The Best Vegan Restaurants and Food We Tried in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in the whole wide world and I was fortunate enough to be able to visit in 2017. It was my second time visiting, and my first time as a vegan. Before making the journey out, I saw sites like HappyCow touting a lot of options for plant-based travelers. 

However, it wasn't until I got there that I got to experience how much delicious food the city had to offer. I was blown away multiple times over by the selection of healthier fare and vegan junk food.

Here are all of the best restaurants and food that I tried in Amsterdam.  If you ever get a chance to go visit, I would highly recommend you hit as many of these spots as you can. 

You'll thank me later.


Spirit was the first place we went after landing. We got to the city rather late and it was one of the few places that was open past 9 or 10 pm. It's a vegetarian buffet style restaurant with countless vegan options. Even most of the ice cream was vegan.

When I say buffet, I don't mean that it was a flat fee followed by an all-you-can-eat. Instead, you got your food and paid by weight. This was probably a good thing because the food was so good that I think I could have kept eating forever.

Here's some of the stuff that we ate:

The photo above is one of the first plates that we had from Spirit. It's got all sorts of Asian delights like seaweed, mushrooms, tofu spring rolls, and spicy tempeh. 

There's so much stuff on the plate that it's kind of hard to tell what everything is, but the main thing is the fried risotto balls. They were to die for. That cracker with the creamy looking spread on the top was actually a pastry - kind of similar to an open-faced cannoli.

Even though it was a vegetarian buffet - most of the desserts that I recall were 100% vegan. This includes the ice cream selection. What you see in the picture above is a black sesame ice cream along with cookie dough ice cream (don't quote me on that - it may have been vanilla).

Avocado Show

The Avocado Show had a really long wait, but was worth every minute. While I felt the portions were small, everything was extremely well crafted and totally Instagram-worthy.

I ended up putting this sticker on my computer tower. I get fond memories whenever I look at it. But now onto the food.

The above is a picture of the "Avogarden". It was basically an avocado stuffed with hummus and a bunch of other goodies. Even the flowers were edible. In the background, you can see some of the delicious crackers that it came with.

Of course, I cant forget about the avocado ice cream. Words can't even describe how good this was. I'm not sure what I liked better - this or the sesame ice cream from Spirit.

Vegan Junk Food Bar

Vegan Junk Food Bar had the most over the top vegan food I've ever tasted.  To be more specific, the food was extremely rich, indulgent, and delicious. As the name implies - this isn't meant to be particularly healthy. It's burgers, fries, onion rings, bitterballen, shawarma, and much more. 

Aside from the few sprigs of arugula, you can tell that this burger wasn't designed with clean eating in mind. That being said, it went far beyond any burger (real or mock meat) that I've ever eaten. I don't think I could eat here all the time, but if you're in the city, it's worth checking out.

This is a shot with the bitterballen on the side. I never really heard of it before taking the trip, but it was amazing!


Vegabond was a nice little cafe , located around the center of the city, that had all sorts of treats. They had lots of different things, including a few vegan groceries that we bought. 

The main thing were the delicious vegan donuts, though. The first one we tried was the peanut butter flavored one:

The second one was this chocolate one. Absolutely amazing.

Eetcafe Ibis Ethiopian Restaurant

Eetcafe Ibis isn't a vegan restaurant, but they were more than happy to serve up an entirely vegan feast to us. Ethiopian cuisine is pretty heavily plant focused anyway, with an emphasis on legume dishes. When we said we were vegan, the staff knew exactly what to do and we didn't have to ask any questions or have any awkward conversations.

Everything was extremely well-seasoned and the manager even came out to greet us. It was clear that they took great pride in their cuisine and it really showed.

I've been to about 5 different Ethiopian restaurants in my life, and this one was my favorite by far.

The plate pictured above was shared by four people. As you can tell it was absolutely huge.

And they weren't stingy with the injera either (the wraps that you eat with shown in the photo). They just kept bringing it out without us asking.

Dutch Weed Burger

I know what you're thinking. Amsterdam. Weed.

But the Dutch Weed Burger doesn't contain the type of weed you may have in mind. They serve up a delicious burger with seaweed along with a bunch of other mock meat dishes.

Here's a picture of their vegan hot dog with the dutch weed bites on the side. My wife got the hot dog and I got the burger. I'm not sure which one was better.

If you enjoy "dirtier" vegan food - this place is for you. You'll definitely want to go here and Vegan Junk Food Bar.

Beter & Leuk

Out of all the restaurants, Beter and Leuk was the place that we went to the most. They're a breakfast and lunch place with a wide variety of different options for each.

The above is toast with vegan cheese and jam. It was really filling and I ended up making it a whole bunch at home.

On the opposite end of the culinary spectrum, they also served up this Korean bowl. It had braised vegan short ribs and a bunch of veggies. Having worked in a Korean restaurant, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was.

But the Dutch impressed me yet again.

Mr. and Mrs. Watson

Mr. and Mrs. Waston was a place that we wished we could have gone twice, but it was really crowded. They specialize in vegan cheese, but unfortunately I didn't get a chance to try it because we just went for a light breakfast.

The waffles and tempeh bacon (pictured above) were light and delicious. I thought the sesame seeds were an excellent savory touch.

Wrap Up

Hope you've enjoyed! I'll be sure to keep this page updated as I plan on visiting again sometime in 2019. Hopefully it will be a long trip because I'd like to hit all these spots again.

Please comment below to let me know your favorite place to eat vegan in Amsterdam. 

Miso Soup: Is it Vegan? Plus Quick Recipe & Easy Mix Packets

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Miso soup is a delightful Japanese dish that's commonly served as an appetizer. When dining out at a Japanese establishment, I love getting a miso soup and a house salad before my veggie rolls. It's warming and full of different textures and flavors. For vegans such as myself, there's a lot of confusion around miso soup. In this post we'll cover whether or not it's traditionally vegan, give you an easy recipe, and point you to some of the best instant miso mixes.

Is Miso Soup Vegan?

The short answer: it depends.

Miso soup is traditionally made with dashi* (soup stock) which contains bonito flakes. Because bonito is a fish (similar to tuna), this means that traditional miso is not safe for vegans or vegetarians. However, many restaurants are not making miso with the traditional stock and are either using instant stocks or omitting the fish portion, likely as a means of cost saving.

If you're out at a restaurant that serves miso soup, the best option is asking if the stock they use is vegetarian or if the stock contains fish. Even though we follow a vegan diet, vegan and vegetarian are often used interchangeably in Asian cultures, so we find that it's the easiest way to ask.

*Dashi can be made with or without fish flakes, but the traditional recipe contains fish.

5 Ingredient Vegan Miso Soup Recipe

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Easy 5 Ingredient Vegan Miso Soup
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
5 mins

The best way to know for sure that your miso soup is vegan is to make your own at home. This recipe only has 5 ingredients and can be made in as little as 5 minutes. Who would have thought that homemade miso could be so simple?

The serving size is good for one person but is slightly larger than what you would get in a restaurant. Enjoy by yourself or split with one other person. The recipe can also be doubled or tripled if you're catering for a crowd. 

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 40 kcal
  • 1 tbsp red or white miso paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 block tofu - extra firm
  • 2 tbsp dried wakame seaweed flakes
  • 1 small green onion
  1. Add the miso paste to the water in a pot and put it on medium heat.

  2. As the water is heating, slice up 1/3 of a block of tofu into cubes and put to the side. Repeat this step for the green onion, cutting them into thin slices.

  3. Use a spoon or a whisk to dissolve the miso paste into the water once it has heated up a bit.

  4. Add the remainder of your ingredients and wait until the seaweed flakes have hydrated and expanded in the soup.

  5. By this time, the soup should be at a low boil and you can remove it from the heat and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you want to make this miso soup more of a complete meal, adding some rice and sesame seeds can be a great way to make it more filling. Obviously, this strays from the more "traditional" recipe, but it's something that I do all the time! You can also add other starches like unseasoned ramen or rice noodles.


Finally, if you want to really up the flavor of this miso, try adding a dash of nutritional yeast or shitake powder for an extra burst of umami.


