Whether you’re pouring cereal, fixing coffee, or getting ready to bake, it’s handy to know some common substitutions for animal ingredients.
There are lots of tasty milk alternatives out there, and I encourage you to try different ones to get a taste for what you like. Vegan milks can even vary from brand to brand, so if you hate hemp milk the first time you try it, for example, don’t rule it out completely until you’ve tried a couple of different brands. You can even make your own nut or oat milks at home, if you’re so inclined!
For baking purposes, there are a couple of other milk substitutions that are handy to know:
Cheese is much trickier, and I don’t recommend vegan cheese for new vegans. If you’re having intense cheese cravings, sliced avocado can sometimes quell those cheesy desires. It’s got a similar creamy mouth feel and satisfying fat content.
If a recipe calls for butter, you have a couple of options. For general cooking, like frying or making mashed potatoes, you can substitute extra virgin olive oil or other veggie oil. In baking and for spreading, try coconut oil or a non-hydrogenated margarine like Earth Balance.
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