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10 Must Have Pantry Items for Winter

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If you’re like me, you love a functional AND festive pantry. Winter seasons are full of festive recipes, and you may find a variety of produce abundant only during the winter. Plus, can we talk about all the fun holiday recipes that pop up in the winter?? That’s why snow or no snow, I always have these 10 staples on hand for my winter pantry. After all, having my pantry stocked with these winter staples mean I’m always prepared to make a quick, delicious meal! Check it out!

1. Peppermint Extract

One reason I love winter is because there’s an abundance of peppermint recipes! Get a pack (or two!) of peppermint extract to make some decadent peppermint sipping chocolate, peppermint bark, and so much more this holiday season!

2. Oatmeal

Is there anything more comforting than a hot bowl of chai-spiced oatmeal on a chilly winter morning? In our books, oatmeal is a definite pantry “must-have” in the winter!

3. Shelf-Stable Milks

Most shelf-stable milk options (regular, almond, cashew, coconut, soy, oat, and more!) come in individual boxes. Stocking your pantry with shelf-stable milks in the winter can save you a grocery trip or two when you want to make a yummy winter recipe (think gingerbread latte!) and don’t have milk on hand!

4. Winter Spices

When the holiday seasons are here, you stock up on all the winter spices! Our favorites include cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom, nutmeg, all spice, cloves, and rosemary.

5. Nuts and Nut Butters

Whether you like to spread a dollop of nut butter on toasted bread, or sprinkle some nuts on your bowl of oatmeal, having a variety of nuts and nut butters is a must for our winter pantry! Some of our favorite nut butters to stock up include freshly ground peanut butter from Natural Grocers, Nuts N More protein nut butter, and SuperFat MCT coffee spread!

6. Bone Broth

In our house, we always incorporate warming bone broth into our winter soups! They also make the perfect base for cooking flavorful grains and lentils!

7. Coffee

While we LOVE drinking iced cold brew lattes in the summer, we go hard on cozy warm lattes in the winter! The perfect way to start your day (or for an afternoon pick-me-up!)

8. Lemons

You can find lemons year-round, but did you know? These bright citrus are usually best in the winter and spring! Make some lemon bars for dessert, or enjoy a slice of lemon in a cup of hot tea.

9. Cranberries

Whether fresh or dried, I love sneaking cranberries into my holiday recipes. Adding such a bright burst of flavor, cranberries pair well in salads, cakes, and even creamy dips!

10. Sweet Potatoes

Let’s be real. I eat sweet potatoes year-round, but I love it most in the winter! My favorite way to eat it? Roasted, then stuffed!

What do you think? Is there an ingredient I missed that you think should be on this must-have winter pantry list? Let me know in the comments below!

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