If you’re a vegan then you know how hard it can be to find good (keyword: GOOD) recipes for baking. After all, how do you bake cookies without butter? How do you make cake without eggs?
Well, you’ll be happy to know that The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes not only gives you a ton of options for vegan baking, but that it really does live up to its name. Yes, the recipes are the best.
I’ve been a vegetarian for almost three years now, but I try to limit my consumption of dairy products to just the bare minimum. I really don’t even keep the stuff in the house. So when it comes time to bake a cake or work up a batch of cookies, I’m always torn. Should I go out and buy milk? Do without?
Usually, I do without. But thanks to this awesome book, I now have tons of recipes that enable me to avoid this ethical dilemma all together.
The recipe I loved the most had to be the banana bread. It was ridiculously easy to make, and incredibly good. How good? Well, it was gone in a matter of days. Two days, in fact.
Another hit was the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Just drool over that title for a minute. And yes, they really were as good as you’re imagining.
It’s important to read the intro to this book, because it’s here the author explains her methods for substituting things like milk. I used soy milk in all the recipes I tried, and it worked great.
The recipes are also easy to skim through and follow. And the author has considerately established a rating system, so you can easily glance at the bottom to see just how easy or difficult the recipe is.
Last word? If you’re vegan and you’ve been yearning for a collection of baking recipes that actually taste good, then you won’t want to miss this book. But even if you’re not vegan, this book would make a great addition to your kitchen. It’s amazing just how great these desserts are, considering that none of them contain any animal-derived ingredients commonly used in regular baking.
Are these desserts healthier as a result? Well, there are no calorie or fat breakdowns for the recipes, so I can’t be sure. But the author does mention in several recipes that applesauce can be substituted for oil, which dramatically lowers the caloric content. So, you might want to experiment with that.