My Vegan Pantry



One of the requests I receive often is to write a post on building a vegan pantry, providing a list of the ingredients that I use the most. I’m a bit embarrassed by how long this post has taken me to put together, but as they say, better late than never. Or is it better never than late…heh.

This post is by no means exhaustive (nor do I think you need all or even most in your own pantry), but it does highlight many of my favourite foods that I have relied on for about 3 years now. Feel free to use it as inspiration for your own pantry. I also haven’t included vegetables or fruit because my favourites tend to change based on the seasons. Underneath each photo, I’ll list the name of the foods from left to right. You can also click on each picture to enlarge the photo if you wish to have a closer view of the product.

This post will also be linked from the top of the blog (see: “My vegan Pantry”) for easy access. You’ll find a printable PDF at the bottom of this post so you can print the list out and bring it to the store as a shopping list if you want. I hope you find it useful.

My best tip for building a pantry is to buy in bulk whenever possible whether in store, online, and/or via a buying club such as with ONFC (see my note below for discussion). One of the great things about eating a vegan or vegetarian diet is that many of the staple foods we enjoy cost just pennies per serving. Once you have a good base of grains, spices, and legumes built up the rest is just icing on the cake.



  • Pearled Barley
  • Couscous
  • Rolled, Old-Fashioned Oats
  • Short-grain brown rice
  • Millet
  • Wild & brown rice
  • Speltberries
  • Not shown: Farro, kamut & brown rice pastas

Some of my fav flours:

  • whole wheat pastry flour
  • light spelt flour
  • oat flour
  • almond meal or almond flour
  • kamut flour
  • brown rice flour



Buckwheat is in a class of its own. It can be used just like a grain, but it’s technically a fruit seed (and often called a “pseudocereal”). I buy Raw Buckwheat Groats, which differ in flavour from kasha (toasted buckwheat). Personally, I prefer the flavour of raw buckwheat.

One of my favourite ways to enjoy raw buckwheat is in this raw, no cook breakfast porridge. It’s sooo good and fun for spring and summer mornings. You can also blend it up at night and there is no work in the morning, similar to vegan overnight oats.




  • Quinoa (technically a pseudocereal, but since it’s a complete protein I list it here)
  • Black Beluga Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Red Lentils
  • Black Beans
  • Green Lentils
  • Firm or Super firm organic, non-GMO tofu
  • Not shown: Red kidney beans, navy beans, black eyed peas, split peas, edamame
  • You might also want to try cooking beans with a piece of kombu to aid digestion



Nuts: (all raw)

  • Macadamia
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews



Seeds & Dried Fruit: (seeds are all raw)

  • Pepita Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Whole Flax Seed
  • Dried & sweetened Tart Cherries
  • Dried & Sweetened Cranberries
  • Raisins




  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • Organic Red Wine Vinegar




  • Spectrum cold-pressed Olive Oil spray
  • Cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Unrefined Safflower Oil or toasted sesame oil
  • Occasionally, soy-free Earth Balance in the red tub.
  • Not shown: cold-pressed organic extra virgin coconut oil



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(I stock a lot since I’m big into baking)

  • Raw Agave
  • Organic Molasses
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Brown Rice Syrup (unfortunately controversial right now, due to discoveries of arsenic in some syrups and other brown rice products)
  • Organic Dark Brown Sugar
  • Organic Sucanat sugar
  • Organic Cane Sugar
  • Raw Coconut Sugar
  • Medjool Dates



At first glance, you might think that sugar is vegan, but unfortunately some brands use animal bone char to whiten the sugar. Yet another reason to move away from refined & bleached white sugar whenever possible.

I’ve also recently discovered coconut sugar, but I’ll be talking about that in another post.




Chocolate certainly deserves its own category!

  • Camino Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (I enjoy the mini chips much more than the chunks actually)
  • I often end up buying my chocolate chips in bulk though and just make sure they don’t contain dairy
  • Cacao nibs
  • Carob Powder (I buy from Bulk Barn)
  • Camino Cocoa Powder



Odds & Ends:

  • Nut & seed butters: Sweetened sunflower seed butter, raw almond butter, roasted natural PB
  • Almond Milk (I usually buy “unsweetened, original” for ease of use in recipes)
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Full fat coconut milk
  • Light coconut milk
  • Not shown: Coconut Butter (I often make my own)



Odds & Ends Part II

  • Nutritional Yeast
  • BPA-free Canned Beans
  • Strained Tomatoes
  • White Linen Collection Marinara Sauce from Costco
  • Low-Sodium Veggie Broth (or bouillon cubes for more cost savings)
  • Not shown: Low-sodium tamari, Aluminum-free baking powder, Cornstarch or arrowroot flour


Finally, my spice collection- which went from virtually nothing 5 years ago to a big and growing collection at present day. My love for spices grows as I experiment more in the kitchen. There is never any need to eat boring & bland food on a healthy diet.


My spice collection:

(I put a star beside the ones I use most frequently)

  • anise seed
  • allspice
  • basil*
  • bay leaves*
  • caraway
  • cayenne*
  • celery seed
  • chili powder*
  • Chinese 5 spice
  • cinnamon*
  • cream of tartar
  • cumin*
  • curry masala*
  • dill*
  • dry mustard
  • Fine and coarse sea salt*
  • garam masala*
  • garlic powder*
  • ginger*
  • ground cardamom
  • ground cloves
  • ground coriander seed
  • ground nutmeg
  • Herbamare***
  • kelp granule
  • Kosher salt* (unbleached, better flavour than regular table salt)
  • marjoram
  • mustard seeds
  • nutmeg*
  • onion powder*
    • oregano*
    • paprika*
    • red pepper flakes*
    • rosemary
    • sage leaves*
    • smoked paprika*
    • star anise
    • thyme leaves
    • turmeric
    • Whole Black peppercorns*



    For a printable PDF of this list, click here.

    Finally, I’d love to have a discussion about vegan-friendly stores (both online and in person) to purchase food products. I think a list of resources would be wonderful for new vegans and long-time vegans alike, especially when price-comparing and trying to save a few bucks.

    If you’d like to join in on the discussion and offer your suggestions or even ask a question on where to find something, feel free to do so below! I will help as much as I can and I’m sure many of you have great pieces of advice too!

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    1 Jasper @ crunchylittlebites April 9, 2012

    I cannot find brown rice syrup or brown rice flour :(


    2 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    I buy brown rice flour from Bulk Barn, not sure if you have one near, but bulk food stores should have it. Also check the natural food or GF section of grocery stores.

    As for BRS, I buy mine from ONFC usually, but you can find it in many grocery stores (check in the natural food section), health food stores, Whole Foods, and online.


    3 Jasper @ crunchylittlebites April 9, 2012

    thank you, Angela! I tell you, living in the USA sure makes me want to start a Bulk Barn here because you get so much of your fun stuff from there! Not sure why I’ve not thought to look online, thank you!


    4 Peggy May 20, 2012

    Bulk Barn and President’s Choice are what I miss most the past 11 years living in the states.

    :o( Peggy


    5 Kami July 12, 2012

    Not sure if you have a Kroger’s or Fred Meyer’s near buy, but their organic section now carries brown rice syrup!


    6 Maureen April 9, 2012

    What is ONFC?


    7 Elise May 31, 2012

    ONFC – Ontario Natural Food Co-op (


    8 Kathleen Ryan June 6, 2014

    I have just bought some from Sobey’s, a New Brunswick store.


    9 Lisa Frank April 13, 2012

    Jasper, I’m not sure what stores are near you, but I can find brown rice flour in bulk at Fred Meyer/Kroegers.


    10 Jasper {crunchylittlebites} April 14, 2012

    The Krogers we have here in NC don’t have bulk bins, though I wish they did! I am heading to WF to look for some today. Thank you Lisa!


    11 Jen April 15, 2012 They have EVERYTHING all natural from groceries to bath products! Use not575 on your first purchase and receive 5$ off! Promise I’m real, they’re an awesome site.


    12 Aldene Nicole April 26, 2012

    try looking at Fred Meyer or if you have one a local co-op


    13 Julie October 25, 2015

    Where do you find your jars? The largest size I’ve been able to find locally is quart size from Walmart. But I’m unable to fit a measuring cup into those to scoop out flour. I’d love to find some larger jars especially for flour, possibly rice too.


    14 Meesh April 9, 2012

    Great post! I have a lot of this stuff, which makes me happy….haha I look up to you when it comes to anything vegan! You rock :)


    15 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Thank you, glad you find it helpful!


    16 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 9, 2012

    I am definitely printing out your list! I love posts like these to give me some new ideas when a rut inevitably pops up!


    17 Ellie @ healthy belly ellie April 9, 2012

    Very useful post! Thanks! ;)


    18 Natalie April 9, 2012

    I love this post and would love a discussion about where to buy and price comparisons. For me, that’s the biggest hurdle to vegan eating… some of the products just seem ridiculous in price!


    19 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Thanks for the suggestion. I agree that would be very helpful!


    20 S. Williams April 9, 2012

    Hi Angela. I love the Wholesome Sweetners brand natural cane sugar in my tea and for baking. I am trying to save a few pennies on quinoa and nut butters. Is there an online source that you can recommend for purchasing these items? Thanks


    21 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Once I started making my own nut butter, I rarely buy it from a store now (with exception to sunbutter because I’ve had too many sunflower seed butter disasters in my food processor…lol). If you have a good quality processor, I would say to try it out. It’s easier than it seems and I have a few recipes on my blog (raw almond butter for a basic one or try roasted almond butter with hemp, flax and chia) I will make a batch and it lasts a long time in the fridge. I made a batch of nut butter for a recipe in my book and it has lasted almost two MONTHS in my fridge. I like to buy nuts in bulk to save even more money.

    Not sure if you are in Canada or not, but I just found this list of online stores:

    For quinoa, I buy it usually from Ontario Natural Food Coop, you can get a membership if you have a food biz or you can participate in a buying club. Crazy good deals from them. I imagine you can find it online for cheaper than in stores, but I havent looked for that yet.


    22 Maureen April 9, 2012

    It would be nice to find out who in your own area is in a coop that we could join. I looked into one once but you needed to get a group together which I found difficult.


    23 Lea April 9, 2012

    I noticed that you mentioned that you sometimes make your own coconut butter. Seeing as you have a vitamix, have you ever tried making your own coconut milk???? If so, what did you think??


    24 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Hey Lea, No I haven’t, but would like to try it out. I had a bad experience trying to crack a coconut before so I’m a bit scared. haha


    25 Lea April 10, 2012

    I am impressed that you tried to crack a coconut….but I am talking about making coconut milk from dried coconut with your vitamix. It works quite well. I am still experimenting but right now I am doing 1/2 cup dried to 1 cup of water – 2-3 mins in vitamix on high. Strain out pulp like you would yogurt. (I use a permanent coffee filter rather than cheesecloth). What’s left over once dried is coconut flour. As I make only what I need at the time, I just throw the pulp in my morning smoothie….no waste. Here are a couple of websites explaining the process in more detail. The first one is where I started. Each person uses different ratios of coconut and water ( yesterday I noticed on a commercial box of coconut milk a 60:40 ratio of water to coconut)…so anyway if you want to try it start small… find your bliss….. Beats crackin’ a coconut….


    26 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Aw that sounds easier than what I was thinking! I will have to try it out. Thanks Lea!


    27 Eve April 9, 2012

    Your new pantry shelves really display all the glass jars so nicely! I always try and comment on posts like this to say that red kidney beans are probably something to avoid cooking from scratch – they are toxic and if cooked improperly (like in a crock pot or at too low a heat) will make you VERY sick. They are the one bean likely best purchased canned, just to be safe!


    28 Cyndi April 9, 2012

    As long as you soak them for 5 hours, bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes with some baking powder, then rinse and boil again for 40 minutes or longer, (which is standard procedure for all dried beans – boiling times may vary) you won’t have a problem. It’s only a problem if you eat raw beans. Some canned goods contain BPA, and dried beans are so cheap it makes no sense to boycott red kidney beans. Just boil them properly. I have boiled them so many times and never had this problem.


    29 Eve April 9, 2012

    You’re totally right, but I think a lot of people don’t know this! I sure didn’t and I had a bad run in with them and only after google-searching what might have made me sick did I learn about it. So weird!


    30 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Thanks Eve and Cyndi, great points worth sharing.


    31 Katie Gibbs April 9, 2012

    For anyone else living in Ontario, I highly recommend joining or starting an ONFC buying club. I’ve been a member of one for years and the food is WAY cheaper than at the store. You can find more info here:


    32 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    agree, I buy from them too and the savings are huge. Def. check in your area (even if outside of Ontario) for buying clubs.


    33 Linda January 11, 2014

    Any idea how to find out if there is already an established buying club in your area? I definitely don’t have the time to start one, but would love to join one!


    34 Katie January 13, 2014

    Just email to see. You can find contact into at the bottom of this page.


    35 kaila @ healthyhelper! April 9, 2012

    My pantry looks pretty similar to yours actually! Guess I eat pretty vegan even though I’m not LOL!


    36 Michaela April 9, 2012

    Your pantry is my dream pantry!! So organized, with so many wholesome foods!!
    I’d love to know where some of the best places in Toronto to buy vegan products.
    I would try whole foods, but it’s a bit far from me, and some of the prices are quite high.

    Any tips for being a vegan without breaking the bank?!


    37 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Thanks for your suggestions Michaela! Im putting together a list now and hope to put it up on the blog at some point.


    38 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 9, 2012

    I think our pantries could be twins! I also keep chickpea flour, chia seeds, and peanut flour on0hand at all times.

    love that chocolate got it’s on category. :)


    39 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    hah me too.

    Where do you buy peanut flour? Thats something I’ve never come across in Canada.


    40 Cassie April 9, 2012

    Dear Angela,

    Thank You for opening up your pantry to us readers.Mine looks similar to yours and still growing.. Everything i have in my pantry comes from reading your blog over time and trying out the recipes, at first i thought that is way to0 expensive, but in the end i realized that it is cheaper and healthier. Your an amazing and inpsirational person . I haved changed my eating all because of you..I dont consider myself vegan although that is the way i eat 90% of the time..there is no label to how a person eats.

    I was at Qi Natural Foods ( located between bathurst st and Allen Rd along Eglington avenue west.Toronto.(416-784-0459) last thursday and i think i saw the peanut flour or PB flour .not sure if it is the same thing.You can call to confirm.

    Here is something to try also. Coconut Nectar(-_-) It resembles Brown rice flour, Its gluten free 100% Organic, GMO Free, Fat Free and vegan. its a low gylcemic sweetener. i use it in my pancakes and topping for my oatmeal….
    Just thought i would share that with you….Have a great day.



    41 Cary April 9, 2012

    Trader Joes carries peanut flour


    42 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    I wish we had TJ’s!


    43 Natasha April 11, 2012

    I haven’t been able to find it in Canada so I order it online. I use it ALL the time. So worth it!


    44 Amanda April 16, 2012

    I’ve found it at Asian/Indian super markets.


    45 Steph April 9, 2012

    What a great post thanks so much!


    46 Danica April 9, 2012

    Thank you for this list! So helpful and the mason jars idea is great!

    For anybody like me who would probably mix up the flours you can check out the martha stewart line of labels at staples


    47 Valeria April 11, 2012

    Hi Angela,
    you and your blog are such an inspiration to me. I turned vegetarian recently and am still reading and googling a lot trying to figure out nutrition facts and how to keep a healthy and balanced diet. Things like how much beans, nuts, seitan or tofu in a week, which foods to combine, etc..
    I regularly visit your blog searching for recipe inspiration (and am always amazed by your delicious creations) but now I was wondering if you would like to share, from a personal experience not from a nutritionist/dietist point of view, some tips about eating correct proportions of each nutrient.
    What is your meal planning like? I think a real report from a regular vegan person would add so much information to any vegetarian/vegan books written by doctors.
    Sorry for bothering you so much.. :) but I also wanted to ask you one last thing.
    I searched on your blog more information about tofu. Like you, I tried it a few times and didn’t like it much, but I want to give it another try. In my local grocery shop they have tons of types, and my head spins trying to understand which one I should go for and how to cook it. I read that seitan contains some amino acids which might cause calcium loss so it’s recommended to have it max 2-3 times a week. This is why I got more curious about tofu, which seems to be fully healthy compared to seitan. Do you have any suggestions about tofu?
    Thanx a lot again, I wish you a lovely day.



    48 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2012

    Hey Valeria,

    Thank you for your kind words! That means so much to me. :) Congrats on your recent shift to vegetarian too.
    As for meal planning, I don’t do it. Is that weird? haha. I just find that I never make time and I’m not a big planner when it comes to my personality.
    Regarding tofu, I’ve had a lot of duds with certain brands and ever cooking techniques. I say, keep trying. I find some firm tofu brands aren’t really that firm….you just need to test some out to see which you like. The really firm ones will press wonderfully. I like a simple pan fry or to really impress- try out my breaded tofu strips…my all time fav. Take care!


    49 Adrienne July 24, 2012

    Nasoya makes a super firm cubed that is great if you can find it. Also, my trader joes just started carrying a super firm that’s good too


    50 Tracy April 9, 2012

    I need to work on organizing my pantry, yours looks amazing!
    Costco is great for many vegan friendly staples- I just picked up a 32oz jar of MaraNatha almond butter at a price that made me very happy. I also purchase my medjool dates, a variety of nuts, and other unsulfured dried fruits from Costco.


    51 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    don’t be fooled, I had to dig all that crap out of my cupboards mostly. It’s a bit chaotic in there since moving. ;)

    Yes Costco has a big selection for foods like that.


    52 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 9, 2012

    You are so organized, Angela, and thanks for sharing all your goodies with us..and so impressed that so soon after moving in you are ready to go, full speed ahead, totally organized! (I am the same way after moving, too…must get it all ready, asap!)


    53 Taylor @ Nuts for Apples April 9, 2012

    So helpful! I need to invest in jars like yours and also need to get my spices organized once & for all!


    54 Trainer Kjirsten April 9, 2012

    I love how organized you are! I love most of your pantry staples are in mason jars! It makes for such a clean and neat look!


    55 char eats greens April 9, 2012

    I’m super shocked you like the mini chips instead of the Enjoy Life chunks. I love the chunks because I’ll usually eat a chunk with each almond…probably not a good ratio, but hey, every once in a while ;)


    56 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    hah love that idea. :) I don’t mind the “chunk” aspect of them, but for some reason I find the mini chips taste better?


    57 Jamie April 9, 2012

    I love both the mini and the chunks, but you are so right… the minis have a better flavor for some reason. I have been perplexed by that for a while because the ingredients are the same. Strange :)


    58 Lindsay April 9, 2012

    This is great! I would love some help on where to buy bulk online. We recently moved to Pennsylvania and there are no big health food stores within 2 hours. Also, CSA and what to look for to find a good one.


    59 Ileana April 9, 2012

    Wow, what a list. What’s your rule of thumb for deciding which sweetener to use in a recipe?


    60 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Great question! How did you know I was just thinking about this the other day?
    It depends on a lot of things, such as what type of baked good I am making. If I’m making rice crispies or granola bars that need to stick together I’ll often go for brown rice syrup because it helps bind them. Traditional cookies- dry sweeteners usually to retain that crisp factor. Sucanat is great in cookies, but it can dry out other baked goods, so I use it with caution. Pure maple syrup is my go to for lots of baked goods, I find it so versatile and amazing in muffins and quick breads. Also great flavour. If Im making something no bake I love to use medjool dates…helps everything stick together and you don’t get a grainy feel from dry sugar. Does this make any sense? lol. I kind of just feel out my options when I begin and go from there. Or othertimes, I will be testing a recipe and try one sweetener only to find it didnt work out great and have to use another in a second trial.


    61 Ileana April 24, 2012

    Yes, it makes sense. Thank you for the tips!


    62 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 24, 2012



    63 suzi fishman April 9, 2012

    How smart! printing this list to share with my “one day soon” clients! Do you actually write on those little spice jars or add labels to identify what they are and the date you got them? really great idea, as i am always shuffling through my drawer!


    64 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    I hope you find it helpful Suzi :)

    Yes I write the name under the lid on a sticky pabel…unless it’s a really obvious one like chickpeas or whatnot.


    65 Krishna woods April 9, 2012

    Hi, I have spent weeks looking at your facebook and many other pages/blogs like yours… I am so overwhelmed by the clean eating and/or vegan lifestyle. So much so that I have not bought a thing. Could you put together a simple breakfast lunch dinner and maybe some snacks. I don’t mind eating the same thing everyday until I can learn more and buy more.


