Author: Andrea

Overripe Bananas – 10 Easy Recipe Ideas

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How To Make Aquafaba In A Few Easy Steps – And How 2 Store It

How To Make Aquafaba In A Few Easy Steps – And How 2 Store It

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Aquafaba is a versatile ingredient in the vegan kitchen. If you are wondering how to make aquafaba I want to share a few tips with you. I also included some tips on how to store aquafaba as it is a good idea to have some stored for when you need it.

It is often used to replace egg in recipes and you can make wonderful things such as mayo, waffles and butter with it besides using it in baking recipes such as meringue, cookies and cakes. It makes them extra fluffy and light and is a great addition for the vegan chef. If you haven’t tried it yet go for it!

How to make aquafaba

What is Aquafaba?

When you open up a can of chickpeas they are in a liquid that is called aquafaba. The term refers to the viscous water in which legume, such as chickpeas, have been cooked or stored in.

It is very similarly used as egg whites in cooking so opens up a world of recipes to people who can’t have or avoid eggs for a variety of reasons. It grew in popularity recently as aquafaba, similarly to beaten eggs, forms stiff peaks and makes a great replacement for making meringues for vegans.

However, if you cook your chickpeas in the slow cooker or similar devices you may not have come across any aquafaba in your cooking. If you want to try and use aquafaba and prefer dried chickpeas over the canned variety you may want to consider cooking your chickpeas in a normal pot. Yes, it may take longer than in an instant pot and takes a bit more work than cooking chickpeas in a slow cooker but it is worth it! Let’s learn how to make aquafaba at home!

How To Make Aquafaba

I like using dried chickpeas in my cooking and often get them from our local Zero Waste store. I used to make my chickpea curry in the slow cooker but switched back to making it in a normal pot on my stove. I soak the chickpeas overnight and then change the water for cooking. With the new water, I cook the chickpeas for about one hour. All foam that rises to the top during the cooking process has to carefully be skimmed off.

Once the chickpeas are cooked, use a colander over another post to save the water the chickpeas have been cooked in. Leave to stand to cool down. You will notice how it thickens up.

Use the chickpeas as you normally would in your recipe.

How To Store Aquafaba

The last time I made aquafaba this way I had a lot of it. I made some vegan butter with it and we had breakfast waffles the next day which used aquafaba. But we still had plenty. You can store it in the fridge for a few days but since I knew I would not be baking during the week I needed to store it longer term.

How to store aquafaba
Making vegan butter

So I found some ice cube trays and filled them up with the aquafaba. That has the advantage that you can defrost them individually as your recipe requires.

Once they were frozen I transfered them to a container so it is easier to store them and I could make another batch of frozen aquafaba cubes for all my baking over the next few months.

Have you tried how to make aquafaba in the past? What were the best recipes you used it in? Feel free to share some ideas in the comments. I’d love to try new recipes. I have lots of frozen aquafaba at the moment so happy to explore new ideas and recipes. If you have any other questions pop them in the comments section as well!

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How To Become A Freelance Translator – 5 Actionable Steps To Secure Your First Remote Job

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Classic Vegan Paella Recipe – Delicious and Filling Meal For A Family

Classic Vegan Paella Recipe – Delicious and Filling Meal For A Family

Easy recipe for delicious vegan paella like in Spain. All you need is a cast iron pan and a few ingredients. Add veg acoording to your own taste and make it your own family paella!

Best Vegan Waffles – 2 Easy Recipes

Best Vegan Waffles – 2 Easy Recipes

My normal breakfast routine consists of homemade granola with oat milk. However, at weekends or for those special days I love making waffles. First I found it a bit intimidating to make vegan waffles but after a few tries, I have now two go-to vegan waffles recipes. I’ll share these with you in this article.

You may wonder why two recipes? One has aquafaba in it which replaces the eggs but in case you may not have aquafaba ready I have also included a recipe without aquafaba. Both produce waffles that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I find that the one with aquafaba crispens up a bit faster. But that partly also depends on the waffle iron you use.

