Not every animal product has a great plant based alternative (e.g. collagen).
However, most animal products that you cook with or wear have decent alternatives at the very least.
I’ve compiled a list of the most common and useful alternatives that you may need.
Common Substitutions a Vegan Might Need
The table below is sorted in alphabetical order. It has links to more detailed guides for each product so that you can see only the ones that are useful to you.
Most are for cooking ingredients naturally, but it’s nice to have an alternative for things like wool and beeswax as well.
If I’m missing alternatives for a product that you’re really struggling with, let me know and I’ll add it to the table.
|Agar Agar||The 3 Best Agar Agar Powder Substitutes|
|Aquaphor||The 3 Top Vegan Alternatives to Aquaphor|
|Beeswax||Here are good vegan alternatives to beeswax. More specifically, here are some Vegan Alternatives to Beeswax Wrap|
|Butter||See my general post of the best vegan butter substitutes, or more specifically – The 4 Best Vegan Butter Substitutes for Baking. And if you’re really in a pinch, see this guide to using coconut oil as a butter substitute|
|Candle Wax||While many candles aren’t vegan, there are quite a few options for vegan candle wax.|
|Chocolate Chips||There are quite a few vegan chocolate chip brands, but expect to pay a bit more.|
|Coconut Cream||There’s only one vegan substitute for coconut cream that whips up, which is aquafaba. You can make aquafaba from beans other than chickpeas if you’re in a pinch.|
|Cream||I’ve written guides to the best vegan substitute for heavy cream, and possible vegan substitutes for whipping cream|
|Eggs||Best Vegan Alternatives for Eggs (Breakfast and Baking)|
|Eggs for Breading||The Best Vegan Egg Substitute for Breading|
|Evaporated Milk||The 4 Best Vegan Substitutes for Evaporated Milk|
|Ghee||Vegan Alternatives to Ghee|
|Honey||5 Vegan Alternatives to Honey For Sore Throats|
|Oyster Sauce||3 Vegan Alternatives to Oyster Sauce|
|Seafood||A Complete Guide to Vegan Seafood and Fish Substitutes|
|Sour Cream||The Best Vegan Alternatives to Sour Cream|
|Shrimp Paste||Vegan Alternatives to Shrimp Paste|
|Tea Sweetener||The Best Vegan Tea Sweeteners [List]|
|Wool||See my general list of vegan wool alternatives, or more specifically, vegan alternatives to wool blankets, and vegan wool hate alternatives|
|Worcestershire Sauce||The 3 Best Vegan Alternatives to Worcestershire Sauce|
If you have any questions, just let me know.