Vegan Instant Miso Soups

If you're in a hurry and want to enjoy your miso like an instant ramen, there are a plethora of vegan options to choose from. We've taken some of the top brands for vegan miso soup mixes and pre-made cups and listed them below:

1. Tsubi Miso Soup

White Miso Soup with Aosa Seaweed & Tofu, Freeze Dried Instant Soup Cubes, VEGAN NON-GMO GLUTEN FREE, 6 oz Servings (Pack of 4)

Tsubi Soup's white miso is a packet that you add to any mug or small bowl. From there, all you need to do is add 6 oz of water to the freeze dried cube of miso and it will turn into an authentic soup right before your eyes. With two kinds of sea plants (kelp and aosa) along with powerful umami-packed ingredients such as shitaki, Tsubi has gone above and beyond to create an extremely flavor-rich soup.

2. McDougal Miso Ramen Noodle Soup

Dr. McDougall's Right Foods Vegan Miso Ramen, 1.9-Ounce Cups (Pack of 6)

Best known for The Starch Solution, Dr. McDougall also has a line of vegan soups (including miso, which are widely available online and in grocery stores. You would prepare this soup much like you would a cup of noodles. It comes with a flavor packet that you pour into a cup along with boiling water. After five minutes you’ve got a delicious cup of ramen miso!

3. Edward and Son's Organic Miso Cup

Miso-Cup Organic Traditional Soup with Tofu, Single-Serve Envelopes in 4-Count Boxes, 1.39 oz (Pack of 12)

Edward and Son’s makes a traditional miso soup packet that’s super easy to make. It doesn’t come with any noodles, but all you have to do is add the packet to a cup along with hot water. It’s easy to take to work and you can always add some ramen noodles or rice on your own if you want a more filling meal.

4. Miyasaka Instant Miso Soup (Vegetarian)

Miyasaka Freeze Dried Vegetarian Miso Soup, 0.27-Ounce (Pack of 12)

Miyasaka Instant Miso soup is another version of a freeze-dried miso cube that has the tofu, seaweed, and green onion built right into it. Having brought this miso soup to lunch for a while, my only criticism is that there should be a bit more tofu. If you’re looking for something simple, light, and traditional then Miyasaka’s is a great pick.

5. Edward and Sons Miso Cup

Miso-Cup Soup with Seaweed, 2-Serving Envelopes (Pack of 24)

The Miso Cup by Edward and Son's has one of the most simple ingredient statement’s on this list. With only miso, seaweed, and green onions, it’s definitely got the most simplistic flavor profiles on the list. This does not necessarily mean that it’s bad, heck our own recipe only had 5 ingredients. However, if you want something with a deeper level of savoriness, you may want to go with #3 on the list (which is their traditional recipe).

Now that you've got the miso soup down, how about the Caliornia rolls?

Check out: Vegan Substitutes for Imitation Crab

Over 21 Vegan Sweeteners and Honey Substitutes

21 vegan honey alternatives

For many new vegans, trying to figure out what to eat can be overwhelming. Sweeteners are a common point of confusion because their origins are often unknown and their ingredient statements can be complex. 

Now for the good news: there's a huge selection of sweeteners out there for vegans to choose from. In fact, most sweeteners are accidentally vegan, so you rarely have to go looking for substitutes. Even in the case of honey, many excellent companies are putting out alternatives that are completely "bee free".

In this guide, we'll cover several different types of vegan sweeteners including: honey substitutes, liquid sweeteners, granulated and powdered sweeteners, and whole food sweeteners.

Honey Specific Substitutes

There are several products that have been created specifically for the purpose of replacing honey. While we think the other liquid sweeteners listed above can work just as well, if you really want to match the flavor of honey, these are definitely worth checking out.

1. Bee Free Honee

Bee Free Honee, Original 12 oz (Plant Based & Vegan)

Designed to work without having to modify any recipes, Bee Free Honee works as a 1 to 1 replacement for regular honey. It's made with three simple ingredients: apple juice, cane sugar, and lemon juice.

Flavor-wise, it tastes quite similar to real honey, but has some mild notes of apple. 

2. Blenditup Vegan Honey

Blenditup Bee Free Vegan Honey (16 Oz) - Plant Based & All Natural Apple Made Honey - Ideal for Sweeten Your Foods of Your Choice

Being that it is apple juice based, Blenditup Vegan Honey has a similar ingredient list as Bee Free Honee. It can also be used as a 1 to 1 replacement in any recipe. The ingredients read: Apple Juice Concentrate, Water, Vegan Cane Sugar, Lemon Juice.

As you might imagine, it has a similar flavor profile to the first option. Whichever you like better will come down to your personal preference, but we don't think you'll be dissatisfied with either one!

3. Nature's Hollow Honey Substitute

Nature's Hollow Sugar-Free Honey Substitue, 14 Ounce

Nature's Hollow Honey Substitute is a bit different than the other two products. Firstly, it is sugar-free. It's sweetened with xylitol (we cover this later) and "natural honey flavor". We've personally reached out to the manufacturer and confirmed that is is 100% vegan. It's great for diabetics and does a pretty good job matching the flavor of honey, although the texture is slightly different.

Here's a screenshot of our chat with them:

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Vegan Liquid Sweeteners

Below is a list of vegan liquid sweeteners. Any of these products can technically be used to replace honey, if you didn't want to use any of honey specific substitutes. We’ve also made specific application recommendations for these sweeteners, but cooking is as much an art as it is a science.

There’s no hard and fast rules!

4. Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a vegan liquid sweetener that is extracted from maple trees. It’s commonly eaten on breakfast foods such as waffles and pancakes, but actually makes a delicious sweetener for almost anything!

It has a deep, rich, and complex flavor that's completely unique. It doesn’t dissolve as well as some other liquid sweeteners, but a quick pulse in a blender and/or some heat should get the job done if you're having trouble.

Maple Syrup Applications: Baking, Tea, Coffee, Marinades, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles

5. Agave Nectar

Agave syrup or nectar is a relatively thin vegan sweetener that’s produced from the agave plant. It comes in several different varieties which have slightly different uses. The varieties range from light to dark, with the lighter syrups being more mild and neutral. With the darker varieties, you’ll notice more complex caramel-type notes. It tends to be easy to dissolve, which means it works well in coffee, tea, or other beverages.

Agave Nectar Applications: Baking, Tea, Coffee, Marinades, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles, Mixed Drinks

6. Molasses / Black Strap Molasses

Both Molasses and Black Strap Molasses are fantastic vegan options to use as sweeteners. You may also see it referred to as “black treacle”. It’s made by boiling sugar cane down to a syrup and then extracting the sugar crystals. After the sugar crystals have been removed, the dark liquid that’s remaining is known as molasses. The  Black Strap variety is derived from the third round of this process and thus is the most concentrated form of molasses.

Besides from using sugarcane, it can also be made from other plants including dates, sorghum, and beet juice. However, these practices are much less common and most varieties you'll buy will be made from sugarcane.

With the exception of the whole-fruit sweeteners below, molasses actually has some antioxidant power making it a healthier sweetener.

Molasses Applications: Baking, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles

7. Golden Syrup

Golden Syrup, synonymous with the Lyle’s brand, is another vegan liquid sweetener that is made from inverted sugar. Inverted sugar is made by heating sugar, water, and typically some form of acid such as lemon juice. By doing this, the sucrose molecule is split into its two more basic components: glucose and fructose. The result is a viscous and pourable liquid that you may notice on labels as “invert syrup”. This is done enzymatically sometimes for commercial production, but the end result is the same.

Golden Syrup Applications: Baking, Tea, Coffee, Marinades, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles, Mixed Drinks

8. Yacon Syrup

Yacon syrup is yet another vegan-friendly sweetener that’s made from the yacon root vegetable. It’s a darker-colored syrup and some people liken the flavor to that of a super dark, or even slightly burnt, molasses. It tends to be marketed (falsely) as a weight loss supplement, but realistically it’s just a low calorie sweetener.

It’s supposed to have some fiber in it (we couldn’t find any on the label), but if you’re going for health or weight loss, you should be relying on whole plant foods and not syrups or supplements.

