Are you having trouble finding plant-based substitutions for your favorite holiday baked goods? Give these easy substitutions a try!
Eggs are one of the most common baking ingredients—they are used for leavening, binding and flavor. Egg substitutions can be tricky, so first you must understand the purpose of the eggs in the recipe.
If the eggs are used for leavening (to help the recipe rise) you will want to use a substitution that includes baking soda. For every egg you are replacing, use 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Another alternative is 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water.
If the eggs are used for binding (to keep everything together) you will want to omit the baking soda. You can use fruit for binding in place of eggs. Try 1/2 mashed banana or 1/4 cup pureed sweet potato or pumpkin. If you love chia “eggs” like me, you can still use them for binding. To replace 1 egg use 1 tablespoon chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water.
Butter adds flavor and a rich texture and it can also add density to your baking. You can get a similar rich flavor and texture from plant-based oils or even mashed bananas.
If you baking calls for 1 cup softened butter try 3/4 cup coconut oil or vegetable shortening instead. You can also substitute 1 cup of butter for 1 cup of applesauce or mashed banana. This works best in your sweeter recipes like muffins as it also adds natural sweetness.
Milk substitutions are the easiest substitutions of all because it’s a direct 1:1 substitution. The only thing you need to consider is the final taste of the recipe. If you are making a chocolate cake, perhaps coconut milk might not be your best option as it could overpower the taste of the rest of the cake. Or maybe it would be the best option…. mmmmm chocolate coconut cake. The choice is yours – just consider what you want the dessert to taste like before you choose your milk substitute
If you are baking with milk the plant-based options are endless. Try almond, coconut or rice milk and remember it is a 1:1 substitution. You can find many store bought milk alternatives or you can try to make milk at home.
Intrigued? Do you want to learn about more simple plant- based substitutions? In the Thrive Forward Kitchen Edition, you’ll find an entire chapter on clean substitutions. Be sure to let us know what favorite plant-based substitutions are below!