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Substitutions


Written By : Vegan Out The Mud



Switching to a vegan lifestyle or plant based diet doesn’t mean you have to stop eating foods you enjoy normally. The key to an easier transition is to learn the basic substitutes that are used in place of animal products in most vegan dishes. Aside from buying the obvious named brand vegan alternatives for egg replacers you can make your own egg substitute at home with cheaper ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. 


Eggs add structure and act as a binding ingredient in baking. To mimic both of these actions you can make a flax seed “egg” by mixing 1 TBS of ground flaxseed and 3 TBS of water and letting it rest for 5 minutes. This “egg” is a good substitute for dense baking dishes like brownies. A ripe banana or ⅓ cup of applesauce can be used in place of an egg in muffin recipes. If you have canned chickpeas, save the liquid they come in. It’s called aquafaba & if you whip with powdered sugar in a mixer you can’t make vegan whipped cream or meringue. To thicken any sauce you have instead of using heavy cream you can thoroughly mix 1 TBS cornstarch and 4 TBS of water and add it to the recipe.


The hardest issue people have when making their transition is they don’t know where to start and they think they have to go to the store and buy $10 egg replacers. While they are delicious you can actually replace ingredients at home for half the price. 





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