If you’re new to eating a raw vegan diet, stocking your brand new pantry can seem like a daunting task. Whether you’ve tried an abundance of different raw recipes, or are only just beginning your raw, plant-based journey, we want to help you take the intimidation out of eating the way you want.
While it’s easy to stock up on fresh seasonal produce at the grocery store, you can also give yourself a hand by buying shelf-stable, raw items in bulk. You’ll find yourself reaching for these raw ingredients again and again as you begin to learn how to assemble amazing, raw, and easy plant-based meals.
We’ve compiled a list of some basic items you should have on hand when you begin your raw food dietary adventure. We’ve provided a list of some different oils, sweeteners, kinds of vinegar, as well as some seeds, nuts, and more to get you started. Enjoy!
Origin Olive Oil
When looking for a raw olive oil, you need to purchase a bottle that is cold-pressed and extra-virgin olive oil. This Origin Olive Oil is 100 percent pure unfiltered cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, and many of its reviewers compliment it for its taste, with one reviewer writing: “Very high quality with full flavor.” You can buy a 500-milliliter bottle for $21.99.
Hadley Date Gardens Pitted Deglet Noor Dates
These Hadley Date Gardens Pitted Deglet Noor Dates can be made into a raw sugar and can also be eaten raw. Here is how one reviewer suggests using them: “Use this in baking and non-baking, and for sweetness needs. Works great, spouse eats this like candy. Will buy more!” You can buy 3.5 pounds of these dates for $16.99.
Raw Almonds by I'm a Nut
Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Terrasoul Superfoods Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds
Raw Superfoods Trail Mix
Nature's Way Organic Pure and Unrefined Raw Whole Food Coconut
This Nature’s Way Organic Pure and Unrefined Raw Whole Food Coconut contains MCTs, which are medium chain triglycerides, or the “good fats” the body uses to produce energy. This product is certified organic, uses non-GMO coconuts, is 100 percent natural, has no trans fats, and is gluten-free. Buy 16-ounces for $14.99.
Raw Organic Cacao Powder
This Raw Organic Cacao Powder is “grown at an altitude of 11,150 feet in the remote mountains of Cuzco, which is the region travelers transit through to reach the sacred valley of Machu Picchu.” One reviewer writes: “Outstanding rich cacao. I use it in banana smoothies. I can believe it has healing properties as I do feel better when I eat it.” Buy 16 ounces for $12.95.
Food to Live Cashews
These Food to Live Cashews are whole and raw. Food to Live Cashews are a raw, non-pasteurized, source of nutritional energy. They are rich in minerals, namely copper, iron, manganese, and calcium. One reviewer writes: “Absolutely LOVE these cashews! I will continue to purchase. I roast with other nuts for homemade nut mix. I also make cashew butter with them.” Buy four-pounds of cashews for $35.62.
Shirley Bar Living Ethiopian Tahini
Healing Sauerkraut for Digestive Support
This Healing Sauerkraut for Digestive Support is raw, fermented, pasteurized, probiotic, non-GMO, onion-free, vegan, hand crafted in small batches, and 100 percent organic. Its ingredients are cabbage, fresh flat leaf parsley, dried artichoke leaf, fresh lemon grass, dried yarrow leaf and flower, dried fennel seed, dried caraway seed, sea salt, and pink Himalayan salt. Buy a 24 fluid ounce-jar for $14.95.
Raw Wraps Spinach
These Raw Wraps Spinach are made with apple, spinach, onion, quinoa, coconut nectar, and psyllium husk. There are 70 calories per nine-inch wrap, and five wraps per bag. The directions state that the shiny, sticky, flat side is the inside of the wrap. Place dry ingredients first followed with moist. Buy a pack of five wraps for $10.99.
Morning Pep Organic Goji Berries
Wandomyungga Dried Kelp Seaweed
This Wandomyungga Dried Kelp Seaweed is made of 90 percent seaweed and 10 percent kelp. It is raw, organic, unseasoned, not thick, and not toasted. One reviewer writes: “Very tasty nori and easy to work with. My daughter eats them right out of the package before I get to make anything, so it’s a good thing there are 100 sheets.” Buy 100 sheets for $14.43.
Sunfood Superfoods Coconut Wraps
Learn More About the Benefits of Eating Raw
Are you excited to begin stocking up your pantry and discovering more raw vegan recipes? We don’t blame you! Whether you’re still educating yourself about the difference between raw and cooked foods, or already consider yourself an expert on the benefits of raw food and just want to learn some delicious new raw vegan dessert recipes, our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook, has your back.
The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day, as well as features. Read up on why raw, soaked oats are amazing or get inspired with a raw foods meal plan! Let us know what you discover!
Lead image source: Raw Vanilla, Berry, and Lemon “Cheesecake” Smoothie Bowl