20+ Vegan Finds at Aldi – The Ultimate Shopping Guide
20+ Vegan Finds at Aldi – the ultimate shopping guide to buy groceries on a budget when you are on a plant based diet.
Do you like to save money on your vegan grocery trip? Are you new to the vegan diet and not sure what to buy?
I’ve been there!
Cutting out unhealthy foods and choosing the vegan diet came with some obstacles. Some obstacles included figuring out new recipes, planning what to eat during the day, and finding snacks that don’t contain animal products.
For anyone who is new to the vegan diet, please check out all my recipes and also my vegan quick start guide. All vegan recipes in the ebook as well as on my blog focus on clean, low fat & sugar, budget friendly recipes. And I also get all my groceries at Aldi (unless they are out of something).
Therefore, you will notice I use all the vegan finds at Aldi on a regular basis for my meal plans and day to day life.
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Vegan Finds at Aldi + Recipes
#1 Nuts and Seeds
Amazing vegan finds at Aldi include their selection of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Get the milled flax seed for optimal absorption (they are also the cheapest, haha). I also like to get their walnuts. Here are some health benefits:
- In this study they compared nine tree nuts and found that walnuts might be the healthiest: “Walnuts had the highest total phenolic and flavonoid contents (1580.5 ± 58.0 mg/100 g, 744.8 ± 93.3 mg/100 g, respectively). Walnuts also possessed the highest total antioxidant activity (458.1 ± 14.0 μmol of vitamin C equiv/g of nut). Both soluble phenolic and flavonoid contents were positively correlated with total antioxidant activity”.
- While there is data that suggests food from animal sources is linked to higher blood pressure (source), flaxseed has a pretty significant role in lowering blood pressure. There is a seven point drop of blood pressure from consuming 1 tablespoon flaxseed a day (source). That means 46% less stroke risk and 29% less heart disease risk. Flaxseed prevents cardiovascular disease in general (source).
#2 Oats and Cereal
A bowl of oats in the morning with berries, seeds, nuts, and almond milk are a great way to start your day. You can find the recipe in this ALDI meal plan.
#3 Vegan Chocolate
Yes, you can find vegan chocolate at Aldi, and it comes in many flavors. I usually get the sea salt and the 70% or 85% chocolate. The dark chocolate contains also less sugar than milk chocolate and is high in antioxidants. Please read the label before you buy another flavor.
#4 Chips and Salsa
This always goes into my cart when I shop at Aldi. One brand of their BBQ chips are also vegan, but they have 2 options, so read the label before you buy. They also carry organic salsa, but I found that the one shown in the picture (non-organic) doesn’t contain any added sugar. We also love their fresh salsa!
You can buy many hummus flavors at Aldi and it makes a great vegan dip for your veggies, crackers, or chips.
I know all coffee is vegan, BUT this one tastes so good, you can actually drink it black. It is also fair trade and organic. We use this grind and brew coffeemaker where we use whole beans and have fresh, delicious coffee.
Aldi carries a lot of different legumes: Garbanzo(chickpeas), kidney, black, great northern, cannellini, and more. You can also get some of them organic or in a bag (dry). They are super affordable and I include them in all dinner recipes.
#8 Maple Syrup
We use their maple syrup every weekend on our vegan waffles (recipe coming soon).
#9 Dairy Free Milk
You can get almond, soy, and coconut milk. The varieties come in sweetened/unsweetened, and vanilla flavor. I bought the wrong one multiple times, so make sure to read all the labels right (what I want to get is UNSWEETENED ORIGINAL).
#10 Vegan Burger Patties, Meatballs and more (Earth Grown)
The best of all vegan finds at Aldi: Their vegan line ‘Earth Grown’, which includes vegan burgers, meatballs, cheese, hot dogs, and more. Depending on the store, you can find different selections of them. I highly recommend trying the chipotle or one of their asian burger patties. I wouldn’t go with the meatballs because you can make them at a fraction of the cost with this recipe.
#11 Frozen fruits and veggies
It is always good to have some frozen veggies in the freezer. Together with some canned beans and rice you can make a quick and easy dinner. I also use the berry medley for my oat bowl in the morning every day to get a nice serving of antioxidants. They are also great for smoothies.
#12 Flatbread and Tortillas
The Fit&Active Flatbread contains flaxseed and is high in fiber. I spread some peanut butter on it, fold it in half and cut it into triangle shapes as a snack for my toddler. Aldi also carries the whole wheat tortilla bread!
I love the brown basmati rice from India. It is easy to cook and tastes good. You can also get quinoa for a variety of healthy vegan recipes.
The whole wheat pasta is lower in carbs and higher in fiber than their angel hair pasta. You can also get gluten free pasta. Just be sure not to grab their egg noodles, tortellini, or gnocchi.
#15 Coconut Oil
I use this coconut oil as a substitute for butter in recipes, but mostly for baking recipes.
#16 Apple Cider Vinegar
Aldi carries apple cider vinegar with ‘the mother’. This one is the healthy AVC that contains all the nutrients.
For your occasional junk food cravings you can grab their potato puffs and fries. The seasoned fries are our favorite!
One of my favorite vegan finds at Aldi: Their bread selection. Have you ever tried their german bread? I grew up with this bread, so I am very happy they carry it. If you read the label, this bread is so much healthier than the American type toast/bread. You can get it in rye, sunflower, pumpernickel, and more.
It contains far less ingredients and the amount of fiber is so much higher, which makes it healthier. You can spread some jam over it or hummus and top with veggies.
You can also get the whole grain toast for about $1.80 per loaf.
#19 Fruits and Veggies
Of course fruits and veggies are vegan and they are the base of a vegan diet. Therefore, buying seasonal and at a frugal store like Aldi will help with your grocery bill. They also carry more and more organic fruit and vegetable options.
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#20 The Snacks
The knock-off oreo cookies are also vegan but for a lesser price. Just because they are vegan doesn’t mean they are healthy, though: 3 cookies contain 14g of sugar.
For kids, these animal crackers are a great snack, especially for on the go.
- 10+ Healthy Vegan Aldi Dinner Recipes
- Aldi Friendly Freezer Meals
- 8-Day Aldi Meal Plan
- Best Frugal Weight Loss Meal Plan
Vegan Diet Recommendations:
The vegan quick start guide: This guide will give you easy recipes under 30 minutes to start a vegan diet without feeling overwhelmed. All recipes are low fat and budget friendly. The guide contains a example meal plan with a rundown of the nutritional value plus many health and weight loss/muscle gain tips.
From A to Vegan: If you want to go all in, I highly recommend this comprehensive vegan starter kit to learn everything about a healthy, balanced vegan diet. It will help you with weight loss, more energy, and all around better health. It comes with recipes, meal plans, printables, tracking sheets, and more. You can head over to get more information here.
Vegan weight loss guide: Based on scientific methods that reverse and prevent common diseases, this guide will help you lose weight and find a healthy lifestyle in a non-restricting way. It provides vegan recipes that fuel and fill you, promote weight loss, without counting calories or starving. See what’s all included here.