    66 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    This is actually a great idea for a post! Thanks for the idea. I definitely understand how overwhelming it can be.

    My go to easy breakfasts: Vegan overnight oats & Green Monsters (see recipage: for recipes)

    Lunch ideas: 1) wraps/sandwich with avocado, veggies, hummus + easy trail mix (raisins, seeds, nuts) + fresh fruit, etc. 2) Huge salad filled with veggies, beans, seeds, dried fruit, etc + roll or bread 3) Leftovers (I often make big dinners on purpose so I have leftovers for lunch), 4) high protein tortilla pizzas:

    Dinner ideas: 15 minute creamy avocado pasta is always an easy one with minimal ingredients or see these recipes for more: The Creamy Tomato Barley Risotto is another go-to of mine.


    67 mc April 9, 2012

    Hi Angela,

    This post is terrific.

    If you are looking for a suggestion for another post, I would love to know how you suggest readers can better find the time to cook healthy. I realize you are around the kitchen more than most considering that you are working on the cookbook, but as a single mom working fulltime and commuting from Oakville to Toronto daily, I am running into real trouble having a wide variety of healthy food available when I want something without spending most of Sunday in the kitchen prepping for the week or buying expensive and questionably healthy pre-made foods. I know some things I can freeze fully cooked, but what recipies work best and are quickest to defrost, or even better can be eaten semi-frozen? What lasts in the fridge for several days? And considering I am sitting here with a not too healthy sandwich in front of me at the moment, what can I pack for a brown paper lunch that won’t get soggy or linger in the stale office air or on my breath for hours? Your suggestions (possibly in a post or series of posts) would be greatly appreciated.



    68 Sarah April 9, 2012

    Anglea actually wrote 2 posts about some great make ahead lunches :) Part 1 and Part 2. Just go to the search bar and type in “5 Make-Ahead vegan and Gluten-Free Lunches” and they should both come up!! They’re really easy and super time saving if you can spare a couple hours prepping on Sunday, and Delicious too of course :)


    69 mc April 9, 2012

    Thanks – I’ll definitely search them out!


    70 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Hey MC,

    Thanks so much for your comment. I can certainly imagine how difficult it is for you juggling everything that you are. Kudos to you for making such a big effort to eat well even with a hectic schedule. I will definitely put my thinking cap on. I tend to fall off the healthy dinner train relying on packaged foods too much and so this is something I have been thinking about too.


    71 Rochelle March 4, 2017

    I’ve found it best to team up with a couple neighbors. I make a sharable batch of something, as do the other 2-3 and what do you know, I have containers of a variety of flavors instead of the same old leftovers night after night. Also, if I bake sweet potatoes, for example, I put in about 12. Then call up the neighbs and see what they’d like to share with me! It’s amazing how this atmosphere of sharing makes life feel so abundant. ~Rochelle


    72 Tricia April 9, 2012

    Thank you for that helpful list. We appreciate the work involved. Someone asked about sources and prices. My Costco doesn’t serve me well for a lot of my necessary items, especially organic. I find several bulk items at Amazon (Food and Grocery) but I like, too. They have a huge selection of staples like oils – as well as nice palm/soy candles etc – at much less than retail, with low flat rate shipping (at least within the USA). Thanks again, Angela. Great blog.


    73 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Thanks Tricia, will def add those to the list I’m making :)


    74 Britny W April 9, 2012

    If you or anyone else decides to try out, here is my referral link which will give you $10 off your first purchase! I love getting things like whole wheat pastry flour and other vegan snacks that I can’t get in Mississippi.


    75 Britny W April 9, 2012

    Oops forgot to give the link lol.


    76 Deirdre April 9, 2012

    This is awesome! I’m going to print the pdf…thank you for putting this together. For whatever reason seeing it pushes me toward making it more of a reality.


    77 Sara April 9, 2012

    Do you keep your flours and nuts in the fridge? I have read mixed reviews about this online, thanks!


    78 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    No I don’t usually and to be honest I haven’t read up on this much. I tend to go through things quickly so I guess I don’t bother too, but now you have me intrigued to read up on it more. I do keep hemp seeds in the fridge now though.


    79 Ricki April 9, 2012

    I’d keep them in the fridge if you’re not going to use them within a week or so. Once the nuts/seeds are ground, the delicate volatile oils are exposed to air and light, which can degrade the quality and turn them rancid very quickly. For anything with polyunsaturated oils in it, you should either buy the whole nut/seed or else store in the fridge to prevent damage and oxidation. :)


    80 Natasha April 11, 2012

    All my stuff (flours/nuts/seeds) are in the fridge or freezer. I read your supposed to too, but it does take up a lot of space!


    81 Alex @ Raw Recovery April 9, 2012

    Oh I’m SO glad you wrote this post because it’s incredibly helpful. Trader Joe’s has some great vegan products (my favorite is their edamame hummus and unsweetened dried mango). Thankfully I have one close by but they aren’t too common out in Colorado and I don’t believe they have any locations in Canada, though I could be mistaken. I’m glad that a lot of regular grocery stores now have organic sections where you can find a lot of vegan products.


    82 Adrienne (The Cute Vegan) July 24, 2012

    I absolutely love trader joes! Their website has a vegan product list I believe. Also, their products are so clearly labeled vegan!


    83 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles April 9, 2012

    Great post, Angela! Very helpful!


    84 Melinda April 9, 2012

    This is great to get people started on stocking their pantries. I love to shop my local food co-ops for most of my bulk grains, legumes, spices and baking staples. You can often grind your own peanut, almond or cashew butter in the store.


    85 Domenico April 9, 2012

    Amazing, looks great and very organized. I have been meaning to do the same. Thank you for sharing. Post more. Visual post have more impact and it is easy to follow/ copy.
    Ciao Domenico


    86 [email protected] Inside My Present April 9, 2012

    What a great reference- even if you’re not vegan. Gives me a great list of things to stock up on and new things to try!


    87 AdrienneCarolyn April 9, 2012

    Great post! You and I have so many of the same items! Unfortunately my cupboards aren’t as pretty…random tupperware and jars and baggies of a million different nuts/seeds/beans etc…I know you shop at Bulk Barn but you should try Kensington Market when you’re in Toronto next. Some of the shops have the craziest selections of bulk goods! Dried kiwi, for example, is my new favorite treat :-)


    88 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Oh wow I haven’t been there, but would love to go! Is it open year round or just during warmer months?


    89 AdrienneCarolyn April 10, 2012

    It’s open all year round. There are specialty shops, great restos like Urban Herbivore, bakeries, and other ethnic food shops. There are a couple of great grocery stores too that carry all the organic packaged foods and beauty/home stuff for WAY cheaper than Whole Foods. I recommend going on a Sunday morning. On Sundays cars aren’t allowed so it’s great to stroll around! It’s my fave thing to do in the spring/summer!


    90 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Thank you so much! Maybe I’ll bump into you one day :)


    91 sabina April 10, 2012

    Car-Free Sundays in Kensington only run from May – October, on the last Sunday of the month.


    92 doe mora April 9, 2012

    Thanks for a great blog and fabulous recipes!
    I’d like to suggest that, when arriving home with beans/legumes/grains that they be stored in the freezer initially for 48-72 hours. Whether organic or commercial, freezing reduces the chances of one day finding your pantry infested (ugh, the hair on my arms just stood straight up from the memory!).


    93 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Really? I hadn’t heard of that before, but I will have to look into it.


    94 Natasha April 11, 2012

    Brittany just went through this! I didn’t know before either but I’ll be doing it now!!


    95 Jessica @ Chockohlawtay April 9, 2012

    you have the pantry of my dreams… so organized, so healthy!


    96 Cait's Plate April 9, 2012

    Loved this post! And I’m so obsessed with storing my food in mason jars…it’s just so pretty to see all the different items :)


    97 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    I agree :)


    98 Adrienne (The Cute Vegan) July 24, 2012

    I’m working on phasing out my Ball jar lids. I found out the disks contain BPA:(
    So I have been putting them in upside down. Unfortunately the seal isn’t as good that way.


    99 Katie @ Creature of Habit April 9, 2012

    It can be a pain but I find the most effective way to grocery shop is to hit a few stores. I find Trader Joe’s has most vegan staples cheaper than health food stores but we have a regional store called Fresh and Easy that has the best value on produce. More effort, yes, but worth it to have all the things I need without breaking the bank.

    And regarding expensive vegan items, most of those actually last a long time. Coconut oil, for example, was something I avoided for a long time because I thought it was too pricy but my $7 jar has lasted me for months and I probably use it every day. Think value over time.


    100 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 9, 2012

    Looks like we have some very similar staples! I also just bought some coconut sugar and plan to find a use for it at some point – hello impulse buy lol! I think you and I could probably compete on who has the most spice jars in their kitchen, although yours look much more organized than mine currently do! ;)


    101 Abby April 9, 2012

    This is great!! Being and newbie and trying to transition this is very helpful. I have a handful of these items but certainly not all.


    102 Shanda Bezzant April 9, 2012

    I paid $5 for a bag of dairy free chocolate chips over the weekend! I put them in healthy muffins and my kIds will eat them for breakfast and snacks. I would love a shopping post to comPare prices or even if you listed your price points for items that would be helpful to know if I’m getting ripped off or not!


    103 Moni Meals April 9, 2012

    This was so great of you to post. It is very similiar to mine too. It is funny because to someone else, who say does not cook, this could seem like a very expensive way to live…but I disagree 100%. When you have a stocked pantry this GOOD, you save a TON of money and even better, get great meals out of it. :)

    Mine is so not as neat as yours is though. ;)


    104 Lina April 9, 2012

    Great post! And as some other commenters pointed out, I have to get me some mason jars, they look so pretty :)

    I have a Trader Joe’s close by (walking distance, and I don’t have a car) so I get most of my food from there.

    I bought organic chia seeds from Amazon once (they have an automatic delivery option that saves you 15% or so each time). I also get Pacific soy milk from there (it comes in boxes of 12 tetrapaks).

