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With Costco offering so many amazing products in bulk, I decided to put together a whole guide full of my favorites. Here is a full list of the best vegetarian Costco finds in 2021! Make sure to bookmark this page before your next Costco trip! As a card-carrying member of Costco since my college days, there are a few vegetarian products that I turn to time and time again. Some of these are new, but most are the purchases I find myself purchasing frequently. Make sure to bookmark this page before your next Costco trip!
After a trip last weekend, I decided to share my favorite Costco finds!
Note: Like all my round-up posts, this isn’t sponsored. Just spreading the love!
My yearly Costco membership pays for itself in the amount that I save in frozen fruit alone. Each of these bags are less than $10 each, making them a steal for 3-4 pounds of organic frozen fruit. Even Trader Joe’s, my second favorite place to buy frozen fruit, can’t touch these prices!
Since BL and I make breakfast smoothies (like this frozen mango lassi) at least 3-4 times a week, we are constantly going through frozen fruit. And, after attending a trip to Maine a few years ago filled with wild blueberries, I’ve been trying to eat them on an almost daily basis.
With two times the antioxidant capacity of regular blueberries, they are a yummy, concentrated source of nutrients. When I’m not throwing them in my smoothies, I add them to yogurt parfaits, pancake batter, or chia jam.
It’s no secret that I love spicy food. These flame-roasted green chile jars are packed with plenty of spicy flavor and pair perfectly with so many different recipes.
I typically find myself reaching for the chile jar to top on everything from breakfast burritos to sandwiches and more! They are also fantastic to add to my creamy jalapeno salsa instead of jalapenos.
This has been one of my go-to Costco finds for a very long time. We eat a lot of rolled oats in my house!
I use them to DIY my own oat flour to make my salted tahini chocolate chip cookies and it really gives the cookies a yummy flavor. I also use them for bowls of creamy Instant Pot oatmeal for both my kiddos as a healthy and wholesome breakfast.
Tip: If you have a gluten allergy, make sure to keep an eye out for gluten-free rolled oats!
These lentils and a packet of Seed’s Of Change quinoa and brown rice is my go-to dinner meal for late and busy weeknight meals. These Indian lentils are perfectly spiced and rich in both protein and fiber!
What kind of plant-based babe would I be if my freezer wasn’t stocked with at least one version of veggie burgers? Sadly, my Costco only carries one variety of meatless burgers, though I’m hoping they add more to their lineup soon. In Sacramento, we had at least 3 different veggie burger options!
That being said, this chipotle black bean patty is GREAT. I first had them at my sister’s house a few years ago and love how big and meaty they are. For roughly $1 a patty, these are a pretty good deal considering the size and quality.
Tip: If you can’t find the veggies burgers, try making your own black bean and sweet potato burger patty!
One of the best Costco finds you can find are nuts! They have so many different options and varieties to try.
For example, I always have to have pistachios in my pantry. They are one of my favorite snacks and my 3-year-old son loves to crack open the shell and eat them!
I also love to keep pumpkin seeds in stock. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, iron and calcium. I throw these on oatmeal, yogurt, salads, and anywhere I want a satisfying crunch.
I highly recommend making this pumpkin pesto risotto with these pumpkin seeds.
Ever since I was introduced to Dave’s Killer Bread a few years ago for a client project, it’s become my go-to bread of choice. I especially love the backstory of the company and the fact that the bread is indeed, killer.
Since it’s a little pricier than other brands, I buy it at Costco, with two loaves just a little over $5. I put one in the freezer as soon as I get home since it takes BL and me a while to go through an entire loaf.
Another one of my go-to Costco finds is this sprouted whole-grain bread from Angelic’s Bakehouse. Sprouted grains are easier to digest and make nutrients like iron and zinc more bioavailable. This bread is still fairly soft and a favorite with my whole family!
I highly recommend adding these individual hummus cups to your Costco shopping list! They are creamy, delicious, and the perfect portion. I like to pack them daily into Van’s lunch or snack bag.
I don’t know about you but we go through a LOT of peanut butter in my house. The one problem I have found with buying jarred peanut butter is that it tends to be full of preservatives and unhealthy ingredients.
That’s why I love to buy my peanut butter from Costco! This brand is super creamy and only contains one ingredient: peanuts. Just like it should be.
Beets are one of my husband’s favorite foods, but a pain in the butt to cook. Thankfully, these cooked beets are one of my best vegetarian Costco finds!
These vacuum-sealed beets are great for throwing in salads, or thinly slicing and adding to sandwiches.
So, we’ve tried a lot of legume-based pasta brands and I have to admit some were a huge fail. However, this Banza pasta is one of my favorites, and thankfully, Costco sells it in bulk!
Banza pasta is made out of chickpeas and is packed full of high protein and fiber. At $7.99 for 40 ounces, this is a steal compared to buying it at my local grocery store.
This bag from Costco may seem very big but it actually has individual servings inside.
And last but not least, for my last Costco find, I highly recommend trying these Aussie Bites. I mean, you gotta have dessert, right?
These Aussie Bites are lightly sweetened and packed with the good stuff– oats, apricots, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, quinoa, and chia seeds. They remind me of a heartier oatmeal cookie!
I hope this post on the best vegetarian Costco finds in 2021 was helpful and make your next Costco trip really easy. If you decide to buy any of these products, I’d love to know any comments, thoughts, or questions you may have about these yummy Costco finds!