What’s Vegan at Trader Joe’s for the Holidays?

candy-cane-joe-joesWell, the Trader Joe’s Turkey-less Stuffed Roast available at Thanksgiving may be gone, but there’s still loads of vegan holiday goodies at T.J.’s.  Let’s take a peek!

Candy Cane Joe Joe’s

These are like Oreo’s, but better! (I used to devour the vanilla Joe Joe’s!).

The downside? They contain palm oil.  And they’re not healthy; buzz kill, I know.

The upside? I was told by a T.J.’s customer service representative that the palm oil in their Joe Joe’s does not come from areas where there are orangoutangs, nor are any rainforests cleared to grow them.  Thank goodness!




Winter Wassail

A wassail is an Old English drink accompanied by rituals believed to influence “a plentiful apple harvest the following year.”

This Trader Joe’s spiced holiday “libation” is apple juice that’s filled with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamon, ginger, lemon juice and orange peel.

Taste like “Season’s Greetings” in a glass. It really does. You can enjoy it hot or cold. I love it.





Organic Holiday Fruit Spread

If you enjoy the taste of Winter Wassail, I think you’ll love this seasonal jam!

It’s made with a medley of organic plums, organic apples and organic cranberries, and seasoned with organic cinnamon and organic cloves.

It’s tasty! And I love that it’s organic.






Chocolate Peppermint Almond Milk

Yuck!  Just kidding.  I just loathe the taste of mint.  Anyone else feel the same?

For those who like mint, you’ll probably dig Trader Joe’s new Chocolate Peppermint Almond Milk.

Just keep it (and those mint Joe Joe’s) away from me.






Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate

Chocolate without the mint; now we’re talkin’! This is great for making a big mug of hot cocoa.

Just add a bit to your favorite nut milk, put on your slipper socks and PJ’s, grab a blankie and a great book (heehee), and you’ll be good to go!

You can even kick it up a notch with a dash of cayenne if you like a little heat.





Deep, Dark Gingerbread Cake and Baking Mix

Although Trader Joe’s baking mixes usually call for snatching eggs from a bird, it’s easy to sub them out for something cruelty-free, like smushed ripe bananas.  Or you can use Ener-G Egg Replacer, or even aquafaba (the new, and simple, egg substitute everyone is raving about; blog post coming up soon!).

Here are a ton of egg replacement ideas, if you need em’!




vegan-champagneCharles De Marques Champagne

If you’re looking for a little vegan bubbly to bring in the new year, check out the Charles De Marques Champagne; it’s exclusive to Trader Joe’s and unlike many other champagnes, there’s no isinglass (aka: fish bladders!) in it.

This champagne has hints of red apple, citrus and rosemary, and is made in France.

Be sure to stay tuned for more vegan champagne suggestions next week!

It’s SO easy to be vegan, especially when you’re shopping at Trader Joe’s!




And don’t forget to browse through TJ’s healthy fruits and veggies this time of year.  They have:

* Hearty squashes that you can bake… and stuff. Makes a great entrée!

*Fresh organic cranberries and pomegranates to add a bright red hue (and antioxidants!) to your holiday plate.

* And fresh brussel sprouts on the stock, too!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Jackie Day, Author of The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You (St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan)