8 Packaged Staple Foods You Can Easily Make From Scratch

There are a plethora of options to choose from at the grocery store and sometimes it seems easier to pick up a loaf of gluten-free bread or a tub of hummus rather than making them yourself. Once you get the hang of making packaged staple foods from scratch, though, you’ll have a hard time purchasing those store-bought options.

You also can’t argue with the health benefits, either. Homemade packaged staple foods:

With a little bit of prep and planning, you can begin to make these eight packaged staple foods at home. Here are some of our favourite things to create, along with some simple recipe inspiration to get you into the kitchen.

8 Packaged Staple Foods You Can Easily Make From Scratch

1. Gluten-Free Bread

Multi-Grain Nut and Seed Bread - packaged staple foods

Homemade gluten-free bread may seem intimidating, but it’s actually easier to make than glutenous, yeasty breads. There’s no kneading or waiting for the dough to rise – simply mix your gluten-free flours, spread in the pan and bake (you can grab our free guide to using and substituting gluten-free flours here). Or, if you want to make gluten-free bread even easier: bake a flatbread!

When baked with whole grain gluten-free flours, gluten-free breads are usually shorter and denser than glutenous breads, but this means you’ll only need a small slice to feel satisfied. You can also forgo the bread and try one of these gluten-free bread-like alternatives.

Recipes to Try

Grain-Free Almond Bread by Meghan Telpner (*ACN Founder + Director)

Multi-Grain Nut + Seed Bread by The Bojon Gourmet

How to Make Socca (Chickpea Flatbread) by Nourished Kitchen

2. Condiments

Grilled Guacamole - Packaged staples to make from scratch

Guacamole, hummus, salsa, pickles, sauerkraut, tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard and more – these are the condiments we tend to buy but they are actually some of the easiest packaged staple foods to make! Discover these amazing 12 homemade condiments you’ll never need to buy again.

Recipes to Try

20 Best Guacamole Recipes

Simple Hemp Chocolate Spread by Meghan Telpner  (*ACN Founder + Director)

Peanut-Free Peanut Sauce by Meghan Telpner

How to Make Grilled Guacamole by Carla Matthews (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

3. Salad Dressing

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Salads are like a little black dress and the salad dressings you dollop upon them are the accessories you play with to change things up. Homemade salad dressings are simple to blend or shake – and we’ve got a full guide to salad mixology to help you become a salad dressing pro.

Recipes to Try

Maple Tahini Dressing by Abigail Hopkins (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

Avocado Lime Dressing by Eat Spin Run Repeat (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette by AIP Food Club

4. Crackers

Packaged Staple Foods You can Make at Home

You don’t need to pluck crackers from a box when you can whip up a batch of them at home. If you’re not down with rolling out crackers, there are many recipes where all you need to do is spread out the mixture on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven. Easy peasy!

Recipes to Try:

Gluten-Free Turmeric Crackers by Wholesome Patisserie

Gluten-Free + Vegan Graham Crackers by Oh She Glows

Chickpea Lavosh Crackers by What’s For Eats

Grain-Free Flax Crackers by Meghan Telpner

5. Granola

Granola - Packaged foods to make from scratch

Homemade granola is one of the most expensive packaged staple foods and it’s much more economical to make it at home. By using a range of spices, natural sweeteners, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, you can create endless variations of homemade granola and never get bored.

Recipes to Try

Choose Your Own Adventure Gluten-Free Granola by Sondi Bruner (*ACN Head Program Coach)

Lazy Girl’s Granola by Ashleigh Grange (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

Gluten-Free + Vegan Banana Bread Granola by Pickles N Honey (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

6. Soup

Creamy Pesto Soup - packaged foods to make from scratch

Skip the salt-filled and BPA-laden canned soup and opt for homemade soup instead. Nutritious, dairy-free soups are a breeze to cook (here are 20 recipes that prove it) and you can make them in large batches to freeze for later. Or, if you’re feeling lazy, just throw your soup ingredients into a slow cooker and come home with dinner ready to go on the table.

Recipes to Try

Creamy Pesto Soup by Macy Diulus (*Honorary Culinary Nutrition Expert)

Vegan Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup by Sondi Bruner

White Bean + Fennel Soup by Rachel Druckenmiller (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

Creamy Cauliflower, Leek + Bacon Soup by Caitlin Iles (*Culinary Nutrition Expert + Program Coach)

7. Nut or Seed Butters

Nut Butter - Packaged Staple Foods

This is another packaged food staple that can be supremely pricey, especially if you are choosing nut butters over seed butters. Nut or seed butters are the ultimate one-ingredient recipe – all you need is a pile of nuts (raw or roasted) and a blender or food processor. You can dress up your nut/seed butters with oil, sea salt, cinnamon, maple syrup or other spices, or keep them plain Jane. Either way, you win.

Recipes to Try

Chocolate Nut Butter by Sheena Scott (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

Super Seed Nut Butter by Bakerita 

Chai Spiced Almond Cashew Butter by Fit Mitten Kitchen

Homemade Sesame Tahini by Sondi Bruner

8. Nut or Seed Milk

Packaged Food Staples - Nut Milk

Boxed dairy-free nut and seed milks may be convenient, but they also tend to be packed with unhealthy oils, added sugars and preservatives like carrageeenan, which is linked to digestive upset and inflammation. Plus, we find store-bought nut and seed milks watery and not all that flavourful. Milk your own nuts and create your own combos!

Homemade nut and seed milks don’t keep as long as store-bought, since they don’t contain preservatives. They’ll last for about 3-4 days in the fridge and you can shake them up if there is any separation. We like to make a large batch and freeze in containers of different sizes, from ice cube trays to a variety of mason jars. Then you can remove what you need when you need it.

Recipes to Try

Milk It: Dairy-Free Milk Recipes by Meghan Telpner

The Nut Milk Formula by Sheena Scott

Raw Vegan Chocolate Milk by Will Frolic for Food

DIY Coconut Milk by Meghan Telpner

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2 responses to “8 Packaged Staple Foods You Can Easily Make From Scratch

  1. Hi! These recipes look amazing. The link to the grain free almond bread seems to be broken. Would love to look at the recipe! ❤️

  2. The links have been fixed. Thanks for letting us know!

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