Vegan Pantry: your guide to stocking a healthy plant-based pantry

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What goes in a vegan pantry?

Stocking a pantry takes some organization. But it’s not complicated.

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With vegan cooking, we know there are four ‘new’ food groups:

  • legumes
  • grains
  • vegetables and fruits
  • nuts and seeds

That might sound straightforward – maybe even dull. But, within these categories, there are so many ingredients to stock a vegan pantry!

This vegan pantry primer will cover most (or all) of your ingredient needs – apart from fresh fruits and vegetables – for general cooking as well as vegan recipe needs. Let’s get started!

Vegan Pantry: LEGUMES

Legumes are probably one of the most underutilized foods in standard diets – and also in many vegan diets. Not in my recipes, though! I love beans, lentils, and other legumes – and you see them abundantly in my recipes.

While I would love to cook all my beans from scratch, most of us working and with kids know that is near impossible. Except for lentils – I almost always cook those from dried. They are quick to cook and don’t require soaking. When buying canned beans be sure to look for certified BPA-free varieties.

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What varieties of beans should you stock? some common varieties of beans and legumes to stock in your pantry (both dried and canned):

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Vegan Pantry: GRAINS

There are many whole grains available, yet most of us rely on a handful of grains regularly. Examples to stock in your pantry (most common in bold):

Whole-grains are then milled into flours to make whole-grain foods like pasta and bread. Cereals and pasta are perfect for pantry storage, and whole-grain/sprouted bread can be frozen.

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Vegan Pantry: SEEDS and SEED BUTTERS

Common seeds used in vegan cooking include:

As for seed butters, tahini (sesame seed butter) is the only one I personally use regularly. See this post for my tahini tips.

However, if you have nut sensitivities or allergies, you will likely stock sunflower butter and pumpkin seed butter. Another option is an organic soynut butter. Technically not a seed (soy being a legume), however soynut butter is a great substitute for peanut butter.

Vegan Pantry: NUTS and NUT BUTTERS

Some common nuts to include in your vegan pantry are:

The majority of my recipes call for raw nuts, with a selection calling for roasted nuts. You can roast nuts yourself or buy some pre-roasted.

Nut butters are naturally sweeter than seed butters, so often preferred for eating and in recipes. The most common nut butters are almond (raw and roasted) and cashew (roasted and raw), but you can also find butters made from hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, walnuts – and also nut butter blends.

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Vegan Pantry: DRIED & FROZEN

It is very helpful to have a variety of frozen fruits and veggies, and also some dried and otherwise preserved fruits/veggies, including:


  • Canned coconut milk: Premium and “lite” (for cooking and baking, not drinking).
  • Non-dairy milks: You can opt for refrigerated and also shelf-stable. For most purposes, I prefer plain unsweetened almond and organic soy milks. Other popular nondairy milks include coconut, rice, hemp, flax, and oat milks. You can make your own dairy-free milks at home.
  • Non-dairy yogurt: Obviously a refrigerated item, but many varieties will keep for a couple of weeks (unopened). Brands and varieties differ in texture and sweetness.
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Your vegan pantry can include these dried herbs and spices:

  • allspice (ground)
  • basil leaves
  • bay leaves
  • black peppercorns (whole)
  • black salt (kala namak/Indian salt)
  • caraway seeds
  • cardamom (ground)
  • cayenne pepper
  • celery seed
  • chili powder
  • cinnamon (sticks and ground)
  • cloves (ground and whole)
  • coriander (seeds and ground)
  • cumin (seeds and ground)
  • curry powder
  • dill seeds
  • dill weed (I personally prefer dill seeds)
  • fennel (seeds and ground)
  • garlic powder
  • ginger (ground)
  • mustard seeds
  • nutmeg (whole and ground)
  • onion powder
  • oregano leaves
  • paprika (see smoked paprika, below)
  • red pepper (crushed flakes)
  • rosemary leaves
  • sage
  • savory
  • smoked paprika (you’ll never go back to regular paprika!)
  • thyme leaves
  • turmeric (ground)


Vinegars and condiments add even more depth of flavor and more ‘umami’ to your dishes.

Vinegars:Vinegars vary in acidity and flavor. Some common varieties to keep in your pantry include:

Condiments: These are just some condiments that can be included in your vegan pantry:

Vegan Pantry: SWEETENERS

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Vegan Pantry: Baking Goods

  • Whole-Grain Flours
  • Leavening Agents
    • Baking Powder
    • Baking Soda
  • Thickeners and Starches

I plan to update soon with a printable PDF of this pantry list. Stay tuned!

I hope this pantry list is useful I have included links for shopping convenience. I haven’t added Canadian links because doesn’t have the breadth of products (or the prices are prohibitive). If you purchase through these links, you pay the same price. I simply receive a small referral fee which helps me bring more content to you – free of charge.

Would you add anything to this list? If so, please add your suggestion in the comments.

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