A member-only retail store may not seem to be an appealing option for the masses. But, Costco proved it wrong.
With over 800 stores in eight countries and more than 110 million members, Costco has proved that people will willingly pay for just being able to shop if they have what they’re looking for.
At Costco, it all comes down to low prices and amazing discounts. Who doesn’t like that? The retail chain has built a cult following out of this business model. But is Costco worth it for vegans?
Let’s find out and put together a Costco vegan options list as well.
Does Costco Have Vegan Food Options?
Good news! There is quite a good variety of vegan food options at Costco.
But there’s a bit of a bummer here as well.
Since Costco is a retail chain with more than 500 locations in the US. For stores this big and widespread, it’s only normal to have varying inventories at different locations.
The inventory also changes with time and season. This makes it almost impossible to put together a definitive list of vegan options at Costco.
Don’t be sad already. I am going to do my best to provide you with as comprehensive a list of Costco vegan food options as possible, with the help of their official website and some other reliable online sources.
So, let’s get to it, shall we?
What are the Vegan Options at Costco?
From all the information I could gather online, Costco has plant-based options suitable for the vegan diet in the following categories:
- Vegan Snacks – Crackers, Chips & Popcorns, Pretzels, Chocolates, and more
- Nuts & Dried Fruits
- Energy Bars & Protein Powders
- Soups & Curries
- Canned Foods
- Noodles & Pasta
- Vegan Protein
- Frozen Foods
- Bakery Items
- Ready-to-Eat Packaged Meals & Sides
- Seeds, Grains, Flours, Spices, Etc.
- Vegan Dairy Items
- Dips, Sauces, & Spreads
In addition to these foods, you can also find a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables at Costco, all of which are naturally vegan.
Keep reading to know your options in each of these categories of vegan foods at Costco, and find answers to some common questions people ask with regards to buying vegan foods from Costco.
Costco Vegan Options 2023 – A Comprehensive List
As mentioned earlier, there are quite a few vegan options at Costco. Here they are:
Costco Vegan Snacks
It’s not easy to follow restrictive diets. But, they tend to get most difficult when it comes to snacks.
A lot of people fail or struggle to follow healthy diets because they end up eating unhealthy snacks at those odd hours between meals when they suddenly feel hungry or get those hard-to-resist cravings.
This is why dietary experts suggest stocking up your pantry with the right snacks when following any particular diet.
No matter what your reason for becoming a vegan is, having vegan-friendly snacks at hand can help make this dietary journey easier and increase your chances of sticking to it for life (highly restrictive diets can become hard to follow over time).
Don’t skip the snacks aisle on your grocery runs just because you’ve turned vegan. Stock your pantry with the following vegan-friendly snacks from Costco:
- Rustic Bakery Organic Flatbread Bites – Rosemary & Olive Oil
- Mary’s Gone Crackers – Super Seed Everything Crackers. Vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO.
- Mary’s Gone Crackers – Original Crackers
- Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers – with Fine Ground Sea Salt. These are also non-GMO and gluten-free.
- Kirkland Signature Organic Animal Crackers
- Nabisco Nutter Butter – Peanut butter cookie
- Nabisco Oreos
- Nabisco Wheat Thins – 100% Whole Grain and free of artificial colors, flavors, corn syrup, high fructose, and cholesterol.
- Nabisco Ritz Crackers
- Nabisco Organic Triscuit – Original
- Biscoff Cookies
- Biscoff & Go – Cookie Butter and Breadsticks
- Belvita Breakfast Biscuits
- Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crunchy Oven Baked Crackers – Whole-grain, cholesterol-free, and gluten-free.
- Somersaults Sunflower Seed Crunchy Bites
- RW Garcia Organic Lentil with Turmeric Crackers
- Late July Snacks Organic Sea Salt & Lime Tortilla Chips
- Late July Snacks Sea Salt Multi-Grain Tortilla Chips
- Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips
- Tostitos Scoops
- Kirkland Signature Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Himalayan Salt Potato Chips – Vegan and certified gluten-free.
