5 Foods You Never Knew Were Vegan!

In the same way that animal products turn up in all sorts of seemingly vegan and vegetarian friendly foods, (Lea and Perrins, anyone?) a whole plethora of products, including some doughnuts, have surprised the vegan community by containing no animal derivative nasties. In this list of 5 Foods You Never Knew Were Vegan we didn’t include Oreos, which may come as a vegan surprise to some but are an already well established vegan staple. They are also only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sneakily vegan treats, with many more biscuits, cakes, crisps and sweets on offer these days.

1. Cadbury’s Drinking Chocolate
Time to celebrate – chocolate is back on the vegan menu! Much of what makes chocolate vegan-unfriendly is the addition of milk during production, so chocolate in its purest form is absolutely fine. Add your favourite dairy substitute and enjoy this comfort drink classic!

2. Fox’s Dark Chocolate Chunkie Cookies
‘Vegan’ and ‘cookie’ aren’t often words that go together, but I can definitely confirm that these thick moreish cookies contain absolutely zero eggs, butter or milk.

3. Lotus Biscoff Spread
If anyone finds they struggle getting enough biscuits in their diet, this spread is highly recommended! It is almost unbelievable that something so naughtily delicious has excellent vegan credentials, which the Lotus biscuit also has too.

4. Kettle Chips ‘Backyard Barbeque’ and ‘Maple Bacon’ Flavour
Weirdly enough the meaty crisp flavours in this range are all vegan friendly, but be warned that some other flavours are not. If you sometimes crave the sweet and salty taste of Walkers Smoky Bacon crisps from childhood, then you can indulge guilt-free.

5. The Co-Op Custard and Jam Doughnuts
What a find! These doughnuts prove that nothing is off limits when it comes to being vegan. They are cheap, delicious, and perfect if you want something you and your non-vegan friends can all enjoy – perfection!

What will surprise most people about these vegan foods is that they’re not just fruit, vegetables and tofu! Admittedly they are not the healthiest of products, but they do prove that a vegan diet is accessible to all and won’t mean compromising on foods you already enjoy. Remember to always check the label before you try -to ensure they are 100% vegan -variations in ingredients may occur depending on which country you’re based in and the products mentioned are based mainly on what is available in the UK right now. Check out the video to discover even more delectable vegan goodies!

Helena Cooper

Helena is a History graduate with a passion for all things health and fitness. After running for many years, injury forced her to look for new forms of exercise which opened her eyes to the fitness world. Helena takes a keen interest in social media in all forms and uses it to learn about and share developments in nutrition and fitness. Having been diagnosed with Type One Diabetes at the age of 6, Helena strongly believes in the power of food and fitness to optimise happiness and wellbeing.

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