Aquafaba is the liquid from a can of chickpeas. Normally it would go straight down the sink, leaving you with only the chickpeas to play with. However, there is definitely some fun to be had from sticking to that liquid.
Aquafaba has revolutionized vegan cooking and baking by acting quite convincingly as protein. It turned out that when whipped, aquafaba foamed and eventually stiffened, much like egg whites, meaning that suddenly vegan meringues, mousses and other such mushy desserts were a possibility.
Here at OGP, there are plenty of delicious recipes for you to try that rely on the ancient aquafaba for fluff and fun.
1. Pavlova with coconut whipped cream
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This Pavlova With Coconut Whipped Cream from Sara Oliveira is a beautiful work of art. Perfectly crispy meringue and light whipped cream combine to form a classic and elegant dessert. Discs of meringue are sandwiched together with the cream and decorated with thick, fresh berries.
2. 3-Ingredient Cotton Candy Strawberry Ice Cream
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Don’t miss this 3-Ingredient Cotton Candy Strawberry Ice Cream from Philipp Ertl. With just aquafaba, powdered sugar and some strawberries you can have the lightest ice cream ever. The aquafaba gives the airy, cotton candy-like lightness to the ice cream. Enjoy it straight from the freezer.
3. Chocolate mousse with Aquafaba
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Try this light and heavenly Chocolate Mousse with Aquafaba from Maggie Wescott. It’s light and airy and oh so chocolatey – everything you could want in a mousse. The mousse is made with real chocolate chips and served with a huge dollop of coconut whipped cream. A few shavings of dark chocolate as a garnish wouldn’t go amiss either.
4. Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies
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These Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies from Amy Lyons are so much fun. Two peanut butter cookies are sandwiched together with homemade aquafaba marshmallow fluff. The light saltiness of the cookies and the sweetness of the fluff are the perfect partners in these extra special cookies.
5. Lemon tarts
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If you’re looking for an elegant dessert to serve to your guests, try these lemon tarts from Lena Novak. While healthier than traditional lemon tarts, these vegan tarts don’t lack any of the flavors. The crusts are made from ground almonds, sunflower seeds and quinoa, making them high in protein. The crusts are then filled with lemon custard and topped with a light meringue.
6. Baked Alaska S’mores
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These S’mores Baked Alaska from Hannah Kaminsky are super fun to make and their own little wonder. A scoop of chocolate ice cream sits on a firm graham cracker base. Then the ice is completely flooded with aquafaba meringue. This is then blasted with a kitchen burner or put in the grill until golden brown. Amazingly, the ice stays cool and calm beneath all that insulating meringue. Host an indoor s’mores party.
7. