Sometimes, making baked goods vegan can be quite a challenge. Without eggs, butter, or milk, you have to get creative and think outside of the box. The good thing is that there are plenty of ways to make baked goods tasty and vegan-friendly. Vegan baking can be just as, if not more delicious than its non-vegan counterparts. All you have to do is familiarize yourself with vegan substitutes and start experimenting!
Here are 15 vegan baking tips to help you start to bake delicious vegan baked goods and desserts so you can become a vegan baking expert!
1. Use Aquafaba
Aquafaba is the water in a can of chickpeas or your pot after cooking dried chickpeas. This water is an amazing vegan baking ingredient as it whips up just like egg whites! This makes it perfect for making vegan meringues or light, fluffy desserts. It can often be used as an egg substitute for lighter baked goods. Most recipes that call for egg whites can be easily replaced with aquafaba for very similar results. Check out this article on 15 eggless meringue recipes for more ideas!
2. Add Vegan Yogurt
Adding vegan yogurt into baked good recipes helps to add moisture to the end product. Because vegan desserts don’t have eggs, butter, or whole milk, they can easily become dry. Vegan yogurt not only adds moisture to recipes but also adds plenty of flavors as well. You can easily replace any milk with vegan yogurt for more flavorful and moist desserts.
3. Add Fat
Vegan desserts can sometimes lack fat that would usually come from egg yolks, whole milk, or butter. This lack of fat can create dry and chewy baked goods. The best way to combat this is to always add fat to your baked goods. You can do this by using vegan butter substitutes or a bit of olive oil for moisture.
4. Use Soy Milk
Soy milk is probably the most similar plant-based milk to cow milk, making it the perfect dairy substitute. It is rich, creamy, and full of protein and fat. It will also give your baked goods the moisture that they need. It tends to be thicker in consistency than other plant milk, which makes it more of a realistic substitute.
5. Get Creative
Don’t be afraid to put your thinking cap on and get creative with your vegan baking! It is a fun experiment and can lead to all kinds of fun creations. Try experimenting with different plant-based egg and butter substitutes to achieve different results. There are all kinds of vegan replacements, and all will create a different end product.
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
No matter how hard you try, you are going to mess up a few recipes, it is bound to happen. Starting to bake vegan foods can be a hard process. Vegan baking throws out a lot of familiar baking ingredients, and you have to learn to think outside of the box.
This transition period will most likely result in a lot of oily cookies, tuff muffins, and sunken cakes. That’s just the reality. Don’t be afraid to fail at a few attempts. Just try to have fun and learn as you go. Eventually, you will become a vegan baking master!
7. Replace the Butter
Butter is an important ingredient in baking, so you must find a good replacement for it. There are all kinds of dairy-free butter options that you can choose from. From store-bought plant-based butter to options like coconut oil or apple sauce.
All of these replacements will yield slightly different results, so you will want to experiment and test them out. Some butter alternatives will work better in some recipes than others.
8. Find the Right Egg Replacement
Eggs are a very important element in baking because they add so much. They are binders, leaveners, and they add flavor. The good thing is that there are all kinds of vegan egg replacements that you can use, such as flax eggs, aquafaba, apple sauce, pudding powder, and chia seeds. All of these egg replacements work a bit differently, and you might prefer one over the other. You will have to test out how certain vegan eggs react in your recipes.
9. Add Vegan Buttermilk
Vegan buttermilk is a simple concoction of plant milk and either apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Plant-based buttermilk is a great addition to vegan baked goods as it adds extra moisture than plain plant milk. It also helps to enhance the flavors, creating better-tasting desserts.
10. Don’t Over Mix
Any baker, vegan or not, needs to avoid overmixing. But vegan bakers especially have to be careful of this. Vegan baked goods already tend to become tough and chewy, so it is very important to not over-mix!
11. Start Simple
If you are new to baking vegan goods, try to start with vegan recipes. This is the best way to get used to vegan baking. Once you are familiar with vegan ingredients, then you can start adapting non-vegan recipes.
12. Use the Right Amount of Sugar
It can be tempting to drastically decrease the amount of sugar in recipes. But it isn’t always a good idea. Some recipes need all of that sugar, or the recipe can become unbalanced. It is best to keep the amount of sugar as it is called for until you have made the recipe successfully a few times. Once you have it down, then you can start to experiment with the sugar and other factors.
13. Add More Flour
Sometimes a veganized recipe can lack the stability of eggs. Because eggs add so much structure, it can be hard to achieve truly fluffy baked goods. Try to add an extra tablespoon or two of flour to add more structure to the dough.
14. Keep Your Pantry Ready
Once you start baking more vegan items, you will become familiar with what replacements you prefer. That is why it is a good idea to always keep them on hand. If you use flax eggs in baking, make sure to always have flax seeds on hand. Or, if you use aquafaba, make sure to have a few spare cans of chickpeas in the pantry.
15. Follow Directions
Because vegan baking requires certain changes to the recipe, it is important to follow the directions. You want to try to stick as closely to the original recipe as possible to avoid it changing too much.
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