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Vegan Substitues for Recipes

In an earlier articles, I discussed substituting flax seed for eggs as a binder in recipes. There are many substitutes that can be utilized in traditional recipes rather than dairy or meat products. I hope these ideas assist in converting your favorite recipes to vegan.

Egg Substitutes:

Instead of one egg in baked goods, casseroles and burgers, a person may select:

  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
  • 2 tablespoons moist oats
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons moist bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons mashed potatoes

Vegan Scrambled Eggs:

Vegan scrambled eggs can be cooked by substituting silken tofu, broth and nutritional yeast. Then add onions, mushrooms, peppers and vegan cheese for a delicious serving of scrambled eggs vegan style.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add your choice of vegetables.
  • Add crumbled tofu and stir with spatula.
  • Add 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast and 2 heaping tablespoons of broth powder and stir.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Butter Substitutes:

Crisco shortening can be utilized in most recipes in the place of butter as a vegan substitute; however, a healthier choice would be Canola oil. The substitute ratio is 3/4 cup of Canola oil for 1 cup of butter. Margarine may be substituted in equal parts for recipes calling for butter.

Milk Substitutes:

Soy milk may not be the best milk substitute for females, as it may cause health risks. Almond milk and rice milk may prove to be a better substitute. Both almond milk and rice milk are often flavored with various sweeteners and even chocolate flavorings. These sweeteners and artificial flavorings could alter the final taste of a finished recipe. The best option is to select a milk substitute with few added ingredients.  


For recipes calling for buttermilk, select your favorite brand of plain almond or rice milk. It is best to select a product with few ingredients to alter the final taste. Lemon juice or vinegar may be utilized with either almond, rice or soy milk for a vegan substitute for buttermilk; however, remember that females should be cautioned against soy milk. The proper ratio is 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice combined with 1 cup of a vegan milk product.




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  1. Akanksha
    I would like to add coconut milk as milk substitue..adds taste to pasta and shakes!
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks Akanksha! Coconut milk would be a delicious substitute in shakes or any sweet dish. Maybe I can encourage you to post a pasta recipe or two for us, especially one utilizing a non-red sauce.
      1. Akanksha
        yup..its absolutely chilli free..
    2. Jalenagraham
      I tried this for the first time a few months ago. Now, I think I'm addicted to coconut milk. It is soooooo good.
      1. Carolyn
        Thanks for the vote and comment!
  2. Sheila Ray
    Voted. Carolyn, thank you for pointing out the health risks of soy! And, Akansha is right, coconut milk (not the kind in the can with the evaporated and sweet condensed milk) is a great milk substitute. In addition to the soy health risks, there are even great health risks associated with shortening and margarine. Both contain trans fats, which are the worst offenders for heart disease. They should be avoided at all costs, whether you are vegan or not. Canola oil is a much better choice (although I'm hearing more and more about how process canola oil is and how much of it is genetically modified, but I have to research this more).
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks for the comment, vote and info!
  3. Jalenagraham
    great list of alternatives!
    1. Carolyn
  4. Roopam
    That's a great list put together. Thanks! #6
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks Roopam!
  5. Teresa
    Just voted.
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks Hawksnests!
  6. Charlotte
    Sounds great!
    1. Carolyn
      Thanks Charlotte!
  7. LibbyTreats
    I'd like to know if anyone has ever substituted ground flax seed for Xanthan Gum. I wish somewhere near me sold Xanthan Gum in bulk, because it is so expensive and the bag is so large.
    1. Carolyn
      Sorry I've never used Xanthan Gum, but maybe someone else will respond.
  8. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    sounds good. i always wanted to know how to do vegan scrambled eggs. avocado, nut and tofu sound good.
    1. Justnjoyable
      Yum that sounds good!
  9. Justnjoyable
    Carolyn, Can you advise me of a couple of a favorite recipe books? Thank you.


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