Best vegan waffles recipe

Both recipes are quite easy to prepare but if I have aquafaba from cooking with chickpeas I prefer the one with aquafaba. Both result in delicious waffles though so don’t worry if you don’t have any aquafaba at the moment.

How To Make Vegan Waffles

Preparing your vegan waffles mixture is really easy. First assable all your ingredients. I like everything ready to mix rather than looking for items while I prepare the mixture.

It only takes about 5 minutes to prepare the waffle batter. Weigh out your ingredients and mix according to the recipe. For the recipe with aquafaba there is some beating involved to get the aquafaba to a light and fluffy consistency like beaten eggs.

Mix the batter so that there are no lumps in it. That will ensure that your waffles are deliciously soft on the inside. However, I found that it is ok if there are some smaller lumps inside so just ensure all the bigger lumps of flour, if there are any, are broken up.

You may find that the waffles take less time, or maybe more in your particular waffle machine that you use. Please check the manufacturer’s instructions how long you need to cook the waffles. Also some waffle irons require oil before use and some don’t. So please read the instructions of your waffle maker before making these waffles.

Vegan Waffles Toppings

Here you can get creative! I usually stick to some fruit and maple syrup. My favourites are blueberries or strawberries with the maple syrup. However, bananas are also absolutely delicious. Experiement with a few different toppings to find the perfect one for your and your family.

Vegan Waffles Recipe Without Aquafaba

Yield: 4 Servings

Vegan Waffles

Vegan Waffles

Delicious waffles which are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Lovely treat for a lazy weekend breakfast.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

For Serving

  • 1 banana
  • blueberries
  • mape syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the waffle machine (check manufacturer's instructions).
  2. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the baking powder, salt and sugar. Then add the oat milk or other non-dairy milk, coconut oil and vanilla and whisk with a wooden spoon until you remove any lumps. The batter will be quite thin.
  3. When your waffle maker is preheated, pour out the batter (use as much as recommended according to the waffle maker manufacturer instructions) and close the machine.
  4. Cook according to the manufacturer's instructions. I like mine crsipy and that takes about 7-8 minutes with my waffle machine.
  5. Serve with the toppings of your choice, e.g. fresh fruit and maple syrup.

Notes

  • Depending on the size of your waffle machine you may be able to make more or fewer waffles with this recipe.
  • Follow the waffle machines manufacturer instructions in terms of how much batter to use per waffle.
  • Check your manufacturer instructions about whether or not to use non-stick spray as some machines require it and some don’t.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 411mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g

Vegan Waffles Recipe With Aquafaba

The easiest way to get aquafaba is from canned chickpeas. If you have aquafaba but don’t want to make the waffles immediately you can freeze it in small icecube portions in your freezer until you need it. Just defrost before use so you can measure out the required amount.

Usually, I get my aquafaba these days from making chickpea curry. I soak the chickpeas the day before and when cooking them make sure I add enough water. The water will reduce during cooking and you end up with aquafaba. I then freeze the aquafaba if I don’t use it immediately. My other go-to recipe besides these waffles is making vegan butter with the aquafaba. It is a fairly easy and quick process so if you never tried it before check out the recipe on my blog.

Yield: 4 servings

Best Vegan Waffles

Best Vegan Waffles

Traditional waffle recipe but the eggs have been replaced by aquafaba. Makes 4 waffles that are deliciously crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 415ml oat milk
  • 6 tbsp aquafaba
  • 120ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle maker according to the instructions of the manufacturer.
  2. Beat aquafaba in a large bowl with a hand mixer until fluffy. Beat in flour, oat milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.
  3. If your manufacturer's instructions require it spray the preheated waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour mix onto the hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot.


Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 544Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 638mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate. Based on one waffle.

Have you tried making these vegan waffles? How did you like them? What are your favourite toppings? Share it in the comments. Also please ask if you have questions. Happy to answer them.