    I do wish Amazon would have more bulk food like that, because I have a prime membership, so I get free two-day shipping. It’s great for someone like me who doesn’t have a car/costco membership/etc :)


    105 Jessica April 9, 2012

    Yes! I’d love to here more about the use of coconut sugar- I discovered your blog last year and LOVE your recipes, there are many I use on a regular basis (happy to say even my carnivore husband enjoys them!) :). My mother lives with us also and she has progressive Multiple Sclerosis that has really exacerbated within the last couple years and is on a special organic paleo diet (with the exception of gluten free grains) to hopefully reverse some of the symptoms. I look towards alternative sweeteners she can have like maple syrup, agave, and honey when I cook for her and I’d love to experiment with the coconut sugar. Btw, you sugar- free, oil- free, gluten- free brownies are a favorite and I so appreciate your creativity and delicious food, keep it coming!!!!! :)


    106 Annie @ twodogsandspice April 9, 2012

    OMG! I wanted this exact post since I am planning on stocking up at Whole foods tomorrow! Perfect.
    Also, was that a lemon poppyseed loaf I saw on yesterday’s post? Please say yes.


    107 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    heh yes it was! Good eye


    108 Lexie April 9, 2012

    I always keep Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour on hand in case I’m baking from Babycakes recipes. I also keep xanathan gum, arrowroot powder, spelt flour and applesauce on hand because those recipes frequently call for them.

    If you’re in Calgary – you can get them all from Community Natural Foods in the bulk section.

    As a tip to anyone who buys bulk nuts or seeds but can never use them on time – i always store mine in the freezer. They keep for ages and take almost no time to thaw. :)


    109 Maureen April 9, 2012

    I love Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Amazon for pantry items. We use our Vitamix every day for fruit and veggie smoothies. So much better than a blender and easier to clean.
    Any suggestions for tasty protein powder or bars? I have tried several Vegan ones but they all make me gag.


    110 Robyn April 9, 2012

    Wow, this is a great post!! It must have taken you so long to do but it is awesome. Thank you so much! I usually find myself feeling overwhelmed at stores while trying to buy the basics and staples for a well-rounded vegan diet, and then always forget something. This is definitely really helpful!


    111 bitt of raw April 9, 2012

    What a great resource! Envious of your supplies, especially the spices! I moved awhile ago and had tons but didn’t restock. Anyhow read that they are best within 6 months anyhow so moving is a good time to refresh those. Wish I had those lazy susans too.


    112 janie Kiaser April 9, 2012

    Where have you found cocoa nibs? i can’t seem to find them at ANY whole foods i’ve been to!


    113 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    I bought them from Ontario Natural Food Coop…but yes they can be hard to find for sure.


    114 Laura April 9, 2012

    I FINALLY found them at my local Whole Foods!! Central Valley, CA. They had a special RAW section set up and they were on the bottom shelf but I have good chocolate radar :P


    115 Amateur Mommy April 9, 2012

    I love this post! Great basic knowledge and ideas for beginning vegans. Thanks!


    116 Niki April 9, 2012

    Costco is where I get a few staples (almond butter,quinoa etc) for the best price I’ve found. We don’t have a bulk barn here in Victoria but I really wish we did!


    117 Danielle April 9, 2012

    Thanks Angela, this is a really useful post and I appreciate the time you’ve taken to compile it! :)
    I am slowly transitioning from vegetarian to vegan and love your recipes but find some ingredients hard to find, such as unsweetened apple sauce and chia seeds for instance (plus I really wish dairya would start selling in the UK!) It is slowly improving here though, as affordable almond milk is finally available in supermarkets! (previously the only option cost £3+ (nearly $5 CAD) for 1 litre – and boy was it worth the wait!)

    It would be amazing if the vegan-friendly stores discussion could be international, so readers can find out about stores in their countries they may not know about!

    If only Glo Bars could be shipped internationally!…
    Hope you had a great Easter


    118 emmycooks April 9, 2012

    This is a great list! The only thing I would add is that it is so easy to make your own stock instead of buying it, and saves you about $20 every time you make a big pot. :)


    119 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Funny you mentioned that because I just made a homemade version recently. It took me a while to save up scraps, but I assume this could become a habit if I make it one :)


    120 Livvie April 9, 2012

    I just needed to ask, if you started veganizing because of Dreena Burton’s cookbooks? (I was reading some old Dreena posts on her website and I saw a “Glo” and I though, oh! GloBakery! and I thought it was so cool because She helped you be vegan, and I became vegan because of you, and I love Dreena’s books, and Circle of Life! :D

    Anyhoo – THANK YOU for this post. I am moving in three weeks, and I wanted to do a total stock up of a Vegan Pantry and this helps a lot. Can you believe that Calgary does not have a Bulk Barn. (so sad). I have a question re: your spices. I heard that it is actually better to buy fresh spices and use, rather than used dried. (like not just herbs, but actual spices such as cardamon etc etc). DO you have a coffee grinder, or a place to get your own whole spices and make your own spice blends?

    any online (Canadian friendly) websites to veganize would be great. as well. I know of one in Montreal where you can get vegan cream cheese and stuff but it would be great to make your own and things like that (hmm maybe that’s more of a request :D )


    121 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Thank you Livvie, I’m compiling a list as we speak and hope to post it sometime soon :)
    I am a HUGE fan of Dreena’s. I think her ED&BV book was my first vegan book and she is definitely a big reason why I fell in love with the vegan diet. Glad to hear you enjoy her as well. Have you checked out her new cookbook yet? I haven’t had a chance to make anything but its FILLED with great info. I know Im going to love this one so much.
    As for spices, yes I do have a coffee grinder and do have some whole spices, but I don’t make enough use of it I’m afraid. I also try to use fresh herbs whenever possible.


    122 Livvie April 9, 2012

    Oh, I do. (I was the last one to buy it off hehe). I enjoy all four of her books, especially the book that has a chapter dedicated to hummus!

    Again, thanks so much for this list. :) it will totally help me out. I want to start growing an indoor herb garden for fresh stuff.

    to Danielle – making your own applesauce is quick and easy. (and you can control how much sugar you put in. I make mine with less than 1/4 cup of agave, because I add lemon juice/lemon rind to it).

    Stephanie – I’ve heard this too! :) I wanna try it!


    123 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    A hummus chapter…I know. She’s a woman after my own heart!


    124 Elizabeth April 9, 2012

    Great post! I buy most of my vegan products at Earth Fare. They have so many great items and lots of bulk, which I love! If you ever have the chance, check one out.


    125 KRISTY WALKER April 9, 2012

    I found your page on facebook. We are trying to go Gluten Free as my nearly 4 year old son has just been diagnosed. Do you have many GF recipes?


    126 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Glad you found the blog Kristy!

    Here are many of my GF recipes or recipes with a GF option: I hope this helps!


    127 Stephanie Hasbrouck April 9, 2012

    Since you listed cinnamon… Vietnamese cinnamon is the BEST! It’s so much more fragrant and sweeter than the cinnamon commonly used. I buy it in bulk and LOVE it! It will change your life. :–)


    128 Duck April 9, 2012

    Such a useful list! I also always have Beluga lentils to hand, I love how they retain their texture more on cooking. I also always keep a jar of toor dal, which is an Indian split pea type pulse that has been soaked in oil while dry. It makes the most delicious curries!



    129 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    That sounds so interesting :)


    130 linda April 9, 2012

    This post is awesome. I especially love the pdf list at the end. Thanks so much for taking the time to do it.


    131 Green April 9, 2012

    This list is very helpful. Where do you buy your kombu? and which variety? Its super expensive at WF. I came across your website around an year ago and love every dish thats green in color now. But still have to make my husband fall for green recipes. Any suggestions?


    132 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    I think I picked it up from a health food store while in the US, but I cant remember exactly where. It’s hard to find around here. Im not sure on the variety either, but I will check that out.


    133 Kathryn April 9, 2012


    Where do you get the raw buckwheat groats in Southern Ontario? I’ve tried a couple of BBs and only found kasha. I didn’t find it at a couple of the other natural bulk stores I tried either.




    134 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    This is where I buy them : in a BIG 10 pound bag! Lasts a long time.


    135 Cortnie April 9, 2012

    Thanks so much, Angela! It always helps to have someone give you a list. ;)



    136 erin @WELL in L.A. April 9, 2012

    This is such a fun, informative post! My pantry needs a makeover before posting pics! Haha! I also love buying my staples from Amazon and this site: xo!


    137 Jennifer Sikes April 9, 2012

    I too just discovered coconut sugar but haven’t tried it yet, can’t wait to see what you do with it :)


    138 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    My first experiment begins with G and end with an A ;) any guesses?


    139 Kendra April 10, 2012

    Yea on that recipe! I love using coconut sugar!


    140 Carly Schutte April 9, 2012

    This is great! Thanks for all the great information and ideas!


    141 ariel April 9, 2012

    being in southeast alaska, azure standard is where we buy our bulk….they are based out of OR….and i bet they even ship to canada :)


    142 Destini April 9, 2012

    I loved this post. And I loved it even more that you created a pdf document! I am recently switching slowly to a plant based diet, so this was the greatest timing.

    Thank you :)


    143 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    I’m glad you find it helpful Destini!


    144 Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition April 9, 2012

    So pretty! I’m not a big cook but I could just enjoy staring at all these delicious ingredients : )


    145 Jeanine April 9, 2012

    Love it! So I live in Canada too and a smaller town so not a lot of choices sometimes. Do you have any favorite Canadian companies that you buy online from or other companies that don’t have crazy shipping?


    146 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2012

    Hey Jeanine, I’m doing a bit of research on this and hope to compile a list soon :)


    147 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 9, 2012

    We could totally swap pantries! I have absolutely EVERYTHING you took pictures of!


    148 Yellow Haired Girl April 9, 2012

    I love this!! It’s nice to have a sneak peek into your pantry … it’s interesting to compare my groceries to yours. I’m surprised by how many similarities we have – I guess my habits have vastly improved :)


    149 suzanne April 9, 2012

    Great post! I am bummed to hear about brown rice – I ue the syrup often in granola and have been doing lots more gluten free baking so hae been using the flour. So discouraging when everything healthy ends up being not so!
    Look forward to hearing more about coconut sugar – just bought a case – but have yet to use it!


    150 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Hi Suzanne,

    Apparently, not all rice products are created equal from what I read. Depending on where the BR is sourced from, that will impact the levels of arsenic dramatically. I definitely want to look into it more.


    151 Maddi April 9, 2012

    Your pantry is so neat! I love it! Where do you get all of your jars from? I would like to start organising mine in glass instead of plastic.


    152 janet @ the taste space April 9, 2012

    I use simple Mason jars.. they look very similar to those in Ange’s photos. Super cheap and widely available in major grocery stores.

