Foods for vegans: 93 shop-bought foods that are actually vegan

Collection of foods for vegans
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From Heinz Tomato Ketchup to Mr Kipling Treacle Tart, here are some supermarket favourites that are the perfect foods for vegans. 

Following a strict vegan diet (opens in new tab) can be challenging at times, especially when it comes to shop-bought, readymade foods. Some foods you assume are vegan, can actually be non-vegan containing animal-based ingredients such as milk powder often found in different types of bread or crisps for example.

And of course, it’s not just about animal-based ingredients, it’s also about how the product has been produced. For example, the ‘is honey vegan? (opens in new tab)’ debate, raises concerns that the production of honey impacts bees health and exploits them for human benefits according to The Vegan Society, which therefore makes it non-vegan produce. Then there are products that are surprisingly vegan-friendly including Oreos, Colman’s mustard and Warburtons crumpets. All in all, it can often be hard to differentiate between vegan and non-vegan foods.

Registered Dietician, Lisa Simon adds; “There are a number of ways to tell whether a food is vegan friendly. If you are buying from the ‘free from’ aisle, it will be clearly stated on the label whether the product is egg and dairy-free. Do be aware that gluten-free products can also be found in these aisles and these are not necessarily vegan. Some vegetarian products are suitable for vegans, but check the ingredients as all allergens e.g. milk and egg, will be highlighted in bold. Some ingredients are harder to decipher, especially if written as an E-number. Keep an eye out for ingredients such as cochineal or carmine, gelatine, beeswax, shellac, lanolin, bone phosphate and animal-derived glycerol as these are all non-vegan.”

Foods for vegans

Vegan condiments

Foods for vegans condiments

Hellmann's mayo and Colman's mustard are just a few examples of vegan condiments

There are quite an array of condiments that are actually suitable for vegans including Tabasco sauce and HP Brown sauce. By far our favourite is Hellmann’s vegan mayonnaise made specifically for vegans. This popular mayo first hit supermarket shelves in America in 2016. It’s the perfect vegan alternative to mayonnaise made with rapeseed oil, mustard, lemon juice and a handful of other very clever, vegan-friendly ingredients.

Registered Dietician at Plant Based Health Professionals (opens in new tab), Lisa Simon adds; “To make this condiment vegan-friendly, the egg is removed and oil, which is the predominant ingredient in both vegan and non-vegan mayonnaise and is used as an emulsifier to allow it to thicken. Vegan mayonnaise can be used as a dip for sweet potato wedges, garlic can be chopped finely and added to it to make aioli, or as a dressing for potato salad.”

  • Heinz Tomato Ketchup, 910g, £2.80 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Hellmann’s Vegan Mayonnaise, 270g, £2.15 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Tabasco Original Red Hot Pepper Sauce, 57ml, £2.10 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Thai Dragon Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce, 455ml, £1.99 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Amoy Dark Soy Sauce, 150ml, £1.40 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • HP Brown Sauce Bottle, 255g, £1 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Colman's Original English Mustard, 170g, £1.40 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)

Vegan drinks

Foods for vegans drinks

Robinsons Real Fruit, Galaxy Hot Chocolate and Coca-Cola are just a few drinks suitable for vegans

Most of the big-name fizzy drinks available in supermarkets are vegan-friendly, with just a few exceptions, namely Lilt, Lilt Zero, Kia-Ora and Schweppes Orange Squash, which all potentially carry traces of fish gelatin. As fish gelatin is a common ingredient in squashes or fizzy drinks, milk powder is often found in powdered drinks like hot chocolate.

Lisa says; “It is easy to assume that all orange juice is vegan. However, certain brands are fortified with vitamin D and sometimes omega-3. Although D2 is plant-derived, the most easily absorbed form is vitamin D3 and this is used for fortification. It is generally sourced from sheep’s wool or fish oils, although it can be made synthetically. Omega-3 is also usually sourced from fish oil. To ensure your orange juice is vegan, opt for brands which contain 100% pure orange juice.”

