Important Vegan Pantry Necessities for the Holidays

Are you starting to think about your vegan pantry necessities for the holidays? About what you need to have on hand as your and your vegan pantry must haves?

The holidays are fast approaching, and like every year before, they are going to be upon us before we know it!

Even if it feels early to stock up for your vegan Christmas recipes, it can’t hurt to be prepared and walk on the side of caution while preparing for the holiday season, right?

Your food pantry can never hurt from being properly stocked with staple food and your favorite treats.

So, if you are looking to stock your pantry full of all of the good stuff for the holidays, then keep reading. 

Because here is a list of the basic holiday food items that you should start to buy ahead of time for a fully stocked vegan pantry.

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Vegan Pantry Necessities

The beauty of a food pantry is that you can always have good food on hand without the fear of wasting it.

This means that you could literally shop the holiday deals after Christmas so that you would be prepared for the holidays a year in advance!

In this article, we will, be talking about the holiday pantry food that you will thank yourself for having on hand. You never know when you might need more than you thought or when something might be out of stock, so don’t hesitate to grab your pantry essential ahead of time!

It is always better to be overstocked than understocked around the holidays. Since you can always use that excess food, whereas you may not be able to get last-minute items.

So, here is a list of some of the basic items that we will all probably end up needing in our pantry this time of the year.

Baking Supply’s

Baking supplies might just be one of the most important pantry staples to have on hand. So many delicious holiday treats depend on this section!

This is also a food group that is most often out of stock if you go shopping last minute. This is why this should be a priority on your grocery list if you want to be prepared ahead of time.

And don’t hesitate to stock up on these items, baking supplies have a long shelf life and will keep for months if not longer. These ingredients are vital to your holiday recipes, and it never hurts to have plenty on hand throughout the year anyway.

Baking essentials will look a bit different for all of us, but here are some of the most basic things to have on hand for your vegan Christmas recipes and plans.

Related: Amazing Vegan Baking Substitutes

  • flour
  • yeast
  • baking soda 
  • baking powder
  • vanilla extract
  • peppermint extract
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • allspice
  • pumpkin spice
  • ginger
  • corn starch

Pie Fillings

Canned pie filling is another pantry food item that might very well begin to go out of stock before you know it!

If you are able to make your pie filling completely from scratch good for you! But many of us don’t do that, and you never know you might just be too busy this year for that extra step. This is why pie fillings are on this vegan pantry must haves list!

Pie filling is another pantry item that will last, so it can’t hurt to grab an extra can or two. And don’t forget that you can use pie fillings for so much more than just pies! You can use these to make little tarts, cheesecakes, and so much more.

Canned Goods

Canned goods are another one of those pantry staples that tend to go out of stock pretty quickly at the store.

And despite the desire that we have to use fresh ingredients, no one can deny the convenience of canned goods. Especially during the hustle and bustle of making your vegan Christmas recipes and dishes. 

When you are wanting to buy food items in advance to avoid the hectic holiday rush of last-minute shoppers, canned goods are often your best option.

Here are a few common canned goods that you might want to consider buying ahead of time. These are all very common ingredients that many of our cherished holiday recipes call for. So, don’t forget to stock up on these essentials to avoid a stressful holiday season!

  • green beans
  • peas
  • tropical fruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • cranberry sauce
  • corn
  • soups
  • pumpkin


Sweeteners are a very important part of well-stocked vegan pantry necessities as we will be baking so many holiday treats.

Think of all of those other treats that you make during the holidays and how many of them call for a variety of sweeteners and syrups. You will most likely need to have a variety of sweeteners on hand in order to make all of your vegan holiday desserts.

So, don’t hesitate to grab some extra sweeteners to be fully prepared for the holidays! These are sweeteners that can last a very long time in your pantry, so don’t worry if you aren’t sure if you will need them soon or not.

For healthier options in your holiday baking, try to replace normal sweeteners with healthier ones like stevia and agave syrup.

Related: Vegan Honey Alternatives

Premade Items

Raise your hand if you have ever used a premade puff pastry or pie crust. Come on, raise them high with pride because there’s no shame here!

We’ve all done it, and you might just be planning to do it again this year! Because not even the snobbiest vegan baker could argue that puff pastry is much easier and faster to use.

Though homemade pastries are obviously the tastier option, they aren’t always doable during the holiday madness of cooking. So, don’t forget to grab those premade items that you rely on during the holidays.

These items that are usually frozen have a pretty decent shelf life and will be nice and ready to use when you need them.

