Easy Baking Substitutes For Vegans

Cutting out dairy doesn't have to be expensive or tasteless. Here are 9 baking replacements to get your taste buds fired up!
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Oftentimes, when light is shown upon veganism some of the most common thoughts, are those of tasteless treats, terribly limited food choices, and pricey meals, but it doesn't have to be that way. No matter the dietary constraints, we all crave a little something to satisfy our sweet tooth every now and again. Thankfully, there are copious substitute options for baked goods!

Here, are some of the best tried and true animal product replacement methods for vegans to try while baking.

Substitutes for Eggs that vegans can use while baking:

1. Bananas

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A swap almost as old as time itself, bananas. If you're allergic to eggs, don't eat animal byproducts, or just simply don't like the taste, this is an incredible fallback. Replace one egg with one smaller-sized ripe banana and the texture of your baking will be unbelievably delicious!

2. Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds are my personal favorite egg substitute, they effortlessly add more protein, carbs, and healthy fat to absolutely any recipe. All you need is 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, per egg, mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. Wait about 3 minutes and voila! Instant healthy, vegan egg replacement!

3. Aquafaba

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While the name sounds indefinitely exquisite, the process of making aquafaba is quite simple. All you need is a can of chickpeas or water from cooked chickpeas. Drain the liquid into a separate bowl and whip it with a handheld mixer or a standing mixer for just a few minutes. The texture will be very similar to egg whites, and just like egg whites, aquafaba is susceptible to deflating if it's over-mixed.

Substitutes for Butter that vegans can use while baking:

1. Oil

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Olive oil and canola oil are perfect go-to's to replace butter, and while there isn't a solid suggestion on exactly how much to add, it's best to opt for a 3 quarter ratio. Essentially, if you need 4 tablespoons of butter, you're going to replace it with 3 tablespoons of oil. Don't forget to oil your baking tins!

2. Coconut Greek Yogurt

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If you're wanting to keep a creamy base for your baking, coconut greek yogurt is a remarkable alternative for butter. It locks in all the necessary moisture needed for baked goods while still following ethical vegan guidelines. The hint of coconut flavor will liven up any basic recipe.

3. Apple Sauce

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Possibly the very best way to cut unnecessary saturated fat out of baking. Applesauce has been known to add intense moisture to bread and muffins, who doesn't love that? Not only is applesauce a common commodity in any grocery store, but it also provides a delectable cinnamon spice to whatever you're baking.

Substitutes for Milk that vegans can use while baking:

1. Fruit Juice

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Albeit, this suggestion does sound out of this world but it could change the way you bake summery treats forever. Mixing your favorite sweet fruit juice, in place of milk, brightens up pies, muffins, cupcakes, and spring cookies like no other! Coordinating complementary flavors like cherry lemonade, mango pineapple, and strawberry peach will keep everyone guessing what your secret is to making heavenly pastries.

2. Vegan Sour Cream

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Upon first glance, adding vegan sour cream might sound counterintuitive but it's an excellent ingredient if you're looking to tenderize your baking. Similar to using coconut greek yogurt, vegan sour cream is notorious for holding moisture in whatever it may be added to, it's exemplary in sponge cakes, cookies, and scones.

3. Tea

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Aiming for a more down-to-earth taste? Try using teas such as lavender or chamomile to refresh old and basic recipes that desperately need a revamp. Adding edible flowers and herbs like rosemary, violets, rose petals, thyme, and anise will also help to bring new life to traditional recipes.

Still, stuck with vegan alternatives? Get creative! It never hurts to follow your heart and channel all your wild creativity into your baking. Maybe adding different perishables like pureed fruit, soft drinks, oatmeal, melted chocolate, or even spices will be your next secret ingredient!

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