Vegan Baking Guide

How to substitute healthier and kinder ingredients.

When you're new to plant-based cooking, the idea of baking without butter, dairy milk or eggs can seem a little overwhelming. You'll soon find just how simple it is though (and oftentimes plant-based ingredients can perform better)! You'll feel healthier too.

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Magic Eggs
(egg substitute)

1 tablespoon ground whole flaxseed
3 tablespoons water

Mix together & allow to sit for 3-4 minutes, until a gelatinous mixture forms.

This amount replaces 1 egg in baking.
Simply multiply to suit. Use in pancakes, crepes, cakes, biscuits and muffins.

 Magic Egg pancakes with fresh berry topping. 

Magic Egg pancakes with fresh berry topping. 


Olive Oil Pastry 
(butter pastry substitute)

This produces a flakier, shorter, better textured pastry than our old butter pastry recipes used to. We use whole ground flour, ground nuts (almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts), olive oil, juice of a lemon and chilled water.

 
 Chia biscuits with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

Chia biscuits with a cup of Earl Grey tea.


Besan/ chickpea Flour
(thickener for sauces)

Swapping besan flour for regular white flour in sauces adds protein, but also adds a nutty flavour and a texture which behaves. No more lumpy sauces! Substitute like for like amount in savoury sauces and gravies.


Silken Tofu
(cream substitute)

Blended with a stick-mixer or a food processor, the very best organic non GM silken tofu is a brilliant addition when you want a creamy sauce for a curry or in a cheesecake or quiche.
We also love to stir it though stir-fry noodles at the end, tossed with peanuts and chilli, to create a creamy finish.

 

AquaFaba
(egg white substitute)

That liquid leftover from a drained can of chickpeas is the new wonder-kid on the culinary block - because when whipped, this magic liquid becomes the most fabulous substitute for egg white. Use in chocolate mouse, pavlova & meringue. We use โ…“ cup of sugar to a can of chickpeas - makes the equivalent of 2-3 egg meringue. 3 tablespoons of aquafaba is the equivalent of 1 egg white.


Coconut Oil/butter
(butter substitute)

While the jury is still out on the enormous claims of the cure-all effects of this ancient (but now trendy) ingredient, there is no debate about its cooking prowess. Use 3/4 cup virgin/cold-pressed coconut oil + ยผ cup water to replace 1 cup of dairy butter. (Whip it, melt it - it creates yummier, more evenly textured cakes, biscuits, crumbles and slices.)


 Spinach & mushroom filling on top of a walnut, olive oil pastry base, waiting for its silken tofu and flaxseed topping, to make a very yummy quiche.

Spinach & mushroom filling on top of a walnut, olive oil pastry base, waiting for its silken tofu and flaxseed topping, to make a very yummy quiche.