Yacon Syrup Applications: Baking, Tea, Coffee, Marinades, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles, Mixed Drinks

9. Brown Rice Syrup

Brown rice syrup dark vegan liquid sweetener that you may have seen on some snack foods. It is made by enzymatically breaking down cooked rice starch and then evaporating excess liquid to create a viscous consistency. The enzymes used in the process typically come from barley, fungus, or bacteria. You may also see this product labeled as maltose syrup, but don’t worry - it’s still vegan!

Brown Rice Syrup Applications: Commercial Snacks, Baking, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles

10. Stevia Drops

Stevia Drops or Sweet Drops is concentrated liquid stevia which is sold flavored or unflavored in small little bottles. Some of the products out there are so concentrated that the bottles even come with droppers to ensure that you don’t over-sweeten anything.

SweetLeaf Sweet Drops Liquid Stevia Variety 5 Pack 1.7 fl. oz each

They are typically zero calories. We think that they taste the best when they are used in addition to sugar. Using them synergistically creates optimal sweetness while allowing you to drastically cut down on the amount of calories.

Applications: Smoothies, Coffee, Tea, and as a Complimentary Sweetener to Cut Sugar Use

Vegan Granulated Sweeteners and Powders

Sometimes liquid sweeteners just don't cut it. If a recipe calls for one cup of sugar, it might be difficult to figure out the ratio of how much of a liquid sweetener you'd have to use. Additionally, sometimes you don't want to add extra moisture to a recipe which is why granulated and powdered sweeteners come in handy.

11. Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is a granulated and minimally processed vegan sweetener which is produced from the coconut palm.

It’s not overly sweet and contains some complex and darker flavor notes. It has the look  and feel of brown sugar and if you were to put them side by side it would be hard to tell the difference. When it comes to taste, coconut sugar is darker and more complex than white sugar with hints of caramel and molasses.

Applications: Any application where a sweetener is called for.

12. Beet Sugar

There’s very little difference between beet sugar and cane sugar when it comes to their applications and nutritional properties. They both act as the table sugar that we’re used to in most recipes and that many people put into coffee and tea. The key thing about beet sugar is that it is always 100% vegan and not processed with animal products. If you’re buying a bag of plain sugar at the grocery store, getting beet sugar is the more ethical option.

Sugar beets are white rather than the red beets you'd normally see

Applications: Any application where a sweetener is called for.

13. Cane Sugar

Cane sugar, or sugar extracted from the sugarcane plant, isn’t always vegan. Now, we wouldn’t recommend that you over-analyze every packaged food that has sugar in it, but it’s something to be mindful of if you’re buying new bag of sugar at the grocery store. Conventional cane sugar can sometimes be processed with bone char from animals, but the organic variety isn’t. Conventional cane sugar isn’t likely something that greatly contributes to animal suffering, but a small point to be aware of if you’re shopping for bulk sugar.

Applications: Any application where a sweetener is called for.

Read also: Is Sugar Vegan?

14. Brown Sugar

Because brown sugar is table sugar mixed with molasses, it’s not always 100% vegan. The cane sugar that’s mixed the molasses may have been processed with bone char. But just as with conventional cane sugar, the solution is simple: go with the organic variety to be sure that you’re avoiding bone char.

Applications: Baking, Marinades, Cereals, Sauces

15. Powdered or Granulated Stevia

Recently making its way to the US and Europe, stevia is a natural vegan sweetener that has been used for many years in Japan. Many people actually don’t like the taste of stevia and find the aftertaste bitter tasting or even hard to describe.

However, from personal experience, granulated stevia is much better used synergistically with another sweetener, especially regular sugar. In other words, if you cut your sugar and slowly add stevia to taste, you’ll be able to cut the caloric load from sugar in half (if not more). You also won't notice that bitter stevia aftertaste that many people don't like. This works especially well in baking.

To make recipes even healthier, you can use whole food sweeteners alongside stevia as well.

Applications: Can work in almost any application, but tastes best when used synergistically with other sweeteners.

16. Monk Fruit Extract

Monk fruit extract is a vegan sweetener extracted from the monk fruit (as you may have guessed). Gram for gram it’s up to 200 times sweeter than regular sugar, so you don’t have to use very much.

Buddha Fruit also known is Monk Fruit

The amount that you would use to sweeten something doesn’t contain any calories, which puts it in the same category as stevia as a zero calorie natural sweetener. The taste is hard to describe, but it definitely has some fruity notes along with some flavors that feel artificial (but aren’t). If you haven’t tried it for yourself, it’s worth a shot. From our experience, it isn’t as polarizing as stevia which some people absolutely hate.

Applications: Coffee, Tea, Mixed Drinks, Baking

17. Xylitol

Xylitol is another vegan sweetener that’s extracted from corn cobs and other fibrous plants. It’s mainly found in gum and other commercially-made hard candies, but it can also be purchased and used in your household. Contrary to table sugar, xylitol actually comes along with some dental benefits by discouraging bacterial production and allowing the mouth to maintain a neutral pH level.

Recipes with xyltiol aren’t all that common, but this vegan chocolate pudding is definitely worth a shot.

Applications: Gum, Baking, Hard Candies, Confectionery

Whole Food Sweeteners

18. Dates

Dates are simply dried fruits with no other ingredients making them 100% vegan and a great sweetener. There are several different varieties of dates, but medjool dates are by far the best for any sort of baking or cooking application. 

Medjool dates looking plump and delicious

The one downside is that really high quality dates will require you to manually remove the pit, so if you’re using a lot of them it can be more time consuming than simply pouring in a syrup.

We like to blend them with a bit of mustard and water to create a "vegan honey mustard"!

Applications: Baking, Smoothies, Snacking, Sauces, Marinades

19. Prunes

Prunes are dried versions of plums with no other added ingredients (besides some preservatives in some cases). Believe it or not, they can be blended or processed into baked goods or syrups as a sweetener, similar to dates.

A bunch of prunes on a wooden spoon.

It’s not very common, but we’ve tried it for our black bean brownies and it works great! It won’t be a 1:1 substitute, but if you add enough it will be just as sweet.

Learn more about dates and prunes.

Applications: Baking, Smoothies, Snacking, Sauces, Marinades

20. Date Sugar

As far as sweeteners go, it is our position that date sugar is one of the healthiest on the list! The reason for this is because date sugar is actually a whole food. They’re ground and powdered dates that have been transformed to the consistency of granulated sugar.

Date Lady Pure ORGANIC Date Sugar NON-GMO, VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE & KOSHER A Complete Whole Food Sweetener and Great Sugar Alternative in Baking 12oz 1

If you want to test it out for youself, Date Lady is a great brand to keep stocked in your pantry.

Some brands have other additives in them, so we recommend looking for single ingredient date sugars such as the one linked above.

Applications: Baking, Smoothies, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles, Sauces, Marinades

21. Date Syrup

Date syrup is available in commercial bottles, but also really easy to make yourself. The recipe for date syrup is two ingredients: dates and water. Some recipes and products may have other things in them, such as lemon or other flavors. You can even flavor it yourself with some vanilla or almond extract.

As another whole-food based option, date syrup made it to our healthiest sweetener list.

Because it is only two ingredients, date syrup is rather easy to make. If you're curious, the short video above will show you how!

22. Lucuma Powder

Lucuma powder is a rarely known powdered vegan sweetener made from the lucuma fruit native to South America. It’s a whole food sweetener as the fruit is dried out and then milled into a powder. It’s said to be lower on the glycemic index than table sugar and it also retains the nutrients found in the whole fruit.


If you want to try it for yourself, Nativas is a good brand to check out. The flavor notes can be described to be somewhere between caramel, maple, and sweet potato.

Applications: Smoothies, Beverages, Cereals, Vegan Yogurt, Baking

What About Artificial Sweeteners? Are They Vegan?

All aspartame (Equal, Sweet n’ Low) and sucralose (Splenda) based sweeteners are vegan from an ingredient standpoint. However, the controversy with them comes from whether or not the companies who’ve made them have tested on animals to create these products themselves or on other products.