    This is what my pantry looks like with my jars filled with beans and grains:

    (Bulk Barn also has its plain spice jars half price this week… I scored 40 jars for $13!)


    153 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    I purchase the jars from Canadian Tire and Wal Mart…and some Kitchen stores :)


    154 janet @ the taste space April 9, 2012

    Nice list, Ange! In Toronto, my favourite vegan-friendly store is Ambrosia up in Thornhill, but it is quite far away. Definitely has the best prices in the city. My closest store is better Bulk on Danforth which I rather like – it is often cheaper than The Big Carrot, down the road. Online, I like Upaya althoguh they can be pricy. If I lived in the US, I would buy from iHerb and Rancho Gordo more often (too pricy to ship to Canada, unfortunately).


    155 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Hey Janet, Thanks for your suggestions! Just added all of them to my list :)


    156 Claudia April 9, 2012

    Dear Angela,
    Give me your kitchen :)


    157 Annie April 9, 2012

    Thank you very much for sharing!!


    158 TiffanyG. April 9, 2012

    Hi, Angela!
    Thank you SO MUCH times a billion for this post. I literally wrote everything down (ran out of printer ink today!). I love trying new things, but don’t want to buy a regular sized pack of any item until I’ve tried it and know I’ll like it. How to overcome this? Angela, I know you mentioned in a post from the past on here that you did a lot of research before switching to the vegan lifestyle. What research helped you out? Did you have cookbooks to help you out during the learning process? Internet recipes and guidance?
    If you used cookbooks or certain go-to websites to help you learn how to cook vegan foods, which ones were your absolute favorite, if you can remember? I am a terrible chef when it comes to tofu. Last 2 times I cooked it with FIRM or EXTRA firm tofu being used, total disaster. I refused to sample it and just tossed it out instead. I want to try again, but can’t seem to grasp the cooking mechanism. I know you press and drain it- so I placed it on paper towels and pressed it with a heavy recipe book while I prepared a spice mixture. I have stainless steel cookware (used to have nonstick until I worked up a scare with myself over the nonstick stuff causing cancer…). Is there a blender out there that is very close to be as good as Vitamix, but less expensive? I can’t seem to fathom spending almost $500 USD or more on a blender. /:
    What do you use if you use Almond Milk with cereal for breakfast? It seriously causes gas in my system and it is bothersome all day. You mentioned in this above blog that you can combine something with beans to aid digestion- can you use that same ingredient with almond milk & cereal?

    Sorry for the question overload…. I’m still new to your site and actually found someone (you) that is willing to talk more in depth about the wonderful world of vegan-eating and more.

    Thanks, Angela!
    I loved this post!


    159 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Hey Tiffany,

    Not to worry about the questions. I was there once too.
    1) Why not contact the companies and ask for a free sample? I find certain brands are usually more than willing to offer a sample (or will happily send coupons) if you explain why you are hesitant. If they are confident in their product, it shouldn’t be an issue because they know you will eventually buy more!
    2) I don’t have any specific books that I used, but I mainly just researched online and did a lot of reading. I have however, heard great things about this book:
    3) Tofu- I find that tofu can vary a LOT by brand. I too have tried certain firm or x-firm brands that I hated. They just seemed so mushy and fell apart when I pressed them. I think it’s good to find a brand that you like. Sometimes it just takes a bit of testing.
    4) Yes, the Oster blender is only around $40 and was rated #2 by Consumer Reports in 2010 (not sure what their 2011 study found). They rated it as second place next to vitamix. Worth checking out reviews of it on Amazon anyways.
    5) I’ve never had that prob with Almond milk, but maybe it would be worth trying out other milks (oat, hemp, rice, or soy) to see if you digest those better.

    Take care and goodluck!


    160 TiffanyG. April 10, 2012

    Thanks, Angela!
    Just what I needed to hear. See, I had a brand new Black & Decker top-of-their-line blender and sometime earlier this year, I killed the thing. /: I really used it almost every day that it turned into some religious ritual or something. It couldn’t handle the hard work and now I’m searching for a better one. My dad has had an Oster blender for like 8 years now? That thing works like a champ, however my husband has this thing about jumping at $500 blenders so we never have to buy another replacement blender again. He’s right, but I’m DYING to have my smoothies again and it’s tough without them! Tofu, yeah I have that mushy issue as well. They fell apart when pressed, too and then when I fully cooked the sides of each sliced piece, they were mushy-ER than before cooked. Thanks for the input… helps a ton. You’re so generous to take time to answer our questions [:


    161 Isabelle April 11, 2012

    I have had a Black and Decker blender for nearly a year, and it’s really good so far. Does the job and it was not hugely expensive (around $60 I think)


    162 Krystal Litt April 9, 2012

    I love this! I’ve been building my vegan pantry for about 2 years now. I find something new that I don’t have in almost every recipe I try, which I love! One question though… Do you keep your nuts in the freezer? I always hear that you’re supposed to, but it doesn’t look like you do. I’d rather not, but will they spoil if I don’t?


    163 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    A few others mentioned this too, so I’m going to look into it. I do have the room in my freezer so I won’t be totally bummed if I have to make the switch. :) Will report back!


    164 Pam Bunting April 9, 2012

    Hi Angela! Great post. I use similar products and brands. If anyone lives in the Newmarket-Aurora area, Natures Emporium is amazing. They even have a raw foods chef, a bakery (lots of gluten-free and vegan goodies) and food you can take out or eat there (and it’s a grocery store, all organic produce). Just down the street is Ambrosia, which now has organic produce and is a little less $$ than Natures.


    165 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Hey Pam, Thanks for the great tips! Added to my list :)


    166 Christine (The Raw Project) April 9, 2012

    Wonderful post and love seeing that we have a lot of the same pantry goodies! :-)


    167 Gentry April 9, 2012

    Angela, Thanks for sharing all that you have learned. I have my raw buckwheat soaking for tomorrows breakfast. You probably have written about this, but right now I am on a strict ‘counting calories’ program to lose some weight. However, I have heard this before from, but do you feel that when you eat healthy, whole, vegan foods, that your body takes care of the weight by itself? Does that make sense?
    I am excited about your cookbook, you are changing lives.


    168 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Thank you so much for your kind words. :) I do think there is some truth to that. Since I stopped counting calories, I slowly learned how to listen to my own hunger cues and now my body found a place where it is happy to maintain. That will be different from everyone. A big thing for me was just accepting where my body was happiest instead of fighting myself to be a smaller size all the time. Also, eating whole foods never hurts. I find I have less cravings and more consistent energy levels than before. Goodluck with everything!


    169 [email protected] April 9, 2012

    love your pantry! and this is a great post. i usually buy things online too.. there are always some deals on amazon, iherb or other online stores. A lot of the grains beans and lentils come form the indian store.


    170 Anna April 10, 2012

    The best place to buy on the web is definitely! The site doesn’t really look good at a first glance, but once you start browsing you realize that they stock tons and tons of vegan foods, protein powders, nut butters, flours, chocolate, oils etc… Not to mention all the vitamins that one could desire! If you’re a first time customer, you get a five dollar discount with the code KOS436.

    One protein powder I definitely recommend is Sunwarrior’s raw vegan vanilla protein powder. The protein bars by the brand Vega are another favourite. Another hidden secret of iHerb is all the natural cosmetics that they stock. There really is a ton of them! My favourites: the Hurraw brand of lipbalms (they contain stuff like cinnamon oil and are literally good enough to eat!) and the Badger brand of yummy smelling lotions and potions.


    171 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Thanks for the tip Anna! Adding to my list :)


    172 Kari @ bite-sized thoughts April 10, 2012

    This is such a helpful post Angela – and I can definitely see why it took a while to put together! Thank you for taking the time to do so.


    173 Hayley @ Oat Couture April 10, 2012

    Fab post! Reminded me of a lot of stuff I haven’t seen in a while and some stuff I have never tried! :) Bookmarking so that as soon as I get back to the uk I ma doing a massive shop of all the things I haven’t been able to get out here in Cyprus! :)


    174 LizAshlee April 10, 2012

    This is such a great list..thank you so much for sharing! I love so many of the same products!!


    175 Kenda April 10, 2012

    Hi Angela. Great post. I was wondering how you keep track of expiration dates when you store the items in the glass jars.

    Thanks for your awesome blog!


    176 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    I usually don’t keep track by purchased date, but I just rely on smell to make sure it hasn’t gone bad before each use. I also go through things fairly quickly (like nuts with all the baking I do), so it hasn’t been an issue so far. I might store nuts in the fridge this summer though. I’m going to look into it more.


    177 Autumn Tao April 10, 2012

    Hey Angela,

    Not sure if it was mentioned yet, but I was always told to keep nuts (and ground flax) in the freezer to preserve them. Good call on the wild rice blend too; I’ve already added it to my Whole Food bulk list.



    178 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Thanks Autumn, a few others mentioned this so Im looking into it today. Take care!


    179 Hailey April 10, 2012

    This is absolutely wonderful…luckily I have most of these ingredients just from making your recipes. :-)


    180 Somer April 10, 2012

    I love this post! I recently re-organized my pantry. It took going vegan to get me to get it in good shape! All those bulk bags lying around were just too messy and I just couldn’t find anything!


    181 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 10, 2012

    Great pantry staples! You make me want to re-arrange my cabinets and go shopping.


    182 Harriet Balhiser April 10, 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with us.
    The pictures are very inspiring.
    I LOVE your blog. It is so helpful.


    183 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Thank you Harriet!


    184 Ali April 10, 2012

    Wow, tons of great nutritious items in your kitchen! Love your organization and storage.


    185 Kate April 10, 2012

    I have just started eating and experimenting with some of these great foods. I was wondering if you ever use grape seed oil in any of your baking or cooking?


    186 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2012

    Hey Kate, No I haven’t used it before. Is it something you use often?


    187 Kate April 10, 2012

    I use grapeseed oil in place of other oils in things like muffins, pancakes, vegetables, and frying certain foods. It is a light oil that doesn’t change the flavor of the food. Sometimes olive oil can have a stong taste when used for baking. Grapeseed oil won’t do that. It is high in vitamin E and antioxidants.


    188 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

    Thank you Kate, I will have to try it!


    189 Sarah L. April 10, 2012

    I love grapeseed oil for cooking up swiss chard, but haven’t used it for anything else. Can it be used for frying other veggies too?


