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If you’re a vegan you’ll doubtless know just how many dishes, cakes and bakes are filled with foods you can’t eat. Or perhaps, you’re not vegan but you’ve suddenly found yourself cooking for a plant-based-pal and don’t know where to start with vegan food. (No one wants to be the host who uses Worcestershire Sauce in the vegan chill, or serves OJ with brunch only to discover that neither of these ingredients is vegan-friendly.)
With this in mind, we’ve sourced seven of the best vegan food hacks to take the stress out of no-meat meals. Oh, and they don’t take a whole afternoon to make.
1/ Chia or Flax Meal + Water = Eggs
Whisk either chia or flax meal together with water (1Tsp to 3Tsp respectively) and leave for 10-15 minutes until of a gelatinous consistency.
Use as you would an egg in baking and voila! Vegan food that doesn’t taste like vegan food.
2/ Swap Butter For Avocado
In baking you can swap out the butter for avocado –the fat content and texture makes it the perfect ingredient alternative.
3/ Save Chickpea Brine For Meringues
Yes, it sounds mad but instead of throwing the water from your tin of chickpeas, may we suggest you whip it up with sugar to make meringues?
Whisk it like you would egg whites before hitting it with the sugar. Sorry, the chickpea brine certainly doesn’t make them healthy.
4/ Use Coconut Milk For Whipped Cream
Empty a tin of yummy coconut milk into a container, leave to set a bit in the fridge overnight, then whip.
That’s cream in the world of vegan food.
5/ Tofu Scramble Is Just As Good As Eggs
If you’re looking for a vegan alternative to eggs for breakfast, try a tofu scramble.
Thug Kitchen gave us their delicious take on the morning classic!
READ: Tofu Scramble From Thug Kitchen
6/ Add Xanthan Gum To Make Frothy Coffee
You need just 0.1% xanthan gum in your coffee, that’s about 1 gram in a litre, and you’ve got your very own in-house Starbucks.
Check out this how (and why) video for the full story on at-home dairy-free froth.
7/ Vinegar Turns Any Mylk into Buttermilk
Adding just 1Tsp of apple vinegar, or lime or lemon juice per 1 cup of mylk will create a totally dairy-free buttermilk.
Just leave it to sit for 10-15minutes after combining.
Try it with Tiger Nut Milk to be ahead of the dairy-free curve.
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Now you’ve got your vegan food hacks sorted check in with the fit Celebrities Who’ve Gone Vegan and bookmark this Vegan Coconut Cornmeal Cake as weekend baking.