Try 26 delicious vegan aquafaba recipes you never knew could be vegan, using this one miracle ingredient. Find out more about aquafaba and how to use it here.
What is aquafaba?
Aquafaba, the brine found in cans of beans and legumes like chickpeas, has caught the world’s attention. Its combination of proteins, soluble plant solids and starches can be used for a variety of cooking processes including thickening, binding, gelatinising and emulsifying.
Because aquafaba is very close in consistency to egg whites and contains similar proteins and starches to the ones found in eggs, it’s the perfect egg replacement for vegans.
How do I make aquafaba?
The simplest way to make aquafaba way is to use the brine directly from your tin of legumes, but you can also slowly cook dried beans in water until you get the aquafaba.
If the bean juice is too watery, just continue to heat it until it is the same consistency as egg whites.
If your recipe calls for a small amount of aquafaba, you can fill an ice cube tray with the rest and freeze to use at a later date.
In order to share our excitement about this key ingredient with you, we’ve compiled a list of 25 sweet and savoury recipes, made vegan through the power of aquafaba.
The best sweet vegan aquafaba recipes
Recreate this summer favourite using aquafaba instead of egg for the meringue. Crunchy, crumbly and perfect topped with pastry cream, boozy Pimm’s sauce, and a sprinkling of summer berries.
These deep-fried balls of deliciousness are filled with custard that oozes out when you take a bite. Aquafaba helps give the dough that classic airy texture you’d expect from a good doughnut.
This vegan mille-feuille recipe features layers of flaky pastry, a fluffy aquafaba cream filling, zesty lemon curd and a sprinkling of fresh berries.
Made with dark brown soft sugar and a spoonful of treacle, these gorgeous sticky puddings are a British classic. Serve with lashings of caramel sauce and dairy-free cream for a comforting treat.
With a crisp pastry base topped with zesty lemon curd and fluffy meringue, it’s no wonder this pie has been popular for over 200 years!
This rich and indulgent chocolate tart is delicious enough as it is. But the addition of sweet aquafaba meringue contrasted with tart raspberries makes this extra special!
Few cakes are quite as spectacular as a chocolate gateau! This vegan version is made up of layer upon layer of moist chocolate cake sandwiched with fluffy vegan aquafaba buttercream.
Macarons with no egg whites needed! With just a bit of whisking and baking, aquafaba whips up into delicious vegan meringue to be filled as you please.
Airy, whipped aquafaba is the perfect consistency for a mousse. Best served cold, garnished with berries.
This recipe can seem tough at first, but after a little careful preparation, you’ll be able to reward yourself with some sweet, sugary treats.
11. Vegan waffles
Cook up a classic breakfast (or dessert) with these egg-free vegan waffles, great served straightaway or undercooked by a minute and frozen for later.
It’s certainly eye-opening to realise how much you can do with meringue! Featuring vanilla ice cream piled high with a delicious, torched Italian meringue all on top of a gooey brownie base, this stylish recipe is a timeless classic that’s perfect for special occasions.
13. Vegan Brownies
Ready in just 40 minutes, these rich, fudgy brownies are easy to make and perfect for sharing with friends or simply satisfying that chocolate craving.
Another classic to add to the recipe books! Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie? With vegan chocolate chips, of course.
An exceptional yet simple layered Vegan Cake with subtle Earl Grey fragrance & fluffy, buttery, lemony frosting. It can be made as a 3 layer cake, a 2 layer cake or even 6 muffins. You will find full instructions for all 3!
Try this new take on vegan cheesecake by blending aquafaba with cashews, vanilla and plant-based milk to make a gorgeous creamy filling.
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The best savoury vegan aquafaba recipes
17. Vegan Mayonnaise
Whisked aquafaba can be used in savoury dishes as well as sweet. This substitute for mayonnaise can be flavoured with garlic, lime or smoked paprika and is the ideal accompaniment to a number of dishes.
18. Vegan brioche
If you’re looking for something lighter, the feathery texture of vegan brioche bread is ideal. Make sure to follow the recipe carefully for a brioche that looks great and tastes just as good.
Defying the stereotype, this vegan cheese is easy to make, using only seven ingredients and taking a total of 15 minutes! It turns out stretchy, melts in your mouth and tastes good with almost any meal.
Nina’s recipe for this butter is so well-loved that her name has been put to it! Test it out yourself, and after a night in the fridge, you too can enjoy the vegan spread everyone is talking about.
Create unique pasta dough using aquafaba, oil, flour, salt and black pepper. It can be put through a pasta roller, boiled and mixed with your favourite pasta sauce for dinner in just over an hour.
By using less olive oil and adding more beetroot, this ‘skinny’ version of the traditional recipe makes almost twice the amount of hummus with few added calories. Don’t mind if we do.
This recipe, low in carbs and able to be made sweet or savoury, uses aquafaba to create the crumbly outside and soft middle fans of cloud bread know and love.
Yes, you heard us right. When aquafaba is added, this tofu-based mixture actually scrambles in a skillet, ready to be served just like scrambled eggs.
Change up your breakfast routine with these tomato and basil crepes. You might have to experiment a bit to get them just right, but they’ll eventually turn out thin, crispy and delicious!
This recipe offers a number of ingredients that you can add or avoid, allowing you to create something best suited to your individual tastes. Whatever you choose, the aquafaba will make the filling creamy and delicious.
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