- Stacy’s Organic Baked Pita Chips – Simply Naked
- Made in Nature Toasted Coconut Chips – Italian Espresso, Maple Vanilla, and Toasted Cinnamon flavors
- Dang Coconut Chips
- Simply 7 Barbeque Quinoa Chips
- Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps – Lightly Salted
- Dirty Mesquite BBQ Potato Chips
- Dirty Kettle Potato Chips – Sea Salted
- Skinny Pop Popcorn – Organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO, along with vegan-friendly.
- Angle’s Boom Chick A Pop – Sweet and Salty Kettle Corns
- Great Northern Popcorn – Unpopped Kernels
- Popcornpolis Nearly Naked Popcorn
- Kirkland Signature Peanut Putter Pretzels – Pretzel nuggets filled with peanut butter.
- Synder’s of Hanover Snaps Pretzels
- Synder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels
- Snack Factory Organic Pretzel Crisps – Original
- Kirkland Signature Roasted Seasoned Seaweed
- Annie Chun’s Organic Baked Seaweed Crisps
- Rhythm Superfoods Organic Roasted Kale Snack
- Hippeas Chickpea Puffs
- Banana Organic Ridge Cut Plantain Chips
- Maas River Farms Organic Cauli-Tots (cauliflower tots)
- DJ & A Veggie Crisps – Mixed Vegetables – Original
In addition to these classified vegan options, you will also find a great variety of “accidentally vegan” snacks at Costco. But, that will require you to look through the isles more carefully and read the labels and ingredients.
Costco Vegan Dried Fruits & Nuts
Want something to eat between meals but don’t want to consume calorie-rich, unhealthy snacks? Dried fruits and nuts make great munchies for your untimely hunger strikes. They are also mostly vegan-friendly, except for candied nuts (they often have honey and may contain butter as well).
Costco has some great dried fruits and nuts options with no animal ingredients added to them. Your choices include:
- Kirkland Signature Organic Dried Mangoes –Unsweetened, Free of additives and preservatives, and non-GMO.
- Desert Valley Organic Deglet Noor Dates – Premium quality and pitted
- Mariani Organic California Deglet Noor Pitted Dates
- Kirkland Signature Shelled Pistachios – Roasted & Salted
- Kirkland Signature In-Shell Pistachios – Roasted & Salted
- Kirkland Signature Organic Whole Cashews – Unsalted, Unroasted
- Kirkland Signature Organic Pine Nuts
- Kirkland Signature Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts
- Kirkland Signature Peanut Halves
- Kirkland Signature Walnut Halves
- Kirkland Signature Unsalted Mixed Nuts
- Sun-Maid Organic Raisins
- Sunny Fruit Organic Figs
- Hoody’s In-Shell Classic Roast Peanuts – Unsalted
- Made in Nature Organic Apricots
- Made in Nature Organic Mangoes
- Made in Nature Organic Pineapple
- Made in Nature Organic Calimyrna Figs
- Made in Nature Organic Dried Fruit Fusion
- Made in Nature Superberry Fruit Fusion
- Made in Nature Apple Cinnamon Figgy Pops
- Cherry Bay Orchards Dried Montmorency Cherries
- Kirkland Signature Sunsweet Whole Dried Plums
- Gourmet Nut Power Up Mega Omega Tail Mix
- Hoody’s South of the Border Snack Mix
- Sahale Snacks Fruit and Nut Mixes
- Mango-Pomegranate-Coconut Chews
- Inno Foods Organic Coconut Clusters – with super seeds
- Kirkland Dark Chocolate-Covered Mangoes
Costco Vegan Energy Bars, Granolas, & Protein Powders
Restrictive diets are infamous for being less nutritious. And it’s not entirely wrong. You do miss out on certain nutrients when your diet doesn’t include items from all food groups. It’s true for the vegan diet as well.
