By Dana Shultz for Diets In Review
When I first meet people who are readers of my blog, one of the first things they ask me is, “So, are you vegan?”
And if you didn’t know me any better, this seems like a perfectly logical question being that most of the recipes on my blog – My Little Celebration – are, in fact, vegan. But the truth is, I don’t eat vegan. Not 100 percent of the time, or even 50 percent of the time. It’s a personal preference. But I do, however, bake almost exclusively vegan as I see it as a healthier way to enjoy the sweet, baked treats that I love.
There are many reasons I enjoy baking vegan as opposed to non-vegan. First of all, vegans can’t have butter. They may be able to have other substitutes like shortening or vegan butter. But generally speaking, removing butter from recipes usually eliminates hundreds if not thousands of calories, as well as tons of saturated fat, which to me is just gross.
Second of all, vegans can’t have eggs, which is great news because it gives me another excuse to experiment with ingredient alternatives, such as flax eggs – which boast healthy fats, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. You can make a flax egg by simply combining 1 Tablespoon of flaxseed meal with 2.5 Tablespoons of water, letting it rest for 5 minutes, and then whisking to achieve that “eggy” texture.
And third, most of the vegan recipes I find and develop are generally healthier than non-vegan recipes. It seems vegans have a healthier approach to food than most, and would see adding “two sticks of butter” and “three cups of sugar” to any recipe as an absolute atrocity.
Blame it on my mother’s healthy ways now ingrained in me, but I just can’t bring myself to bake this way. And if I did, I wouldn’t eat it myself and wouldn’t feel right about feeding it to others. I would literally imagine our respective waistlines expanding and arteries clogging with each passing bite. The thought of it gives me the shudders.
Now that you clearly know why I bake vegan, let me show you how I bake vegan. Below are a few of my favorite recipes from my blog. They are ones that have not only been loved by me, but also by my readers, and tend to be healthier than your average dessert.