  • Coca Cola Original, 1L, £1.45 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Robinsons Orange Squash No Added Sugar, 1L, £1.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Galaxy Vegan Instant Hot Chocolate 250g, £3 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Pressed Apple Juice Not From Concentrate, 1L, £1.25 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Orange Juice With Bits Not From Concentrate, 1L, £1.25 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)

Vegan cheese

Vegan food list: Vegan cheese

Supermarkets have a great variety of vegan cheese available nowadays

Cheese is one of the things often cited by new vegans as something that they really miss. While the traditional milk-based cheeses are not an option, there are plenty of alternatives including Free From selections from Tesco and Violife classic vegan cheese. Most vegan cheeses are made with water and coconut oil, meaning they contain much less fat and calories than regular cheese. Vegan cheese is however low in calcium and protein.

“There is a wide range of cheeses on the market, but some are healthier than others. Cheeses such as Violife and Supermarket’s ‘free from’ varieties are made predominantly from coconut oil in place of dairy which is actually higher in saturated fat than lard. Nush cream cheese is made from almonds and also contains live cultures. These options are higher in protein, replacing the protein contained in dairy cheeses. Unfortunately, they are not suitable for those with nut allergies, but there are also seed-based cheeses that can be purchased online, or in some health food stores, and Oatly have recently brought out a cream cheese free from nuts,” comment Lisa.

  • Sainsbury's Deliciously Free From Cheddar-Style Coconut Based Alternative To Cheese, 200g, £2.25 VIEW AT SAINSBURY’S (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Free From Coconut Oil Alternative To Mature Cheddar, 200g, £2 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Violife Original Grated Cheese Alternative, 200g, £2.50 VIEW AT ASDA (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Free From Coconut Oil Alternative To Grated Mozzarella, 200g, £2.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • ASDA Free From Grated Cheddar Alternative, 200g, £1.40 VIEW AT ASDA (opens in new tab)
  • ASDA Free From Grated Mozzarella Alternative, 200g, £1.40 VIEW AT ASDA (opens in new tab)
  • Sainsbury's Deliciously Free From Cheddar Style With Onion Coconut Based Alternative To Cheese, 200g, £2.25 VIEW AT SAINSBURY’S (opens in new tab)

Vegan bread

Foods for vegans bread

Vegan crumpets, pitta, classic loaves and more

A traditional loaf of bread is made with just four ingredients; flour, water, yeast and salt, making it one of our favourite foods for vegans. Some enriched bread like brioche or buns may contain butter and egg yolks so do check product packaging before buying. Some crumpets, pitta and tortilla wraps are also suitable for vegans.

Lisa adds; “Some crumpets contain butter, however, this is omitted in vegan-friendly varieties. Keep an eye on e-numbers in crumpets, Warburton’s crumpets are vegan friendly as all the e-numbers contain no animal-based products. To serve, you may like to top with vegan cheese and tomato and melt under the grill, or use to make mini pizzas with your children, using tomato puree, vegan cheese and vegetables.”

  • Warburtons Crumpets, 9Pk, £1.00 VIEW AT TESCO  (opens in new tab)
  • Hovis Best Of Both Medium White Bread, 750g, 99p VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Bfree Stone Baked Pitta Bread, 220g, £2.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Ancient Grains Bread, 400g, £1.70 VIEW AT SAINSBURY'S (opens in new tab)

Vegan ice cream

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Vegan ice cream is another sweet treat that has exploded over the last few years, with lots of options to choose from. The most recent launch comes from Magnum, who have launched two flavours of vegan-friendly ice cream. Available from Tesco in packs of three for £3.89, you can buy an almond version or classic chocolate.

“There are a large number of vegan ice cream’s on the market, many of which are soy-based so not suitable for those with soya intolerance or allergy. However, there are also oat and coconut-based ice creams. To make an ice cream vegan, the dairy and eggs are removed and replaced with plant-based milk and a higher proportion of oil to act as an egg replacement emulsifier,” adds Registered Dietician Lisa.

