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4 ingredient swaps for vegan baking

4 ingredient swaps for vegan baking

Vegan baking can seem like a challenge, especially if you’re new to plant-based recipes. But some of your favorite dishes can be made vegan-friendly with simple ingredient swaps.

1. Instead of eggs

Ground flaxseeds Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water to substitute for 1 egg. (Photo: B Calkins/Shutterstock)

If you’re swapping out eggs for a vegan ingredient, try these substitutes (amounts are equal to one egg):

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water
  • About 1 tablespoon egg replacer + about 3 tablespoons water (Egg replacer is available at health food stores, and the amounts vary by brand.)
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas

2. In place of butter

Coconut oil Swap 3/4 cup of coconut oil for 1 cup of butter. (Photo: Quanthem/iStock)

Butter is one of the easier swaps in vegan baking. Give these a try:

  • vegan butter spreads, vegan shortening or non-dairy margarine (typically found at health food stores)
  • 3/4 cup of baking or cooking oil (like coconut or olive) for 1 cup of butter

3. For milk, go non-dairy

Coconut milk, almond milk, and soy milk Coconut milk, almond milk, and soy milk can be used in place of cow's milk. (Photo: ©Dobránska Renáta/Stocksy United)

There are several non-dairy options to replace traditional cow’s milk. Stay dairy-free using these substitutes (in equal amounts to the dairy milk that the recipe calls for):

  • Full-fat soymilk — great for biscuits and breads
  • Almond milk — a nice choice for desserts
  • Coconut milk — can be used in sweet or savory dishes

For cream substitutions:

  • For half-and-half, equal parts silken tofu blended with non-dairy milk substitute
  • For cream, blended silken tofu
  • Coconut cream
  • Vegan yogurt

4. As for sugar...

Granulated white sugar and unbleached sugar Some sugar is bleached with bone char, so look for unbleached sugar for vegan baking. (Photo: Niradj/Shutterstock)

Some conventional caster sugar may be OK as far as vegan baking goes, however some sugar is bleached using bone char. Safer options include:

  • Unbleached sugar
  • Agave sugar
  • Fruit sweeteners such as dates or dried fruit
  • Stevia
  • Beet sugar
  • Palm sugar

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