Pssst. Want to hear a secret? Lean closer. Guess what? Vegan food doesn’t ALWAYS have to be super healthy!
Chips, chocolates, baked goods, and other delights—believe it or not, you can still partake! Of course, I am all for a healthy vegan diet, but I am just as in favor of naughtier indulgences. For some reason, many omnis think that vegan food is bland, inaccessible, expensive … you get the drift.
Accidentally-vegan foods are foods which weren’t made with the intention of being vegan, but it just so happens that they are vegan friendly. Many of these products are made by traditionally omni companies. If you are comfortable with that, great. If you aren’t, that’s also respectable.
Two other things to keep in mind: this list is not universal. I mean this in the sense that products from all over the globe are included, but you have to be careful: a product could be completely vegan in one country and not vegan in another. It’s up to you to check what the case is in your hometown. Lastly, some of these products may contain palm oil. Some vegans are okay with that, and others aren’t. Please check, if this is something you look out for.
Now, without further delay, let’s look at some snacks!
Some flavors of Pringles—including the Original flavor—are accidentally vegan! This makes me especially happy because light, airy, crispy chips are one of my favorite indulgences. Enjoy these classic chips as-is, or get creative and use Pringles as an ingredient in interesting dishes like crispy tempura vegetables or as an alternative to the bread in “bread” soup.
We vegans don’t have to skip the Lays either. Depending on your location, flavors that may be vegan include Sour Cream and Onion, Classic, and Caribbean Onion & Balsamic Vinegar. You can use Lays in place of Pringles for the above-mentioned serving suggestions too.
One more crispy mention: Doritos. These crisps are the perfect party food—no omni will be complaining. Serve them up with your best vegan dip. I would even suggest making your own special batch of vegan cheese sauce and using the Doritos as spoons to mop it up. You are welcome!
Although it’s nice to indulge every now and then, you don’t have to go out of your way and pay a fortune for dairy free, artisan chocolates. Some of the largest brand names—the ones that are super easy to find and super cheap too—are accidentally vegan. I mean, really: who should ever have to miss out on chocolates?
Aero Dark, Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate, Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Bars, and Beacon Midnight Velvet are just a few examples of chocolatey goodness available to vegans. Honestly, I could eat them just like that, but there are also so many desserts you can veganize using these dairy-free alternatives. One simple but good one is chocolate pudding: custard powder, plant milk, and your choice of any one of these chocolates to melt into the custard. Enjoy!
These are only a few of the amazing products that you can still enjoy as a vegan. There are plenty of other candies, spreads, condiments, and savory and baked goods to try, so please do keep your eyes open for Part 2—and possibly even Part 3!