Ok, so you’re quite not on the vegan train. You just haven’t been dazzled by my ostensibly persuasive arguments or you are strong believer of meh-ism. Or maybe, you aren’t yet ready to part ways with your beloved blueberry muffins, pancakes and puddings. Well, do I have a solution for you!
I present…(triplet timing, obnoxious freeform jazz drum roll please)….baking with happy ingredients!
I purport to you today that all your cherished baked goods can in fact be made just as well without any animal products. Not only will you be able to create delicious treats without having to use products that involve mistreatment of animals (ooooh yes…just look at what goes on in those dairy farms little Jimmy), you’ll be able to make them healthier, cheaper and with just common household ingredients. It’s a win-win situation for you and Daisy. (I wish I could sound less like an infomercial but I’m resentfully diggin’ my oratory groove right now)
Here are a few recipes that have been tested and approved by yours truly.
Blue Berry Muffins
Straight up good muffins. No fats or cholesterol and a lot of the sweetness just comes from fruit.
These are really easy to make. The banana gives a natural sweetness to the pancakes so you might not even need to add sugar. Oh, and you can top it with the left-over half of the banana.
With the goodness of pumpkin and the awesomeness of pie. But seriously, you get nutrients from the pumpkin, dates and it’s a really nice dessert.
If you blend frozen bananas with a few goodies you get ice cream. Just add your choice of flavour and you’re sorted eg, berries, cocoa and vanilla.
These are just a few examples of how to bake with vegan ingredients. You can find many great recipes for cakes, puddings, dessert pies, slices etc, with just a few clicks on the internet. Here’s a quick run-down on how you replace your usual ingredients:
Milk: Soy-milk, Rice-milk (for the love of Vishnu this stuff is heavenly), Oat-milk
Cream: Coconut milk, Coconut cream, Soy cream, Cashew cream, Silken tofu
Eggs: Mashed fruits eg, banana, apples, pumpkin etc, Flax seeds ground in water, Commercial Egg replacer
Butter: You don’t actually need butter, especially if you used mashed fruit. ‘Sigh’, if you really want there are vegan alternatives to butter, or just use oil…but think of your poor arteries!
Why are these healthier? First of all, you are adding much less fats when you use these ingredients (aside from coconut products). Next, these products generally have no cholesterol unlike eggs, milk and butter. Thirdly, because you are replacing some of the dairy products with mashed fruit, you are using more of the natural sweetness of the fruit, hence relying less on refined sugars as well as gaining all the nutrients from the fruit itself. And finally, by using wholemeal and oat flours you are adding more fiber and more than enough protein.
So next time you get the urge to bake or whip up a dessert (which I’m sure you all do), check to see if you can make your dessert healthier, cheaper and free from animal exploitation. And if that doesn’t convince you, then go watch Bambi again after reading this.