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Vegan Baking Ingredients

Top Tips for Vegan Baking

Whether you’re new to veganism, a long-term team member, or just looking for some dairy-free alternatives for your recipes, here’s a list of tips and tricks to help you mix up some delicious treats free from animal products.

Before you start, it’s an excellent idea to weigh and measure out your ingredients before you begin, ensuring you have enough of each and considering any replacement ratios. You may also want to grease your pans with non-dairy butter or use baking paper.

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Butter Replacements

Butter is an invaluable ingredient in almost all bakes, so finding a suitable replacement is essential. While some vegans are okay with using margarine, others consider it an unhealthy option due to its high level of hydrogenated oils. Other healthier options include avocados (yes, really!), olive oil (¾ cup of oil to 1 cup of butter), and coconut oil.


If you’re new to veganism or trying out a recipe for a vegan friend, you may not know that Honey is a no-no. Bees make it for their own consumption, and many vegans won’t eat it for this reason. Instead, try looking for other natural sweeteners like maple syrup, date syrup, or agave.

Similarly, you’ll have to swap out milk/white chocolate for dark chocolate or raw cacao. However, check the ingredients before adding them to your basket, as some brands still use whey or milk products.

Egg Replacements

Eggs are used in baking to add moisture, lift, structure, and bind ingredients. Vegan replacements can be bought in powder form, but you can also make your own in various ways – such as ground flax seeds with water or mashed banana (½ a banana = 1 egg).

Aquafaba (bean water) works like egg whites and can even be whisked up into a meringue. A few drops of natural sweetener will mask the bean-like flavour. Drain it straight from a tin of chickpeas, or boil dried beans in a pan of water for a few hours until it transforms into aquafaba. Mastering this technique will open the door to tasty vegan pavlovas and mousses.

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Dairy Free Milk

There are plenty of options for substituting cow's milk in recipes. Soy, almond, and coconut milk can all be used on a 1:1 ratio, with almond being a little thinner and coconut being a little thicker in consistency. Try to buy unsweetened versions for more versatility, and sweeten them how you like.


Ready-made vegan pastry can be purchased from your local supermarket, so all you need to do is roll it out, lay it in your pie dish, and top it with your sweet or savoury filling. You might not get into The Great British Bake Off doing it this way, but it’s not technically cheating.


Fridge-set a tin of full-fat coconut cream overnight and freeze a metal mixing bowl for an hour before you’re ready. Scoop out the thickened coconut cream into the bowl, leaving behind any liquid for a tasty smoothie, and whisk it together with 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tbsp vanilla extract. Voilà! It's an excellent cream alternative for your bake.

Besides the obvious, a great advantage of vegan baking is that you can safely taste your mixture as there are no raw eggs in it. Grab a teaspoon and try a small amount now and then, adding flavour as needed to give your bakes a mouth-watering taste.

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