Anyone with access to a good health food store knows it’s not difficult to find vegan baked goods. From brownies to cheesecakes, cupcakes to Twinkies (yes, it’s true), it seems as though the movement to produce vegan baked goods has taken on a life of its own.
One of the great things about this evolution in vegan taste treats is that it’s easier than ever to find top quality alternatives to share with people who don’t yet know the many joys of being vegan (desserts included).
Of course, these items can be expensive and, in some areas, difficult to find. For some, it’s preferable to satisfy one’s sweet tooth with a treat made from more wholesome ingredients (such as organic oils, whole-grain flour and unrefined sweetener). As an added bonus, home-made vegan baked goods allow you to enjoy a healthy sweet treat, while not being concerned about the ecological implications of pre-packaged ‘convenience’ foods.
Many of your favorite recipes for non-vegan baked goods can easily be “veganized” using these simple techniques.*
* NB: “Veganizing” traditional recipes for cookies, muffins and brownies tends to work really well. Cake recipes, however, are a bit more sensitive to adjustments. I would not suggest trying to “veganize” a cake recipe unless you are already a confident baker and experienced with vegan baking techniques. There are, however, plenty of reliable vegan recipes available for cakes and cupcakes. Here’s one for chocolate cake that is fantastic.