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. I find that it works as an easy whole-grain swap in any recipe that traditionally uses all-purpose flour! I also buy White Whole Wheat Flour for a great price at Trader Joe’s.
I use oats in cookies, bread, baking, and I even grind them 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.
Molasses is great to have on hand for making anything gingerbread flavored. I also like to put it in coffee or just drizzle over oatmeal for a smoky-sweet addition to my breakfasts!
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.
When I want regular old cane sugar for a recipe, but don’t want the light brown color of Sucanat to come through, I always buy organic cane sugar! I definitely use this less than Maple or Honey, but it’s a staple in my pantry, nonetheless.
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 but love coffee, so I 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. The two we always have in the pantry are 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 MUCH 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, repackaged under the TJ’s label!).
MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS/ GADGETS/ EQUIPMENT:
I use loaf pans for the obvious: baking loaves of banana bread, etc, but also for smaller batches of brownies (did you know any recipe that is made in an 8×8 pan can be cut in half and made in a loaf pan?), protein bars, and granola bars.
Most standard recipes call for an 8×8 pan. You need one in your life! And this one is sturdy and nonstick.
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, energy balls, truffles, and mini muffins.
Unbleached Parchment Paper is my favorite for lining cookie sheets, pans for roasting veggies, and cake pans.
I was gifted a Vitamix for my birthday nearly six years ago, and have used it daily since. From smoothies to homemade nut butters and sauces, pureed soups, frothy lattes and blended coffee drinks to grinding oats and other grains into flour- the Vitamix can truly do it all. There are newer models that have more elaborate buttons and features, but this is the classic version I use and love. I know it’s expensive (like, seriously expensive) but I LOVE it, and if you have a special birthday, holiday, wedding, etc, coming up, I highly recommend asking for one. If you currently buy yourself a smoothie a few days a week, the blender will pay for itself in no time!
These glass storage containers are my all-time favorite! Clear out your cluttered plastic container drawer and replace it with these! They last forever, never absorb food smells or stains, and are more environmentally friendly than plastic, and can be refrigerated, frozen, and heated in the oven or microwave!
I also have the Pyrex set of mixing bowls with lids, which I use daily for baking and storage!
I use wide mouth mason jars for EVERYTHING. To drink water, tea, and coffee out of, to take smoothies in the car, to store leftovers in the fridge, to bring soup to work to microwave later, as a flower vase, to hold nuts and seeds in my pantry, etc. The possibilities are endless.
These measuring cups/spoons are absolutely essential! I do have a few cute colorful sets, too, but I always go back to my tried-and-true stainless set.
I use these commercial half sheet pans for everything from baking cookies to roasting veggies- they’re sturdy and durable. I’ve only bought two in my lifetime and have never had to replace them! They also come in 2-packs and a pack with a lid (which I own and is great for transporting sheet cakes and the like).
This is the best waffle iron I’ve ever used. It’s affordable, easy to clean (the inserts pop right out and can even go in the dishwasher) and after 5 years on use I am yet to have a waffle stick. Highly recommend!
These dutch ovens are affordable, last forever, and look beautiful sitting in your kitchen! I use mine for making soups, stews, and for getting that perfect crunchy exterior on homemade bread! I own two sizes (a 3QT and 6QT), one in white and one in blue.
I have recently become obsessed with frothed milk and can’t believe I made it this far in life without owning a milk frother. These are cheap, easy to use (just press the button and voila! frothed milk) and make any warm beverage that much more enjoyable.
I use wooden spoons for just about everything I do in my kitchen- from mixing brownie batter to stirring soups!