We have been spending a lot of time at Costco lately. The reason? Because Shawn and I started this green smoothie habit in February. The best way we found to make green smoothies is to buy the power green mixture in bulk at Costco. That means every so many days we find ourselves at Costco to fill up on our greens…and other goodies. So I thought I’d share with you 36 Favorite Vegan Products at Costco!
I get questions from people about where we buy our best vegan products so I thought I’d share these 36 Favorite Vegan Products at Costco. I’m not even getting into the produce section, because there’s plenty of vegan goodness there, including our favorite bag of power greens. In addition, we love the frozen berries in the freezer section too.
Let’s just say this is a beginning. A first crack at the things we love to buy from Costco. Also, if you have some vegan products you love from Costco, leave them in the comments section so I can try them next time I’m there!
OK. Let’s get this party started!
Favorite Vegan Products at Costco: Vegan Baking
These are ingredients that I love to use in vegan baking, or other kitchen projects. 🙂
You know what’s coming up soon? Pie season! That means I love having me some pecans on hand for my Vegan Pecan Pie…which also means having a nice bulk bag of Kirkland Pecans is perfect! According to this article in Shape Magazine, you should pop a pecan instead of a multivitamin. That’s how good they are for you!
Walnuts, people! They are so good for you! Dr. Greger, author of the book How Not to Die, (remember him from my podcast?) recommends having a small serving of walnuts (or other healthy nuts) every single day. That’s why I like to buy this big bag and keep a few in a glass container at the ready. I store the rest in the fridge. I will also use walnuts in my baking, especially for my Banana Nut Bread!
I love adding almond flour to my gluten-free vegan baking; it adds flavor and texture that makes it so good! Let’s see. On my list of 36 Favorite Vegan Products at Costco, we’ve got about 30 more to go!
Speaking of gluten-free, I like this gluten-free baking mix from Namaste. It makes gluten-free so much more affordable.
Gotta have almonds on hand and these Kirkland almonds are delicious! I keep some out on the counter for munching and the rest I keep in the fridge. I like to add almonds smoothies, but we also use them to make some vegan cheeses, milks, and more. They’re so good for you!
Hey, what would this 36 Favorite Vegan Products at Costco list be without some snacking. Am I right? Also, this is proof that you don’t have to spend hours upon hours in kitchen as a vegan. You can buy these delicious snacks from Costco instead!
As the bag says, these Heavenly Hunks are ridiculously amazing. And look right there on the bag — it shows how these are gluten-free and dairy-free. ❤️
I love these Made in Nature Fruit & Nut Energy Snacks. We make our own energy bites sometimes, but it sure is nice knowing you can buy a bag of these delicious snacks when you’re short on time.
There’s also this Cranberry Pistachio SuperSnacks…
…and these Luscious Dates that you can add to create your own energy bites. Or you can be like me and eat them plain. They’re delicious!
Then there’s this trail Fusion Blend with dried fruit and seeds. You feel more healthy just holding the bag! 🙂
You may not know this, but I have a thing for figs. I don’t know why, maybe it’s the caramel flavor? Or the texture of the seeds combined with the sweetness? I’m not sure, but I love ’em. Add a little peanut butter and chocolate chips and I’m good to go!
We always have a bag of this Power Up Trail Mix on hand. The combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and dark chocolate chips is just what the doctor ordered!
This Love Crunch Chocolate Granola sprinkled over some German Chocolate Overnight Oats? Perfection!
Don’t get me started on this mega bag of Skinny Pop Popcorn. I mean it. I love this stuff and I go through streaks where I have some every night. It’s the perfect balance of salty and low calorie. Confession: Sometimes I add dark chocolate chips too. 😳
I wasn’t sure whether to add this bag of Kirkland dried blueberries with the baking or the snacks, but it goes either way. It’s a nice addition to granola, added to your cereal, served over vegan yogurt, or even by the handful!
Plant-based Milks & Beverages
We use plant-based milks in our recipes, for sure. I love to have some steamed plant-based milk in my tea and sometimes Shawn adds it to his cereal as well. Here are some of the plant-based milks we buy at Costco.
This Thai Kitchen canned coconut milk is perfect for recipes. It’s a nice, thick coconut milk, and I use it for my Vegan Coconut Curry recipe.
This is where coconut milk can get confusing. Because the thick stuff that you buy in the can is great for baking and cooking, but now you can also buy coconut milk that is used more like a replacement for regular milk. It has the consistency of almond or soy milk. I love this Pacific Coconut Milk because it’s unsweetened and it’s original flavored. That means, it’s not vanilla-flavored. It’s important to have a non-vanilla plant-based milk on hand for savory recipes.
This Kirkland Soy Milk is something we have on hand almost all the time. It’s such a creamy soy milk, we love it. I like that I can steam it for a nice frothy cup of hot tea or cocoa. It has a nice flavor for people who are transitioning to plant-based milks.
This is my personal favorite plant-based milk: Kirkland Almond Milk. It’s unsweetened and therefore only like 30 calories per cup. How cool is that! And it steams up a little so I can add it to my hot teas. I also use it for our Vegan Chia Puddings, smoothies and more.
Let’s move on to beverages. I try to drink some green tea every day, and this Kirkland Green Tea is the best! You can serve it hot or cold. In the summers, I add one bag to iced water, with just the tiniest bit of stevia. I just continue to add water to that throughout the day and the bag continues to create delicious green tea. My only complaint is that because I am trying to reduce the amount of plastic we use, I wish the tea bags were not individually sealed in plastic. Otherwise, the flavor, the convenience of the large box, and the hot/cold brewing options make this my favorite green tea.