And grab them fast, believe me, these items tend to sell out fast!

  • Frozen puff pastry
  • Pie crusts
  • Tart crusts

Christmas Treats

Of course, you have to be economical about your food pantry and stocking up but don’t forget about the holiday treats!

You know all of the candies and specialty items that only come once a year. Believe it or not, these items are already going to be arriving in grocery stores. And they will probably end up going out of stock fast unless you are a quick shopper.

So why not go ahead and grab them while they’re fully stocked and plentiful. You know what holiday treats you enjoy the most, so don’t forget to grab a few of these as well for good measure.

  • Christmas teas
  • Halloween candy
  • candy canes
  • limited edition holiday foods
  • holiday flavored ice cream
  • holiday cookies 
  • vegan marshmallows

Main Protein Sources

One of the biggest ingredients that your thanksgiving and Christmas table is going to need is the main protein source.

The big event of the whole meal. Whether you eat meat, are vegetarian, or eat a plant-based diet. We all have that one protein source that is going to be the center of our table.

These are all items that are bound to go out of stock quickly as people start to prepare for the holidays ahead of time. They can be stored safely in your fridge or freezer until you need them to avoid any extra holiday stress.

Related: Best Vegan Sources of Protein You Should be Eating


I don’t care what anyone says drinks are of the biggest treats of the season. Whether you drink alcohol or not, holiday drinks are one of those things that we all look forward to.

And it definitely can’t hurt to think ahead and include a few of these drink options in your food pantry just to be on the safe side.

Don’t let your holiday punch bowl go unnoticed this year! Many of these drink options are either safely sealed in a carton or bottle or dry in a packet, so don’t hesitate to stock up.

They are all family-friendly as well, so everyone can enjoy these holiday drinks.

  • cranberry juice
  • pineapple juice
  • sprite
  • carbonated water
  • egg nog
  • hot chocolate
  • seasonal tea

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts are another one of those vegan pantry necessities that are really easy to overlook. Believe me, I know this from frequent experiences!

Nuts can play a big part in your holiday recipes, however, so don’t forget about these important ingredients while stocking up your pantry.

Nuts can last a long time as long as they are left unopened so just make sure to leave them alone until you need them!

These food items can also be very important in your vegan Christmas recipes, as many vegan recipes call for nuts. So, don’t forget about this food group!

  • pecans
  • almonds
  • walnuts
  • peanuts
  • cashews
  • hemp seeds
  • chia seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • flax seeds

Why Stock Up for the Holidays?

There are many reasons why you might want to stock up from the holidays this year or any year, for that matter.

It never hurts to get ready ahead of time by filling out your Thanksgiving and Christmas list and grabbing the occasional items for later.

It Helps the Grocery Stores

Stocking up your food pantry for the holidays not only relieves the grocery stores a bit by creating one less hectic shopper. But it makes it easier for others who might be shopping last minute.

If more people stocked up ahead of time, there wouldn’t be such a grocery shopping rush, and people wouldn’t be left without certain holiday ingredients.

So, by shopping ahead of time, you might actually be helping other shoppers get what they need if they didn’t plan ahead as you did!

It Reduces Holiday Stress

It can be so stressful to have to run back and forth from grocery store to grocery store. But that is exactly what many of us do each holiday season as we wait too long and have to go searching for food items.

By thinking ahead and stocking up, you are reducing your stress during the busiest time of the year. You could avoid grocery stores altogether for most of the holiday season if you are already stocked!

Overall it makes the holidays just a little bit less stressful for everyone!

It Allows More Time for the Joys of the Holidays

By planning ahead and grabbing your vegan pantry necessities and vegan pantry must haves, you are making more time for what matters.

The less time you spend searching for food items last minute and stressing out, the more time you have to spend with your family. To sit down and actually get to enjoy the holidays.

Vegan Pantry Necessities Conclusion

I hope that this list of vegan pantry necessities was helpful to you during this busy time of the year. It is often very stressful, but it shouldn’t be, and we should all try to stress less about the little things.

Even if you don’t get that can of pumpkin puree or those fresh cranberries, what is the worst that can happen? Usually, the worst that can happen is we miss out on the joy of the holidays because we are too busy worrying.

Planning out your vegan Christmas desserts and dishes is just one small step towards having a more peaceful and calm Christmas for you and your family.

Let me know in the comments what you do to plan ahead and reduce holiday stress. Do you grocery shop ahead of time, stock up on holiday items, or do you have other tips to share?

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