Energy bars and protein powders can be great additions to your vegan diet to make up for some of those missed nutrients. These are also great for giving your mind and body a quick energy boost.
Finding vegan-friendly energy bars and protein powders can be a little difficult for many as they often contain honey and dairy (respectively). But not if you have a Costco nearby. The retail store has a few great plant-based options. These include:
- Clif Kid Z Bar – Variety Pack with Chocolate Chip, Iced Oatmeal Cookie, and Chocolate Brownie flavors. They are vegan and made with whole grains. [Learn about the vegan status of other Clif bars here]
- Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars
- Sunrise Organic Energy Bars
- Kirkland Signature Organic Ancient Grains – Granola with almonds
- Orgain’s Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder
- Kashi Chewy Granola Bars – Chocolate, Almond, and Sea Salt
- Nature’s Path Flax Plus Pumpkin Flax Organic Granola
- Nature’s Bakery Stone Ground Whole Wheat Fig Bar
- Toosum Healthy Foods Oatmeal Bars – Cherry and Plum
- Pure Organic Layered Fruit Bars
- Sunrise Organic Energy Bars
Costco Vegan Breads
There was a time when finding dairy-free and egg-free bread was a big struggle. Thankfully, that time is over, and we now have several vegan-friendly bread options available at stores.
Many restaurants are also following the lead and adding plant-based bread choices to their menus, making it easier for bread lovers like me to satisfy their cravings. Costco has some of them too.
Vegan bread options at Costco include:
- Dave’s Killer Bread – Whole Grains and Seeds
- Premier Bakers Hamburger Buns
- Francisco International Seeded Gourmet Hot Dog Rolls
- Papa Pita Greek Pita Flatbread
- Sourdough Bread (any) – They are almost always vegan
Costco Vegan Soups & Curries
There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of steaming hot soup or rich, hearty, delicious curry on cold and rainy nights. But, you’re not always in the mood to step into the kitchen for it or spend hours waiting for it to get ready.
Sometimes, you suddenly crave these comforting foods and wish you could have them available ready to eat. Costco has got you covered for all such days.
The store offers several different varieties of ready-to-eat vegan soups and curries. I couldn’t get a complete list of the available options, but there are a few of them, from what I know. The options that I could confirm online include:
- Amy’s Organic Lentil Soup
- Amy’s Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup
- Amy’s Organic Chunky Vegetable Soup
- Amy’s Organic Split Pea Soup
- Amy’s Organic Quinoa, Kale, & Red Lentil Soup
- Amy’s Organic Red Bean & Vegetable Soup
- Amy’s Organic Black Bean & Vegetable Soup
- Amy’s Organic Lentil & Chickpea Soup
- Amy’s Organic Fire Roasted Southwestern Vegetable Soup
- Amy’s Organic Butternut Squash Soup
- Amy’s Organic Hearty French Country Vegetable Soup
- Amy’s Organic Minestrone Soup
- Amy’s Organic Hearty Minestrone Soup with Vegetables
- Amy’s Organic Hearty Rustic Italian Vegetable Soup
- Amy’s Organic Hearty Spanish Rice & Red Bean Soup
- Amy’s Organic Indian Curried Lentil Soup
- Amy’s Organic Tortilla Soup
- Amy’s Organic Tomato Bisque
- Amy’s Organic vegan Mushroom Bisque
- Amy’s Organic Vegan Butternut Bisque
- Amy’s Organic Vegetable Barley Bisque
- Maya Kaimal Coconut Curry
- Sukhi’s Roasted Tomato Curry with Kale & Chickpeas
Costco Vegan Canned Foods
Canned foods are a must-have for a well-stocked pantry. They are a lifesaver on those busy days when you have no time to cook elaborate meals from scratch or perhaps have some uninvited guests over. With these in your pantry, you can whip up meals quickly.
They also have long shelf lives, so you don’t even have to worry about them going bad if not used soon. Make sure to add them to your grocery list.
