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A Beginners Guide to Plant-Based Baking

Are you looking to bake some healthy plant-based treats at home but unsure where to start? There are several substitutes for those essential baking ingredients (butter, milk, and eggs). Going plant-based doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your sweet tooth forever. Whether you’re baking for an event or for your post-dinner sugar craving, show off your plant-based baking and revel in tasty, plant-based treats! Let us walk you through baking tips for substituting essential baking ingredients. 


Applesauce can be used as an oil substitute in most cakes and muffins. You can also use applesauce in soft-baked cookies and biscuits. Another great option for replacing oil is AquaFaba, which is the liquid from canned chickpeas or white beans. The consistency is similar to vegetable oil and has a neutral flavour - a perfect oil substitute! Roasted nut or seed butters can be used as a substitute for butter, which work well in cookies. Use an equal amount of nut butter to replace the margarine or oil in a recipe. Cashew, sunflower and almond butters also work well. 


Milk is one of the easier ingredients to replace. Many options are available, including soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, or just about any other plant-based milk you like!


Depending on what you’re trying to make, there are several substitutes for eggs. 

Ground Flax Seeds: best used for baked goods including fruit muffins, oatmeal cookies and carrot cake. 

Mashed Banana: works well in muffins, breads and cookies that contain other fruits. 

Soy Yogurt: recommended for dense products like brownies or fudge cake.

AquaFaba: the liquid found in a can of chickpeas or white beans. Buy canned legumes with no added salt and substitute 3 tablespoons of aqua faba for each egg in a recipe! 


Although flour isn’t classified as an animal product, it is a highly processed product that should be avoided when trying to switch to healthy, plant-based baking. Instead, opt for whole grain flours, such as whole wheat and whole spelt. If whole wheat flour is too dense for the item you’re baking, try using white whole-wheat flour instead. Gluten-free flours are also options - experiment and try different combinations to see which flour suits your baking needs!

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