11 of the Best Vegan Junk Foods and Substitutes

I love to try new Vegan products and junk food, because it’s fun, and it’s exciting to see what companies are doing. Here’s a list of my top favorite products I’ve tried recently. From sweets to just substituting non-Vegan products, these are sure to satisfy.

1. Chao Garden Herb Cheese

Chao Garden Herb Cheese

We recently made grilled cheese with this, and it was indistinguishable from other white cheeses. It melts super well and doesn’t have any weird aftertastes.

Price: $3-5.50 (we got it on sale for $3)

Calories: 60 per slice

Ingredients: Filtered water, coconut oil, modified corn and potato starch, potato starch, chao tofu (soybeans, water, salt, sesame oil, calcium sulfate), sea salt, black cracked pepper, oregano, natural flavor and olive extract (antioxidant used as a preservative).

2. Gardein Holiday Roast

Gardein Holiday Roast

Our family got this for Thanksgiving last year, and it was one of the best Vegan products I’ve ever had. The texture of the turk’y was flakey like meat, and the stuffing was flavorful and not dry. It’s only around near the holidays, and it sells out like crazy. Make sure you get on it!

Price: $16-20 depending on the store

Calories: 200 for 1/8 of the roast.

But if you’re eating it around the Holidays, who’s counting? There’s a lot of ingredients, partially because it’s highly processed. Let’s just agree to not eat this every day.

Ingredients: Meatless Roast: Water, Soy Protein Isolate, Vital Wheat Gluten, Yeast Extract, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Methylcellulose, Organic Ancient Grain Flour (Kamut® Khorasan Wheat, Amaranth, Millet, Quinoa), Potato Starch, Maltodextrin, Dehydrated Garlic, Natural Flavors (From Plant Sources). Salt, Organic Cane Sugar, White Distilled Vinegar, Color Added, Sea Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Spice Extractives, Pea Protein, Carrot Fiber, Sugar Beet Fiber, Turmeric Extractives, Paprika Extractives. Gravy: Water, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Yeast Extract, Corn Starch, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Alcohol, White Distilled Vinegar), Vital Wheat Gluten, Natural Flavors (From Plant Sources), Organic Red Miso (Organic Soybeans, Organic Rice Koji, Sea Salt, Water, Koji Spores). Soy Protein Isolate, Spices.

3. Simple Truth Vegan Cookie Dough

Simple Truth Vegan Cookie Dough

This is a newer addition to the Kroger/Ralphs/Owens brand, and the good news is that our store sells them for cheaper than their non-Vegan cookie dough. They come in already-portioned balls. So all you have to do is pop them in the oven. They do spread a bit, so give them room!

If you like your cookies to be crisp around the edges and chewy-gooey in the center, then these are the perfect cookies for you.

Price: $3-3.50

Calories: 160 per cookie

Ingredients: enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid Added as a Dough Conditioner), Semi-Sweet Chocolate (Organic Cane Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin [an Emulsifier], Vanilla Bean Seeds), Palm Oil, Brown Sugar, Sugar, Chick Pea Flour, Water, Salt, Natural Flavor, Baking Soda.

4. So Delicious Blueberry Cardamom

So Delicious Blueberry Cardamom Ice Cream

Mitchell and I both loved how the spice was subtle but really brought out the blueberry flavor. It’s not too rich, but I couldn’t finish it in one sitting. And that’s unusual.

Price: $2.50-3.50

Calories: 650 per container (because you know what we’re about…)

Ingredients: Organic Coconutmilk (filtered Water, Organic Coconut), Organic Cane Sugar, Blueberry Swirl (blueberries, Organic Cane Sugar, Filtered Water, Natural Flavor, Corn Starch, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum), Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Blueberries, Natural Flavor, Pea Protein, Locust Bean Gum, Fruit And Vegetable Juice (for Color), Guar Gum, Citric Acid, Cardamom.

5. Annie’s Vegan Mac and Cheese

Annie’s Vegan Mac

If you’re itching for some Kraft, this really hits the spot. They also have a Gluten-free Vegan recipe made with rice pasta and a shells with pumpkin sauce. I prefer the original. You can add a tablespoon or two of Vegan butter, but honestly I think this pasta is super rich by itself. I usually use soy or cashew unsweetened milk.

Price: $2.50 (I’ve found it on sale for close to $1)

Calories: 250 per cup

Ingredients: organic pasta (organic wheat flour), organic Vegan cheddar flavor seasoning (organic rice syrup solids, organic palm oil, sea salt, organic corn starch, organic pea protein, natural flavor, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, organic annattto extract [for color], silicon dioxide [for anticaking]).

