A Complete Guide to Vegan Diet Baking

Category : Vegan Diet

Vegan DietIt is a common myth that the vegan diet is restrictive, but the truth is that we can make a wide variety of delicious foods, including cakes, cookies, and pies. The thought of baking these sweets without the use of milk or eggs might seem a little overwhelming, but I’ve got a few tips that are going to help you bake up some extraordinary vegan desserts!

Butter

The purpose of using butter in baking is to provide your foods with flavor, richness, and texture. It also assists most baked goods in rising evenly. Substituting butter in the vegan diet is incredibly simple to do. All you have to do is swap your butter out for margarine. Earth Balance is one great brand that I like to use. If you want your baked goods to have a rich, thick creaminess, try substituting unrefined coconut oil. Vegan shortening is also available to use in vegan cookies, pie crusts, and certain frostings.

Milk

When it comes to baking, milk serves to add flavor to baked goods and to provide them with texture. Fortunately for those of us who follow the vegan diet, there are many excellent, non dairy milk substitutes that can be used. For example, soy milk offers the richness of whole milk. Almond milk can be used to provide a slightly nutty taste to your baked goods, and coconut milk can add considerably to the richness of a recipe.

Eggs

In baking, eggs primarily serve the role of acting as a binding agent, but they can act to serve as a leavening agent, which helps your baked goods to rise. Eggs follow a close second in the sheer number of vegan diet substitutes you’ll have to choose from. Ground flax seeds are a popular option because they are so nutritious. Other popular alternatives that worked well in baked goods include Ener-G Egg Replacer, applesauce, and mashed bananas.

Honey

Honey is not used often in most baked goods, but its primary function is to act as a natural sweetener. In doing so, it also adds color to baked goods and helps the mixture to retain moisture. Honey is also very simple to substitute in the vegan diet. Just look for other viscous liquids, like maple syrup or agave nectar.

Cream

Cream is often used to provide baked goods with a certain fluffiness. It also provides richness. If you have a recipe that calls for cream, the best vegan diet substitute that you can use is coconut milk. If you would prefer to use a homemade option, then try blending one part cashews with one part water until it is smooth.