Vegan Baking Substitutes - How to Turn Virtually Any Recipe Vegan-Friendly!
by Charlotte Jane Davis
Who knew that baking without butter or eggs could be so delicious?
There are many substitutes for these ingredients, and they can all be used to make some of your favorite baked goods.
In this blog post, we will explore the vegan alternatives for butter, egg and milk that you can use in your next batch of cookies, brownies or muffins!
Why vegan baking is better for you and for the animals
Vegan baking is a great way to show your compassion towards our furry and feathered friends. To make vegan foods, you don't need to harm any of them! You can also eat healthier by reducing or eliminating animal products from your diet.
According to an article in The Washington Post , "vegans can be healthy if they do their homework." So take some time to learn about how you should plan your meals so that all of the important nutrients are included in each meal.
There are many delicious vegan recipes out there, and with a little bit of experimentation you can create your own favorites.
Vegan baking is also great for those who have food allergies or sensitivities. For example, eggs are a common allergen, so replacing them with a vegan alternative is a good way to ensure that your baked goods are safe to eat.
Vegan butter alternatives
Butter is a common baking ingredient, but there are many vegan alternatives that can be used in its place. Coconut oil, olive oil and vegetable shortening are all good substitutes for butter.
They each have their own unique flavor and properties, so you may want to try out each of them to see which one you like best.
Another option is to use a vegan margarine or spread. These products are made specifically for vegan baking, and they come in many different flavors such as chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Some popular brands include Earth Balance and Veganaise.
Earth Balance comes in stick form and it works well either on its own or when mixed with other ingredients such as shortening, margarine or olive oil. A rich source of omega-fatty acids , this spread tastes great on toast!
When using a vegan butter alternative, make sure to follow the recipe's instructions on how much to use. Oftentimes it is substituted by weight rather than volume.
You can use a vegetable oil spray to replace melted butter if you want your baked goods to have less fat content.
The downside to doing so however is that these sprays contain chemicals, so be sure not to breathe them into your lungs while baking!
I recommend using an organic nonstick cooking spray instead which contains no artificial ingredients whatsoever. Many brands also do not list their ingredient lists online.
Vegan egg replacements
There are many vegan alternatives for eggs in baking. They include flaxseed, chia seeds and agar powder. These ingredients can all be combined with water to create a "flax egg."
The flax egg consists of one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds mixed with three tablespoons of warm water.
This mixture should set up within five minutes, so it's best used when making cookies or other baked goods that need to bake immediately after being prepared.
One downside is the fact that this alternative has a very strong taste and smell which might not work well if you're trying out an old family recipe .
Agar powder is another great option for replacing eggs in your favorite recipes! It comes from seaweed and acts as a gelling agent when heated.
Agar powder is often used in making candies and other desserts, but it can also be added to baked goods such as cookies or brownies. It has the same gelling effect that eggs have, so you can combine agar with oil and sugar to create a vegan version of an omelette!
Flaxseed works well for those who are avoiding gluten, since this ingredient comes from plants instead of grains like wheat or oats. For example, you could use flaxseeds when baking cupcakes if your family members cannot eat dairy products anymore due to lactose intolerance.
A plus side of using ground flaxseeds rather than whole seeds is that they become more digestible after being processed into meal form. They also do not have a bitter taste, which is often common with whole flaxseeds.
Depending on what you're baking and how much of it there will be, one egg can usually be replaced by either three tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal or half an ounce (14 grams) agar powder.
If looking for ways to reduce fat content in your baked goods then try using less oil than the recipe calls for as well!
The last vegan alternative to eggs is chia seeds. These are very small seeds that come from plants rather than animals. Chia seed gel consists of mixing two tablespoons of chia seeds together with five tablespoons water and letting them sit until they form into a thick paste-like texture - about ten minutes.
Chia seeds do not have any taste or smell, so they may be the best option to use when you're trying out an old family recipe that requires eggs!
Another plus side of using chia gel is that it contains protein and fiber while also being low in calories . They are great for making muffins, breads or even pudding - just mix them together with some non-dairy milk such as soy or almond before heating up your oven!
Looking for ways to reduce fat content? Try replacing oil with applesauce in recipes like brownies and vegan chocolate chip cookies!
Applesauce can also replace butter without changing the flavor of a baked good too much.
Vegan milk replacements
There are many plant-based milk replacements on the market these days, so it should be easy to find one that suits your needs.
Soy milk, almond milk, rice milk and coconut milk are all great options - just make sure to read the labels carefully as some of them contain high levels of sugar or other additives.
If you're baking something that calls for a large amount of dairy milk, then I recommend using unsweetened vanilla soy milk instead. It has a thicker consistency than most other types of plant-based milks which can help to mimic the results you get when using cow's milk.
Almond milk is another good choice if you're looking for a mild flavor in your baked goods . Rice milk is not as thick as soy milk, so it might not be the best option if you're looking for a replacement that will give your recipe the same results as cow's milk.
Coconut milk is great for adding a touch of sweetness to your baked goods and can also help to produce a moister end result.
Just like with eggs, there are many different substitutes that can be used when baking vegan items - it all just depends on what you have on hand and what you're in the mood for trying out!
These are just a few examples, so don't be afraid to experiment when creating new recipes or adapting old ones. The sky's the limit when it comes to plant-based baking!
In conclusion, there are many different vegan alternatives that can be used when baking. These include replacements for butter, eggs and milk, among other ingredients. So don't be afraid to try out new things the next time you're in the kitchen!