Discover the wonders of aquafaba! Here are our top aquafaba recipes

aquafaba meringue

If you haven’t heard of aquafaba before, you’ll be astonished by what you can do with it. The chances are, you have some in the cupboard right now. In fact, you’ve probably chucked a lot of it away in your lifetime.

Aquafaba is growing in popularity as an egg substitute and for good reason; it is one of the cheapest and most accessible egg substitutes around – all you need is a can of chickpeas.

To make it, grab a can of chickpeas and drain the water into a bowl. Put the chickpeas to one side, and that’s it… the viscous watery substance in the bowl is called aquafaba (You can also gently cook beans in water for 3-4 hours and retain the water to get the same result). Some recipes recommend that you reduce the liquid to get a consistency more like egg whites.aquafaba

Aquafaba is the common name for the cooking liquid of beans and legumes like chickpeas. It has a unique mix of starches, proteins, and other soluble plant solids which have migrated from the beans to the water during the cooking process giving it a wide spectrum of emulsifying, foaming, binding, gelatinous and thickening properties.

Once you’ve sourced your bean water it’s use is as varied as it is surprising. It really is a breakthrough in dairy free/vegan cuisine.

Unlike other egg substitutes which can be dense and strong in flavour, aquafaba whips like meringue and hardly tastes of anything.

And without further ado, we would like to introduce all vegans (and lactose intolerants) to a world of butter, mayonnaise, cheese, meringue, cakes and much more

Scroll down for some of our favourite aquafaba recipes.

First, here’s a (fairly long-winded) video showing the whipping of aquafaba to give you an idea of how it should look when whipped.

Our 3 favourite aquafaba recipes

vegan meringue

Vegan meringue

If there is one thing you would never expect to be able to eat as a vegan it is meringue. This vegan meringue recipe is simple, cheap and tasty.

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homemade vegan cheese

You'll be amazed by how realistic this homemade vegan cheese is!

"But don't you miss cheese?" - this is the soundtrack to the lives of any vegan or person who suffers with a dairy allergy. Well, here's the answer! This homemade vegan cheese recipe includes some ingredients that you might not find in your cupboard but you can easily find these ingredients at any health food shop or large supermarket. Watch the video above to see Jay Astafa's version of vegan cheese, it's nice to see the process and there's certain crossovers with this recipe.

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Vegan chocolate mousse

Mouth watering vegan chocolate mousse

A delicious and airy chocolate mousse, with no egg, cream or gelatin in sight. Put the wonders of aquafaba to work in this chocolate mousse recipe that is guaranteed to fool anyone.

Tip: don't scrimp on the chocolate. The better quality the chocolate the better your mousse will taste.

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