Have you ever considered giving up animal products in your diet, but worried that it means giving up all of your favourite sweet treats and baked goods? Luckily, I’ve got you covered! From natural options to store-bought, consider this your ultimate guide to vegan baking substitutes…
From soy milk to flax mylk, read my guide to non-dairy milks to learn about the nutritional benefits and best uses for all of the best substitutes.
Mix one cup of non-dairy milk with one teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Set the mixture aside until it separates.
– Earth Balance is the most butter-like product on the market and can be used in equal measures to replace butter or margarine.
– Coconut oil can also be used to replace butter at a 1:1 ratio.
– Use 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons of olive oil for every cup of butter called for.
Use coconut milk at a 1:1 ratio for best results.
Coconut cream can be used to replace heavy cream in most recipes.
Is it for leavening? (These treats will be light and fluffy.)
– Two teaspoons of baking soda plus two tablespoons of warm water and half a teaspoon of oil.
– One tablespoon of ground flaxseed and three tablespoons of water. Set aside until it becomes gelatinous.
– One teaspoon of baking powder and one teaspoon vinegar.
– One teaspoon of baker’s yeast dissolved in a quarter cup of warm water.
Is it for binding? (These goodies will be dense and moist.)
– Ener-G egg replacement is a commercial egg substitute that can be used to create egg-free baked goods. It’s made of potato and tapioca starch, so it’s simple enough to recreate at home.
– Two tablespoons of corn starch plus two tablespoons of water. Set aside until it becomes gelatinous.
– Two tablespoons of potato starch plus two tablespoons of water.
– Two tablespoons of instant mashed potatoes.
– One quarter cup of blended silken tofu replaces one egg.
– One quarter cup of non-dairy yogurt replace one egg.
More egg-y tips…
– To sneak some fruit into your recipe, use one ripe mashed banana or one tablespoon of applesauce to replace one egg.
– These egg substitutes tend to be reliable in recipes calling for 1 to 3 eggs, but may not yield consistent results when more eggs are needed.
You can use an equal amount of maple syrup, agave, or coconut nectar to replace honey.
Some vegans worry about the use of bone char in the processing of sugar, which occurs with around half of the sugar sold in North America. Look for beet sugar or unbleached sugar, or use a substitute like coconut sugar. There’s also this list of sugar brands that are suitable for vegans.
Do you have any other tricks for replacing animal products in your baking? Be sure to share them in the comments or tweet us @ViewTheVibe!