January 09, 2019
January is a time for change. Not only is it the month where people set themselves new year’s resolutions to eat healthier and consider their impact on the environment, it’s now also Veganuary - a month where people across the globe are trying out plant-based diets. Traditional baking requires many products that aren’t naturally vegan, but thanks to the plentiful supply of vegan baking substitutes, and this list of our favourite easy vegan baking recipes, it’s now easier than ever to bake on a plant-based diet!
Often, your favourite bakes can be made by swapping out the non-vegan ingredients for plant-based alternatives, such as soy milk in place of milk or flax seeds instead of egg. If you want a full rundown of baking substitutions, have a read of our blog post dedicated to helping you bake with a whole host of dietary requirements.
But now on to the good stuff…
First up, if you’re looking for something you can bake really quickly with limited fuss and hassle, how about mug baking? We have a full range of mug baking mixes that can be easily made with vegan ingredients. Even though the recipe asks for milk and butter, the mug bakes are just as delicious (if not more so!) when you use dairy-free alternatives. Then, follow the instructions on the box, and you’ll have one very easy vegan baking recipe that you can make in the microwave!
All of our mug bakes are suitable for vegans - will you try a vegan sticky toffee mug cake, or a vegan chocolate mug brownie? Or perhaps our vegan chocolate chip mug cookie, bursting with vegan dark chocolate chips? You’re sure to find something you love!
Chocolate Chip Cookies is another treat that it’s easy to make vegan. With this vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe from BBC Good Food, there’s no need for butter or eggs - you can substitute these ingredients with coconut oil and coconut milk. They really are incredibly simple to make, and can be made 2 days in advance if you’ve got a special occasion coming up!
Chocolate cupcakes are a very guilty pleasure. And with this vegan chocolate cupcakes recipe, you can now make them on a plant-based diet! These vegan cupcakes are also gluten-free, making it the perfect recipe for anyone who wants to go completely free-from in 2019!
A fantastic vegan cupcake recipe, it’s all about the beating in this one. Make sure you vigorously whisk together the dry ingredients to add air in to the mixture - this will make sure you get a good rise without the need for eggs.
Victoria Sponge Cake is a simply classic bake. It’s two layers of deliciously light sponge, crammed full of raspberry jam and (traditionally) whipped cream. But can you eat Victoria Sponge if you’re a vegan? Well, with this vegan Victoria Sponge cake recipe from Kimberly Elise, you can!
We love the addition of buttercream in this vegan baking recipe, made using margarine and coconut milk, in place of the whipped cream to give a delicious flavour and silkiness to the cake.
If you’re more of a savoury fan, you can’t go wrong with banana bread. Especially vegan banana bread! Full of protein and crunchy peanuts, this Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread by Made by Luci is a dream to make and heavenly to eat! It makes the perfect breakfast treat, or a delicious mid-morning snack. Just ignore the calorie count - you deserve this ;)
Featuring a flaxseed egg (our favourite vegan substitute for eggs!) and soy milk, this easy vegan baking recipe takes only 10 minutes to mix up. The baking time is fairly long at 45 minutes, but the end result is definitely worth the wait.
Millionaire’s Shortbread seems like a very difficult recipe to make vegan, but it doesn’t have to be that way! With this irresistible vegan millionaire’s shortbread recipe by the Everyday Veggie, the vegan substitutes are things that most vegans will have in their store cupboards. The butter in the shortbread is made with vegan margarine, while the butter and cream in the caramel is replaced with margarine and coconut milk.
Heather mentions the recipe is simple to make but the caramel takes a little longer to make than non-vegan caramel, but we think this is a small price to pay when the recipe is as delicious as this!
So there you have it! Our favourite easy vegan baking recipes, from cookies to cakes. All can be made with plant-based ingredients! Do you know any easy vegan baking recipes that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!
If you’re a vegan and up for a baking challenge, why not join our Baking Club? Every month we send out a brand new baking box to our subscribers, containing all the dry ingredients you’ll need to make a recipe approved exclusively by Michel Roux OBE. We also throw in a step-by-step recipe card and some handy extras too - all you need to do is add the fresh ingredients - just swap out eggs for flaxseed eggs, or milk for a dairy-free alternative.
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