Agave Nectar – A substitute for refined sugar and a great sweetener in raw desserts
Apple Sauce- Used as a versatile egg replace in baked goods like muffins, cakes, and sweet breads
Baking Powder and Soda- Needed in most baking recipe
Bananas- Comes in handy as an egg replacer, a thickener, and a sweetener.
Brown Rice Syrup- A healthier alternative to sugar that adds a caramel-y flavor.
Chickpea Flour- A healthy, protein-rich egg replacer best used in breads and custards.
Chocolate Bars or Chips – It doesn’t matter what else I have, with chocolate in the house I can whip up one satisfying dessert
Cocoa Powder- Add to anything and you’ve got yourself dessert. Breakfast oatmeal? Sure!
Coconut Milk- This creamy milk is necessary for flavor and consistency in both sweet and savory dishes.
Coconut Oil - This cold pressed oil sets up hard giving raw foods and desserts needed fats and textures.
Coconut, Shredded- Useful to have around for spontaneous baking inspirations.
Cornstarch – A natural thickener to replace eggs in custard-like dishes
Dates (and other Dried Fruit) – These healthy natural sweeteners are very useful in raw cooking. They also make a tasty snack.
Dried Beans and Lentils - Black, kidney, chickpea…I have them all on hand as this makes up a bulk of my protein
Extracts - I am always stocked with vanilla, almond, orange, and peppermint.
Flaxseeds - So good for you and can be eaten so many ways: on salads, in baked goods, as crackers, etc.
Flours – All-purpose, whole wheat, gluten-free, vital wheat gluten, pastry, and cake; they all serve a beautiful purpose in this world.
Liquid Smoke – Adds an unmatched smoky flavor to chili, BBQ, and meat substitutes.
Maple Syrup - I use this natural sweetener ALL THE TIME. Besides if you eat pancakes as much as we do, stock up.
Nondairy Cheese – With many delicious options, my fridge is always stocked with shredded and spreadable Daiya cheese.
Nondairy Milk – We stock up: soy, almond, rice, hemp, oat, and more. We use milk for everything!
Nut Butters – Not only do I use for baking but when I’m feeling low on energy, nut butters give me a much needed protein boost.
Nutritional Yeast – Sprinkle it on everything to add an earthy, nutty, cheesy flavor while providing a dose of Vitamin B12
Nuts – Used For Everything. Pecan, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, etc. provide healthy fats and protein to any meal.
Oats – If I’m not eating oatmeal, it’s not morning. I also use them regularly in desserts and breakfast bars.
Oils – Canola, Olive, Peanut, and Sesame (to name a few) all play important rolls in my kitchen.
Quinoa/Quinoa Pasta – As a very good source of protein, I use it in much of my cooking subbing out rice and wheat pasta.
Rice – Without it, how could I make frushi?
Root Vegetables – Onions, potatoes, garlic, carrots, etc. all have a long shelf life and are good to keep around for last minute meals.
Sea Salt – a good sea salt improves most every recipe.
Seeds - Sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, etc. all add flavor and nutritious value to so many foods.
Spices- For sweet and savory, raw and cooked, there is always a spice or two needed to perfect a dish.
Sugars- I keep white, brown, and powdered all the time for those spontaneous late night cravings.
Tempeh- A delicious, nutty source of protein and a great alternative to tofu.
Tomatoes (canned) – With tomatoes around I can always throw together a last minute soup, stew, or curry.
Tofu- Silken and regular, soft and hard, this wonder food is always stocked in my fridge and pantry.
TVP- Another great soy protein good I have handy, used especially I have a hankering for “meaty” tacos.
Vegetable Broth- I always like to have a back up on hand because it seems whenever I’m out, I need it the most.
Vegan Butter - I buy Earth Balance non-hydrogenated buttery sticks and whipped buttery spread.
Yogurt – Used great as an egg replacer for muffins and sweet breads or used for smoothies and overnight oats.
What have I left out? What top foods are in your cupboards?
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