For example, this horrible story on splenda and beagles is one that made us really sad. However, it is important to understand that it’s going to be nearly impossible to live your life without transacting with a person or company that has caused animal suffering in the past. This is the case no matter how dedicated to veganism you are.

In our opinion, the best way to approach veganism is to give up products that require animal suffering to be created (milk, meat, dairy, eggs, fish, etc.) and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Rather than concerning yourself with artificial sweeteners, it’s probably best to learn to make some really awesome vegan recipes to show your friends and family how easy the lifestyle truly is!

Is Greek Yogurt Vegan? Plus 7 Dairy-Free Alternatives!

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Greek Yogurt has quickly become popular snack and different brands are popping up all over the refrigerated section of the grocery store. As a lower sugar alternative to overly sweetened commercial yogurts, it may be a slightly healthier alternative. However, the ethical and health issues of consuming real dairy cannot be ignored.

If you're thinking about going vegan (or already are) and feel like you're missing out on Greek yogurt, today is your lucky day! There are so many options to enjoy it without the use of any dairy products.

Is Greek Yogurt Vegan?

The answer is no. Greek Yogurt in its traditional form is not vegan because it is made from cow's milk. Vegans don't consume any products that are derived from meat, dairy, eggs, dairy, or fish. The short reason for this is because producing dairy products, such as the milk in Greek Yogurt, requires cows to be artificially inseminated, worked to their capacity, and stripped of their offspring. Vegans view the entire process as unethical and thus abstain from milk products.

Vegan Greek Yogurt Substitutes

If you think you can't live without yogurt, don't panic! We've compiled 7 options for you to enjoy Greek Yogurt (which also include the live active cultures)  without any dairy whatsoever. Don't forget that most brands have store locators on their website, so you can check if their products are locally available. If there's no store-bought options near you or you're more culinary-inclined, be sure to check out option number 7 - making your own.

1. So Delicious Greek Style Coconut Milk Yogurt

You're probably familiar with So Delicious from their plant milk products, but they also make Greek Yogurt!

You can enjoy it right out of the container or use it in any recipe where Greek yogurt would be used. This includes things like parfaits, yogurt pies, tzatziki sauce, and on top of oatmeal.

2. Ripple Greek Yogurt

Ripple is an up and coming dairy alternative company that has an entire line of Vegan Greek Yogurts!

Their products are formulated to be high in protein, just like the "real" thing. Each of their flavors: Original, Vanilla, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Maple each have 12g of protein.

3. Kite Hill Greek Style Yogurt

Kite Hill, probably best known for their vegan cream cheese, also makes a line of Greek Yogurts.

There's plenty of flavors to choose from including blueberry, peach, strawberry, vanilla, and plain. We're noticing them more and more in the supermarkets nowadays, so they shouldn't be too hard to find, especially if you've got a Whole Foods near you!

4. Joya Soya Greek Yogurt

If you live in Europe, you may be lucky enough to find Joya's line of Greek Yogurts at your grocery store.

Currently, they make their Greek yogurts in plain and strawberry, but also have a wide variety of other vegan yogurt products to check out. As you probably can tell by the name, most of their products are made from the humble soybean.

5. Kingland Greek Yogurt

For folks living in Australia, Kingland has a huge line of Greek Yogurt that you might be able to find at your local grocer.

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Kingland actually has some creative flavors in their lineup, too! Their entire selection includes: Plain, Mixed Berries + Chia, Apple + Cinnamon, Mango + Peach, Passionfruit + Chia. As far as allergens go, all of their products are soy based.

6. Daiya Greek Yogurt

Everyone has heard of Daiya Cheese. It's even made its way into some mainstream pizzerias as a dairy-free option.

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You might not have known that Daiya also has a line of vegan Greek Yogurt! It's made in plain, strawberry, blueberry, peach, cherry, and vanilla bean.

7. ​Making Plant-Based Greek Yogurt at Home

Getting a vegan yogurt starter kit is a great way to simplify the process. They come with everything you need (besides the milk) and easy to follow directions.

Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture, Non-Dairy, Organic, Non-GMO, Probiotic Blend, Use In Yogurt Maker With Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Soy Milk, Includes 4 Packets Of Starter

Cultures for Health makes a kit specifically designed for plant-based yogurt.

While it’s not designed specifically for Greek-style, you can use agar agar, guar gum, pectin, or tapioca starch or another thickener to create the finalized thick texture. 

Kettle Corn: Is it Vegan? Plus Brands & an Easy Recipe!

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Kettle corn is a sweetened, salted, and oiled popcorn. It’s extremely popular at events such as concerts or carnivals, but can also be purchased from the grocery store.

In this article, we’ll cover the vegan status of kettle corn, vegan kettle corn brands, and give you an easy kettle corn recipe so you can make your own at home.

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Is Kettle Corn Vegan?

ANSWER: Yes! Kettle corn is typically not buttered like standard popcorn and most of the brands we found were 100% vegan. Even big name brands which normally put butter in their regular popcorn, didn’t seem to have it in their kettle corn. This is not to say that a non-vegan kettle corn cannot exist, so always double check the label. The most likely offending ingredient would be butter. If you’re at an event where kettle corn is being served, it’s always best to ask if real butter was used.

See also: Is Popcorn Vegan & Vegan Popcorn Brands

Vegan Kettle Corn Brands

Although there are most likely more out there, we’ve found the following brands to have vegan ingredient statements. Please note that ingredients and nutrition labels do change and you’ll always want to double check before buying!

As usual, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are healthy as they still have added fat and sugar. If you’re looking for a healthier snack, you’re better off with plain popcorn.

1. Angie's Boom Chicka Pop

Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn, 1 Ounce Bag, 24 Count

Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop had the following ingredient statement:

"Popcorn, Sunflower Oil, Cane Sugar, and Sea Salt."

They even went as far as to put Vegan on their packaging which we thought was awesome! This brand has 70 calories per cup with 8g of sugar.

2. Rocky Mountain Popcorn Kettle Corn

Rocky Mountain Popcorn, Kettle Corn, 2.0 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Rocky Mountain Popcorn’s version of kettle corn had the following animal-free ingredients:

"Popcorn, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt, Soy Lecithin"

Their calorie counts and sugar content was similar as Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop with 55 calories and 8g of sugar per cup of popcorn.

3. Pop Secret Sweet and Crunchy Kettle Corn

Pop Secret Popcorn, Sweet 'n Crunchy Kettle Corn, 3-Count Boxes (Pack of 12)

While it’s not the cleanest ingredient statement, Pop Secret’s Sweet and Crunchy Kettle Corn doesn’t have any blatantly labeled animal products in it.

The ingredient statement reads as:

"Whole Grain Popcorn Kernels, Palm Oil with TBHQ, Isomalt, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Salt, Soy Lecithin (An emulsifier), Sucralose"

It just goes to show that there are plenty of accidentally vegan products out there in places you might no expect.

Making Your Own at Home: Recipe & Materials

When buying kettle corn from the store, you have little or no control of the ingredients that go into it. Making your own at home is actually cheaper in the long run and also gives you more control. It lets you fully customize how much or how little sugar and oil you want to add to your popcorn.

Helpful Item to Have

If you’re going to be making your own, we highly recommend that you get a microwave popcorn popper. Yes, you can make your own on the stove without one, but if you really like popcorn, you aren’t going to want to go through that process every time.

Nordic Ware Microwave Popcorn Popper, Red

The Nordic Ware Microwave Popcorn Popper  (pictured above) is a great one to start with. You can buy the kernels separately in bulk and have kettle corn on demand in just a few minutes.

Vegan Kettle Corn Recipe

close up of vegan kettle corn
Vegan Kettle Corn
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Because kettle corn is nothing more than sweetened, salted, and oiled popcorn, we’re going to give you a base recipe to start out with.

Keep in mind that if you’re looking to make it a bit healthier, you can experiment with cutting out the coconut oil and using something like a sugar and stevia mix to lower the calories in your kettle corn.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 2 people
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (plain)
  • 1-2 tsp coconut or sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar of choice (can also use stevia or sugar stevia blend)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (can also use agave nectar or other vegan sweet syrup)
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional bonus ingredient for extra umami)
  1. Add the oil and your un-popped popcorn kernels to your microwave popper and place into the microwave for 3-4 minutes or until fully popped. The ideal time will depend on the power of your microwave.

