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Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet

By Bridgette Clare, RHN on December 12, 2013

Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet

Are you having trouble finding plant-based substitutions for your favorite baked goods? Give these easy substitutions a try!

Vegan eggs

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.

Vegan Egg Recipe:

Eggs for Leavening (to help the recipe rise):
1 egg = 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar OR 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water.

Eggs for Binding (to keep everything together):
1 egg = 1/2 mashed banana or 1/4 cup pureed sweet potato OR pumpkin OR 1 tablespoon chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water (let the chia seeds absorb the water before using).


Vegan Butter

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.

Vegan Butter Substitutes:

For softened butter:
1 cup = 3/4 cup coconut oil or vegetable shortening

For butter:
1 cup = 1 cup of applesauce or mashed banana


Vegan Milk

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.

Vegan Milk Recipe:

There are tons of milk alternatives like almond, coconut and rice milk (remember it is a 1:1 substitution). Try making your own homemade non-dairy milk for a fully homemade baking experience. If you’re in a rush, you can find many store bought milk alternatives.

What’s your favorite vegan baking substitute?

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