    190 Kate April 10, 2012

    I use it mostly in baking but it can be used in place of most other oils for anything you would like.


    191 Meghan @ Making Love In the Kitchen April 10, 2012

    Cute! We are big fans of the mason jar look here in my kitchen. Looks like you have all the essentials there- especially the Navitas Cacao powder. We also sell that in my kitchen shop- it can be difficult not to borrow from it once and a while when I run out of my own! Thanks for sharing, such a sweet post.


    192 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning April 10, 2012

    I love it- your pantry looks very similar to mine! I’ve been wanting to try Coconut sugar for a while now and wonder if it has a coconutty flavor to it at all…
    I just discovered pigeon peas this weekend, and I’m in love! My new favorite legume!
    Have you had freekeh? I had it for the first time last fall and it’s my go-to grain now. I use it instead of rice all the time.


    193 [email protected] April 10, 2012

    Such a helpful post!!! Love your spice collection!


    194 Anna @ The Guiltless Life April 10, 2012

    Thanks for the extremely thorough round-up. This is super helpful for the odd item I don’t have.

    Btw, I use that spinning stackable organizer from Bed Bath & Beyond for my spices too! haha. I was looking for ages for something to keep them organized that would hold more than about 8 and fit in my narrow kitchen cupboard – that was the only thing I could come up with!


    195 TeenyLittleSuperChef April 10, 2012

    Wow, that was quite a post! Thanks so much for all the great information and introducing me to some things I’d never heard of before. I still have yet to find hemp seeds at any of my local grocery stores. Do they sell it at Whole Foods? Our closest store is over an hour away but it might be worth it if I know they carry hemp seeds.


    196 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

    Yes I think hemp seeds are in the fridge with the oils at whole foods. Not the cheapest place to find them, but an option if you are in need.


    197 Wendy Irene April 10, 2012

    I love how beautiful everything looks in the jars Angela. The hooks in the pantry are a great idea too. I think I’ll do that :) Thank you for the inspiration.


    198 Helene April 10, 2012

    Here is an awesome link for do-it-yourself labels for mason jars. You can make your mason jars look even more fabulous.

    Let me know if you end up labeling your jars – better yet post a picture on your blog!


    199 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

    so pretty!


    200 Jaclyn April 10, 2012

    Awesome post Angela! So helpful. Question – I often find that I use a little bit of a can of coconut milk (for carrot cake oatmeal or something) and then the rest ends up going bad before I can use it up. Any suggestions as to how to keep the coconut milk ‘fresh’ after opening the can?


    201 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

    I store it in an air tight container, but I usually just use leftovers in smoothies to get rid of extra milk.


    202 jill April 10, 2012

    love your post. where did you get the spice holders?


    203 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

    A store called Solutions :)


    204 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 10, 2012

    This is a super useful post. I’ve thought about this so many times… Wishing someone would do it. And I envy your pantry!


    205 Christie {Pepper Lynn} April 10, 2012

    I’m totally intrigued by the coconut sugar. Looking forward to that post! :)


    206 Desiree April 10, 2012

    Great post! Are all organic sugars vegan?


    207 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

    I want to say yes, but I’m not positive.


    208 Britt April 10, 2012

    Love this! It was pretty much like looking inside my own pantry. You clearly have great taste, lady. ;)


    209 Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 10, 2012

    Wow, this is overwhelming, but I love it! Thank you for sharing. I think I need someone like you to come be my personal shopper! ;)


    210 Ashley Fasso April 10, 2012

    I absolutely love how you display your grains in mason jars! This is an awesome trick. Helps with knowing what you have and it is aesthetically pleasing to boot!


    211 Quisha April 10, 2012

    Yeah… I’m pretty sure you have every spice IN THE WORLD. Haha. I’m printing this list for sure as I’m exploring “veganism”.


    212 Sarah L. April 10, 2012

    Highland Farms in the GTA. You can find almost anything you could ever ask for here. Last week, I went looking for tempeh, and asked an employee who happened to be the manager if there was any in the store. He had never heard of it, but asked me to spell it and said he would “look into it”. I went back exactly one week later for another round of grocery shopping and there was TEMPEH EVERYWHERE, along with other new assorted vegan products. Talk about customer service! :)

    Thank you so much for this post, Angela! I love your spice lazy susans – perfect for short people.


    213 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Health April 10, 2012

    Great post! I loved reading everyone comments. We try to eat vegetarian a few days a week for cost and health reasons so it is nice to get some new ideas! I really miss Costco and Bulk Barn but
    I love living by Whole Foods! I actually find most products at WF in the southen usa to be cheaper than Safeway in Canada! I also found Bob’s GF oats there for $1 cheaper than Walmrt down the street!


    214 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

    yes, we noticed that prices were a lot cheaper in the US, specifically California when we were visiting!


    215 Misha April 11, 2012

    What a great post! I’m not a vegan myself but I am really fond of raw food (does that make sense?) and this is such a great list! Thank you for taking time to put this together!


    216 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

    Thanks Misha, I hope you find it helpful!


    217 Jessica Johnson April 11, 2012

    Thanks for the shopping list! :) Very Helpful…Now I just have to learn how to use all of these things :-/ Let the research continue! ;)


    218 Yasmine April 11, 2012

    Thanks for this interesting post!
    Angela, has your answer to this question “1. What do you eat in a typical day/How many calories do you eat a day?” in the FAQ change?

    Thanks in advance (and sorry for english mistakes, I’m French!)


    219 AGS April 11, 2012

    I love that you highlight buckwheat groats. I ate these A LOT when we lived in Russia (and then when I later lived in Ukraine). They’re so tasty — it seems strange they still haven’t caught on so well in the US market. I’ve never tried them raw, though.


    220 Isabelle April 11, 2012

    Hi Angela,
    Thank you for yet another amazing and interesting post.
    I was about to suggest Nature’s Emporium but I see that someone already has. Wonderful store (it’s big.. like a No Frills kinda big) and you have sooooo much in there. I shop there every week. The staff is super friendly and helpful if you have any question. You can even have a tour with a nutritionist who will help you find all the products you need. I wish I had known that the first time I went when we were told nearly overnight that we could not have wheat, gluten, corn, dairy, and refined sugar anymore.

    Re coconut sugar: LOVE it, and I use it mainly in all my baking (and I bake everyday) since we found out that refined sugar -particularly cane sugar – was the reason behind my son’s (monthly) nasty migraines.
    Again, in Nature’s Emporium, you can now find the Madhava Coconut Sugar @ $5.99/pack when the other brands are $10 to $15 a pack (same amount)

    Did not know about Sucanat though, will have to find out more about it.

    Thanks again for everything Angela, LOVE your blog.

    PS: I never receive the follow-up comments via email even if I tick the box below :-/


    221 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

    Hey Isabelle!

    Thanks so much for your suggestions :)

    I’m sorry you aren’t receiving reply notifications! I hope that isn’t happening for everyone. I will double check things on my end. Hope you get this reply ;)


    222 Yasmine April 11, 2012

    I have the same problem about the follow-up comments via email!


    223 Isabelle April 11, 2012

    I did! Got this one, but it was in the spams.
    Previous ones never showed though, spams or not…weird.


    224 Jaclyn April 11, 2012

    Hi Angela :)
    I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, but this is my first post. Thank you so much for your awesome recipes and for sharing your personal battles with food and body image…I teach psychology and gender studies at the high school level and I encounter sooo many kids with the same issues so many of us faced at their age regarding how they feel about themselves and how they look at food and health. I’ve been vegan for a few years now, and I have to say, your recipes and Oh She Glows, in general, has become my favorite source of info and inspiration. This post was a huge undertaking…thank you for taking the time!!
    Marlton, NJ, USA


    225 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

    Hey Jaclyn, Thank you for your comment! So nice to meet you. Your job sounds so interesting and I’m sure you are helping so many of your students. Thanks for your kind words about the blog, that means so much to me! Take care.


    226 Willow April 11, 2012

    What a thorough list! I have a lot of these things in my own pantry, but so many I have yet to use and discover. Wheat berries, for instance – I’ve never played with those! Thanks for the inspiration. :)


    227 Sarah April 11, 2012

    great post. I only started cooking vegan a couple of days ago and it’s nice to know that I haven’t just bought random items from the health food shop that I’ll never use again :)


    228 Jessica April 12, 2012

    Hi! I am starting a 30-day trial of vegan on Monday. I am only saying 30 days right now because I don’t want to set myself up for a lifestyle I can’t handle, and I want to track my results over those 30 days via my blog. I really like your blog, it has given me a lot of inspiration and I want to use a lot of your recipes. I don’t really know how to get started though! I am on a budget, and my husband doesn’t want to change his diet, which is fine by me, but I can’t spend hundred of dollars when I go shopping this weekend! I’m sure you have a post here and I just need to find it, but how can I get started in a healthy, complete way but on a budget?


    229 Jill Collins April 12, 2012

    I absolutely love almond milk, but used soy for the longest time because it has protein. However, I recently found a So Delicious brand almond milk that has protein added! It has 5 grams, but 70 calories instead of 35. I’m not sure your reason for using almond milk, but the So Delicious one with protein is great! Now I have some extra protein in my Green Monsters!


    230 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2012

    oh cool I will have to keep my eyes peeled! Hope they get it in Canada :)


    231 mia d April 12, 2012

    Hi Angela-
    I have so many reasons to read your blog..and I thank you for all that you share!!!
    I have a question on the buckwheat groats (I had never ever heard of them before!) .. for your summer porridge recipe… does it have a gritty texture or am I doing something wrong, do you think? I had bought the toasted ones… now I know to buy the raw… so maybe that is why mine tastes pretty sandy? I liked it with raisins and pears on it anyhow!

    Also– after you prepare beans/lentils/grains.. do you store them in the refrig? Is there a rule of thumb timeframe on them?

    Thanks a billion!
    *My son asked if you talk about hotdogs on this food blog..he’s 5. Very funny!


    232 Meg | One Love Meg April 13, 2012

    This is an amazing post. It really provides all the essentials to live a healthy vegan lifestyle. My favorite breakfast to this day is the raw buckwheat. Delicious. I need to incorporate more of these foods in my diet. I feel like I have fallen off the healthy vegan lifestyle and stuck to foods that are easy and repetitive.


    233 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012

    I think that’s an easy thing to do Meg! I’ve been feeling that way a bit too. What better time than spring to bring in the variety again, right?


