If you are not familiar with meringue, it is a fluffy white mixture traditionally made from thoroughly whipping egg whites with sugar. For years, plant-based bakers and home chefs alike have been perplexed about how to go about making an egg-free version of meringue.
Thankfully, chefs have cracked the code and have come up with several different dairy-free ways to make the perfect meringue! The key ingredient in many recipes is aquafaba, the magical water in chickpea canes that can be whipped with sugar just like egg whites to achieve meringue perfection.
If you are itching to try making some vegan meringue ASAP, then you are in luck! Today, August 15th, is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day; a holiday devoted to the beloved American dessert that consists of a super tangy lemon custard filling and a generous layer of creamy meringue on top all surrounded by a buttery, flaky pie crust. With the summer heat and humidity, you’ll be craving a dessert that is light and airy in flavor and texture.
That being said, there is no better time to test out your meringue-making skills using one of these recipes today! We’ve sifted through our recipe collection of the Food Monster App and found these gems that you must try.
This Raw Lemon Meringue Pie is a citrus-y slice of summer. The coconut and lemon make such a lovely combination, and the macadamia crust is so suited to the cheery lemon flavor. Irish moss gel, which is made from whole seaweed, is the secret ingredient that gives this dessert the quintessential meringue texture. Don’t worry about there being a seaweed taste! The gel makes your pie the perfect solidified texture without adding any funky flavor.
If you’re not feeling up to baking a whole pie or want a portable way to enjoy this food holiday, try out these Lemon Meringue Cookies! Using just a few ingredients and less than 30 minutes of prep time, you can make a delectable and classic vegan meringue thanks to the wonder ingredient aquafaba. These cookies have all the creamy flavor and fluffy texture of meringue with a zesty pop of lemon.
Aquafaba is the star of the show for this Lemon Meringue Pie as well! For this recipe, simply make the 6-ingredient lemon curd and pour it into your favorite pie crust! Top it off with however much meringue you want (we recommend as much as you can fit- it’s that good). If you are feeling extra gourmet, get out your crème brûlée torch and toast the top.
If you enjoy articles like this and want more, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App. For those that don’t have it, it’s a brilliant food app available for both Android and iPhone. It’s a great resource for anyone looking to cut out or reduce allergens like meat, dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, grains, and more find awesome recipes, cooking tips, articles, product recommendations and how-tos. The app shows you how having diet/health/food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions.
The Food Monster app has over 8000+ recipes and 500 are free. To access the rest, you have to pay a subscription fee but it’s totally worth it because not only do you get instant access to 8000+ recipes, you get 10 NEW recipes every day! You can also make meal plans, add bookmarks, read feature stories, and browse recipes across hundreds of categories like diet, cuisine, meal type, occasion, ingredient, popular, seasonal, and so much more!
Look at that thick, fluffy layer of meringue! Layered on top of an adorably colorful pink lemonade filling? Oh yes. With its flaky crust, silky filling, and marshmallow-y meringue topping, this Pink Lemonade Meringue Pie is perfect for any summer get-together. Even the crust is infused with lemony flavor.
This is the perfect pie to make if you want to convince your loved ones that vegan baking is just as good (dare we say better?) as traditional baking! This Lemon Meringue Pie is a foolproof vegan take on the classic that has all the tartness and sweetness you’d expect. The tofu-based filling adds an extra level of creaminess to the dessert.
If you want to celebrate with some lighter fare or want to pay homage to the iconic pie at breakfast, then we have Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding for you! Cashews and almond milk give the pudding its fluffy, creamy texture that is reminiscent of a meringue. And, of course, this treat packs in tons of citrusy flavor thanks to the lemon zest and juice.
7. Lemon Meringue Pie With Coconut Flour Crust
Lemon cream and fluffy meringue were just meant to be eaten together on a crumbly pie crust. If you are gluten-free, you can still enjoy this must-have combo by making Lemon Meringue Pie With Coconut Flour Crust! The crust is made from coconut flour and almond meal, so it is not only a gluten-free alternative, but also a healthier option than your typical flour or pastry crust.
Which one of these scrumptious takes on lemon meringue pie are you trying today? And if your sweet tooth is still not satisfied…
We highly recommend checking out Food Monster app, a food app available for both Android and iPhone. The app has over 8,000+ vegan recipes with 10+ recipes added daily as well as cooking tips, you’re going to find something you love. Give it a try — and don’t forget to follow Food Monster on Instagram and Facebook!
Lead image source: Pink Lemonade Meringue Pie