aquafaba meringue

The other day we talked about the bean craze sweeping the world of vegan cuisine, aquafaba, and all its many uses. We thought you may still be skeptical, so we decided to prove to you how versatile and delicious aquafaba can be as an egg white substitute. We found four recipes for mouth-watering decadent sweets that all take advantage of aquafaba as a substitute.

There is no chance that you will be able to look through these recipes and not be willing to give this cooking craze a chance for your next dessert. The best thing about each of these recipes? Each are vegan-friendly, no matter how decadent they look.

Vegan Carrot Cake

Moist carrot cake can be one of the best treats when it is done right. This recipe comes from Louise-Claire Cayzer from Poppy and the Bees and is a terrific light dessert and introduction to aquafaba. Carrot cake can sometimes be a complicated and laborious recipe, but this recipe keeps things nice and simple.

It is a single layer cake so you don’t have to mess around with frosting and stacking multiple layers. This recipe also keeps things light by forgoing the traditional cream cheese frosting and instead using a very simple and tangy lemon icing. You don’t have to do anything special with the aquafaba in this recipe, just pour it in like you normally would the egg whites.

Raspberry-Lemon Aquafaba Meringue Mini Pies

This recipe comes from Melissa at Cilantro and Citronella and is a very fun and creative dessert idea. Colorful, delicious and cute, this is the perfect recipe for parties or large gatherings. Simply use a muffin tin and pie crust to make the mini personal pie crusts. The filling is a vibrant and fresh mixture of raspberries, lemon juice, non-dairy milk, sugar and cornstarch. After an initial bake in the oven, top off each pie with, you guessed it, aquafaba meringue as the final touch. Just whip together aquafaba, apple cider vinegar, sugar and vanilla until it thickens up.

Aquafaba Pancakes with Vanilla-Cardamom Poached Pears

How about some beans for breakfast? They are perfect for every other meal so why not use them for the most important meal of the day? This recipe from Sanjana at K.O Rasoi is the perfect mixture of sweet, tart and savory. The recipe is a bit of a doozy, but the payoff of an awesome breakfast or brunch is well worth it! Some of the ingredients listed are a little out of the ordinary, but don’t worry, we’ll break it down for you.

Groundnut oil is just your basic peanut oil. Golden syrup and golden castor syrup are ingredients mostly found across the pond, but substituting maple syrup and regular white castor sugar works just as well. And finally, one of the primary ingredients is cardamom. Cardamom is a spice made up of several seeds from the far East and can be found in the herbs and spices section at your local market in pods.

Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse

We like simple. Simple is good! You know what is even better though? When simple turns out to be delicious too. That’s why we love this recipe from Laura at Vannilacrunnch. This divine chocolate mousse is just three ingredients. Yep, three ingredients: aquafaba, raw chocolate and coconut nectar (or maple syrup if you want to keep it even simpler). Better yet, because of the aquafaba and lack of ingredients, this dessert is vegan and glutten-free.

Ready to start trying aquafaba for yourself? All you need to get started are some great recipes and a jar of Randall Beans Garbanzo Beans. Happy eating!

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