    234 Meredith April 14, 2012

    This post is so helpful and informative! Thanks for sharing. I’ve got some work to do on my pantry now!


    235 Karen April 15, 2012

    Such a helpful list! I also aspire to be as organized as you are!


    236 eileen April 15, 2012

    Hi Angela,

    just wondering if you’ve tried Kombucha ?! I’m sure you know that it is a fermented tea beverage that has healthful probiotics …and may even help with your (occasional) tummy troubles. We have been brewing our own at home for a fraction of the cost of store bought brands. Super yummy!!! Maybe you could do a blog entry on your home brewing experiment :) The scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) is creepy looking and could make for some cool photos!


    237 Jan April 15, 2012

    Hi Angela. I’m a little late for commenting on this article but figure I’ll add some info. I live 3 hours north of Toronto so I come to the city and shop. Kensington is great. The two stores I can think of are Essence of Life and Tutti Frutti (not sure of the spelling). Supplements are a really good price too. I also buy from the onfc, and it’s nice they have monthly specials. I’ve also ordered from Upaya Naturals online. They specialize in raw items but they have a great selection, and things like nut butters. Also, noticed you buy your medjool dates at PC and not sure if you’re aware there’s an organic option too? I hadn’t heard about the brown rice syrup….that’s not good. It’s a full time job staying on top of everything! thanks for a great post. Jan.


    238 Sterling April 19, 2012

    Great article to get us started on the road to healthy eating. Just found your site today and will be coming back often. I also gave it a plug at my web site.
    Best of everything.


    239 Jayne April 23, 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing what you have in your pantry, it makes it easier to decide what to start with. I took a cue from you also, I am using the foods I eat to decorate my kitchen, it clears up so much pantry space and it looks so pretty.


    240 Jasmine April 25, 2012

    Does anyone know if the bulk barn carries dairy free/vegan chocolate chips?


    241 Kathryn Warren April 28, 2012

    Hi there! I have been searching on Etsy and everywhere to buy jars like how you have your grains and whanot stored in and I can’t find them anywhere!! Where did you get yours?? Any information would be so awesome! Thanks. Ps this blog is amazing ! :)


    242 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 29, 2012

    Canadian Tire and Wal Mart mostly :) Some are from garage sales too


    243 Robyn May 1, 2012

    I LOVE your recipes and ideas. From a new vegan, you make starting out on this journey not only possible, but exciting and inspiring. Thanks. I have one quick question. I have absolutley no idea what “Earth Balance” is?!?!?


    244 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2012

    I think it’s linked in the post. It’s a vegan buttery spread made from oil.


    245 Heidi Sue May 11, 2012

    Thank you! I’m preparing for a drastic shift in eating habits for myself and my family. I love to cook and have always enjoyed eating my veggies, but feared I would really miss the “meat” in my diet, as many vegetarian recipes don’t have that “sink your teeth into” quality. Boy, am I glad I found your blog! Your gorgeous recipes are complex, fraught with fabulous flavor profiles and look so satisfying. I can’t wait to start our new journey toward lasting health! Thanks again!


    246 Mel May 17, 2012

    Kardish Health Food Centre in Ottawa, Nepean and Orleans (6 locations overall) have a great selection of vegan friendly foods. I love the way the pantry is organized. I am inspired to organize mine the same way. Thanks.


    247 Deanna May 22, 2012

    Hi there, not sure if you have heard of Epicure. It is a supply company that sells spices and some baking tools. What i love about Epicure is that it is all natural, no additives, no preservatives, no added salt etc, and mostly kosher free! Its a great product. No, i don’t sell it myself, but i have been buying if for over 7 years now, and i don’t really go anywhere else for my spices. They are located on line, and they are a Canadian company!


    248 sheralee O May 27, 2012

    I was just wondering if you heard back from the company that makes the brown rice syrup you buy about the arsenic?


    249 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 28, 2012

    Not yet, but I emailed them again and will post about it when I hear back about their study.


    250 betty May 28, 2012

    can i live in your pantry please? :)


    251 Jamie Disch June 18, 2012

    I read that someone was looking for a good way to cook tofu, and I recently found one! I cut mine into about 8 strips per block of tofu (Trader Joe’s has a great one that has double the normal amount of protein and is extra firm, not very watery either.) Make sure you remove the excess moisture with paper towels if you like yours less squishy. You can marinade the tofu if you want for a couple of hours (braggs amino acids, garlic, tamari, whatever you feel like really.) I spray a cookie sheet with Pam cooking spray and put the tofu strips right on it an inch apart from each other. Bake on 425 degrees for 15 minutes, flip, cook for another 10 minutes. Done. So easy and they taste fried, without the calories and fat from frying. Yum!


    252 Cindy June 23, 2012

    I live in the middle of nowhere so have to order most of my food on line, I love and I use


    253 Cindy June 23, 2012

    I a sorry, I forgot to say a HUGE thank you! I was going to make a list for some friends who asked me about what I keep in my pantry and you did it for me. I so appreciate it, it save me a lot of time and work!! :)


    254 Melissa Caicedo June 27, 2012

    Hi Angela,
    I was looking through your vegan pantry list (which, by the way, is absolutely amazing since you have all the stuff that I wish to have someday in my kitchen after college :) )…I was wondering, do you have a ‘food scale’ or do you just use standard measuring cups when baking and cooking??
    Thank you!


    255 Allison July 3, 2012

    Do you ever use Maple Sugar in your baking?


    256 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 3, 2012

    No I havent but I think I would really like it! Im all about the maple…hah


    257 Allison July 3, 2012

    Check out the Coombs Family Farms on amazon Most affordable I’ve found.


    258 Lindsay July 3, 2012

    Where can I find kelp granules? I live in Calgary AB and cannot find them at Planet Organic, and they’re not available on

    LOVE your recipes! I’m not a vegan, but everything I have tried is delicious… And my husband likes them too!


    259 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 3, 2012

    Hey Lindsay, I got them at Whole Foods in the US. I dont think I have seen them anywhere around these parts unfortunately! Maybe they sell them online? I have a vegan online shopping guide here:


    260 Amy July 11, 2012

    Love the way your pantry looks – mine looks similiar but I am using plastic containers that I get when I buy bulk items from Whole Foods. So, I was wondering if it is more important to use glass jars?


    261 Grace July 25, 2012

    This is so helpful, thank you!


    262 Jess August 16, 2012

    Just stumbled across this list! I wanted to thank you so much for going into such detail about everything. I am on the journey of lacto vegetarian to vegan. I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself though- in my early 20’s I was all about the Boca burger and prepared stuffs. Now I can whip up seitan with ease. Anyway, I have bought so many vegan cookbooks to incorporate vegan meals into my life but some wind up calling for things I didn’t have! Your list is so comprehensive and helps me so much. Thanks again!


    263 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 17, 2012

    Hey Jess, Im so glad you find it useful! Thanks for letting me know & goodluck with your journey! (ps- I used to be all about those burgers too!)


    264 Claire | Hearthabdmadeuk August 21, 2012

    Hi ^_^ my bf and I have been flexitarians for a few years now and we are ready to make the full transition to vegan by taking the 30 day challenge and I am so flippin glad I found this post and your wonderful blog!

    Thank you for such a detailed post



    265 Sarah September 10, 2012

    Angela, thank you so much for this post! I’ve been vegetarian nearly all my life, and your blog has inspired me to move towards a vegan lifestyle. I used your pantry list to prep my grocery list for my quarterly shopping trip to Rainbow Co-op, San Francisco’s amazing all-vegetarian grocery store. It’s the size of a Wal-Mart, and the only non-vegetarian items are their single brand of fish oil capsules in their own sealed-off shelf :) Definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in the area!


    266 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 10, 2012

    Wow that sounds amazing!!! I hope to visit San Fran soon…although I might need an extra week due to that grocery store! hah


    267 Allyson September 14, 2012 is an awesome resource no matter where you live (or travel). It has listings for natural stores, as well as vegetarian and vegan restaurants, all over the world. Descriptions list the contact information, hours of operation, and if the location is organic, raw, local, etc. Mum and I would have been lost without it when we drove to Texas this year.

    I know the store in my town isn’t listed, nor is the co-op. If I can’t find something on Happy Cow, homeschoolers or local barista can usually point me in the right direction ;)


    268 Allison September 28, 2012

    Hi Angela thanks so much for all of this great information! My husband and I just became vegan a month ago and have many of the ingredients you have in your pantry. We have also done a lot of research into harmful additives, and wanted to let you know what was in a couple of the products you reference above. You like Blue Diamond Almond Milk and Native Forest Coconut Milk…both of those have harmful additives like Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum and the worst one…Carrageenan, which is a known carcinogen. The “gums” cause digestive upset, and once I cleansed my body of these additives which are commonly found in yogurts and ice creams (I stopped eating them when I became vegan), my tolerance for them decreased. I ate some coconut milk ice cream made with guar gum and my system didn’t like it at all. One thing we do at home is make our own almond milk with our Vitamix, and I am going to try to make coconut milk this weekend from dried coconut. Almond Milk is easy to make with a cheesecloth and raw almonds, water, vanilla and agave syrup. Anyway, just wanted to let you know about some of the harmful additives in these products even though they are marketed as “healthy” alternatives to dairy. Sometimes you just have to make things yourself!


    269 Anon October 18, 2012

    I know this post is old, but I hope you wouldn’t mind answering some questions when you get the chance. Thank you in advance!!

    1. Could you consider writing a post about the different types of sugars you use, like why you would use a type of sugar over the other another (e.g., using sucanat over turbinado) when making a certain baked good or cooking? I am also really interested in your promised post about coconut sugar! Thanks!

    2a. I was wondering, what is wrong with soy? I noticed you said you use soy-free Earth Balance.
    2b. Have you tried the other Earth Balance baking spreads/sticks (e.g., olive oil spread, coconut spread, shortening sticks, buttery sticks)? What did you think of the ones you tried? Do they have a strong olive oil/coconut oil taste?
    2c. Have you tried Spectrum’s shortening tubs? How do they compare to Earth Balance?

    3. Did you find that your nuts stored better in the freezer? I was scrolling through your comments, but I couldn’t find a follow-up regarding the freezer storage.

    4. Do you cook your legumes/beans in batches, or do you make just enough for a recipe? I ask because I couldn’t find a post about how to cook beans and lentils. In the recipes I browsed with those ingredients, the ingredient lists them as already cooked, or from a can.