As far as finding the vegan options is concerned, Costco has some for you. These include:
- Rosarita Organic Refried Beans
- S&W Organic Garbanzos – Chickpeas
- S&W Organic Black Beans
These aren’t the only options I could find listed online. However, I am confident that you can find several more vegan-friendly canned foods choices at Costco.
Costco Vegan Frozen Foods
Whether you’re looking for snacks more filling than chips and crackers, fruits and vegetables that can be stored for long, or some rich, creamy, cold desserts, the freezer section of the grocery store is the spot to look for.
Thankfully, Costco’s frozen foods section has numerous vegan-friendly options, including the following (and many more):
* We’re not including frozen vegan meat products in this category. They are listed in the vegan proteins section below.
- Auntie Anne’s Classic Soft Pretzels [Want to know other Auntie Anne’s pretzels are fit for vegans? Check out my article Auntie Anne’s Vegan Options]
- Royal Asia Veggie Spring Rolls with Edamame and Soy Ginger Sauce
- Cado Avocado Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts – Available in different flavors
- Alpha Plant-Based Breakfast Sandwich – Plant-based egg and cheese with meatless sausage.
- Gardein Chipotle Black Bean Sliders
- Gardein’s The Ultimate Beefless Slider
- Gardein BBQ Pocket Meals
- Smucker’s Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwich
- Alexia Organic Sweet Potato Fries
- Alexia Organic Hashed Browns
- Gabilla’s Potato Knishes
- Kirkland Signature Organic Blueberries
- Cascadian Farm Organic Wild Blueberries
- Happy Village Organic Dark Sweet Cherries
- Green Giant Organic Zucchini Spirals
- Path of Life Frozen Organic Broccoli Florets
- Green Giant Frozen Organic Riced Cauliflower
- Kirkland Organic Frozen Peas
- Sambazon Organic Acai Superfruit Packs
- Sambazon Frozen Superfruit Acai Bites
Costco Vegan Proteins
From the good ol’ tofu to fake meat options, Costco stocks different types of vegan protein options to make sure its non-meat-eating customers don’t have to go anywhere else in search of these food essentials.
Your choices for vegan proteins at Costco include:
- House Foods Organic Tofu
- Fountain of Health Extra Firm Plain Tofu
- Sweet Earth General Tso’s Tofu
- Pulmuone Sprouted Organic Firm Tofu
- Impossible Burger Patties
- Beyond Burger Plant-Based Patties
- Beyond Meatballs
- Beyond Meat Sausages
- Nate’s Meatless Meatballs – Zesty Italian
- Sol Cuisine Plant-Based Cauliflower Wings – Buffalo Style
- Gardein Seven-Grain Crispy Tenders
- Gardein Meatless Mandarin Crispy Chick’n
- Gardein Golden Fishless Filets
- Gardein Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers
- Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Burger
- Gardein Meatless Meatballs
- Don Lee Farms Superfoods Veggie Burger – Plant-based and organic
- Alpha Foods Plant-Protein Crispy Chik’n Patties
- Morningstar Farms Original Veggie Sausage Patties
- Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers
- Wholly Veggie Buffalo Cauliflower
- Yves Veggie Chick’n Nuggets
- Oh Naturel Spinach & Chickpeas Patties
- Dr. Praeger’s Vegan Burger range
Costco Vegan Ready-to-Eat Packaged Meals & Sides
Pair up our vegan proteins with the following sides to enjoy a full vegan meal at home without spending hours in the kitchen. These, as mentioned in the heading, are ready to eat.
All you have to do is to pop them in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and you’re good. The options available for packaged vegan meals and sides at Costco include the following:
- Bobs Red Mill Oatmeal Cups
- Cedarlane Vegan Mac & Cheese – Made with coconut-based cheese
- I Eat Grass Jalapeno & Cheddar Mac & Yease
- KinjaBand Noodles
- Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic
- Minsley Cooked Organic Brown Rice
- Love Beets Organic Cooked Beets
- Seed of Change Brown & Red Rice with Chia & Kale
- Organic Quinoa & Kale Blend
- Ajinomoto Vegetable Yakisoba Bowl- Japanese- style stir-fried noodles with crisp vegetables and a savory sauce.
