Vegan Recipe Substitutes
Bring your fruit upon the table. As for
preserves, they are not best for us. Some simple pies that are not injurious
may be used.” Sermons
and Talks, vol. 1, 10. “It would be better not to tax the stomach
with unhealthful desserts, and not to demand that the cook expend time and
strength and ingenuity in preparing them. It would be much better to discard
the sweet puddings, jams, and marmalade, which cause fermentation in the
stomach. When these are banished from our tables, when we have sweeter
stomachs, we shall have sweeter tempers, and be better enabled to live a
Christian life.” The Signs of the Times,
September 30, 1897.
Just as most people associate vegetarians
with “no meat,” vegans extend the association to “and no eggs, dairy, or other
animal products.” Everyone loves desserts, but having to ask or be asked the
question, “Is it vegan?” can be a source of frustration. Learning to make your
own baked goods is the best defense in the wide world of breads, cakes, and
cookies, and other tasty treats where eggs and dairy have long held reign.
In traditional baking, most types of baked
goods can easily be made vegan by replacing the dairy and eggs with plant-based
ingredients. Some of the obvious substitutions are: soy milk or rice milk to
replace dairy milk and nonhydrogenated vegan
margarine or oil instead of butter.
There are also a number of ways to replace
eggs in baking. Use any of these most common techniques to replace 1 egg in a
a blender, grind 1 tablespoon flax seeds to a powder, add 2–1/2 tablespoons
water, and blend until thick.
1–1/2 teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer with 2
together 3 tablespoons applesauce, mashed banana, or soft tofu, and 1/2
teaspoon baking powder (aluminum free).
A recipe is like a road map because it helps
you find your way to a destination; in this case, great-tasting food. After you
familiarize yourself with a recipe, you can truly make it your own by
personalizing it. Whether you take the direct route (following the recipe
exactly) or try some side roads (by substituting ingredients or changing the
recipe in some way to suit your taste) matters little, as long as the results
are pleasing to you and your family.
You’ll enjoy cooking more if you can learn to
be flexible, creative, and relaxed. The exception to this, of course, is in
baking, which requires precise measurements to succeed. However, even in
baking, you can modify certain ingredients, such as swapping out walnuts for pecans in a brownie recipe, or leaving them out