  • Ben & Jerry's Swirled Non Dairy Ice Cream, 465ml, £4.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Ben & Jerry's Non Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream, 465ml, £4.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Swedish Glace Vanilla Non Dairy Frozen Dessert, 750ml, £2.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Magnum Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream 3x 90ml, £3.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Wicked Kitchen Cookie Dough Ice Dream Treat, 500ml, £2.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Halo Top Plant-Based Caramel Chocolate Pretzel, 473ml, £5 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Cornetto Vanilla Gluten Free Soy Ice Cream Cone 4x 90ml, £2 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Oatly Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream, 500ml, £4.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Roar Hazelnut Chocolate Cookie Plant Based Ice Cream, 500ml, £5 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)

Vegan store cupboard ingredients

List of vegan foods including gravy and noodles

Bisto Gravy and Sainsbury's Instant Noodles are both vegan-friendly

Stock your cupboards with a variety of these foods for vegans. We’ve included a few surprising products too like Bisto Favourite Gravy Granules, which are in fact vegetarian and vegan-friendly as they’re made from wheat flour, potato starch, soya and barley, amongst other ingredients. And it’s not just Bisto beef gravy, Sainsbury's Instant Chicken Noodles are also made with vegans in mind, yet they taste exactly like they’ve been cooking in traditional chicken stock.

  • Bisto Favourite Gravy Granules, 170g, £1.30 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Sainsbury's Instant Chicken Noodles 90g, 35p VIEW AT SAINSBURY’S (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Free From White Lasagne, 480g, 65p VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Smash The Original Instant Mash Potato, 360g, £2.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Free From Basil Pesto, 190g, 90p VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Free From Korma Cooking Sauce, 500g, 80p VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)

Vegan pastry

Foods for vegans pastry

Jus-Rol is the perfect option for creating vegan pies and tarts

Making pastry from scratch is a great way to ensure that it’s a suitable food for vegans. However, if you’re looking for the shop-bought vegan-approved alternative, Jus-Rol and Tesco own brand both shortcrust and puff pastry are great choices. When shopping for pastry make sure you keep an eye out for any unwanted dairy products on the ingredients list such as milk and most commonly, butter.

Lisa says; “Vegan pastry does not contain butter, however, it is not a healthier choice as many of the margarine used contain palm oil which is high in saturated fat. For a savoury meal, a pinwheel can be made, which involves spreading tomato puree, vegan pesto, and a variety of vegetables (vegan cheese can also be sprinkled on top if desired) on the rolled out pastry, and then rolling tightly and cutting into slices before being baked at 180C for 20-25 minutes. These can then be served with a mixed salad or vegetables of choice.”

  • Jus-Rol 2 Puff Pastry Blocks, 1Kg, £2.35 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Puff Pastry Ready Rolled, 375g, £1.05 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Shortcrust Pastry, 500g, £1.10 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)

Vegan spreads

Foods for vegans: Vegan spreads

Try one of these mouthwatering vegan spreads on a slice of vegan bread

A vast amount of spreads nowadays are made with vegans in mind. Some however still use milk powder or buttermilk, like Nutella and Cadbury’s Chocolate Spread.  One of our most recent discoveries has been Lotus Biscuit Spread. This indulgent spread is made with soya, has no added colours, flavours and is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians. It tastes heavenly spread on toast and is one of our top foods for vegans.

  • Lotus Biscuit Spread Smooth, 400g, £2.30 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Nature's Store Gluten Free Chocolate Spread, £2.25 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Marmite Yeast Extract, 125g, £1.85 VIEW AT TESCO  (opens in new tab)
  • ASDA Crunchy Wholenut Peanut Butter 340g VIEW AT ASDA (opens in new tab)
  • Vitalite Dairy Free Spread, 500g, £1.40 VIEW AT OCADO (opens in new tab)
  • Pure Dairy Free Vegan Sunflower Spread, 500g, VIEW AT SAINSBURY’S (opens in new tab)
  • M&S Avocado Oil Spread, 250g

Vegan pizza

Foods for vegans pizza

Free-form and vegan-approved, White Rabbit Smokin' pizza and BFree pizza bases

When it comes to vegan pizza, it’s not just about what goes on top of the pizza, it’s about what the base is made of too. Asda offers a build-your-own service at their in-store counters with the bases being vegan-friendly. This means you can pick plenty of veggie toppings.

