We Tried Trader Joe's Best Vegan Buys — & Here Are Our Favorites

Eating vegan no longer feels restrictive — especially when exploring the grocery aisles of Trader Joe's. The budget-friendly store boasts a massive lineup of vegan products that range from savory to sweet, breakfast to dessert, and pretty much everything in between. While we've been slowly eating our way through the different offerings, we decided that it was time to taste test and curate a list of our own IRL favorites. And so we did.
Find nine of our highly recommended vegan buys from Trader Joe's ahead — you know, the ones that actually taste as good as they look (and in some cases, even better). Whether you're looking for an easy weekday breakfast and coffee combo, or interesting appetizer and burger alternatives for upcoming outdoor occasions, we've got you covered. Scroll on to get your spring and summer menus started off right with these flavorful vegan goods.
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Best Breakfast: Date & Nut Bites
These new date and nut bites are made with seven simple ingredients (cashews, dried apricots, date slices, dried coconut, coconut nectar, lemon zest, and orange zest) and taste like a chewy-soft granola bar with nutty-sweet flavor and a hint of zest. They're also individually packaged for fast and easy breakfast bites on-the-go, or an anytime purse snack.
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Best Beverage: Vanilla Almond Spiced Chai
We love the spicy smoothness of this dairy-free latte blend — subtle almond with smooth vanilla notes and a heightened kick of chai. Enjoy a cold bottle on it's own during your morning commute, or add a splash into an iced coffee for a creamy and spiced up kick.
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Best Snack: Sweet Plantain Chips
Plantain chips take the cake for best vegan snack because they are equal parts sweet, savory, crispy, and crunchy. These golden slices are a bit more sweet than they are savory, therefore the ideal vessels for dunking in some spicy hummus.
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Best Lunch: Super Burrito!
As an on-the-go vegan lunch option, the Super Burrito! made with red and white quinoa, sweet potatoes, kale, chili sauce, and a chili-onion flavored tortilla is an easy and impressive option. We loved the zesty flavor combination of the chili sauce, crunchy bits of kale, and soft bites of sweet potato.
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Best Appetizer: Meatless Meatballs
Meatless meatballs may sound suspect, but these are delicious appetizer goals. We heated a bowl up in the microwave and dunked them in some hot sauce — they didn't taste exactly like a meatball, but the savory, spicy combo did the trick. Next time we'll pile them on a mini bun with some vegan aioli and greens.
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Best Dinner: Hi-Protein Veggie Burger
Frozen veggie burgers can taste like bland cardboard discs, but that was certainly not the case with these pea protein patties. We heated ours up in the microwave and served it solo dipped in ketchup: It wasn't dry, it held up well, and packed a punch of garlic and savory spice. We can't wait to try one grilled and all dressed up with the usual burger toppings.
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Best Topping: Fully Cooked Falafel
After microwaving and biting into these fully cooked, vegan-friendly falafel we couldn't help but want to add them on top of...well, everything. They tasted like a soft and slightly crisped-edge mix of chickpeas, garlic, and onions. They'd go great crumbled atop a greek salad and we also wouldn't mind dunking a few in some jalapeño hummus for a snack.
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Best "You'd Never Guess": Chickenless Crispy Tenders
When we say you'd never guess these tenders are chickenless, we mean it: These microwavable sticks taste eerily similar to a classic McDonald's chicken nugget in the best, most nostalgic, sponge-y way possible. Serve dunked in ketchup, BBQ sauce, honey mustard, or just chomp on them solo.
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Best Dessert: Soy Creamy Mini Vanilla Sandwiches
As already devoted fans of the Soy Creamy ice cream, it came as no surprise that these mini sandwich versions would wow us; they're soft, sweet, taste like a classic ice cream sammy, and are perfectly packaged for some tiny, treat yourself time.
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