7 Superb Ways to Use Accidentally Vegan Foods

Sticking with a vegan diet may appear tricky, but many grocers and markets carry a surprisingly wide selection of delicious, vegan-friendly foods — and sometimes, you may not even realize it! Some of the best snacks on store shelves are what PETA calls “accidentally vegan”: not specifically created with a vegan diet in mind, but able to be enjoyed by individuals adhering to a vegan diet (and, of course, everybody else).

Take a look at the following 7 surprisingly vegan foods and learn how you can use these ingredients the next time inspiration strikes in the kitchen.

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Vegans, rejoice! Oreo cookies may not seem to fit a vegan diet, but they are, in fact, completely free of animal byproducts. Take advantage of that fact by whipping up a Vegan Dirt Cake, compliments of Minimalist Baker. Sweetened cocoa milk makes a lovely, lush base for the delicious cookie-and-cream flavor of your favorite snack. The dish can also be served frozen.

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Frito Corn Chips

Frito corn chips are cheap, tasty, and — if you didn’t already guess — vegan-friendly. If junk food is what you’re craving and you’ve got a taste for the salty stuff, this Frito Pie from Serious Eats should be next on your to-cook list. Ready in just 10 minutes, it’s the perfect answer for the more lethargic junk food lovers out there.

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Athens Phyllo Dough

Baklava has been around since as early as the 8th century B.C., and remains as tasty as ever to this day. Try making a vegan version of this sweet, flaky Mediterranean dessert using Athens Phyllo Dough in this recipe from Leite’s Culinaria. If you’d rather satisfy your Phyllo craving in a savory dish, cook up this Vegan Pot Pie from Luminous Vegans.

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Cobblestone Mill Whole Wheat Bread

Combine bread and vegetables in a light, savory broth with Tuscan Ribollita stew. Combining vegan-friendly Cobblestone Mill Whole Wheat Bread with a generous portion of beans and kale will give you the protein kick you need for tonight’s dinner. To make it a fully vegan dining experience, simply omit the addition of grated Parmesan on top in this recipe from The New York Times.

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Ritz Crackers

Give today’s serving of veggies a mouthwatering crisp by crusting them with vegan-friendly Ritz Crackers in this dish from Kitchen Daily. The Ritz Cracker Roasted Broccoli with Spicy Crumbs recipe gets its kick from a dash of mustard.

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Duncan Hines Creamy Home-Style Chocolate Frosting

Get your fill of rich chocolate for tonight’s dessert with these luscious Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes from Duncan Hines. The recipe incorporates Duncan Hines Chocolate Frosting — it’s smooth, creamy, and, shockingly, vegan!

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Fruit By the Foot

Bake up a vegan cake and decorate it in this cute package design from Spoonful using vegan-friendly Fruit by the Foot for a ribbon-wrapped touch. Simply follow this recipe from All Recipes for a simple and sweet vanilla vegan cake and top it with this fluffy vegan buttercream frosting from Chow.

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