A well-stocked pantry is the foundation of a healthy kitchen, and these are the items I always keep in mine! The items below contain Amazon affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission for any products you purchase. As always, I encourage you to find a better price from local farmers and producers, or from your neighborhood grocery store, if possible. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep BAKED GREENS going!
MY PANTRY STAPLES:
I use King Arthur’s White White Whole Wheat Flour in almost everything I bake. The nutritional profile is identical to regular whole wheat, but the flavor and texture is much more mild. This is a must have!
I use oats in cookies, bread, baking, and I even grind it in the food processor to make my own oat flour. I usually find the best prices in the bulk aisle at Whole Foods, though occasionally Amazon has better prices!
Unrefined (aka Virgin) Coconut Oil is a must-have for baking and cooking, and I also use it as a moisturizer on my face!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is another favorite for cooking, baking, and salad dressings. I love the complex flavor of olive oil in granola and banana bread!! I typically find the best prices for olive oil at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, FYI. (around $8-$10 per 32oz bottle)
Avocado Oil is another oil I always have on hand. It’s mild flavor is great for salad dressings and for using as a cooking oil, plus it’s full of heart-healthy fats, antioxidants, and vitamin E!
I use sea salt or Himalayan Pink Salt in all of my recipes!
Maple Syrup is my favorite sweetener. I love it’s dark color, complex flavor, and natural sweetness!
Raw Honey is another sweetener I always have on hand, and I recommend buying it locally, if possible (you can usually find a much better price from a local beekeeper). By choosing raw honey you are ensuring that the health benefits of honey (immune boosting + antibacterial properties) aren’t killed off.
When I use granulated sugar, I usually opt for Sucanat, which is just natural sugar cane. It’s flavor is a little molasses-y, since it hasn’t been bleached or refined, and works beautifully in any recipe that originally calls for brown sugar. My favorite use for Sucanat is in these cookies.
Chia Seeds are great for breakfast in chia pudding, stirred into oatmeal or yogurt, sprinkled on top of peanut butter toast, or turned into overnight oats! This is by far the best price I’ve found for them!
Hemp Seeds are one of my favorite ways to get extra protein and nutrients into a meal! I always sprinkle a big pinch on top of yogurt and oatmeal, into smoothies, and even use them instead of nuts in pesto and sauces.
Pumpkin Seeds (also called Pepitas) are always in my pantry. I love toasting them up to use on top of salads, in granola, or for throwing into trail mix!
Dates are another natural sweetener that I just can’t get enough of! I use them in energy balls, baking, and general snacking. This 3-lb bag of Medjool dates lasts in the fridge or freezer for months, and they’re consistently soft and sticky!
Turmeric is an essential spice in my pantry. I love it’s health benefits, but also love it’s earthy flavor and bright yellow color. I use it in lattes , oatmeal, soup, and even in this nacho cheese dip!
I love the texture and neutral flavor of Unsweetened Pea Protein Powder in protein bars and protein balls with for a little boost of plant-powered protein in every bite! Trader Joe’s also sells a tub of it for a great price in-store.
COFFEE. Fun Fact: I am highly sensitive to caffeine and can only drink Decaf. Before you run away screaming, let me tell you that not all decaf is created equally. My absolute favorite comes from Equal Exchange, which is a Boston-based company dedicated to authentic fair trade with small farmers. Their decaf is water processed, so no harsh chemicals are used to remove the caffeine. And it tastes dreamy, IMHO.
Peanut Butter is a major essential in my pantry. My favorite peanut butters are a tie between Whole Foods 365 Peanut Butter and Trader Joe’s Organic Valencia Peanut butter, both of which are MUCH cheaper than the links I can find for them online. Seriously- go buy them in store, they’re both incredibly affordable. I’m just linking these so you know my favorites. I always buy them creamy, salted, and with nothing in the ingredients other than peanuts and salt.
Almond Butter is another must-have. Again, I find it cheaper in-store than online. My favorite is the Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Almond Butter.
Dark Chocolate is an essential in my pantry, both for snacking and baking. I love both the Equal Exchange bars and Endangered Species bars for snacking, and the Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Bar for baking and melting. I usually keep my eye out for sales on the smaller bars, and always find the Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bar for a low price in store.
I love having a bag of Vanilla Marshmallows around just in case the mood for a s’more strikes. Instead of corn syrup, these ones are made with more simple, higher quality ingredients. I also like the ones from Trader Joe’s (which I suspect are actually these same ones!).
I don’t have a lot of excessive kitchen gadgets, but a mini cookie scoop is essential in my kitchen! I use it to portion out cookies, but find myself using it more often for energy balls and truffles, too!
Unbleached Parchment Paper is my favorite for lining cookie sheets, pans for roasting veggies, and cake pans.