It’s hard not to fill up your entire shopping cart at Trader Joe’s: There are so many affordable products to choose from. And if you’re looking for options that are just as healthy as they are tasty, your best bet is stocking up on the wide variety of vegan finds.
Many companies are becoming more aware of customers’ desire for vegan products, and Trader Joe’s is no different. Over the years, the healthy grocer has drastically increased the amount of dairy-, meat-, and egg-free choices available, making it easy to shop for every meal.
The next time you head to TJ’s, grab some of these must-try goodies. You’ll leave with a full fridge’s worth of food for a fraction of the cost you’d spend elsewhere, not to mention some healthier takes on old favorites. Chicken nuggets, included.
1. Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs
Round, firm, and versatile is what these meatless meatballs are. They can take on any flavor and hold their form whether you use them in a spaghetti dish or a saucy meatball sub.
2. Trader Joe’s Jackfruit Cakes
One of the best qualities of jackfruit is its ability to mimic the texture of real meat. One second, these patties are crab cakes, then the next you can shred them and stir in some BBQ sauce for a convincing pulled pork.
3. Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef
There’s no mistaking how amazing this beef-less ground beef is at enhancing meals. It can take on the flavor of anything and makes for a great alternative to beef in meals like lasagna, tamales, and meatloaf.
4. Trader Joe’s Chickenless Crispy Tenders
Everyone looks for the crispiness in chicken tenders—it’s the dish’s signature! Fortunately, this chickenless option offers the same memorable bite. The best thing about them is they can be cooked in the oven in record time.
5. Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Cauliflower is all the rage—especially as a low-carb substitute to foods like potatoes, rice, and of course pizza crust. This cauli crust is strengthened by corn flour, giving you a crispier finish that doesn’t fall apart as you’re eating it. While it won’t replace the goodness of real dough, it’s a great healthy alternative.
6. Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo
One of the best vegan options in the store, this soy chorizo is well-seasoned and tastes exactly like chorizo should: delicious. It can be used in many different meals, but it shines as a breakfast option when paired with some veggies and a crispy hash.
7. Lightlife Smart Dogs
These vegan hot dogs from Lightlife are so good Trader Joe’s couldn’t resist selling them in-store. They’re just as tasty boiled as they are prepared on the grill. After adding all your favorite toppings and taking a big bite, it’ll be hard to believe it’s not the real thing.
8. Trader Joe’s ABC Bars
These almond butter cocoa bars are simply the best. The buttery treat is enveloped by a chocolate dough, making it one of the most delicious sweets in the store. What’s even better is these bars aren’t even too sugary, as they’re partly sweetened with fig paste.
9. Trader Joe’s Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Vanilla Bean Cream Cookies
With a taste similar to the cookie that starts and ends with an “o,” Joe-Joe’s version really does a great job satisfying any cookie cravings. Pro tip: They’re also great added into non-dairy ice cream. (P.S. You can also buy them on Amazon!)
10. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups
Dark chocolate, check. Sunflower butter, check. Happiness, check. If you’ve been looking for a vegan or nut-free replacement for Reese’s, these cups make the cut.