TOP TEN Vegan Must-Haves in Honest Weight Food Co-op’s Bulk Department

Check out Honest Weight Food Co-op

Honest Weight is our homegrown, public grocery store committed to responsibly bringing the community the best products and the healthiest foods. You’ll find a wide variety of clearly-labeled vegan products throughout the store. The full-service deli with a daily hot bar, fresh salad bar, all-organic juice bar, fair-trade coffee bar, made-to-order sandwiches, ready-to-eat salads, on-the-go meals, and delicious baked goods never disappoints. 

Buy in Bulk (a little or a lot!) at Honest Weight

Honest Weight has an impressive bulk foods selection featuring 999 items, including pantry staples and hard-to-find specialty ingredients. We love that we can reduce waste by filling our own reusable containers, and they have some jars on hand in case we stopped by on a whim. We could easily spend the good part of an afternoon perusing all the items for new ingredients and kitchen inspiration. BUT if you’re short on time or just want a go-to list for Honest Weight’s bulk section, we’ve got you covered! 


TOP TEN Must Haves From the Honest Weight Bulk Department

1. Raw cashews

Soak them, blend them up, and create the creamiest sauces, dips, soups, and ice cream.

2. Flax (or chia) seeds

Grind up your seeds and leave them in a jar in the refrigerator for a super quick egg replacement in baking. Mix 1 Tbs. ground flax or chia with 2.5 Tbs. water, let sit for 5 minutes, and you have a vegan egg.

3. Nutritional yeast

Adds delicious cheesy flavoring to popcorn, pasta dishes. An excellent source of protein and the all-important B vitamins, including B12.

4. Vital wheat gluten

This flour-like powder is chock full of protein and is the key ingredient in homemade seitan for meaty main dishes and holiday roasts.

5. Soy curls

A tasty meat alternative for BBQ or endless other possibilities.

6. Dried chickpeas and specialty beans

Chickpea salad, chili, hummus (a vegan food group in and of itself?), & oven-roasted chickpeas are just a few of the menu ideas that come to mind here. Try sprouting your beans and other grains to improve nutritional content

7. Kala namak

Aka black salt, adds a delightful egginess to tofu scramble, chickpea omelettes or any savory breakfast meal.

8. Coffee/tea

Start your day right with Honest Weight Food Co-op’s vast selection of loose leaf tea and fair trade coffee.

9. Seaweed

Add bladderwrack or dulse bits to soups, vegan crab cakes, chickpea salad. Try a piece of kombu in the water when cooking your dried beans to make the beans more digestible and enhance their flavor. Most will provide you with beneficial minerals including calcium, iron, zinc, and iodine.

10. Freshly ground peanut butter

Watch the grinder fill your jar with fresh peanut butter before your eyes. Add some to your smoothies and overnight oats for a nutty flavor boost. No matter your age, a good ole pb&j is a quintessential vegan meal.

Honorable Mentions

Truly, there are just too many goodies to pick only ten, so we couldn’t help ourselves but add on a few more items for your consideration and enjoyment:

  • Organic sunny fruit slices for a gelatin-free sweet treat
  • Vegan, fair-trade chocolate chips 
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Maple syrup
  • Rolled oats
  • Organic multicolor popcorn 
  • Local walnuts, hemp hearts, lentils, & quinoa for all that protein
  • Smoked paprika and all your favorite spices in whatever amount you need
  • Dried mushrooms, fresh miso paste, & vegan Worcestershire sauce for all the umami 
  • Active yeast if you never left the pandemic bread baking phase (and yes, wheat is totally vegan)
  • Medjool dates to sweeten your smoothies & make homemade energy bars

Now grab your containers and GO! Get all the good stuff. 

Go-To Bulk Ingredient Recipes

Now that you’re stocked up, try out these recipes which feature our top ten:   

Buy it in bulk: vital wheat gluten, bay leaves, vegetable broth powder, chickpea flour, salt, onion powder, dried sage, tamari, olive oil

Buy it in bulk: organic garbanzo beans, umeboshi vinegar, celery seeds, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dulse 

Buy it in bulk: flaxseeds, brown sugar, vanilla extract, flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, vegan chocolate chips

Bulk it in bulk: soy curls, Worcestershire sauce, tamari, olive oil, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, smoked salt

Buy it in bulk: rolled oats, maple syrup, peanut butter, chia seeds, granola 

Buy it in bulk: lentils, walnuts, oregano, cumin, chili powder, sea salt, olive oil, cashews, apple cider vinegar (because you also need to make that sour cream, trust us)

Buy it in bulk: chickpea flour, flaxseeds, kala namak, garlic powder, cumin powder, turmeric, salt, nutritional yeast 


What are your favorite bulk ingredients to purchase at Honest Weight?

Let us know in the comments!  

Visit the Honest Weight Food Co-op website for more information or follow them on:

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Join CRVN on Saturday, October 23 at Honest Weight Food Co-op for the Love of Vegan Potluck, and bring along a dish to share & your containers to stock up on the TOP TEN!     


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