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9 Epic Vegan Food Hacks

Being vegan is super-easy. To prove it, I’ve put together a list of my favorite vegan food hacks! Give these a try, and you can thank me after the food coma.

1.   Use soda instead of eggs when baking.

Vegan cake with soda

I know this defies the baking gods, but I promise that it works! Combine your favorite accidentally vegan cake mix and one can of your favorite soda and bake according to the package directions. The combinations are endless: chocolate cake and cherry soda, strawberry cake and lime soda, vanilla cake and orange soda … the list goes on and on! And the best part? No chicken periods in your cake. Woo!

2.   Use hummus or avocado instead of mayo in sandwiches.

Hummus pita

Out of Vegenaise? No problem! Hummus is vegans’ secret weapon. It’s full of flavor and packed with protein, and it makes for an UH-STOUNDING sandwich spread!

perfect avocado

Same goes with avocados—they are known as nature’s butter!

3.   Scan for animal ingredients.

Vegan products are EVERYWHERE. You just need to master the art of scanning for animal ingredients. But don’t worry—it’s a super-easy skill to learn.  Most products have a line at the end of the ingredients list that mentions if they are made with dairy ingredients or eggs since some people can easily get sick from consuming them. (Duh! We’re talking about cow boob milk and chicken periods. Are you surprised that they can make people sick?)

Click the button below to avoid yucky animal ingredients.

common animal ingredients in food

BAM! Now head to your 7-Eleven and get your vegan snack on!

4.   Make vegan doughnuts with refrigerated biscuits. 

vegan donuts

I’m not even playing, this actually works! Deep-fry store-bought biscuits (the ones that come in a can) to make vegan doughnuts. And yep, many brands at the store are accidentally vegan (see hack 3).

5.   Turn frozen bananas into ice cream.

banana ice cream

DIY ice cream exists, and it can even be healthy! You might need this recipe after overdosing on those doughnuts (see hack 4).

6.   Pack your salad in a jar to keep it fresh! 

vegan salad in a jar

2013 seems to be the year of the mason jar, but peta2 staffer Chelsi showed us that these jars are more than just hipster accessories—they’re also great for storing saladsJust pour a little dressing in the bottom, pile on your fave ingredients, and seal real tight. Take it to school, then just shake the jar (closed, duh) to spread the dressing. Enjoy!

7.   Combine vegan sour cream with a seasoning pack.

vegan sour cream dip

Missing your favorite potato chip dip? Buy an accidentally vegan seasoning pack and a container of Tofutti Sour Cream and mix. This hack is a total crowd-pleaser! P.S. This tip comes from Street Team staffer Rachelle Owen.

8.   Create a homemade tofu presser.

Tofu can be a little intimidating, but once you figure out how to get most of the water out of it—psh, it’s a total breeze! Here’s what you do: Put the tofu on a plate and cover with a paper towel followed by another plate, then pile on any heavy items you have around (cans, books, your little brother, anything works!).

Check out these awesome things that you can make with tofu!

tofu collage

9.   Remember: ALL these things are vegan!

vegan junk food

MIND BLOWN, I know!

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Do you have any vegan food secrets or hacks? Let us know in the comments below! :)
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  • 49 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Cake mix soda hack is awesome with chocolate cake mix and raspberry (healthy organic) sprtizer. Also, skip the paper towel on the tofu pressing hack and use a clean dish towel or tea towel. Absorbs more and saves the trees!

    • 49 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Almost forgot to mention, on the chocolate raspberry cake I put all fruit organic raspberry preserve, slightly diluted, between the layers and frost with whipped coconut cream (off the top of a can of full fat coconut milk) whipped together with more raspberry jam for the frosting. You can whip up the coconut cream just like dairy cream and it spreads wonderfully. Amount of jam depends on how sweet and pink you want it to end up. If you want to dull it down, you can throw in some free trade coco powder or just sprinkle it on top for a very nicely finished effect and complex layers of chocolate and raspberry flavor. YUM!

  • 68 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That cake mix with soda hack, do I still put the oil in as well?
    Thanks

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      66 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      No oil necessary :)

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    340 days ago

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    what canned biscuits are vegan? i dont have a safeway anywhere near me so i cant get the ones in the picture, and all the pillsbury ones i see have whey or milk, please help, i cant find any and those doughnuts look so good!

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      340 days ago

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      Hi Maggie, all of the ingredients are listed on the back. Just make sure they don’t have any butter, eggs, or milk. :) <3 Annie from peta2.

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    446 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Would diet soda be okay?

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      446 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Yep, still works! :)

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    634 days ago

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    I use flaxseed egg and veggie oil for cake 😀 so moist, delish, and VEGAN!!!

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    643 days ago

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    Absolutely in love right now. I’ve been trying to figure out a cheap way to make a vegan cake & it’s been right here the whole time! Can’t wait to try this c:

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    649 days ago

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    #1 sounds supercool! Root beer or ginger soda or Dr. Zevia would be fun to try. :)

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    650 days ago

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    I love the salad in a jar, and I’ve seen it before.. but something has blocked it from my memory every time I creep away from where I saw it.

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    651 days ago

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    Frito, Oreos and Chex Mix are full of GMOs and probably those accidental vegan ingredients as well. For your health just google a vegan cake recipe and buy organic!

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    651 days ago

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    ugh why do I live on the other side of the world? We don’t get most of these pre-prepared treats down here in NZ.

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    653 days ago

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    Is there something else if I don’t drink soda?