aloe vera juice
  • Fermented foods

Your kitchen is now fully stocked, lets get cooking!

Do you have other vegan staples that are not on this list? Please share them in the comments below. 

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