How to Make Your Favorite Recipes Vegan
#1 Flax instead of eggs
Eggs are a common ingredient in many recipes, but fortunately, flax works just as well. According to Minimalist Baker, in order to make a single flax “egg,” you just combine 1 Tbsp of ground raw flaxseed with 2 ½ Tbsp of water. You can also grind your own flax seed in a blender instead of buying the store-bought milled version. This is what the final product should look like:
Try using flax to make chocolate chip cookies! Just use the Nestle Toll House recipe, but replace the eggs with flax and the butter with Earth Balance vegan butter.
#2 Almond milk instead of cow’s milk
You can easily buy almond milk at the store, but you can also make it yourself — here’s the recipe by WellnessMama. My favorite thing to use this type of almond milk for is to make my own smoothies that consist of a banana, frozen fruit (usually mango), and almond milk.
Here’s an example of a recipe you can use almond milk for:
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour (you can also use whole wheat pastry flour)
- 1 ¼ cup almond milk
- 2 Tbsp vinegar
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
Measure out the almond milk and add the vinegar. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
Heat a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Now add in the almond milk mixture and vanilla extract. Stir only until incorporated.
Make the pancakes whatever size you want, but cook the larger ones longer.
#3 Everything else
The good news is there are also store-bought substitutes for just about everything. Here are some of my recommendations for vegan substitute brands:
- Cheese: Daiya
- Sour cream: Tofutti
- Butter: Earth Balance
- Ice cream: So Delicious (My absolute favorite is their Cashew Milk Salted Caramel Cluster!), Ben & Jerry’s (dairy-free version)
- Meat: MorningStar Farms (from vegan chicken nuggets to vegan ribs, they have just about everything — although I won’t be able to tell you if it actually tastes like meat or not, I can tell you the products I have tried are delicious)
This list is certainly not conclusive and I would love to hear your favorite brands! Comment below 🙂
Note: Recipes pictured in the top image do not reflect the recipes I listed. I have listed the photo credits below.