Aldi is a treasure trove of vegan options if you know what to look for. We first discovered Aldi when we lived in North Carolina and moved into a house that was right down the street from an Aldi. I think we bought half the store that day because we couldn’t believe how good the prices were!
If you’re vegan and are trying out Aldi for the first time or even if you’re a seasoned Aldi veteran (we see you with quarter ready and your reusable bags!), this list is designed to give you a checklist of what to keep your eye out for on your next Aldi shopping trip.
We’ll continue to keep this list as updated as possible, because if shopping at Aldi over the past few years has taught us anything is that you never know what new item you may discover on your next trip!
I (Ryan) am a lifelong lifter, so you’ll notice I mention the protein content of products quite often. This isn’t because I’m concerned about ‘getting enough protein’ as a vegan, I just get fired up over good plant-based protein options!
Last note before we jump into the list. The majority of these products are outright vegan, complete with vegan labeling and even certification right on the box. Some, however, do not contain any animal products but “may contain milk”. This is most likely because they are processed in the same facility as other products and we’ll notate all these products with an asterisk*.
Let’s get started!
Aldi Vegan Frozen Food
If you’ve not been to Aldi in a while (or if you’ve never been), you’re going to be really impressed with the amount of vegan options Aldi has in their frozen food section. From meatless meatballs, vegan burgers and chicken alternative products there is a ton of choices to pick from.
Earth Grown Meatless Meatballs
Earth Grown is an Aldi in-house brand that consists of mostly vegan products (not all though, so always double check!) Their meatballs come in two different versions, Zesty and Classic.
The Zesty Meatless Meatball is made with a Soy Protein, Onion, Garlic, Basil and Herbs. The Classic consists of Soy Protein, Garlic and Parsley. BOTH are delicious!
Earth Grown Vegan Burgers
Aldi also carries multiple different versions of a vegan burger through their Earth Grown brand.
A Black Bean Chipotle Burger, a Kale Veggie Burger, an Asian Veggie Burger, a Thai Veggie Burger, a plain Veggie Burger and a Flame Grilled Soy Vegan Burger.
Are you kidding me? Six different veggie burger options!
The Veggie Burger reminds of us of more of an old-school classic veggie burger. More of a throwback before the days of Beyond and Impossible. Made with 11 different vegetables and a good source of fiber and protein, these burgers aren’t going to fool you’re omni friends but they are good nonetheless.
Earth Grown Sausages and Hot Dogs
Aldi’s plant-based ‘meat’ options don’t stop with just meatballs and burgers. They also have their own versions of Meatless Italian Sausage and Jumbo Hot Dogs.
Both are made with Soy Protein and pack an impressive 13g of protein per serving.
Earth Grown Meat Free Chickenless Options
Through their Earth Grown brand, Aldi also has two different versions of their Meat Free Chickenless line. The Chickenless Patties and the Chickenless Nuggets are essentially the same product just in different shapes and sizes to make them convenient for what you’re making.
In our opinion, the Chickenless products are one of the best tasting out of all the frozen foods vegan options at Aldi. They’re also both a good source of protein with 8g and 9g per serving.
Aldi Vegan Ice Cream Options
I can sense that you’re already pretty impressed with the Earth Grown vegan options in Aldi. Well, let’s kick things up a notch – they also have vegan ice cream!
Earth Grown Vegan Ice Cream (Coconut Milk)
Earth Grown has a Coconut Milk based ice cream that comes in a variety of different flavors. Chocolate Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate Chip and Raspberry Cheesecake are all vegan ice cream flavors that you could snag on your next Aldi trip!
Here is what really makes Aldi great. If you’ve ever bought non-dairy ice cream before, you know that non-dairy pints can cost you $5 (or more). These pints? 2.99. You simply can’t beat it.
Earth Grown Vegan Ice Cream (Almond Milk)
Wait… what? Am I telling you that not only does Aldi have Coconut Milk based vegan ice creams – they also have Almond Milk based vegan ice creams? Yep! (Did we just become best friends!?!)
If you’re an ice cream connoisseur (Calling myself a connoisseur makes me feel better about eating ice cream all the time) then you know that you can absolutely tell the difference between coconut based and almond based ice cream.
Which you prefer is a matter of personal preference, one is not necessarily “better” than the other. However, when you can get either at Aldi, everybody wins!
Aldi Vegan Pantry Staples
From cereal to soup, pasta to chips, there are so many great vegan products at Aldi that you shouldn’t have any problem filling your pantry. In fact, we usually end up with way more in our cart than we ever intended! With the prices at Aldi, sometimes it’s hard not stocking up!
Aldi Vegan Cereal
I love cereal. Aldi has a couple excellent vegan cereals through their Simply Nature brand, Coconut Chia and Pumpkin Seed & Flax.
Both are great. Both are organic and Non-GMO. Both are good sources of fiber and have 5g of protein per serving. Finally, both are delicious with some Oat or Almond Milk.
I’m a big cereal fan so both are also no-brainers every time we make a trip to Aldi.
I don’t know about you, but growing up, instant oatmeal was a staple in both of our houses. It’s just so easy to make and really good. Now as adults we cook “old-fashioned” oats the large majority of the time. But, there are those times that having instant oatmeal as an option in the pantry is clutch.
Aldi has 3 instant oatmeal options that are all vegan: Apple Cinnamon, Maple Spice and Oats & Flax. In case you’re wondering, yes, they are just as good as that other instant oatmeal that you’re probably familiar with.
Butternut Squash Soup
An organic, Non-GMO, ready to heat and serve soup sounds almost too good to be true, but that is exactly what the Simply Nature Butternut Squash Soup is! Especially now that we’re getting into winter, a warm bowl of soup that’s easy to make on a Sunday afternoon is absolutely perfect.