6. Simple Truth Meatless Breakfast Patties

Simple Truth Meatless Breakfast Patties

I used to get turkey sausages for breakfast, and these are a great replacement. I honestly had to keep looking at the label to make sure they were Vegan because they were so convincing.

Price: $4

Calories: 100 per patty

Ingredients: Filtered Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil and/or Canola Oil, Wheat, Isolated Soy Protein, Natural Flavor, Modified Vegetable Gum, Potato Starch, Evaporated Cane Syrup, Yeast Extract, Seasoning (Spices, Cane Sugar), Malt Extract (Wheat), Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Vinegar, Spice, Pea Protein, Carrot Fiber, Sesame.

7. Mom’s Best Crispy Cocoa Rice

Mom’s Best Cocoa Rice Cereal

I love having cereal for dessert (who’s with me??). And cereal that turns my milk chocolate has got to be the best thing ever. I love this brand because they use a lot of natural ingredients that I recognize. It’s also gluten free!

Price: $2-3

Calories: 130 for a 3/4 cup

Ingredients: Rice, Sugar, Cocoa (processed with alkali), Canola Oil, Salt, Caramel Color, Natural Flavor, Rosemary Extract (antioxidant).

8. West Soy Plain Low Fat Soy Milk

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. If you’re lucky, you can find this at your local Dollar Tree. It has a smooth texture and doesn’t taste like soy at all. It’s honestly my favorite milk to put in cereals and drinks, because it’s so rich and creamy.

Price: $1-3 dollars

Calories: 90 per cup

Ingredients: organic soy milk (filtered water, whole organic soybeans) rice and barley malt, Tricalcium Phosphate, sea salt, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2.

9. Daiya New York Cheezecake

Daiya Cheezecake

Cheesecake is my favorite dessert. This one is amazing because it’s frozen so it’s like cheesecake ice cream. I like to put fresh fruit or pie filling on top of the New York style one. But they also have key lime, chocolate, strawberry, and pumpkin for the fall season!

Price: $6-8

Calories: 350 for 1/4 of the cake

Ingredients: Filling (Filtered Water, Creamed Coconut, Cane Sugar, Coconut Oil, Tapioca Starch, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed: Canola and/or Safflower Oil, Potato Starch, Pea Protein Isolate, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Lactic Acid [Vegan], Tricalcium Phosphate, Vegan Natural Flavors, Cultured Sugar, Vegan Enzyme), Gluten-free Crust (Tapioca Starch, Cane Sugar, Coconut Oil, Brown Rice Flour, White Whole Grain Sorghum Flour, Potato Starch, Water, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed: Canola and/or Safflower Oil, Blackstrap Molasses, Vanilla Extract, Milled Flax Seed, Psyllium, Sea Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Leavening [Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate], Xanthan Gum).

10. Field Roast Wild Mushroom Deli Slices

Field Roast Deli Slices

If you’re craving a deli sandwich, these are great. Not only do they have the texture and taste of a black-forest style ham or turkey, but they also have very natural ingredients. I’m a fan.

Price: $3-4

Calories: 100 for 3 slices

Ingredients: Filtered water, vi­tal wheat gluten, mushrooms, expeller pressed safflower oil, barley malt, naturally flavored yeast extract, carrageenan (Irish moss sea vegetable ex­tract), balsamic vinegar, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, onion powder, porcini mushroom powder, yellow pea flour, sea salt, spices and celery seed.

11. Annie’s Cinnamon Rolls

Annine’s Cinnamon Rolls

While watching the Great British Bake Off, Mitchell and I developed an obsession with finding Vegan cinnamon rolls. Annie’s comes in clutch again. The great news is that the icing is also Vegan, which is the best part of course!

Price: $4-5

Calories: 330 per roll (with icing)

Ingredients: Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Cane Sugar, Water, Organic Palm Oil, Baking Powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda) , Organic Expeller-Pressed Sunflower Oil, Organic Invert Syrup, Organic Cinnamon, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum, Organic Wheat Starch, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Rice Extract, Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum.

Final Thoughts

There are obviously so many more products out there that I haven’t even tried. I also didn’t add Beyond Burgers or Oatly to this list, because those are some of the most well-known Vegan products out there right now.

Have you ever wanted to try to go Plant-based? Check out this post about how to go and stay Vegan.

What are some of your favorite snacks and treats, Vegan or otherwise? Comment below!

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