- Don Lee Farms Super Foods Veggie Bowl – Made with all organic ingredients, including quinoa, kale, black beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, onion, carrots, sunflower seeds, and a bunch of spices.
- Loma Linda Plant-Based Protein Chipotle Bowl with Black Beans
- Table One Jackfruit Bao Buns – Bao buns filled with oven-baked jackfruit and vegetables tossed with a smoky BBQ sauce.
- Red Moon Plant-Based “Beef” & Broccoli
- Sukhi’s Roasted Tomato Curry with Kale & Garbanzos
- Kirkland Signature Quinoa Salad
Costco Vegan Pasta
Have it on its own, pair it up with your choice of proteins and vegetables, or add it to soups or casseroles, pasta is versatile and tastes great in all ways, provided you make it right.
Finding vegan pasta, however, can be a little bit of a struggle as it generally contains eggs. Costco has got you covered here as well. The retail store offers several different varieties of vegan pasta, including both regular and healthier choices.
Available options for vegan pasta at Costco that I could find include the following:
- Lotus Foods Organic Ramen Noodles – All varieties are vegan-friendly.
- Garofalo Organic Pasta – All varieties are vegan.
- Banza Chickpea Rotini
- GoGo Quinoa Organic Red & White Quinoa Macaroni
- Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti
- Scoiattolo Grilled Vegetables Organic Ravioli
Costco Vegan Bakery Items
According to Costco enthusiasts, a trip to the store isn’t complete without a visit to the in-house bakery that stocks a variety of incredibly delicious fresh baked goods, including both sweet and savory options. Unsurprisingly, most of them are not vegan.
There is only one option for vegan baked goods at Costco, and that is:
- Kirkland Bakery Apple Lattice Pie
Costco Vegan Dairy Items & Drinks
If you’re to name one thing where vegans struggle the most when eating out, it’s dairy-based items. While coffeehouses, like Starbucks, have all the vegan dairy options, restaurants lag far behind in this food category.
Most restaurants, including many big food chains, do not offer vegan milk options for beverages or dairy-free alternatives to cheese, even for pizzas (that, to me, taste crap without cheese).
You can’t change restaurants’ menus, but you can certainly enjoy dairy-free milk and cheese at home. Make your own milk-based beverages and cheese-loaded pizzas and burgers without compromising your vegan diet with the following drinks and vegan dairy items from Costco:
- Good Plant Foods Mozzarella – Plant-Based Cheese Shreds
- Parmela Creamery Plant-Based Sharp Cheddar
- Daiya Cheddar Flavor Slices
- Field Roast Chao Cheese – Creamy Original with Chao Tofu
- Babybel Plant-Based Cheese Alternative
- Silk Original Oat Milk
- Silk Original Almond Milk
- Silk Organic Soy Milk
- Silk organic Coconut Milk
- Kirkland Signature Almond Milk
- Kirkland Signature Almond Milk Vanilla Flavor
- Kirkland Signature Soy Milk
- So Delicious Organic Coconut Milk
- Jansal Valley Coconut Milk
- Almond Breeze – Unsweetened
- So Nice Organics Vanilla Almond Milk
- Suzie’s Oat Milk
- Milkadamia – Macadamia Beverage, Unsweetened
- Kirkland Signature Organic Green Tea
- San Francisco Bay French Roast Single Serve Coffee
- GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha
- Spindrift Sparkling Water
- Columbia Fruit Organic 4 Berry Blend
Costco Vegan Dips, Sauces, & Spreads
Ask me the simplest and quickest way to amp up the flavor of your plant-based meals, and I will tell you to stock up on vegan dips and sauces. They are delicious with good storage life and are available in a huge variety. What more do you want?
