Updated: Mar 31, 2020
Butter seems to be the number one ingredient in baked goods, but if you’re vegan than you’ll have to say goodbye to the animal produced fat. Butter is used to make pans non-stick, it’s your average Grandma’s go-to for home style baked foods, but there are plenty of ethical alternatives to the household fat. Our first alternative to butter is literally Vegan Butter. This is usually made up from vegetable oils and synthetically flavored, but there are plenty of brands that try to go a more natural route for making Vegan Butter. However, beware of margarine because it isn’t always vegan. You also have options that are generally better for you in the long run. Normally butter is used because it leaves a rich taste, but there are plenty of oils that will react to the ingredients so that you can get that light fluffy texture that you want in a baked good.
Surprised? Unsweetened applesauce makes a great leavening agent. It also keeps your baked goods moisture rich. This can be a great addition to cakes, muffins and pancakes.
Pumpkin Puree Pumpkins
are great for an alternative leavening agent, the only downside is that their flavor is easy to pick up on. Unlike applesauce, you will notice the flavor of the pumpkin.
Coconut oil Coconut oil
has gotten a lot of attention in the last couple of years. It’s super healthy for you despite being high in saturated fat.
One reason to choose Avocado oil is as a vegan butter substitute is because it has a rich flavor and high smoking point. Making it great to cook with. Some people have said that a 1 to 1 substitution can make the finished product too oily, so this one may need a bit more tweaking
Vegetable oil isn’t as healthy as the other vegan butter substitutes, but it’s usually readily available and affordable. Many pre-made baking mixtures list vegetable or canola oil as an added ingredient.
Overall there are plenty of options for you to choose from on your next baking journey. Or you can skip the work and order a custom cake for your next catering needs. More people are becoming vegan and would be pleased to see an option other than lettuce in their next event. Bleu Neige offers meticulously crafted baked goods that are delicious and made with healthier ingredients.