    You can also pop your popcorn on the stove or get an unseasoned bagged popcorn.

  2. Remove the popcorn from the microwave and transfer to a bigger bowl if needed to mix (will depend on size of your popper).

  3. Pour the syrup over the popcorn and do your best to evenly distribute it. This is critical as the syrup will help the sugar and salt stick to the popcorn.

  4. Add the salt, sugar, and yeast (optional), then proceed to mix with your hands. Be sure the popcorn isn’t too hot to the touch.

  5. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are distributed.

Recipe Notes

As stated earlier, there’s no right and wrong way to eat kettle corn. Experiment with removing or adding ingredients if you want to have your final product be healthier or more decadent.

These instructions are written for using a microwave popcorn popper, but you can also pop the popcorn on your stove. If you’re going to use the stove method, we recommend watching this video for easy to follow instructions.


Imitation Crab: Is it Vegan? Plus 5 Vegan Crab Substitutes!

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Is Imitation Crab Meat Safe for Vegans and Vegetarians?

Imitation crab meat, often found in California rolls at sushi restaurants, is not vegan. It is also not safe for vegetarians as it usually contains some form of ground up fish. That being said, there are plenty of alternative options to mainstream imitation crab that are cruelty-free and produced sustainably without the use of any real seafood.

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What is Imitation Crab Made Of?

Although there are plenty of different variations of imitation or synthetic crab, they usually have a somewhat similar formula. The main ingredient is some sort of mild tasting white fish with coloring, seasonings, and flavorings added. For the sake of example, we will take a popular imitation crab product and look at its ingredient statement:

"Alaska Pollock, water, wheat starch, sugar, contains 2% or less of: snow crab meat, sorbitol, natural and artificial crab flavoring (swimming crab extract, snow crab extract, water, hydrolyzed soy protein, ethyl alcohol, salt, glycerine, maltodextrin, sugar, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, propylene glycol), mirin wine (sake, sugar, salt, water, yeast extract), potassium chloride, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, pollock oil, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, color added, egg whites, sodium citrate, modified corn starch, lycopene, soy lecithin, paprika leoresin."

Although it's a long ingredient statement, there are many ingredients in there that go against the principles of vegan and vegetarianism. These ingredients include:

  • Alaska Pollock
  • Snow Crab Meat
  • Swimming Crab Extract
  • Snow Crab Extract
  • Egg Wites
  • Pollock Oil

Vegan Alternatives to Imitation Crab

Luckily for vegans,there are plenty of alternatives for imitation crab. Although it might seem strange at first, using the right vegetables along with flavors of the sea such, as seaweed and Old Bay, can result in a delicious mock crab. The following substitutes are perfect for crab cakes, California rolls, and even vegan seafood salad!

You'll never miss fake (or real) crab again.

1.  Jackfruit

Jackfruit is most commonly known for making vegan pulled pork, but its flaky texture is also ideal for making fake vegan crab. They work especially well in crab cakes.

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These recipes below are sure to change your mind:

2. Pre-Made Options

With veganism on the rise, you've probably seen several mock meat options on the grocery store shelves. Although alternatives to items  like chicken and beef are far more common, fish (and crab) options do exist once you know where to look. Here are some products worth checking out:

Gardein Mini Crabless Cakes

Gardein is perhaps one of the most popular protein alternative brands out there, and they just happen to make Mini Crabless Cakes

Gardein is very widely distributed. So much so, that you're likely to find them at your local Walmart.

Brands in Your Asian Supermarket

People have been living a meat free life in Asia far longer than they have in the West. They've also been perfecting their cuisine for far longer. That being said, it should come as no surprise that there are a plethora of vegan fish and crab options in the Asian supermarket that you've never heard of.

If you can't find anything near you, MayWah Vegetarian Market is a great place to grab some vegan seafood, including crab!

Their Instagram photo above is a soup made with a wide variety of MayWah's mock vegan seafood, including their crab.

Sophie's Kitchen

Sophie's Kitchen is another brand that makes vegan crab cakes along with several other plant-based seafood options. You can use the store locator on their website to check if they are available near you.

If they aren't, be sure to submit a request to let them know!


Finally, MATCH Meets is a smaller plant based protein brand which has a crab product in its line. Unfortunately, it's only available in St. Louis. We've heard its quite delicious if you can manage to find it!

We haven't been able to locate it near us, but it sure looks delicious!

3. Hearts of Palm

Hearts of palm, usually found in the canned foods section right next to the artichokes,  just happen to make a delicious crab substitute.

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Sure you can also make crab cakes, but we think you'll love this Vegan Hearts of Palm Crab Salad.

4. Artichoke Hearts

The flaky texture of artichokes makes it an excellent substitute for crab in a variety of applications. You can use them just like you would any of the other ingredients in dips, crab cakes, and sushi.

Here's how some of our favorite vegan recipe creators use artichoke hearts in place of seafood and crab:

5. Tofu (for California Rolls)

Being as versatile as it is, tofu makes an excellent medium for making mock crab. When cut correctly, its probably the most ideal for making Vegan California Rolls.

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Check out these recipes for some inspiration to make your own:

By this time, you've probably realized that vegans have endless options when it comes to crab and other seafood.

Now get out there and try them for yourself!

Dates vs Prunes: Nutritional Comparison & Recipe Inspiration!

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What's the Main Difference Between Dates and Prunes?

Although they are somewhat similar looking, dates and prunes are actually completely different fruits. They come from completely different plants, have different flavor profiles, and slightly different nutritional properties. 

Dates are their own species of dried fruit that grow on trees, while prunes are actually plums that have been dried.

Despite their differences, some similarities can be found in their culinary applications. Because they are both dried fruits that are super sweet, we've found that they can be used almost interchangeably as replacements to processed sugar in baking, plant-based ice creams, sauces, and raw cheesecakes.

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Want to learn more? Check out our full write-up on dates vs prunes below!

What Are Dates?

Dates are an entirely separate species of fruit which grow on trees. They are consumed dried and have a similar texture to prunes. Unlike prunes though, they are rarely, if ever, served in their non-dried form.

Medjool dates looking plump and delicious

If left on the tree, dates would become dried as part of their natural "ripening" process. However, dates are often picked from the tree beforehand so that the process can be controlled. Because they taste best when they are still somewhat hydrated, it's recommended to store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container to keep them fresh. A completely dried out date is generally considered to be less appealing than one that is dried just right.

Different Varieties of Dates

Unlike commercial prunes, varying species of dates are available in wide variety. The two most common dates are Medjool Dates and Deglet Noor Dates. You're likely to find both or one of these at your local supermarket. Deglet Noors are a bit harder, smaller, and less sweet than the Medjool dates. Medjool dates have a soft texture with a caramel-like flavor and tend to be the favorite of most date fans.

Other varieties of dates that you may have to look around for are:

Deglet Noor Dates are more dried out, but still delicious.

  • Barhi - super sweet and soft dates that have a dull brown color and a roundish shape.
  • Dayri - Large, semi-dry and medium dark brown. They have a similar flavor profile to Medjool dates. 
  • Zahidi - Small and golden with a mildly sweet peanut butter flavor.
  • Thoory - Considered to be the "bread date" for its dried texture. They have a hard outer skin with a nutty-flavored chewy inside. Makes them ideal to stand up during the bread baking process.
  • Khadrawy - These dates are gooey, sweet and sugary. Also similar to Medjool dates.
  • Halawy - These dates are soft and small. They have a bright brown appearance and a caramel-like flavor profile.

You'll have best of luck finding these dates in your local Middle-Eastern store or on date-specialty websites such as 7HotDates. We've had their sample pack before and it is awesome!

Alternatively, you can also order the commonly found dates on Amazon.

What Are Prunes?

Much like how a raisin is a dried grape, prunes are actually plums that have been dried out. This makes the flavors sweeter and more concentrated than a regular plum. Once the water content is removed, the texture becomes chewier and all of the flavors become less diluted.

