Accidentally-Vegan Food and Ingredients

It's easier to go vegan than you think!

Confused about what you can and can’t buy in the grocery store? Check out this Namely Marly list of Accidentally Vegan Food and Ingredients so you can shop with confidence. You’ll be surprised by some of the ingredients, like Oreos, pudding, cake mixes, and more that made our list of foods that are accidentally vegan!

What is Accidentally Vegan Food?

Over the years I’ve referred to things that are “accidentally vegan.” These are commercially-produced foods that weren’t created with the intention of being vegan (aka, free of animal products), but as luck would have it, they are. That’s when it’s time to kick up your heels and do a happy dance. Not at the same time though.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite accidentally-vegan foods and ingredients. Just so you know, sometimes your favorite accidentally-vegan products will change their list of ingredients. It’s never a bad idea to look from time-to-time to make sure they haven’t snuck in some dairy here and there.

Also, just because these are accidentally vegan, doesn’t make them necessarily healthy. Be sure to read the labels and use these in moderation and in balance with lots of veggies and fruits! Salad anyone?

Life Cereal is a listed as an Accidentally Vegan Product on the Namely Marly site
Life Cereal. Please note that several of Quaker products are vegan, including their oatmeal and other types of cereal such as the puffed rice cereal and more.
The Namely Marly Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Guide includes Guittard Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Guittard Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. For other vegan chocolate chips, check out the Namely Marly Dairy-free Chocolate Chip Guide!
chick-o-sticks-candy-bars
I love using Chick-O Sticks as a replacement for Butterfingers Candy in my recipes. I’ve had trouble finding them lately, but I can usually purchase them at The Dollar Store…for a great price!
Nabisco Oreo Cones are listed as an Accidentally Vegan Product on Namely Marly
Nabisco Oreo Chocolate Cones. Use these in combination with your favorite vegan ice cream!
Airheads are listed as an accidentally vegan product on Namely Marly
Airheads Candy – Anyone ready to go see a movie?
Cracker Jack Popcorn is listed as an accidentally vegan product on Namely Marly
Cracker Jack Original
Fritos are listed as an accidentally vegan product on Namely Marly
Fritos Original. I used Fritos in my Vegan Taco Cornbread Casserole.
Lays Classic Potato Chips are listed as accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Lays Classic Chips
Ritz Crackers are listed as accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Ritz Crackers Original
Wheat Thins Original are listed as accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Wheat Thins Original
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup is listed as accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Hershey’s Syrup
Oreida Tater Tots are listed as accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Oreida Tater Tots
Oreos are listed as accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
We provide several recipes that use Oreos, including this Vegan Oreo Cheesecake and these Oreo Stuffed Vegan Brownies. Please note that I’ve received comments from readers that Oreos in the U.S. are vegan, however, some varieties in Europe may not be.
Jello Cooke & Serve Puddings are listed as accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
I had no idea that Jell-O Pudding was dairy-free! And, in fact, the Instant variety is not, only the Cook & Serve. Add your favorite plant-based milk and you’ve got a nice, easy vegan pudding!
Some Duncan Hines Cake Mixes are listed as accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Some Duncan Hines Cake Mixes are accidentally vegan, such as the classic yellow cake mix. The trick is making that cake mix without eggs in a way that tastes good. I’ve got a few examples for you, such as these Vegan Cake Mix Cupcakes or this Vegan Cake Mix Brownies.
Duncan Hines Creamy Homestyle Frosting is listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Duncan Hines Creamy Homestyle Frosting
Smuckers Marshmallow Topping is listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Smuckers Marshmallow Topping is great on top of vegan ice cream!
Bac-Os Bits are listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
We serve Bac-Os Bacon Flavor Bits over salads or on baked potatoes with some of our vegan cheese sauce!
Grands Jr Golden Homestyle Biscuits are listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Pillsbury Grands Jr. Golden Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Strawberry Unfrosted Poptarts are listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Kellogg’s Unfrosted Pop-Tarts are accidentally vegan, but not the ones with the frosting. For some reason they add gelatin to the frosting. Gelatin is made from animal hooves. I have one word for that gross!
Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry is listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets. Use these Puff Pastry sheets to make Vegan Chocolate Croissants!
Nutter Butter cookies are listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Nutter Butter Cookies. This is a new addition to the list. Either Nutter Butters changed their recipe or I just missed this on the ingredients list, but these are now vegan!
Nabisco Graham Crackers are listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
A lot of graham crackers are made with honey. We don’t have a problem eating honey (it’s a natural product and bee keepers do a great job caring for their bees). However, some vegans won’t eat honey. If you’re looking for a graham cracker made without honey, these are great! I use graham crackers to make pie crusts, for example this Vegan Banana Cream Pie or even these Vegan Magic Bars!
Chocolate Chip Teddy Grahams are listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
We love the Teddy Grahams. Not only are they adorable, they’re accidentally vegan too! I used these in one of our favorite recipes, Vegan Chocolate Chip Teddy Graham Chocolate Chip Cookies. We had a lot of responses from folks not realizing the these are vegan. Note: Only the Chocolate Chip Teddy Grahams are vegan.
Sara Lee Cherry Pies are listed as an accidentally vegan food on Namely Marly
Sarah Lee Frozen Pie

Do you have any favorite accidentally vegan foods or ingredients? Use the contact form to send me a note and maybe I’ll add it to my list too! 🙂

Accidentally Vegan Food and Ingredients by Namely Marly