- Butter: Butter is fairly easy to substitute for. Coconut oil is one of our all time favorite substitutes for sweet treats. Olive oil or sesame oil also work well in less sweet recipes, and there is now vegan shortening available at many health food stores for recipes that call for shortening or margarine.
- Milk: Milk is probably the simplest recipe to substitute. Almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, and soy milk all work as substitutes to cow’s milk.
- Eggs: You might think that eggs are complicated to replace, but there are a few substitutes that work just as well. There is now something called a VeganEgg, which is probably the closest substitute as taste is concerned. You can also use one tablespoon of ground flax seeds mixed with three tablespoons of water to replace an egg. Mashed banana also works as a substitute, as does applesauce.
- Honey: Honey can easily be replaced with agave nectar, maple syrup, rice syrup, or coconut syrup to match the natural sweetness of honey and contribute to the browning effects in dishes.
- Cream: For cream, you want to use something thicker than just a non-dairy milk substitute. Coconut milk is probably one of the creamier substitutes, while cashew milk is a perfect match for sweetness and texture.
- Sugar: Coconut sugar is a lower glycemic substitute for sugar and helps your sweet treats to be a little more nutritious.
Your body will thank you for treating it kindly by making these few small substitutions, and your taste buds won’t be able to tell the differences! Don’t feel bad about indulging a little, especially when spending time with family and friends! Have a safe and happy holiday season!