Aldi Protein Pasta
Aldi has not one, not two, but THREE different varieties of protein-packed plant based pasta. The three varieties are Soybean, Edamame and Black Soybean. All are 100% vegan, high in fiber and contain 24+ grams of plant based protein per serving.
Simply Nature Hummus
We can’t have an article about the best vegan options at Aldi without mentioning their hummus. Aldi has organic and non-organic hummus options, however even their non-organic hummus is non-GMO. So whether you want to go organic or not is up to you, but either way you’re going to be blown away with the price.
Park Street Guacamole Singles
The Park Street Guacamole Singles are an affordable and practical option that goes great in a lunchbox.
Aldi Non-Dairy Products
Aldi offers a wide variety of dairy alternative products like Almond Milk, Non-Dairy Creamer and even vegan cheese.
Aldi carries Original, Vanilla and even Chocolate Almond Milk. It’s comparable to any of the Almond Milks that you’d find at other grocery stores. The biggest difference? $1.79 a carton.
Friendly Farms Non-Dairy Creamer
Friendly Farms is another Aldi in-house brand. They offer two different flavors of their Almond Milk based Non-Dairy Creamer, Vanilla and Caramel.
Both are honestly excellent. We typically go for the Vanilla, but it’s really just a matter of personal preference.
Earth Grown Vegan Cheese
Aldi’s Earth Grown brand doesn’t just offer meat alternatives. They have a vegan cheese as well!
Their dairy-free mozzarella style shreds will melt wonderfully on top of a pizza or pasta. The price (which you can see in the pic above – $3.49) is over a dollar cheaper than you’re likely to find any other place with any other brand.
Aldi Vegan Snacks
Word to the wise: Pace yourself when ‘finding’ vegan snacks at Aldi and throwing them in your cart.
Coconut Cashew Crisps
These cookies are perhaps the most unique snack in Aldi and they also might be the best snack in all of Aldi. Almost a hybrid of a cookie and a cracker, they’re light and flaky and full of flavor. They come in three flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel. We recommend trying all three!
Vegan Chips at Aldi
Aldi has an impressive selection of different Tortilla Chips and Bean Chips. Whether you’re looking for tortilla chips for some chips and salsa or a black bean chip that’s a healthy option that’s full of protein, Aldi has you covered.
Some of the other vegan chip options include Kettle Chips, Cauliflower Tortilla Chips, Veggie Straws and Chips, Sweet Potato Chips and Green Pea Crisps*. Don’t forget popcorn! A vegan version of popcorn is at Aldi as well.
Simply Nature Brown Rice Crackers
These brown rice crackers come in two different varieties, Roasted Red Pepper and Peppercorn. They are both light crackers with good, but not overwhelming, flavor which makes them great for dips or as a side with a sandwich.
There is a lot to like about Aldi’s vegan crackers besides just the taste including no artificial flavors, preservatives or colors. They’re also Non-GMO and even Gluten Free!
Benton’s Fudge Mint Cookies
I know what you’re thinking, “Do these taste like Girl Scout Thin Mints?” and the answer is, yes! They are almost indistinguishable from Thin Mints. (Which, fun fact, are also actually vegan)
The only downside to these cookies is the fact that it’s way too easy to crush about half a box at a time. That’s a problem we’re willing to live with though.
Aldi Vegan Elevation Bars
There are so many different varieties of Elevation Bars at Aldi that we couldn’t just include them in the snacks, they deserve their own category! Whether you’re looking for a breakfast bar, energy bar or a just a good tasting snack bar, there is an Elevation Bar that has you covered.
Note that note not all the Elevation Bars are vegan, but a little over half of them are. Some “may contain milk”, most likely because all these bars are processed in the same facility and we’ll notate those with an asterisk as we have been doing.
Looking for a delicious vegan Non-GMO breakfast bar? Look no further than these Elevation bars from Aldi. Whether you need a grab and go breakfast option or just an in-between meal treat, these bars will hit the spot.
Elevation Energy Bar
The Elevation Energy Bars are identical to a Clif Bar. Same flavor, same texture and pretty close to the same nutritional info from what we can tell. The Crunchy Peanut Butter is the vegan flavor within the “Energy Bar” category. If you’re a fan of Clif Bars, you should definitely give these a try!
Elevation Multigrain Squares
The Multigrain Squares are Aldi’s stab at a Kind Bar. If you’ve ever tried Kind Bars (they are pretty popular in our house) then you’ll notice the similarities immediately. Both the Dark Chocolate Chunk and Maple Pumpkin Seeds are vegan.
Elevation Wellness Bar
The Wellness Bar’s are very comparable to LUNA Bars in look, taste and nutritional breakdown. What is a little less comparable is the price. You’ll end up saving about a dollar a box versus LUNA.
They come in three flavors, but only one of them is vegan, the Nuts and Chocolate*.
Elevation Pure & Simple Bar
I’m sure you’re noticing a trend with Elevation’s Bars. So what do the Pure & Simple Bars emulate? Lara Bars. If you’re a Lara Bar fan, they’re definitely worth giving a shot.
Aldi is quickly becoming one of the most vegan friendly grocery stores here in the US. What separates Aldi is that they are able to deliver vegan and organic products at reasonable prices. Often times, organic and plant based products can run pretty expensive. Vegan meat alternatives, cheeses and even snacks like chips can put a hurting on your wallet.
By utilizing their in-house brands like Simply Nature and Earth Grown, Aldi has figured out a way to offer these types of products for prices that we can all love. We can totally get on board with that!
If you enjoyed this breakdown of everything vegan at Aldi, we did the same thing with all the vegan Simple Truth items at Kroger.