Have you tried the whole coconut water thing and thought, that wasn’t what I expected. Me too. I bought my first bottle thinking I was going to be head over heals. I wasn’t. Can’t say that I like coconut water on it’s own, but it’s perfect to add to our morning smoothies. You can also add coconut water to other recipes that call for water and it adds additional nutrients. The good news? Coconut water has more potassium and nutrients than sports drinks so if you can add a little something to make it taste better, it’s perfect to have on-hand for athletes.
If you like sparkly water, raise your hand. 🙋🏼 I gave up sodas a few years ago and ever since sparking mineral waters have been my go-to source for a little fizzle. S. Pellegrino is one of my favorites in the plain sparking water category. Next up? Flavored sparkling waters!
Next up in my battle to give up the soda habit? La Croix. How do you say it? La Croy? Or La Qwaw? I’m not sure so I mix it up and say it both ways. Ha! However you say it, finding La Croix at Costco has been so great because I can get this case for around $7. The only disappointing thing is that you don’t get to choose the flavors. But the good news is if you don’t like the flavors you can always dress them up. I add fruit juice, like lime and lemons to mine and it works like a charm!
Vegan Cooking Ingredients
People need to eat, and that means we need ingredients. These are some of my favorite vegan products at Costco that we use for cooking.
These Explore Kitchen Organic Edamame Spaghetti noodles? Perfect. I use them for oriental dishes, pasta dishes, soups, etc. They have a great flavor and packed with lots of nutrients…and they’re certified gluten free. YAS!
We buy this three-pack of Kirkland Marina Sauce. The jars are big and so they last awhile and we use them for spaghetti sauces, pizzas, and more. I like that this marinara has less sugar than other store-bought marinara sauces.
I love to make homemade pizza crusts, but every now and then I don’t want to bother with it. That’s when this pizza kit comes in handy. It gives you four crusts and four tomato sauce packets, all of which are dairy-free (aka, vegan). It’s always good to check the labels, because sometimes products changes their list of ingredients.
I buy Kirkland Sea Salt and we have both varieties on-hand, the regular sea salt and the Himalayan Sea Salt. They’re reasonable priced and it’s nice to grind the salt over whatever you’re fixing. I find that sea salt has a better flavor than table salt. I recommend it!
Other Odds and Ends
I didn’t really know where to put these remaining vegan food items. You be the judge!
These Kirkland Pine Nuts are great. They’re a little pricey, but the price is better than you’ll see at other places for pine nuts. So we buy a bag and keep it in the fridge. You can also share with friends or family. I like to add pine nuts to our homemade vegan cheeses, pestos, and even veggie bean burgers.
I always joke that being vegan means eating more than nuts and seeds. But, there are some really important seeds we should be eating, like Flax Seeds. They’re loaded with Omega 3 & 6. Oh yeah, you could just read the package. We put ground flax seeds in our morning smoothies, our energy bites, and we use it as an egg replacer in baking as well.
I really like hemp seeds a lot. I like having them on hand to add to granola, energy bites, and more. Sometimes, I will just put a little bit of peanut butter on a banana and dip them in hemp seeds. I know. I’m weird. But there’s something about the soft, but firm feel of hemp seeds. They have such a great, nutty flavor too.
This is the last of the seeds, I promise. But you know by now that we like the chia seed. We make chia seed puddings all the time. So delicious! You can also use chia as an egg replacer as well, because when it’s mixed with water, the chia creates a gel that you can use in baking.
Confession time. We like to have strawberry jam around for those times when we like to keep it simple and have something like, I dunno, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Don’t tell anyone I said that. My reputation is on the line! 🙂 This organic strawberry spread is great over a vanilla chia pudding, on dairy free yogurt, drizzled over vegan pancakes, or even, as mentioned above on the PB&J.
We keep a jug of Kirkland Maple Syrup in the fridge all the time. We use it to sweeten and flavor our energy bites, puddings, cookies, and more. As you may know, maple syrup can be expensive so we use it judiciously.
Because I mentioned PB&J above, now I have to talk about peanut butter. Obvious we buy a lot of stuff at Costco, that’s why our favorite products at Costco has the number 36 next to it! 🙂 We buy the Kirkland organic peanut butter, but there are some recipes that require a thicker consistency. That’s why we like to have this Jif on-hand. I love using peanut butter to replace some of the vegan butter in a recipe. It adds a nice consistency. I also use it for our energy bites recipes too.
I grew up in a small, small town in Missouri. If you told me when I was a kid I’d be eating agave nectar, I might have grabbed a spoonful of Goober PB&J spread and laughed. But, here I am, telling you that we like agave nectar. I add it to my homemade vegan salad dressings — just a dab. And then we use it our energy bites, cookies, and more.
That’s roughly two and a half pounds of pure cold-pressed, unrefined virgin coconut oil. I like to buy this and split it with Adee because, well, that’s a lot of coconut oil. I will put some in a container for immediate use and store the rest in the fridge. We use coconut oil in some of our vegan baked goods (like cookies), energy bites, granola, etc. I also use coconut oil on my hair from time-to-time, when conditions are dry.
Well, that’s it. This is my list of 36 Favorite Vegan Products at Costco! As you can tell, we find lots of great goodies when we go shopping. I hope you do too!