A bunch of prunes on a wooden spoon.

As you'll see in our recipe section, prunes can be used in a wide variety of dishes. They can even be re-hydrated with different marinades to create all sorts of fun and unique flavor profiles.

Nutritional Comparison

Both being relatively sweet dried fruits, it's no surprise that dates and prunes are nutritionally quite similar. Below we will explore the macronutrient and micronutrient profile as well as talk about some studies that have been done on either of these two fruits​.

All of these numbers are based on 50g of fruit and calculated from Cronometer. We highly recommend them for doing your own nutritional calculations!

These plums have their pits and are fully hydrated. They aren't prunes yet!

Depending on the size of the fruit itself, 50g would equate to around 2-5 pieces.


Because they are dried, both dates and prunes have high calorie counts per gram. This doesn't necessarily mean that they are unhealthy, but you may want to hold off on them if you're trying to rapidly lose weight. If weight loss is your goal, you're best bet is sticking with fruits with higher water content as they will keep you more satiated. Fruits such as cantaloupes, fresh berries, or actual plums are a great example.

However, if you are trying to maintain your weight or looking for high-quality foods to fuel your athletic activities - either of them are a great pick as they have a high amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This will become more clear in the next section.




















As detailed by the chart below, both dates and prunes contain a high amounts of vitamins and minerals. While the percentages may look slightly low, remember that this is for a relatively small serving.

Judging by the chart, you'll also note that prunes seem to have overall more nutrients per 50 grams than dates do with a smaller amount of calories. This is especially true when it comes to Vitamin B2, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K.





19.5mg (2%)

21.5 mg (2%)


0.1mg (11%)

0.1mg (16%)


0.5mg (6%)

0.5mg (6%)


21.5mg (5%)

20.5mg (5%)


0.1mg (6%)

0.1mg (7%)


31mg (4%)

34.5mg (5%)


328mg (7%)

366mg (8%)


1.5 µg (3%)

0.2 µg (8%)


1.0 mg (0%)

1.0mg (0%)


0.1 mg (1%)

0.2mg (2%)




B1 (Thiamine)

0.0 mg (2%)

0.0mg (2%)​​​​

B2 (Riboflavin)

0.0 mg (3%)

0.1mg (7%)

B3 (Niacin)

0.6 mg (4%)

0.9mg (6%)

B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

0.3 mg (6%)

0.2mg (4%)

B6 (Pyridoxine)

0.1 mg (6%)

0.1 mg (8%)

B12 (Cobalamin)

0.0 µg (0%)

0.0 µg (0%)


9.5 µg (2%)

2.0 µg (1%)

Vitamin A

5.0 IU (0%)

390.5 IU (13%)

Vitamin C

0.2 mg (0%)

0.3 mg (0%)

Vitamin D

0.0 IU (0%)

0 IU (0%)

Vitamin E

0.0 mg (0%)

0.2 mg (1%)

Vitamin K

1.4 µg (1%)

29.8 µg (25%)

Other Studied Health Effects

Although it's not commonly discussed, the health promoting properties of foods are more than macro and micronutrients. Plant foods are especially rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals both of which play key roles in our health and longevity. In this section below, we go beyond the standard nutrients and look at some of the more subtle effects of prunes and dates.


Antioxidants are extremely important, yet often overlooked when discussing the healthfulness of certain foods. They help protect our bodies against "oxidation" or "oxidative stress".

Oxidative stress is one of the major mechanisms associated with cellular damage, aging, and certain diseases. Part of a healthy lifestyle means consuming as many antioxidant rich foods as possible.

Dates and prunes are both rich sources of antioxidants. Although they may be somewhat calorie dense (when compared to non-dried fruits), both of these fruits are extremely healthy so long as they don't cause you to go completely overboard on your daily caloric needs. 

Learn more about antioxidants.

Prunes and Bone Loss

Prunes aren't the usual suspect when it comes to bone health, but there was actually a study done that showed that consuming prunes for three months increased one of the most responsive markers in the blood for bone formation.

A more in-depth study done later on, showed that the results went beyond blood markers. Prunes actually had bone protection effects in the spine, bone, and arm.

To learn more about these studies, check out the video above and this link from Dr Michael Greger at

What If You Ate Dates Daily?

If you've ever eaten dates then this thought is likely to have crossed your mind:

"Oh man, something this sweet and this delicious can't actually be good for me!"

A perfectly ripe date is so sweet and so decadent that you sometimes literally think you're eating junk food. But does eating dates have the same health implications of eating processed candy?

This study showed that it does not. Participants ate 100g of dates for a month and despite this being a whopping 63g of daily sugar, didn't show any adverse effects. In fact, participants saw improvements in their antioxidant stress levels and triglycerides. The greatest benefits were realized from those participants eating Hallawi dates.

Researchers quoted:

"It is concluded that date consumption (and mainly the Hallawi variety) by healthy subjects, despite their high sugar content, demonstrates beneficial effects on serum triacylglycerol and oxidative stress and does not worsen serum glucose and lipid/lipoprotein patterns, and thus can be considered an antiatherogenic nutrient ."

Now, while we think this study was a bit limited in scope, it goes to show even super sweet and delicious whole fruits such as dates come with positive health benefits.

This plays further to our main position that you want to pick your foods based on more than just calories and nutrient content. You want to eat whole plant foods as much as possible!

Unique Recipes and Culinary Applications

Because of their texture and sweetness, dates and prunes have several culinary applications that you might not expect. Rather than using processed sugar to sweeten baked goods, using dates or prunes is a great way to sweeten up baked goods and sauces while adding fiber, vitamins, minerals, and all the other benefits associated with eating whole foods.

Here are a bunch of great recipes to dry where dates or prunes are used as the primary sweetener rather than processed sugar. If you're new to these two fruits, we think you'll be amazed at what you can make!

Baked Goods or Pastries

Raw Fudge Date and Prune Brownies by This Rawsome Vegan Life

raw fudge brownies by rawsome life

Vegan Chocolate and Prune Slice by My Goodness Kitchen

prune and chocolate slice by my goodness kitchen

Prune Power Balls by Kim's Cravings

prunes power ball by kims cravings

Ice Creams

date ice cream with toasted almonds


Date-Sweetened BBQ Sauce by Glue and Glitter

date sweetened teriyaki sauce by veggie primer

Plant-Based Cheesecakes

Blueberry Raw Cheesecake by The Awesome Green

blueberry cheesecake by the awesome green

Raw Lime Cheesecake by Casey Jade

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake by The Queen of Delicious

raw strawberry cheesecake by queen of delicious

Vegan’s Guide to Peanut Butter Brands + 9 Inspirational Recipe Ideas!

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Many people new to the vegan lifestyle often ask about peanut butter. Perhaps because it has the word butter or maybe because there are several strange ingredients in some of the biggest peanut butter brands. It often becomes a point of confusion for people transitioning to a veganism.

In our Vegan's Guide to Peanut Butter we will answer most of the common questions about this popular spread as well as give you a bunch of new and exciting ways to use it!

Want get inspired with a bunch of ways to use peanut butter (all vegan of course)? Click here to jump to our recipe ideas.

Otherwise keep reading to learn about the vegan status of peanut butter and our breakdown of the most popular peanut butter brands.

Is Peanut Butter Vegan?

Most of the time, peanut butter is vegan, but there are a few exceptions. This is especially true if you're buying natural peanut butter where the only ingredients are peanuts and salt - these are always vegan. Some larger commercial peanut butter brands may not be vegan if they contain honey, but this is usually displayed directly on the front of the package.

Keep reading to see which products from the top peanut butter brands are vegan and which ones are not.

Vegan Peanut Butters By Brand

To make things super simple, we've taken some of the most popular commercial peanut butter brands below and classified their products into two categories: Vegan or Not Vegan. Again, most of these are going to be fully plant-based, unless of course they have honey or some other unusual hidden animal-based ingredient.

All assessments were made from the respective manufacturer websites at the time of writing this article. Please note that ingredient statements do change, although we will try our best to keep everything up to date.

