The Surprise Ingredient in the Most Amazing Vegan Pastries is Hiding in Your Kitchen

The Surprise Ingredient in the Most Amazing Vegan Pastries is Hiding in Your Kitchen

Who knew a can of chickpeas could make us look at dessert in a whole new way?

By Marcy de Luna

If you don't know about aquafaba yet, allow us to make the introduction. Otherwise known as chickpea water, aquafaba ("water bean" in Latin) is one of the hottest new food trends, thanks to its magical ability to act as an egg substitute in baking. According to the New York Times, a vegan home cook and software engineer helped kicked off the craze when he whipped up the water from a can of chickpeas into a foam and added sugar, then made meringues out of it. He posted the results to a Facebook group called "What Fat Vegans Eat," and since then aquafaba has caught on like crazy. Pinterest pinners are showing their love for the vegan-friendly ingredient with a 160% spike in aquafaba pinning since January of this year; fans are posting aquafaba recipes for everything from butter to macarons to cinnamon rolls, and more. Here are six of the top recipes to test-drive this weekend

Vegan Chocolate Chip and PB Mousse Made with Chickpea Water

This ceamy confection blends vanilla extract, chickpea water and peanut butter, plus a healthy dose of dark chocolate and icing sugar, for a dessert you'll definitely want to add to your dinner-party arsenal.

Aquafaba French Toast

Yes, you can make excellent French toast with aquafaba too. It's the hottest thing since... never mind

Vegan Aquafaba Butter

Everything tastes better with butter, and there’s no easier way to make your own vegan version than via this recipe, which calls just for cold-pressed oil and aquafaba.

1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls with Aquafaba

These melty, gooey little pieces of heaven, topped with with cashew cream frosting, are guaranteed to make your kitchen smell better than those fragrant pastries wafting out of that cinnamon-bun chain at the mall. 

Raspberry Lemon Meringue Mini Pies

We’ll go for a freshly baked pie any chance we can get — especially when it’s super easy to make. Try this one and you won't believe it's vegan.

Raspberry Rose Vegan Macarons

Sweeten things up with a macaron (or two) in gorgeous raspberry-rose. These decadent Parisian-style confections look too perfect to be homemade, but if you've got the time, you can pull them off in your own kitchen. They'll take you just over three hours, but they're more than worth it.  

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