The Best Vegan Buys at Aldi

I am unashamed to say it: I am obsessed with Aldi. I’m not quite sure what I did before this strange, German grocery store chain popped into my life, but I would be lost without it now.

Aldi definitely has its quirks, like requiring a quarter to get your shopping cart (don’t worry, you get it back) or encouraging the use of reusable grocery bags by charging for their plastic and paper bags. But this mild learning curve is worth it for amount of high-quality (and often organic) vegan food you can purchase at extremely low prices.

The company has even recognized their customers’ demands for vegan-friendly foods and it inspired them to launch the Earth Grown brand of 100 percent vegan products.

When I switched from regularly shopping at Publix to Aldi, I literally slashed my grocery spending in half. Admittedly, Aldi doesn’t always have ever single item I want — and I sometimes stop off at another grocery store to grab ingredients like bok choy or garam masala — but the bulk of my purchases come from Aldi.

Read below to see what my favorite finds are at Aldi. I haven’t included some of the obviously vegan options (such as fresh produce or bags of dry beans and rice) but instead of have chosen to highlight specific products that I regularly use and think you would enjoy too.

Aldi Finds

The unique thing about Aldi is that while it has a swath of regularly available products, they also have “Aldi Finds” which are a rotating stock of products that change weekly. You can find out ahead of time in their sales paper what will be available and there are often a swath of vegan-friendly options.

My favorites:

  • Earth Grown meat alternatives (Meatless Meatballs, Chickenless Patties, Jumbo Hot Dogs)
  • Wonder Drink Kombucha (Traditional, Cherry Black Currant)
  • Simply Nature Peanut Butter Powder (Original, Chocolate)
  • Friendly Farms Non-Dairy Almond Vanilla Creamer
  • Earth Grown Vegan Mozzarella-Style Shreds
  • Burman’s Eggless Mayo-Style
  • Barissimo Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
  • Earth Grown veggie burgers (Quinoa Crunch, Black Bean Chipotle)
  • Deutsche Küche Bavarian Soft Pretzels

Pantry Basics

Aldi is the perfect place to stock up your pantry with healthy products. There’s a wealth of vegan staples like pasta, grains, beans, condiments, and breads to choose from.

My favorites:

  • Priano Gnocchi (Whole Wheat, Potato)
  • Simply Nature Organic Marinara Pasta Sauce
  • Seedtastic 21 Whole Grains & Seeds Bread
  • Earthly Grains Quick Cook Bulgur and Quinoa Blend
  • Casa Mamita Fat-Free Refried Beans
  • Pueblo Lindo Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • Fusia Green Sriracha
  • Simply Nature Vegetable Broth
  • Fusia Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce

Refrigerated and Frozen

The refrigerated section in Aldi has plenty of options, including non-dairy milks and veggie-based dips. Don’t forget to hit up the freezer aisle to grab a few bags of frozen vegetable medleys and fruit blends to keep on-hand for quick meals.

My favorites:

  • Little Salad Bar Hummus (Roasted Garlic, Classic, Roasted Red Pepper, Flavor Quartet)
  • Season’s Choice Steamed Quinoa (Fiesta, Kale)
  • Friendly Farms Almond Milk (Unsweetened Original, Chocolate)
  • Little Salad Bar Chunky Guacamole
  • Season’s Choice Asian Blend Steamed Couscous
  • Friendly Farms Coconut Milk
  • Little Salad Bar Kosher Pickle Spears

Snacks and Drinks

Have company coming over? Aldi has got you covered! Their line of snacks, with everything from nut mixes to crackers and chips, can keep your guests satisfied. Also check out their La Croix knock-off’s wide range of fun flavors.

My favorites:

  • Simply Nature Green Pea Crisps
  • Clancy’s Original Veggie Straws
  • Fit and Active 100 Calorie Almond and Walnut Snack Packs
  • PurAqua Belle Vie Sparkling Water (Cherry Lime, Blackberry Cucumber, Lemon)
  • Simply Nature Fruit Strips (Strawberry, Raspberry)
  • Clancy’s Pretzel Slims (Original, Everything)

Desserts and Baking

Whether it’s for a school bake sale or just because you’re craving something sweet, Aldi’s baking ingredient section is well-stocked with what you require. Sweeteners, like stevia and fair trade cane sugar, are available and displayed next to a variety of flours and seeds for all your baking needs.

My favorites:

  • Moser Roth Chocolate (Sea Salt, Orange Almond)
  • Simply Nature Chia Seeds
  • Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • Simply Nature Flax Seeds
  • Simply Nature Light Agave Nectar

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