The number of people practicing a vegan lifestyle has grown quite a lot over the last few years, especially as people have become more and more conscious about their diets and where their food is coming from. But just because this diet doesn’t allow for milk, eggs, and other dairy products, it doesn’t mean delicious baked goods have to be sworn off forever. In fact, there are lots of substitutes available for these animal-derived ingredients, allowing vegans to enjoy the same (dairy-free) tasty treats as their non-vegan friends. The best part? There’s no sacrifice in flavor, and the end result is just a delicious as the traditional recipes!
In baking, there are three main ingredients commonly used that are off-limits to vegans: butter, eggs, and milk. Here’s how they’re used, and what you can sub for them to make a recipe vegan-friendly:
Butter - Used to add flavor and richness. Butter can give baked goods a more spongy and dense texture, and it also assists in even rising. It’s also very easy to substitute with other fats and oils, such as olive oil, untoasted sesame oil, unrefined coconut oil, and canola oil. Vegan shortening can also be purchased at many grocery stores, and of course, there’s good ol’ margarine for that dairy-free buttery taste.
Eggs - Eggs function as both a binding and leavening agent, and they can also add moisture to a recipe. To substitute eggs, you can use an egg substitute (available at the supermarket), or ground flaxseeds for a healthier addition. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water is equivalent to 1 egg. Other subs include mashed banana, applesauce, soy yogurt and pureed black beans (yes, really!).
Milk and cream - Milk and cream are responsible for flavor, richness, and texture in baked goods. For vegan recipes, sub out milk or cream with soy, nut, or coconut-based products that are readily available at the grocery store.
The classic favorite with a vegan twist! This is a simple and delicious recipe that both vegans and non-vegans will gobble up! Makes about 12-15 cookies.
These tasty gems are vegan and gluten-free, and they’re super easy to make! All you need is five ingredients and a food processor, and you’ll be munching on these yummy, wholesome cookies in no time! Makes 2 dozen.