Vegan Substitutions: Easy Alternatives to Animal Products


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.

Animal ProductResource(s)
Agar AgarThe 3 Best Agar Agar Powder Substitutes
AquaphorThe 3 Top Vegan Alternatives to Aquaphor
BeeswaxHere are good vegan alternatives to beeswax. More specifically, here are some Vegan Alternatives to Beeswax Wrap
ButterSee 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 WaxWhile many candles aren’t vegan, there are quite a few options for vegan candle wax.
Chocolate ChipsThere are quite a few vegan chocolate chip brands, but expect to pay a bit more.
Coconut CreamThere’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.
CreamI’ve written guides to the best vegan substitute for heavy cream, and possible vegan substitutes for whipping cream
EggsBest Vegan Alternatives for Eggs (Breakfast and Baking)
Eggs for BreadingThe Best Vegan Egg Substitute for Breading
Evaporated MilkThe 4 Best Vegan Substitutes for Evaporated Milk
GheeVegan Alternatives to Ghee
Honey5 Vegan Alternatives to Honey For Sore Throats
Oyster Sauce3 Vegan Alternatives to Oyster Sauce
SeafoodA Complete Guide to Vegan Seafood and Fish Substitutes
Sour CreamThe Best Vegan Alternatives to Sour Cream
Shrimp PasteVegan Alternatives to Shrimp Paste
Tea SweetenerThe Best Vegan Tea Sweeteners [List]
WoolSee my general list of vegan wool alternatives, or more specifically, vegan alternatives to wool blankets, and vegan wool hate alternatives
Worcestershire SauceThe 3 Best Vegan Alternatives to Worcestershire Sauce

If you have any questions, just let me know.