The Easiest Way to Veganize Any Dessert
No butter? No problem.
Whether you’ve taken the plunge and given up eggs and dairy, or you’re just having your vegan cousin over for dinner, dessert is one of the trickiest meals to get right. Especially if you love chocolate cake. Problem solved: We’re here to help you veganize any dessert with a few simple swaps.
Swap Coconut Yogurt for Yogurt
Not only is coconut yogurt totally delicious on its own; it works flawlessly in dessert recipes that call for any sort of dairy yogurt. And coconut cream is the dreamiest replacement for any recipe that calls for the traditional stuff. To get going, please try this s’mores icebox cake and send us the leftovers. Thanks.
Swap Agar Powder for Gelatin
For molds and puddings, you can replace gelatin with this jelly-like substance that’s sold at health food stores. One tablespoon of agar-agar flakes is equal to one teaspoon of gelatin. Give it a whirl with this rhubarb jelly and custard.
Swap Earth Balance for Butter
This one’s easy. You just switch out butter for the same amount of rich and creamy Earth Balance. Badda bing, badda boom. We’re drooling over these chocolate-peanut-butter buckeyes.
Swap Cashews for Cream Cheese
This is a little more time intensive, but so worth it. Cashew cream cheese is excellent in any recipe that calls for cream cheese. We see mini blueberry cheesecakes in your future.
Swap Almond Milk for Dairy Milk
You can substitute almond milk for dairy milk at a one-to-one ratio. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Want to give it a go? These one-bowl vegan sugar cookies are incredible, and they just so happen to be vegan. P.S.: To make buttermilk, just add a little lemon juice.
Swap Eggs with…A Lot of Different Things
You’ll need varying ingredients to achieve the effect of eggs, depending on what you’re cooking. You can combine 1 tablespoon flax seeds with 3 tablespoons water, stirring until it forms a gelatinous mixture for most baking recipes. Bananas and applesauce can also replace the moisture of eggs in sweet desserts. Try out the flaxseed method with this to-die-for coconut cranberry bread with a coffee glaze.