Costco has a great selection of plant-based dips, sauces, and spreads that are suitable for vegans. The ones I could find (I am sure there are many others) include:
- Miyoko’s Creamery European Style Cultured Vegan Butter – with a hint of sea salt
- Kirkland Signature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter
- Kirkland Signature Organic Creamy Almond Butter
- Kirkland Signature Strawberry Spread
- Skippy Super Chunk Peanut Butter
- Nutristore Peanut Butter Powder
- Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce
- Kirkland Organic Marinara Sauce
- Paesana Premium Organic Tomato Basil Sauce
- Paesana Plant-Based Bolognese Sauce
- Bitchin’ Sauce The Organic Almond Dip – Chipotle
- Hope Foods Roasted Garlic Cashew & Almond Dip
- Blue Moose Plant-Based Organic Queso Blanco Cashew Dip
- Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce
- Good Foods Plant-Based Queso Style Dip
- Good Foods Plant-Based Creamy Cilantro Dip
- Good Foods Plant-Based Avocado Pesto Dip
- Good Foods Plant-Based Tzatziki Style Dip
- Good Foods Plant-Based Buffalo Style Dip
- Kirkland Signature Organic Hummus
- Hope Organic Spicy Avocado Hummus
- Oasis Naturals Organic Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
- Oasis Naturals Organic Spicy Red Pepper Hummus
- Oasis Naturals Organic Chipotle Hummus
- Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus
- Hannah Classic Organic Hummus
- Kirkland Signature Organic Chunky Guacamole
- Good Foods Chunky Guacamole
- Wholly Guacamole – Organic
- Casa Sanchez Salsa Roja
- Del Real Foods Fire Roasted Red Salsa
- Santa Barbara Salsa Mango with Peach
- Mott’s Organic Applesauce
- Kirkland Signature Grade A Dark Amber Maple Syrup
- Kirkland Signature Organic Pure Maple Syrup
Costco Vegan Grains, Flours, Spices, Seeds Etc.
No matter how many ready-to-eat, frozen, or instant food options you may have in your pantry and fridge, your kitchen won’t be well-stocked unless you have items that we call pantry staples.
These may be different for everyone, and most pantry staples are vegan-friendly, so you don’t necessarily need a list of options to shop vegan. But, I found some listed on various online sources discussing the vegan options at Costco, so I thought there’s no harm in mentioning them here.
Here are some of the vegan-friendly pantry staples at Costco:
- Organic Riced Cauliflower
- Della Organic Brown Basmati Rice
- Kirkland Signature Organic Quinoa
- Carrington Organic Milled Flax Seeds
- Premium Gold Organic Cold Milled Flax Seed
- Mayorga Organics Raw Chia Seeds
- Nature’s Earthly Choice Organic Chia Seeds
- Namaste Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mix
- Augason Farms Quick Rolled Oats
- Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa – Dutch Processed
- Vegan Croutons
- Kirkland Signature Organic Coconut Oil
- Kirkland Signature Organic Olive Oil
- Kirkland 100% Italian EVOO
- Organic Fire Roasted Red Peppers
- Organic Sweet Pickled Beets
- Del-Destino Artichoke Halves (in water)
- Wildbrine Raw Organic Sauerkraut
- NaturSource Organic Salad Topper Smart Life
- Snakyard Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
- Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions – Lightly Salted – Make great additions to casseroles, curries, soups, burgers, and salads for flavor and crunch.
Costco Vegan Desserts, Candies, and Chocolates
If you have a sweet tooth, you will know the struggle vegans face in finding dairy-free and egg-free sweet treats. Like all other food categories, Costco has some options for vegans in this category too. These include:
- Anne’s Organic Cinnamon Rolls – with icing
- Hail Mary Lemon Tarts
- Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- Dark Chocolate-Covered Coconut Chips
- Bark Thins Snacking Chocolate – Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt
- Belgian Chocolate Thins
- Amber Lyn Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate
- Amber Lyn Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Almonds
- Amber Lyn Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Truffles
- Unreal Dark Chocolate Coconut Minis
- Brach’s Star Bites Peppermint Candy
- Deavas organic Dark Chocolate Belgian Thins
- Chole’s Organic Fruit Pops
- Kick the Craving Jojo’s Guilt-Free Chocolate
- Kirkland Signature 70% Dark Chocolate Truffles
- Kirkland Signature Dark Chocolate-Covered Almonds with Turbinado Sugar and Sea Salt
- Better Bites Bakery Chocolate Chip Do Bites – Chocolate enrobed cookie dough.