  • Asda’s Build-Your-Own Pizza, see Asda instore pizza counters
  • White Rabbit The Smokin' Vegan Pizza, 353g, £5 VIEW AT SAINSBURY’S (opens in new tab)
  • Napolina Mini Pizza Bases, 300g, £1.90 VIEW AT TESCO  (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Pizza Base Mix, 145g, 65p VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Bfree Pizza Bases, 360G, £3.50 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)

Vegan jelly

Vegan jelly including Hartley's jelly pots

Vegan jelly including Hartley's jelly pots

One of the biggest concerns about jelly, when you’re on a vegan diet, is gelatine. Gelatine is a translucent, edible ingredient that, once baked or set, creates a jelly-like texture associated with jelly or jellied sweets such as Haribo. It is commonly made with collagen, taken from animal body parts making jellies unsuitable foods for vegans. Luckily for vegans and vegetarians, there are alternatives including Agar Agar and Vegan Jel to name a few.

  • Hartleys Ready To Eat Jelly Blackcurrant, 125g, 50p VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Just Wholefoods Vegan Raspberry Jelly, 85g, £1.35 VIEW AT OCADO (opens in new tab)
  • Sainsbury's Mandarin Jelly, 150g, £1 VIEW AT SAINSBURY’S (opens in new tab)
  • M&S Raspberry Jellies 3 x 150g, £2.75 VIEW AT OCADO (opens in new tab)

Vegan chocolate

Vegan chocolate

These delicious vegan chocolate bars taste like the real deal

One of our best foods for vegans, chocolate. Despite being made predominately with milk, chocolate has been adapted to cater for vegans too. Most of the options are dark, but some brands now use coconut oil to lighten their chocolate and give a rich, melting texture similar to traditional milk chocolate.

  • Booja-Booja Dairy Free Truffles VIEW AT BOOJA-BOOJA (opens in new tab)
  • Green & Blacks Organic Dark 85% Chocolate, 90g, £2 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Hotel Chocolat Gianduja Bombe Selector, £3.95 VIEW AT HOTEL CHOCOLAT (opens in new tab)
  • Enjoy! Sumptuous Salted Caramel Filled Bar, 70g, £2.99 VIEW AT ASDA (opens in new tab)
  • Tesco Free From Chocolate Bar, 35g, 45p VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Enjoy! Delightfully Dark Buttons, 96G, £4.99 VIEW AT ASDA (opens in new tab)

Vegan cake mix

Vegan food list: Vegan cake mix

Betty's Crockers mix is vegan, just substitute the egg for chia seeds instead

Just like pastry, baking a cake from scratch is a great way to ensure that your cake is going to be vegan as you’ll have full control over the ingredients; especially if you’re choosing from a selection of vegan cake recipes (opens in new tab). One thing to keep in mind is that readymade cake mixes often need to be bonded with an egg. Just swap for 1tbsp of chia seeds mixed with 2.5tbsp of water - but of course double check the box of cake mix to make sure there’s no hidden milk powder.

  • Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake Mix, 425g, £2 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • Creative Nature Chia & Cacao Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix, 400g, £4.50 VIEW AT SAINSBURY’S (opens in new tab)
  • Superfood Bakery Organic Lemon & Poppy Loaf Mix, 270G, £2.99 VIEW AT TESCO (opens in new tab)
  • FREEE by Doves Farm Sponge Mix, 350g, £2 VIEW AT SAINSBURY’S (opens in new tab)
  • Sweetpea Pantry Raw Cacao, Flax & Teff Brownie Mix, 200g, £2.70 VIEW AT SAINSBURY’S  (opens in new tab)
  • Creative Nature Whole Grain Banana Bread Mix, 250g, £3.50 VIEW AT SAINSBURY’S  (opens in new tab)

Vegan crisps

Foods for vegans crisps

Vegan-friendly crisps including Twiglet's, Pringles and Tesco Finest

There are masses of crisps that are in fact vegan. Most meat-flavoured crisps contain artificial flavouring and have no animal products in the ingredients list. One of our favourite foods for vegans is Pringles. It’s not just the original flavour that is suitable for vegans, other flavours such as BBQ Sauce, Texas BBQ, Paprika and Smokey Bacon flavours are also foods for vegans.

Lisa adds; “Crisps can contain a number of ingredients unsuitable for vegans, including animal-derived flavourings, and milk. Conversely, there are many crisps that are animal flavoured, such as smoky bacon, or prawn cocktail, which contain artificial flavourings, making them suitable for vegans. Pringles Original, unlike the salt and vinegar version, does not contain milk.”

  • Tesco Finest Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crisps, 150g, £1