Waffle maker and vegan waffles

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Transitioning A Family To A Plant-Based Diet – 6 Actionable Top Tips

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The Best Plant-Based Recipes For Beginners – 12 Easy Recipes

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Best Sourdough Discard Recipes – 3 Easy Recipes

Best Sourdough Discard Recipes – 3 Easy Recipes

Personally, I follow the no discard routine. I only feed my sourdough starter before baking a new loaf to ensure I have an active starter. This works well for me but I know there are some people out there you like to keep their sourdough starter fresh and may be looking for the best sourdough discard recipes. I wanted to share here a few of my favourite recipes for sourdough discard.

Sourdough Discard

When you have a sourdough starter some people recommend to feed it regularly. If you don’t regularly bake you will produce discard as you cannot grow your starter continuously.

Now, personally, I don’t follow this as a sourdough starter can be kept ‘dormant’ in the fridge and just fed when you want to bake. For me, that routine suits me much better as I am trying to slow down my life and rid myself of unnecessary routines – like feeding a starter and keeping it in perfect condition to bake when I don’t actually want to bake.

I usually bake sourdough once a week, slice it and freeze it for when I need it. This way it is always fresh. However, I’ve gone stretched of two to four weeks without baking when I was travelling for example and my sourdough starter is just fine. It may develop some liquid on top which is completely normal and absolutely no problem. You may skim it off or just stir your starter. Just feed it before you bake next time and the starter will become active again.

Now as I don’t produce discard myself if I know that I want to make one of the below recipes I just take out some additional starter when I bake bread. This way I ensure I have no waste and it is easy enough to manage. But for everyone who prefers feeding their starter I’ve collected the best sourdough discard recipes below.

Best Sourdough Discard Recipes

Here is a collection of the best recipes I found to use sourdough starter/discard. I will add more when I try more but the below are tried and tested and firm favourites in our household.

Pizza Dough

Instead of making my pizza dough with yeast I sometimes use my sourdough starter. It is an easy process and you will need about 200 g of your sourdough discard or starter. Pizza is one of our go-to meals if we feel lazy but making your own sourdough base is just so satisfying. Try it and if you have kids let them help. The process is easy and adding your own toppings later is so much fun!

Best sourdough dicsard recipes

English Breakfast Muffins

My usual breakfast is granola with oat milk but for the weekends or if I fancy something a little more special I have English breakfast muffins in the freezer. I prepare them at the weekend and freeze them on the day. That way they are fresh when I defrost them and make a great treat. You will need half a cup or 120 g of sourdough discard for this recipe. It is a bit more time-intensive but since I freeze them and only have them on special occasions they last a few weeks.

sourdough discard breakfast muffins recipe

Sourdough Crackers

These crackers are amazing and you can add other flavourings if you like. My favourite ones are simple and just have salt on them.

I like to make them at the weekend and they last well in a glass jar. I have kept them for a month before with no issues. They make a great snack and I love taking them on hiking or cycling trips. They taste amazing with some fresh hummus but usually we just eat them straight from the jar.

You will need a cup of sourdough discard (about 240 g) and they are surprisingly simple to make. I like taking a pizza cutter to cut the crackers.

Sourdough discard crackers

These are my current go-to recipes to make from sourdough starter besides my sourdough bread. If you have additional recipes that you love share them in the comments. I’d love to try some new recipes and use my starter in even more recipes.

On my list, I have quite a few recipes that I will try in the near future. I want to make cookies with sourdough discard, I can imagine it would be great making pancakes with it as well. I really want to try to use sourdough starter in my waffles. They have become a staple in our household recently for a lovely weekend breakfast. Keep your eyes peeled on this blog post as I plan on expanding the list of best sourdough discard recipes very soon!

Have you tried any of my best sourdough discard recipes? Comment below and let me know how you liked them! If you made variations I’d also love to know and try them soon. 🙂

If you enjoyed the recipe and want to find more head over to my recipe section and join my Facebook Group which focuses on homemade vegan recipes that are affordable and healthy.

How To Slow Down Your Life – 5 Tips For A Happy Life

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You may be reading this blog and think: yes, I want to slow down my life but how? There are so many commitments. The To-Do list does not seem to get any shorter. You may even have noticed that you start things but don’t finish