20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood – A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes

Remember These 20 Favorite Snacks From Childhood? Now, Food Companies Have Re-Imagined Them With All Vegan IngredientsWhat did you love to eat as a child? Growing up in the 90s, I enjoyed the standard American fare as many others did, like meat, dairy, packaged snacks and heat-and-eat foods from a box. As I got older and changed my diet, I gave up some of the more popular convenience food brands. Fortunately, many of my old favorites, likes chips, cheese, bacon, cupcakes and toaster pastries, have now been re-imagined, plant-based style. Many of them are available at your nearest grocery store. Oh how the times have changed!

Here are some favorite foods from childhood that have now been re-imagined, vegan style.

The Classic: Cheez-Its

Cheez-Its were a great choice for parties or nights when we wanted to veg on the couch.

New Version: Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares

Instead of the usual brand, try a dairy-free version. Earth Balance makes Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares that do not contain any GMOs or trans fat. 

20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood - A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes
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The Classic: Grilled Cheddar Cheese

Enjoying a sandwich of ooey-gooey cheese between two pieces of buttered and toasted bread was a staple of childhood. I’ve always loved mine with cheddar and tomatoes.

New Version: Grilled Teese Vegan Cheddar Cheese

Try making the whole sandwich vegan! Use Earth Balance Buttery Spreads instead of butter and Teese Vegan Cheddar Cheese instead of the dairy version.

20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood - A Mix of Grocery Buys & RecipesImage: Teese

 

The Classic: Pretzel Sticks With Mustard

Like many from the Cincinnati area with German Ancestry, I’m a huge pretzel lover. As a child, I would get those gigantic soft pretzels at fairs and smother them in mustard.

New Version: Rudi’s Bakery Multigrain Organic Soft Pretzels

The Rudi’s Bakery Multigrain Soft Pretzels are an organic, healthier version of this treat.

20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood - A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes
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The Classic: Nachos With Classic Cheese Sauce From the Concession Stand

Remember grabbing some nachos and cheese-like sauce from the concession stand at the public pool or baseball games? It was SO yellow and so delicious.

New Version: Nachos With Teese Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

Pop open a bag of tortilla chips, melt some Teese Nacho Cheese Sauce and let’s party!

20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood - A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes
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The Classic: Lays Sour Cream and Onion Chips

Sour cream and onion is pretty much the best chip flavor ever.

New Version: Earth Balance Vegan Sour Cream & Onion Flavor Kettle Chips

Earth Balance makes Vegan Sour Cream & Onion Flavor Kettle Chips that are gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher. They also contain zero grams of trans fat.

Remember Your Favorite Snacks from Childhood? Now, They’ve Been Re-Imagined With All Vegan Ingredients

The Classic: Bacon

Pretty much everyone likes bacon, and it was a staple food item for breakfast in my household.

New Version: LightLife Smart Bacon Meatless Veggie Strips

For a healthier, meat-free way to enjoy this classic favorite, try LightLife Smart Bacon.

20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood - A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes
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The Classic: Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips

This flavor doesn’t need to have dairy products, but you’ll find some brands that use milk.

New Version: Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips

These Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips are vegan, crunchy and just the right amount of tangy.

20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood - A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes
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The Classic: Cool Ranch Doritos

Doritos were always awesome for after-school snacks or in little bags that accompanied our packed lunches.

New Version: Beanfields Ranch Bean & Rice Chips

Now, Beanfields makes Ranch-flavored chips from beans and rice. They’re gluten-free and contain four grams of fiber and four grams of protein per serving. 

20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood - A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes

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The Classic: Cheesy Popcorn

I used to love that cheesy popcorn from fairs or those holiday jumbo tins.

New Version: Earth Balance Vegan Aged White Cheddar Flavor Popcorn

For cheesy popcorn, look to Earth Balance. They have a Vegan Aged White Cheddar flavor. It’s gluten-free and non-GMO. 

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The Classic: Kraft Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

When I was old enough to stay home in the summer and babysit my younger brother, I liked making us KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese. Even if my mom had recommend some healthier fare, my we loved easy-to-make stuff like KRAFT.

New Version: Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Mac & Cheese

The Vegan Cheddar Flavor Mac & Cheese from Earth Balance is spot-on and even more delicious than the old version from KRAFT.