    Sorry for the myriad of questions! Thanks again for taking the time to answer. It’s really appreciated!


    270 Olufun Milayo November 30, 2012

    I just wanted to say… YOU are friggin’ amazing! Thank you!!!


    271 Pamela Good December 8, 2012

    Your site is such a blessing! Being a newly born wannabe vegan, this is the answer to my prayers! Thank you so much for laying it all out so beautifully.


    272 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2012

    Thank you Pamela! Im so happy to hear that.


    273 Lindy January 1, 2013

    Very late entry as I only recently discovered your blog (and I LOVE it btw)!! Quick comment:

    I see that agave nectar is in your pantry…This is not a healthy food, I’m surprised you use it.

    Take a look and decide for yourself.


    274 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2013

    Thanks Lindy, I have since read the new info on agave and I do not use it much anymore, instead opting for maple syrup and coconut nectar for liquid sweeteners.


    275 Valerie January 9, 2013

    Over the past few weeks I have started incorporating more plant based foods into my diet and it has been so much fun trying new recipes! I have really enjoyed researching the vegan diet and I feel amazing! Makes me wonder what the heck took me so long to make the change in my diet!
    As for my question, where do I find nutritional yeast at the grocery store or is this something only a natural foods store would have? I have looked in baking and the organic food section at our local Meijer and Kroger.


    276 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 10, 2013

    Hey Valerie! Congrats on all your changes! :) Some grocery stores carry NY and some don’t. When they do carry it, it does tend to be in the natural foods/organic section. Otherwise, health food stores can have it too (or online of course). All the best to you!


    277 Saya January 29, 2013

    Hello. I’m an American undergrad student looking to restructure my diet. Specifically, a member of my family has systemic lupus, and I’m sure that improving our diet would help him feel much better from day to day. I’m going to do it with him so that he doesn’t feel like the odd man out. But I’ve hit a bit of a snag on the implementation of the transition. Do you have any specific advice about eating well on a budget?


    278 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 30, 2013

    one of my tips is to stick to dry bulk foods as much as possible (like dry beans and lentils)…much cheaper than buying canned. Also, I dont buy “mock” vegan products which can be very expensive too


    279 Brennan Bourne February 12, 2013

    You should really keep your nuts and seeds in the fridge/freezer to keep them from going rancid! :)


    280 Sanya Park February 27, 2013

    I was wondering where I can bulk buy vegan chocolate, especially for cooking. Stores here in the UK (Belfast) have those tiny snack size bags that aren’t really worth the cost. Anyone know of a site or what have you?



    281 Lynn May 21, 2013

    Thank you so much for this great pantry list. Off to Trader Joes this week and looking forward to a total pantry makeover!!


    282 K June 23, 2013

    Just starting out. Love your Blog. What do you use for your nutritional yeast, specifically in your enchiladas?


    283 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 23, 2013

    Thank you! I use Purely Bulk brand, but really you can use any brand you prefer.


    284 Jewel August 4, 2013

    Thank you!!


    285 Karen August 25, 2013

    This list is very useful. Going vegan is not easy, I thought I could try a few recipes here and there. I think overall, I want to aim for general good health and control my refined sugar cravings (processed stuff). When I read your bio, I was really inspired how you overcame an eating disorder and now you have a great food blog/website, filled with recipes and tips. Delicious!


    286 Ashley August 26, 2013

    I am the happiest girl right now! I just came across your blog and it is EXACTLY what I have been looking for! THANK YOU! Plus you are also Canadian what a plus hehe ^_^ Great pantry i need to build mine but also clear out my cupboards !


    287 Julie September 24, 2013

    Hi Angela-
    Love your website, I’ve made many delicious recipes from it! Thank you so much.

    Question: Do you have a recipe on how to make beans from scratch?



    288 Vansi January 14, 2014

    Wonderful post! As a new vegan (day 2 today!) and as someone who loves cooking, I quite appreciate the good list of products. It’s kind of funny that I moved to Rome and became a vegan, but I am actually very excited about this new journey in food. I took a long walk around all of the local stores and it turns out there are lots of vegan friendly places here, but some items are going to be hard to find for sure. I really wish I knew where I could find coconut oil & maple syrup around here.
    Gladly, I have a good friend who is also a vegan and we spend lots of time together. I do hope she knows all of the right places, even though she only became a vegan 2-3 months ago. Anyone else from the Rome area?


    289 Tara January 22, 2014

    I am organizing my pantry for 2014! I just got out some jars that weren’t labeled and I am not sure what it is! (Not good) Thanks for the helpful tips and nice photographs. It helps to have the visual of an organized pantry and the aided tips of what to have on hand for everyday cooking adventures.


    290 Anna February 24, 2014

    Where do you get all your manson jars? :)


    291 Raven March 5, 2014

    This is an awesome list!
    Thanks so much.
    I copied this entire list and added some notes as to what kind of benefits everything has!

    ***I came across a disturbing exposé recently about child trafficking and slavery in the Cocoa industry. None of the corporations will claim responsibility since they buy cocoa beans and mass from private plantations (wich use children to do the work).
    I dont know if your interested but look it up… I was a little disappointed because there’s not very many treats I can eat – unless homemade and now I’m having to source out free-trade cocoa.

    Anyway Thx again for the list! :)


    292 Quita March 10, 2014

    Thank you for this. I have been vegan for almost a week now and I have been looking for this type of list to stock my kitchen properly.


    293 Catherine Bédard March 18, 2014

    Hi everyone!

    Reading some comments, I realize some of you are missing a Bulk Barn (or any other bulk store) dearly. I think I can help!

    I’m currently reading Béa Johnson’s book/blog “Zero Waste Home”. Turns out, she buys most of her things (including food) in bulk. She lives in California and came up with an app literally called “Bulk” (it’s free, work with iPhone and Android). I’m in Montreal and it works fine: it did locate my local Bulk Barn! ;) If you’re living in the US and running out of “bulk options”, you might find some solutions with this app. It should be even more effective for you than it is for me, as most locations are in the US.


    294 Stan Tait April 14, 2014

    Hello Angela.

    I am part of a group of new healthy eaters and we are compiling a list of items for the new vegetarian or vegan to include in their pantry. Would you allow us to use your list and share it with our members. Thank you for posting such an amazing array of healthy foods.


    295 Grace May 5, 2014

    I love this post and find it extremely helpful to know what you keep stocked in your pantry! I am wondering if you could modify this list and maybe post a shorter version of staples. I am about to graduate from college and am moving into an apartment and would LOVE some help with my first trip to the grocery store! I’m motivated to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle, and what better time than when I have to start fresh anyway!


    296 Jennifer M May 22, 2014

    Thanks for the effort of posting useful info on vegan lifestyle. My pantry is transforming well over the past few years, still room for improvement and your post been inspiring:)


    297 Kim June 16, 2014


    What do you recommend for storage containers?


    298 Jana Cervinka March 12, 2015

    Hello Angela!

    I am diligently revisiting your cookbook and website in best efforts, again, to maintain a 100% plant based diet for myself and keen husband. Are you still using ‘Go BLO’ vegan bouillon? I can’t find it anywhere – please help! I have not found any bouillon product that appeals whether it have cornstarch or too much sodium – please advise and add where to purchase.

    BTW we are ‘young’ wannabe vegans, in our early sixties, in the midst of clearing out our cupboards and stocking with your recommendations – you make a vegan diet do-able and appealing – thanks for sharing your diet and your life journey. Namaste.


    299 moomoo April 11, 2015

    @Jana, Better Than Bouillon makes a low-sodium vegetable version. You might try it. Bryanna Clark Grogan (genius vegan chef, cookbook author, and now blogger) also recommends Seitenbacher Vegetarian Vegetable Seasoning but I have not had a chance to try it. VegeBase gets good reviews — bought some but have only used it once so I don’t feel ready to make a judgment.


    300 Jana Cervinka April 14, 2015

    Thanks very much!


    301 Kenyatta July 24, 2015

    Thank you for such a thorough and detailed list. You saved me just a lot of extra research (on brands). This could very well just be a shopping list. You rock!


    302 Sandra October 20, 2015

    I’m also in Ontario, just interested to know where you like to purchase your nuts?


    303 A Capala November 2, 2015

    Were you aware that Almond Breeze contains Carageenan which is cancer causing?


    304 Amanda February 19, 2016

    Not sure if it’s been said yet but HyVee is a very vegan friendly store. They have a health foods section that has all of these raw sugars, nutritional yeast, milk-alternates, etc. Then (at least at my store) on the other side of the store is a huge selection of buy-in-bulk grains/seeds/nuts/granolas/legumes etc. They’re a little pricey but it’s convenient for sure. Especially since there really are no other options in my area except for online.


    305 Chris March 4, 2016

    Thank you so much for this list. As a new vegan this is *very* helpful!


    306 Angela Liddon March 4, 2016

    Hi Chris, I’m so glad to hear it helped! Good luck (and have fun!) with your new vegan diet. If you try any of the recipes on my blog, I hope you enjoy them! :)


    307 Tammy Dodge July 24, 2016

    Hello, I just purchases brown rice syrup. Do you store that in the fridge after it is open or in the pantry? Does it expire? There is no indication on the label and I could not find any answer over the internet. Thank you.


    308 Erica August 5, 2016

    Hi, Angela! Just got my copy of your cookbook and am wondering what your favorite vegan “butter” is that doesn’t have soy or avocado oil in it. I’m allergic to dairy yet love cheese and butter. I have the vegan cheese options covered, but have yet to find a butter substitute I like that tastes almost as good as the real thing, which is important as I try to “sneak” non-dairy products into our kitchen repertoire.


    309 Jeremy Sire November 3, 2016

    Thank You for creating such an organized and comprehensive list with great photos to boot!

    The summarized PDF is an awesome bonus as well. Thx! :-)


    310 Herc December 4, 2016

    Thank you, for sharing your vegan pantry.
    Vegan food is not boring, the only limit is your imagination
    What do you think about that?


    311 Holly Dae February 11, 2017

    Thanks so much for this list! I love how organized it is and as a new vegan I need all the help I can get. I’ve been “vegan” for about a week (meaning no obvious meat but still too many questionable ingredients in my cupboards), but I’m ready to do a complete pantry overhaul! The nearest Whole Foods is within reasonable driving distance so this list will be my guide to a “whole” new world, lol.


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