Vegan Products I Love

by Sarah on October 29, 2011 · 9 comments

Over the course of this month, I’ve spent a lot of time studying products on the shelves of the grocery store, seeking out products that don’t have hidden milk solids or honey listed in their ingredients. As I currently work in a grocery store, this would seem to be a productive use of my time in some ways. After all, I now can answer fairly quickly the question of, “Can you suggest something I can eat that’s vegan?”
Well, let’s go ahead and start with a nice transitional food, for the people (like me) whose cereal obsession prior to becoming a vegan reached levels rarely seen before. When honey was banished, so too were most of the cereals stocked in what could be called the bomb shelter of my apartment. Not Leapin’ Lemurs!

Thank you Nature’s Path and your Envirokidz cereals, whose purchase results in donations for habitat conservation and children’s environmental education programs. You also put cute animals on your peanut butter and chocolate drops of yum, which taste amazing in vanilla almond milk* and satisfy my need for a ritualistic nighttime snack.
*another product I cannot live withoutLeapin’ Lemurs are good, but as I told y’all from (nearly) day one, the best vegan cereal I’ve found is Purely Elizabeth granola.

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I don’t know who you are, Elizabeth, but you make me proud of my middle name, and although I disagree with your price tag (and made my own imitation much more cheaply), you do give me a strong desire to spell my name entirely in lowercase letters, and often overshadow the presence of nut butter in my oatmeal.

Speaking of nut butter, thank you world for the presence of Peanut Butter & Co. in my life.And yet, despite the fact that I’m pretty sure the Mighty Maple is what Hilary Duff sang about in The Lizzie McGuire Movie,* I think my Maple Coconut Peanut Butter was (gasp!) even better.
*”Hey now! Hey now! This is what dreams are made of…”^
^Pretty sure the number of times I’ve used that joke on the blog is now upwards of 20.
Honestly? Although they continue to add some pluck to my morning oatmeal, and occasionally satisfy a nighttime hankering for nut butter, this stuff is starting to taste a bit too sweet to me….…and the creations I come up with on my own are often much more fun! [Got a new one tomorrow...]Snack-a-doodle-doo, have I got something for you! Move over Lara(bar), because Bobo has arrived…and his Coconut Oat Bar is lip-smackingly good. [Just watch out for the fact that each little bar is two servings, or you'll quickly gobble up these granola-bars-fit-for-royalty. Also, I would never pay the high price tag for them and only know they are delicious because I got to sample one at the store.]

Thank you NadaMoo! for knowing that vegans need dessert too, and for satisfying my ice cream obsession, which has (shockingly?) been greatly reduced. So lessened in fact that I just finished the tub last night. One month and only one pint of ice cream consumed? Who have I become?

Of course, where would any vegan be without Bragg’s?Well, probably eating regular soy sauce, that’s where.

But still, it is quite yummy. Do I need to remind you for the four millionth time how delicious it is as a marinade for eggplant?Or in a stir fry made from Asian veggies tossed with spaghetti squash?And I should also mention one of my other new best friends for cooking: Better Than Boullion Vegetable Base.It makes impromptu crisper-cleaning* soups all that more tasty.

*rutabega, spaghetti squash, spinach, and mushrooms…who knew?

Much like nutritional yeast makes everything better. :)

But when it comes right down to it, I don’t have that many products to praise. I haven’t really been spending much time in the grocery aisles of the store. Instead, I hang out in bulk bins…

…and the produce department.Because one of the best things I’ve learned about being a vegan this month……is that the “products I love”?
Well, they aren’t really “products” at all.
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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

I love the end of this. My favorite products aren't products either (except ice cream… that is an important product). :)

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eatmybeets.com October 29, 2011 at 10:32 am

Great post. I also agree about the bulk/produce. It's so cool to try new plants – far more exciting than new products

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Fran@Broken Cookies Don't Count October 29, 2011 at 10:44 am

You certainly are creative and now I remember where I saw that good granola recipe! I've just gotten into nut butters other than peanut. When you made yours did you use a food processor or a regular blender? I'm spacially challenged in my kitchen and most of my "gadgets" are packed away. I'll need to dig something out, but what works best? Thanks, Have a great weekend!

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Susan October 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

Is the Leapin' Lemurs cereal really sweet? I think it's so cute and I'd love to try a new cereal, but I have a sensitive tooth.

I love Bragg's too. I've been meaning to make your eggplant using it. Hopefully the market still has some this week!

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Lauren October 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Great post! I love the dark chocolate dreams by pb & co :)

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blissfulbritt October 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Oh my dear lord that coconut peanut butter calls to my soul!! That looks delicious you culinary genius you!!

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Tricia October 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Great post Sarah. Guess that's why they call you smart :) . Hope you are doing great! Very proud of your commitment. Great job!

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iheartvegetables.com October 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Yummm I love leapin leamurs haha. And obvi I love PB&co. I think the big thing came to love during my vegan journey was Nutritional Yeast. I don't think I would have tried it otherwise and now I LOVE it

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michelle {the lively kitchen} November 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

After trying Nada Moo, I've now made two batches of coconut milk ice cream and am somewhat addicted. I got a little cuisinart counter top ice cream maker at Costco this summer and am still tickled at the ease – no rock salt, no trip to HEB for ice, no loud machine churning on the porch for hours, no need to make a full gallon of ice cream. I'm going to have to limit my purchases of coconut milk so I don't make a batch each day.

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