20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood - A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes

Image: Earth Balance

 

The Classic: Stouffer’s Frozen Mac n’ Cheese

When we wanted to be lazier than typical days during my teenage summers, we made Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese from the oven or microwave. All we had to do was pop it in the oven and wait.

New Version: Amy’s dairy-Free Rice Macaroni and Cheeze

To mimic the comforting meals of childhood, I make Rice Macaroni With Dairy-Free Cheeze from Amy’s Kitchen. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free.

20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood - A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes

The Classic: Homemade Family Mashed Potatoes

This is yet another American favorite that I enjoyed both at dinner time and as a snack when my family would make it for all sorts of occasions, from a casual dinner to our Thanksgiving feast.

New Version: A Healthy Spin on the Homemade Classic

Try these Fluffy Mashed Potatoes from The Post Punk Kitchen. Don’t forget the gravy!


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The Classic: Drive-Thru French Fries

We all knew we had to eat our vegetables as kids, but admittedly I was always more excited to order French fries or mashed potatoes as a side at restaurants.

New Version: DIY Baked Fries

Try making your own fries using this recipe from Cookie & Kate.


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The Classic: Pillsbury Funfetti Cupcakes From a Box

As a kid, I loved making cakes that came from boxes because it was ridiculously easy to do by myself or with friends. Funfetti cupcakes were often my go-to!

New Version: Healthier Funfetti-Style Cupcakes From Minimalist Baker

Minimalist Baker has a Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes recipe that I can’t wait to try!

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The Classic: Frozen Fudge Bars From The Ice Cream Man

Fudge bars were often the highlight of hot summer afternoons.

New Version: So Delicious Coconut Milk Fudge Bars

The So Delicious Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Minis are dairy-free, soy-free and contain only one gram of sugar per serving.

Remember These 20 Favorite Snacks From Childhood? Now, Food Companies Have Re-Imagined Them With All Vegan IngredientsImage: So Delicious

 

The Classic: Kellog’s Strawberry Pop-Tarts

I had my fill of Kellog’s Pop-Tarts growing up, but I still haven’t stopped thinking about their taste from time to time.

New Version: Vegan Berry Poptarts From The Minimalist Baker

How awesome that the Minimalist Baker has a vegan version for us to try?

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The Classic: Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is one of the most classic of American desserts, securing their place in school lunches, bake sales, birthday parties and home kitchens in the evenings.

New Version: Alternative Baking Company Colossal Chocolate Chip Cookie

Sans dairy and eggs, the Alternative Baking Company makes one tasty replacement.

 Remember Your Favorite Snacks from Childhood? Now, They’ve Been Re-Imagined With All Vegan Ingredients
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The Classic: Snickers Bars

Snickers were one of my favorite candy bars growing up, always proving to be the gold standard when it came to searching through my massive Halloween candy bag.

New Version: Go Maz Go Foods Jokerz Bar

Now, Go Max Go Foods makes a Snickers-like candy bar called the Jokerz Bar. Also, Minimalist Baker has a Vegan Snickers Recipe, as does This Rawsome Vegan Life if you prefer to make them yourself.

Remember These 20 Favorite Snacks From Childhood? Now, Food Companies Have Re-Imagined Them With All Vegan Ingredients
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The Classic: Fruit Snacks and Jelly Belly Sour Jelly Beans

Jelly beans were always a fun candy to eat as children.

New Version: Yumearth Organics Fruit Snacks and Sour Beans

To get that gummy, sweet taste of a fruit snack or the tangy punch of sour jelly beans, try YumEarth Organics Fruit Snacks and Sour Beans.

 Remember Your Favorite Snacks from Childhood? Now, They’ve Been Re-Imagined With All Vegan Ingredients

The Classic: Watermelon Sour Patch Kids

I used to love the watermelon Sour Patch Kids, but now I satisfy my gummy craving with something a bit more wholesome.

New Version: Surf Sweets Waterlemon Rings

Try Surf Sweets Watermelon Rings. They’re USDA certified organic, certified non-GMO by The Non-GMO Project, gluten-free AND made with organic fruit juice.

20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood - A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes

Image: Surf Sweets 

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2 thoughts on “20 Vegan Twists on Your Favorite American Foods From Childhood – A Mix of Grocery Buys & Recipes

  1. Moani Hood says:

    I love Beanfield’s chips! And I’ll have to keep a look out for the Amy’s mac n cheeze. I just tried the Yum Earth Naturals snacks in my Vegan Cuts snack box from April too! Those sour beans are delish.

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