Although there are a lot of tasty vegan recipes
out there, there's no need to throw out your
old favorites. This page lists substitutions
for non-vegan ingredients when baking/cooking.
Be sure to check out our vegan
products guide, too, for vegan
milk, butter, and anything else you might
need (ice cream, anyone?).
For additional substitutions, check out the
Ingredients and Their Alternatives page
Dairy can be easily
substituted with soy/rice
most cheddar, American, and parmesan
cheeses with soy/rice
cheese alternative products.
Replace cottage cheese
or ricotta cheese with crumbled
tofu in lasagne and other dishes.
Tip: Most vegan cheeses don't melt.
For melting cheese, try Vegan Gourmet
brand of melting cheese alternatives.
It tastes great and melts!
replace buttermilk, simply mix 1
tablespoon white vinegar into 1
cup plain soy milk or rice milk.
dairy milk with an equal amount
of plain soy milk or rice milk.
For a change of pace (and flavor),
try using nut milk in recipes that
don't need to be boiled intensely.
Sour cream: To
replace sour cream in a recipe,
try using a vegan
sour cream product.
Yogurt: To replace
yogurt in a recipe, try using a
It's not hard to substitute for eggs
in most non-vegan recipes. The substitute
used depends on the recipe it's being
used in, the kind of flavor you want
to add (or not add), and which ingredients
you have on hand:
Agar powder: Use
with recipes that call for egg whites.
For each egg white, dissolve 1 tbsp
plain agar powder in 1 tbsp water.
Whip, chill and whip again.
banana, applesauce is great for
sweeter baked recipes, such as muffins,
brownies, and cake. For each egg,
substitute 1/3 cup applesauce.
with desserts or sweet items like
pancakes, and muffins. For each
egg, substitute 1/2 small banana,
Egg Replacer: Ener-G®
is a name brand of a vegan egg substitute
(sold by the box). It's made from
potato starch, tapioca flour, and
vegan leaveners. You can find it
at natural/health food stores. One
whole egg = 1 tsp Ener-G®
powder + 2 tbsp water.
Flax seed: Great for pankcakes, breads,
and other baking. Use 1 tbsp ground
flax seed simmered in 2 –
3 tbsp water. Tip: Adding ground
flax seeds to any recipe add Omega-3's
to the recipe! You can buy ground
flax seeds in the health section
of most grocery stores.
Mashed potatoes / bread
crumbs: For veggie loaves
or burgers, used mashed potatoes,
fine bread crumbs, cooked rice or
oatmeal, or tomato paste to bind
Pumpkin: For baked
goods, you can replace each whole
egg with 1/3 cup of cooked pumpkin.
Great for muffins that have a hint
of pumpkin flavor to them.
- Soda Pop: A regular-sized (12 oz.) can of soda pop can be used as a substitution for 3 eggs in your baking recipes. Additionally, one regular-sized (12 oz.) can of soda pop can be substituted for the oil/egg combo required by most boxed cake mixes. (See our Soda Pop Cake entry on the Recipes page for more information.)
Tofu: Tofu is
great for egg substitutions in recipes
that call for a lot of egg (like
quiches, puddings, chocolate pies,
etc.). To substitute for only one
egg in a recipe, whip or blend 1/4
cup soft tofu and add to your cooking.
For baked goods, you can replace
each egg with 2 tablespoons (1 oz.)
of soft tofu. Diced or mashed tofu
can replace chopped hard-boiled
eggs in some salad and sandwich
recipes. Scrambled tofu makes a
delicious alternative to scrambled
Check out our
Vegan Alternatives Product Guide
for excellent vegan butters.
For substitutes found around the house,
Flax oil: Use
it as a topping for potatoes, rice,
popcorn, etc. Note: DO NOT
cook with this!
Nut butter: Can
be made from almonds, cashews, or
other butters. Use the same amount
you would for butter.
for sweet baking only. Use the same
amount you would for butter. Especially
yummy in brownies! For muffins,
etc., replace up to 3/4 of the butter
with applesauce, using vegan butter
for the rest.
Substitute with Not Honey
Rice Nectar for dipping.
For baking, try using Not Honey
Rice Nectar, rice syrup, mild-flavored
molasses, or maple syrup. Use amounts
equal to honey. Tip: These alternatives
add numerous vitamins and minerals to
||To replace, mayo, use equal amounts
of a soy-based
mayo alternative. Tip: If you like
traditional mayo, use Veganaise®
brand mayo alternative; if you prefer
MiracleWhip®, try Nayonaise®
brand mayo alternative, instead.