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A Beginner’s Baking Guide for Vegans

As a vegan, you might have skipped the idea of baking wondering how you get the same effects without egg, milk, and butter. Well, vegan baking is an option where you use the ingredients kind of synonym for baking.

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A Beginner's Baking Guide for Vegans

Let’s come back to the vegan baking that is not a mysterious science at all. We have here explained how vegan baking gives the same effect without animal-derived ingredients.

Things that replace eggs:

Eggs are used to bind in standard baking. They keep your baked items together and retain moisture. Fortunately, these are not only the eggs that can serve this purpose. There is a whole lot of stuff that is as effective as eggs or even better. It depends on what are you going to bake. The stuff you can use could be applesauce, silken tofu, soy yogurt, mashed bananas ground flaxseed mixed with water, or vegan buttermilk. Ingredients that are usually combined to replace eggs are corn starch and potato starch. Every substance gives different outcomes, use them according to the item you are going to bake.

You do not need animal milk:

Milk and butter are other animal-derived ingredients used in baking. Unsweetened soy milk is what you need replace milk. Other options are also there depending on the recipe such as rice milk, unsweetened almond milk, and coconut milk. If it is a chocolate cake you are baking, you may go for chocolate soy milk or hazelnut milk. To replace buttermilk, mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup soy milk and stir with a fork. Let it curdle for few minutes.

What about oil and fats?

Butter, margarine or oil, one form of fat is always found in baking recipes. However, that does not mean they are not replaceable. Purpose of fat is again, binding and adding moistures. The oil that is light in flavor and can withstand high temperature is preferred for baking. Rapeseed or canola oil fulfills these requirements. Melted coconut oil also work healthily. You can also find vegan margarine, but it is highly processed and can be unhealthy. If you need fat for taste, then go for vegan margarine.

Sweetness part:

If the recipe has honey as a sweetener, replace it with maple syrup, agave nectar, or any kind of other liquid sweeteners. For oatmeal baking, you can go for date syrup that is quite dark in color. Rice syrup is also an option that is pretty same as honey. Take heed when it is about granulated sugar because it is processed in a way that is non-vegan. Not all the sugar brands are vegan, but there would be some that have it labeled.

Food coloring and toppings have also to be vegan. Go to a specialist vegan supplier and make your own toppings and decorations.