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5 Surprising Foods that are “Accidentally Vegan”


Accidentally vegan may seem like a peculiar term. Veganism has come to be known as a lifestyle, something sought after, something that seems difficult, and something that is purposely mad. Not something that can be done on accident.

But a new trend is taking wind on Instagram with people sharing their favorite “accidentally vegan” finds.

What is accidentally vegan?

Accidentally vegan isn’t a meat dish that is lacking the meat but rather common foods found in grocery stores that seem like they would include dairy products but actually don’t. Claiming the name accidentally vegan.

Instagrammers have been enjoying this current trend by sharing their favorite accidentally vegan finds and others loving their new found information. 

Some finds have been shocking while others, not so much. 

Read below to find five of the most surprising “accidentally vegan” finds. 

The Original Bisquick

Many people were shocked to find out the original Bisquick is actually vegan. Pancakes and waffles are generally thought of as a sweet and dairy filled breakfast but the batter is actually vegan. Just substitute the eggs and milk for vegan alternatives like oat milk and tofu eggs and you have yourself some delicious, sweet, and fluffy pancakes to start your day with.

Pillsbury Grands

Another kitchen staple, Pillsbury Grands are known to make their way into family gatherings and breakfast plates. Pillsbury is known for their buttermilk and buttery flavors but ditched the dairy in their Grands. 

Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

Hershey’s and milk seem synonymous, especially when talking about some chocolate milk, but this can be made vegan very easily. The Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, used in milk is actually dairy free, making it a great addition to your favorite vegan milk.

Ritz Crackers

What gives Ritz Crackers their savory buttery taste? This question remains a mystery after the discovery of Ritz Crackers vegan nature. Many were surprised to find out this creamy tasting cracker is actually dairy free making it the ultimate afternoon snack. Pair some Ritz Crackers with a vegan cream cheese while you wonder how they could be so buttery and accidentally vegan.

Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix

This one is a slight oxymoron since due to milk being in the name of the mix but Duncan Hines has many accidentally vegan mixes, including their brownie mix. You will have to substitute the eggs and milk for vegan alternatives during the baking process but the mix itself is completely vegan, making for a sweet dessert. 

More accidentally vegan items to find

This is only a small snapshot of the vegan items offered in your average market. Next time you’re looking for something new to add to the menu, check the ingredients on some everyday favorites, you may be surprised with what you find!

About Rachie

Rachie is a blogger and freelance writer and marketer based out of the United States. Her blog focuses on travel, freelancing, and a vegan lifestyle. Follow along with Rachie’s adventures by visiting her blog or following her on Instagram @travelwithrachie.