- Kirkland Signature Semi-Sweet 51% Cacao Chocolate Chips
- Jolly Rancher Fruit-Flavored Hard Candy [The vegan status of Jolly Rancher’s Hard Candy is a little complicated. Read my article Are Jolly Ranchers Vegan for a detailed discussion on the topic.
- Hail Mary Apple Pie – Accidentally vegan
Vegan Foods at Costco Food Court
Stopping at the food court to grab a quick bite is an essential part of Costco trips for many people. While others may order whatever they want, you have to browse through your options carefully to decide your order here as well.
While most of the Costco food court classics aren’t vegan, you can find some good plant-based options.
Just like the store inventory, the food items available at Costco food court also likely vary across various locations, so I don’t know what exact vegan options you can find at your local Costco, but here are the ones that several online sources list:
- Al Pastor Salad – Made with fresh vegetables, black beans, plant-based soy meat, and vegan banh mi dressing, it’s said to be just as delicious as regular al pastor salad.
- Acai Bowl – Thick smoothie bowls loaded with delicious toppings, acai bowls are fruit-based and typically vegan-friendly. The one at Costco seems to be just fine for vegans too. But, it’s recommended that you confirm for honey in the granola used in it. If it does have honey, you may ask if they could make an acai bowl for you without granola, and add extra berries instead.
- Berry Smoothie – Several online sources list it as a “potentially vegan” item on Costco’s food court menu. Make sure to confirm if it has dairy or not. If it does, you may request them to make one without dairy for you (should be easy).
- French Fries– They are vegan on their own, but may be cooked in shared fryers. Make sure to confirm if this is something you’re particular about.
Non-Food Vegan Items at Costco
If you have been to Costco, you would know that it has a wide range of non-food items as well. These include personal care items, medicines, pet care items, and household supplies, to name a few.
Providing a complete list of vegan options for each of those categories is simply impossible. But, here are some from Costco’s own Kirkland brand (there must be many more):
- Kirkland Signature Professional Salon Formula Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
- Kirkland Signature Vitamins (B12 is also vegan)
- Kirkland Signature Herbal & Dietary Supplements
Costco Vegan FAQs
Preparing your Costco vegan shopping list and have some questions that aren’t answered in the article above? You may find them below, so keep reading…
- Is pumpkin pie from Costco vegan?
As much as we wished for it, pumpkin pie from Costco’s bakery section isn’t vegan. The ingredients list posted on top of it says it contains eggs.
- Is Costco pecan pie vegan?
No, it isn’t. Just like the pumpkin pie, Costco’s pecan pie also contains eggs and hence, is not suitable for those on the vegan diet.
- Are Costco churros vegan?
Costco offers churros in the food court that those with a sweet tooth seem to love. But, sadly, they aren’t vegan. There’s egg in them.
Conclusion – Is Costco Vegan-Friendly?
Do you still need an answer to this? I am sure you don’t. If you have read the article, you must be convinced that Costco is a great place for vegan grocery shopping.
The retail store has a good number of vegan-friendly choices in almost every food category. And you’ll likely have many more options than those listed here. In view of this, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that a trip to Costco is enough to have a fully-stocked vegan pantry.
Use this article as a reference guide to prepare your Costco vegan shopping list, and get ready for a good long trip to Costco.
Did you find this article helpful? Interested to learn about vegan options at other stores too? Check out my article Trader Joe’s Vegan Options to know what this grocery chain has in store for plant-eaters.