We didn't use "potentially" non-vegan trace ingredients in our final assessment of vegan or non-vegan.

If you're looking for healthy peanut butters, be sure to pick up the "natural" variety which only contain one or two ingredients (peanuts with or without salt). Be careful of added sugars and hydrogenated oils which can be found in many commercial peanut butters, even if they are vegan. They aren't the greatest from a health perspective.

Jif Peanut Butter

Jif Peanut Butter has several products which are vegan and several which are not. Taking the information from Jif's website, we've gone ahead and created a table which classifies their products into vegan or not vegan

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Jif Creamy Peanut Butter



Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter



Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter



Jif Natural Honey Peanut Butter

Not Vegan


Jif Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter



Jif Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter (Honey)

Not Vegan


Jif Omega-3 Creamy Peanut Butter

Not Vegan

 Anchovy And Sardine Oil, Tilapia Gelatin

Simply Jif Creamy Peanut Butter



Reduced Fat Jif Creamy Peanut Butter



Jif Whips Creamy Whipped Peanut Butter



Jif Whips Peanut Butter and Chocolate



Jif Cinnamon Spread



Jif Maple Spread



Skippy Peanut Butter

Similar to Jif, Skippy is another super large brand which has several vegan and non-vegan peanut butters. Their main offending ingredient is honey which can be found in a few of their spreads. Use the chart below to navigate which Skippy peanut butter products are vegan and which ones are not.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Skippy Singles



Skippy Creamy



Skippy Super Chunk



Skippy Roasted Honey Nut Creamy

Not Vegan


Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy



Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk



Skippy Double Peanut Butter PB Bites

Not Vegan

Milk Products

Skippy Pretzel PB Bites

Not Vegan

Milk Products

Skippy Granola PB Bites

Not Vegan

Milk Products & Honey

Skippy  Graham Cracker PB Bites

Not Vegan

Milk Products & Honey

Skippy Natural Singles



Skippy Natural Creamy



Skippy Natural Honey

Not Vegan


Skippy Natural Super Chunk



Skippy Natural Creamy 1/3 Less Sodium & Sugar



Skippy Natural Honey Super Chunk

Not Vegan


Smuckers Peanut Butter

Perhaps best known for their glass jar, Smuckers makes a wide range of peanut butter products. Unlike the previous two brands, their natural peanut butters have a much cleaner ingredient statement with no oils or added sugar. They also make a bunch of peanut butter and jelly blends (known as Goober's) which we've also included in the chart below.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Smuckers Natural Chunky Peanut Butter



Smuckers Natural Creamy Peanut Butter



Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter with Honey

Not Vegan


Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter No Salt Added



Smucker's Reduced Fat Natural Style Creamy Peanut Butter



Smuckers Organic Chunky Peanut Butter (Natural Style)



Smuckers Organic Creamy ​​​​Peanut Butter (Natural Style)



Goober Grape PB & J Stripes



Goober Strawberry PB & J Stripes



PB2 Peanut Butter Powder

While it's not exactly peanut butter, Bell Plantation's Peanut Butter Powders are taking the world by storm. You can actually add liquid to the powders to make them into a spread with less calories than regular peanut butter. The company achieves this by roasting the peanuts then pressing them which removes much of their fat content. While we think it's typically better to consume plant foods in their whole form, PB2 powder could be a great way to reduce your caloric intake if you're going for more aggressive weight loss.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter



PB2 with Premium Chocolate



PB2 Grape



PB2 Strawberry



PB2 Banana



Peanut Butter & Co

Known for their sandiwch shop in NYC, Peanut Butter & Co has a wide variety of unique and delicious peanut butter flavors. The majority of their peanut butter products are vegan friendly, which is also awesome! See the chart below for more details.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter



White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter



Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter



The Bee's Knees Peanut Butter

Not Vegan


Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter



Smooth Operator Peanut Butter



Crunch Time Peanut Butter



Mighty Maple Peanut Butter



The Heat is on Peanut Butter



Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter



Old Fashioned Crunchy Peanut Butter



Justins Peanut Butter

Justin's has recently become a popular nut butter brand, carrying all sorts of different varieties in their product line. However, they only have two peanut butters, one vegan and one non-vegan. As usual, the culprit ingredient is honey. 

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Justin's Classic Peanut Butter



Justin's Honey Peanut Butter

Not Vegan


Naturally More

Naturally More is best known for their peanut butter blends rather than straight up peanut butter. The company combines peanut butter with items such as flaxseeds and plant proteins to create their spreads. To our delight, we haven't found a spread of theirs that wasn't vegan!

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter



PB2 with Premium Chocolate



PB2 Grape



PB2 Strawberry



PB2 Banana




Marantha has all sorts of different peanut butters all of which are 100% vegan. The company specializes in making peanut butter all sorts of different ways: smooth, creamy, chunky, stir, no stir, etc. Most of their products are also organic.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Banana Peanut Butter (No Stir)



Organic Creamy Peanut Butter



Organic No Sugar No Salt Creamy Peanut Butter



Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter



Organic No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter



Organic No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter



No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter



Earth Balance

Earth Balance is best known for their popular vegan butter replacements found in the refrigerated aisle. However, they do have an entire line of vegan peanut butters as well.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Creamy Peanut



Crunchy Peanut



Creamy Coconut & Peanut Spread



Crunchy Coconut and Peanut Spread



Protein Peanut Blend



Organic No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter



No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter



Peter Pan

Peter Pan isn't just the popular Disney character that we all loved growing up. It's also the name of a popular brand of peanut butter. Their peanut butter is relatively popular and can often be spotted next to the big names such as Jif and Skippy. The vegan status of their products can be seen in the chart below:

Please note that their website doesn't list the ingredients so we snooped around the web and tried to find the most up to date ones. As always, double check before buying.

Product Name

Vegan or Not Vegan

Non-Vegan Ingredient

Original Creamy Peanut Butter



Crunchy Original Peanut Butter



Whipped Creamy Peanut Butter



Natural Creamy Peanut Butter



Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter



Creamy Honey Roast Peanut Spread

Not Vegan


Crunchy Honey Roast Peanut Spread

Not Vegan


Natural Creamy Honey Roast Peanut Spread

Not Vegan


Simply Ground Peanut Butter



Simply Ground Honey Roast Peanut Butter

Not Vegan


Vegan Peanut Butter Recipe Ideas

Now that you know that peanut butter is vegan, you may be asking yourself what to do with it! Sure, you can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but everyone knows how to do that and it's kind of boring. To make things easy, we've compiled 9 vegan-friendly recipe ideas to get you inspired.

1. Make Peanut Butter Nice Cream

Nice cream is also known as a "Nice Version" of ice cream. It's cruelty free and healthier than the dairy variety. Most of the time, it's made using whole foods such as frozen fruit.

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Earth Balance created a delicious Pumpkin Peanut Butter Nice Cream recipe which they beautifully photographed for their Instagram. With fall right around the corner, we're definitely going to be trying it out!

2. Add it to a Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are kind of like Nice Cream in the sense that it's a bowl of frozen goodness that you eat with a spoon. However, they tend to be made more on the fly and are generally a little bit looser in texture. They're great loaded up with all different toppings such as coconut, fresh fruit, and even a scoops of peanut butter!

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Simply make your favorite smoothie, perhaps with some extra ice or frozen fruit for thickness. Then, top it with a scoop of natural peanut butter and whatever other textured items you'd like. It makes a delicious and well-rounded breakfast.

3. Make a Banana Sandwich

Don't want to eat bread? You can make cute peanut butter sandwiches using bananas on both sides!

If you didn't know, peanut butter and banana makes a great combination. It was even a well-known favorite of singer Elvis. If you want to take it to the next level, add a small piece of vegan bacon on each one!

4. Make Ants on a Log

Don't worry, no real ants are harmed in the making of this delicious snack. Ants on a log is simply a stick of celery and peanut butter with some raisins added to the top.

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If you're too lazy to do the assembly, you can always dip the celery right into the jar of peanut butter. It's delicious either way!

