Vegan Baking Tips & Ideas

We are attracted to vegetarianism by all kinds of reasons. Many of us want to live longer or do our part to ease the burden on the environment. Others make the switch because they have always loved animals and are morally opposed to consuming them. Vegan meals seem to be the way to go with all these concerns.

Credit an abundance of scientific research that shows the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. Even the federal government advocates that we get most of our calories from vegetables, fruits and grain products. Believe it or not an estimated 70 percent of all diseases, which includes one-third of all cancers, are related to diet. A vegetarian diet lessens the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as coronary artery disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancers including prostate, stomach, colon, breast, lung and esophageal cancer. Have we got your attention now?

Why opt for vegan meals?

Here are a few reasons to switch to a vegan diet in quick bullet form:

You will stave off disease. Vegetarian diets are better than the regular American diet, mainly in treating, preventing, or reversing heart disease and dropping the risk of cancer.

You will live longer. A study says if you change from the standard American diet to a vegan diet, you can add approximately 13 healthy years to your life.

You will have strong bones.

You will ease the symptoms of menopause. Numerous foods contain nutrients helpful to premenopausal and menopausal women.

You will have more energy. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, are very high in complex carbohydrates, low glycemic and supply the body with lots of energizing fuel.

You will have more regular bowel movements.

You will steer clear of toxic chemicals.

You will save money (which is the best reason of all!)

Therefore if you are vegan or considering going vegan, you are probably looking for fresh sources of motivation. Here are some tips for vegan recipes to keep you inspired and on board the vegan bandwagon. Identified are some substitute ingredient options when you get into vegan baking. You will have to tweak your old recipes a bit, replacing white flour for organic whole wheat for example, or spelt and refined sugar for pure maple syrup or agave. After trying many different substitutions and doing your research, you will discover that vegan baking can be much healthier.

Here are some healthy vegan baking tips and ideas you can adopt:

1. Ditch the eggs

Eggs (yolks) are packed with cholesterol. Take out the eggs in a recipe and you remove unhealthy fat and cholesterol. Eggs serve as a binding agent in a recipe so substitute an egg with other healthy alternatives.

2. Change your milk

There are a lot of different types of milk out there that are non-dairy.

3. Delete unhealthy fats

4. Remove the sugar

5. Try different flour like whole wheat

Now here are a few vegan desserts you can try to bake. They are also gluten free vegan recipes, so people with conditions like celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or intolerance, or a wheat allergy can eat with abandon. Enjoy vegan baking!

Gluten free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups of blanched almond flour *

¼ tsp of celtic sea salt

¼ tsp of baking soda

10 tbsp of melted butter

1 tbsp of vanilla extract

½ cup of agave nectar

1 cup of chocolate chunks

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl

Blend by stirring together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl

Blend wet and dry ingredients

Make 1-inch balls and press onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Bake at temp of 350° for 7-10 minutes

Allow to cool and serve

Will make 24 cookies

Gluten free Carrot Cake

Ingredients:

3 cups of blanched almond flour

1 tsp of celtic sea salt

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tbsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of nutmeg

5 whole eggs

½ cup of agave nectar

¼ cup of grape seed oil

3 cups of grated carrots

1 cup of raisins

1 cup of walnuts

Directions:

Mix almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl

In a different bowl, blend together eggs, agave and oil

Mix carrots, raisins and walnuts with wet ingredients

Stir wet and dry ingredients

Put batter into 2 round 9-Inch cake pans that are well greased

Bake at temp of 325° for 35 minutes

Let cool and spread with coconut cream frosting

Serve

Gluten free Banana Cream Pie

Ingredients:

One 13.5 ounce can of coconut milk

¾ cups of melted coconut oil

1 cup of very ripe and mashed bananas

2 Medjool dates

⅛ tsp vanilla stevia

1 Paleo Pie Crust

Some banana for garnish

Directions:

Using a vitamix, mix coconut milk and coconut oil

Mix in bananas, dates, and stevia

Pour mixture into a cooled pie crust

Chill it overnight then garnish with bananas

Serve

This makes 1 pie

Gluten free Brownies

Ingredients:

One 16 ounce jar of creamy roasted almond butter

2 whole eggs

1 ¼ cups of agave nectar or honey

1 tbsp of vanilla extract

½ cup of cacao powder

½ tsp of celtic sea salt

1 tsp of baking soda

1 cup of chocolate chunks

Directions:

With a large bowl, blend almond butter until smooth using a hand blender

Mix in eggs, then agave and vanilla

Mix in cacao, salt and baking soda, after that, fold in chocolate chips

Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish then pour batter into dish

Bake at temp of 325° for 25-40 minutes

This makes around 24 brownies