5. Make Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cups don't have to have dairy in them. They can be made vegan quickly and easily, with fewer ingredients than you would find in the packaged variety.

The video above shows just how easy they are to make. They might even convert some of your non-vegan friends.

6. Make Loaded Peanut Butter Toast

For a healthy and satisfying treat, take some whole grain sprouted bread, spread on some peanut butter, and then load it up with blueberries and chia seeds!

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You can also used sliced strawberries, raspberries, flaxseeds, or anything your heart desires. If you're feeling really daring, you can top it off with a drizzle of maple syrup.

7. Make Peanut Butter Coffee

Peanut butter coffee might seem a bit strange, but once you try it, you might never have regular coffee again! It's our version of a vegan cafe latte, without the need for heavy cream or any other dairy milk.

If you're curious, check out our Spiced Peanut Butter Coffee Recipe!

8. Make Peanut Butter Frosting

It's not the healthiest thing to do, but if you're baking some cupcakes, peanut butter frosting makes a delicious topper! It tends to be not as overly sweet as a vanilla or chocolate frosting would be which we think gives the finished product a bit more balance.

Try adding some cocoa powder to the recipe for an added layer of depth and richness.

9. Make a Savory Peanut Butter Sauce

In our peanut ginger zoodles recipe pictured below, we top our spiralized zucchini noodles with a delicious peanut butter sauce.

The best thing about peanut butter is that it works well in savory and sweet applications. It can turn plain noodles into a complete and satisfying meal, especially if you top it with some veggies!

Peanut Butter Coffee: Spiced Latte Recipe (Vegan)

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If you're anything like me, you love coffee of all varieties. I like it dark, light, in a frappuccino- heck, I even drink it black from time to time.

With the holidays approaching and the air becoming cold and crisp, there's nothing like a drink that's warm in flavors as well as temperature.

With the added pumpkin pie seasoning, this vegan cafe latte warms the body and soul!

People love putting high-fat items into their coffee such as heavy cream and butter. Sure, they probably make the coffee taste pretty good, but the saturated fat, cholesterol, and hormones in these animal products (not to mention the cruelty) make them something you probably want to avoid. If you want to enjoy a high-fat and satisfying coffee in the morning then why not try peanut butter coffee?

You can drink this coffee as your a light breakfast, snack, or even a dessert. It's filling, but not so much so that you'll feel sluggish after.

We really think you'll like it. It's got:

Healthy fats from peanut butter
Warmth from pumpkin pie seasoning
Foam & froth
A relaxing sip with an energetic feel

If you don't have a machine to froth the soy milk, it's still great without it.

Just blending the peanut butter with the coffee creates a foamy finish, as pictured below:

Hope you enjoy this recipe and we know it seems odd. Don't knock it until you've tried it!

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Spiced Peanut Butter Coffee Recipe (Vegan)
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 mins

You can create this coffee in a few minutes so it's great if you're walking out the door. It will stay good all day at work if you use a heat-preserving thermos. We like to enjoy it on the weekends out of a nice cup!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 1 Person
Calories: 99 kcal
  • 8 oz brewed coffee (can also use 4 oz and half the recipe)
  • 1 tsp tsp of sugar or sweetener of choice (stevia drops also work)
  • 2 tsp creamy natural peanut butter (unsalted)
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning (or plain cinnamon)
  • 1 tiny drop pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup soy milk (used for frothing) (optional)
  1. Brew an 8 oz cup of coffee or you can brew a 4 oz cup and half the rest of the recipe.

  2. Add the coffee to heat a friendly blender.

  3. Add the remainder of the ingredients besides for the soy milk.

  4. Do a quick pulse and check if contents are fully blended. Over blending will result in too much froth, so be sure to only blend a little bit at a time.

  5. Pour the finished product into your favorite cup. You can enjoy just like this or proceed to step 6 if you want extra creaminess or a latte vibe.

  6. If you have a milk frother, froth a small amount of soy milk to top off the coffee.

Are Starbursts Vegan? The Answer + 3 Alternatives!

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Starbursts are an extremely popular candy. People who would like to transition to a vegan and cruelty free lifestyle often wonder if they'll still be able to snack on them. In this article, we'll cover whether Starbursts are vegan, analyze their ingredients, and provide you with three other vegan alternatives.

Are Starbursts Vegan?

ANSWER: Starbursts are unfortunately not vegan. After scouring through the ingredient statements of all of the Starburst flavors, we found that all of them contain at least one ingredient that's derived from animal products - either gelatin or confectioners glaze.

While this may be upsetting for a Starburst lover trying to go vegan, there are plenty of alternatives out there which we'll cover in the last section.

See also: Vegan alternatives to gelatin.

Ingredients in Starbursts

To learn more, we will break down the ingredients of different varieties of Starbursts below:

Gelatin in Most Flavors

For the sake of example, we'll take the ingredient statement from the original Starbursts.


In this example, the culprit ingredient is gelatin. Gelatin is derived from the collagen of a wide variety of animal parts including bones, ligaments, and tendons. Typically, these parts are from cows and pigs.

Confectioner's Glaze in Mini Starbursts

We did manage to find one Starburst flavor which did not contain gelatin: the Original Minis variety. The Original Minis have the following ingredient statement:


However, our excitement was quickly followed by disappointment as we saw confectioner's glaze at the end of the ingredient statement. Confectioner's glaze, which is usually found in sprinkles may or may not contain insect parts in it.

While consuming confectioner's glaze is much less likely to contribute to animal suffering than gelatin, most vegans will probably still want to avoid it. There aren't many resources available on the exact process for creating confectioner's glaze, but the raw material known as shellac is said to contain up to 25% insect debris.

We suggest reading the link above if you want to learn more about the process. However, we also urge you to not stressing about such an ingredient if it's going to completely turn you off to veganism. Focus on the first step of giving up all blatantly labeled milk, meat, dairy, eggs, and fish before you overwhelm yourself with hidden ingredients.

While we can't recommend that you consume things like confectioner's glaze, we realize that being vegan isn't about being perfect.

All ingredient statements analyzed from the manufacturer's website.

Vegan Starbursts Alternatives

If you've really got a hankering for fruity chewy candy, then there are plenty of vegan options available. We've taken what we felt were the closest matches to Starbursts and listed them below. For more alternatives, you may also want to see our post on vegan taffy.

Because there are so many different brands and products out there, every product for every brand we've listed below may not be vegan. However, we've done our best due diligence to only link out to those specific varieties that are. Ingredient statements also do change, so as always so be sure to check them out before buying.

Finally, we want to make it clear that none of these options are exactly healthy, and that a whole-food plant based diet is ideal.

Onto the Starburst alternatives...

1. Mambas Fruit Chews

Mamba Fruit Chews, 2.65-Ounce Packages (Pack of 24)

As another type of fruity and chewy candy, Mambas are probably going to be the closet replacement you can find to Starbursts. Having personally tried both in the past, I can say that there isn't a huge difference, although I was never a fan of fruity candy to begin with.

2. Air Heads Mini Taffy

Airheads Bulk - Bulk Candy - Air Heads Mini Bars Variety Pack, Watermelon, Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Chewy Fruit Candies 3 lb Party Bag, Family Size

These Airheads Mini Taffys are similar to Starburts in the sense that they are both fruity and made to be a similar shape. If you want them to be even smaller and more compact, there's a little trick you can do:

As demonstrated in the video above, you can grab the sides of the wrapping and shake it. As you shake, you can move your fingers in a bit to get it to be more compact. The more compact you make it, the more it will be like a Starburst!

3. Assorted Mini Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy Assorted Mini Bars, 48 Ounce Bag

While the some versions of Laffy Taffy were found to contain eggs, we found that many of the Minis, seen above and linked below, were not made with any animal products. Although they aren't the exact shape of Starbursts, they are fruity and chewy so we thought it might be a good replacement to check out.

Wrap Up

As you can see, vegans have plenty of options when it comes to chewy and fruity candy. Once you know your alternatives, being vegan is achievable for almost anyone! It all comes down to spending your hard earned money on brands that don't use any animal products.

Have questions or other suggestions for Starburst alternatives? Please let us know in the comment section below!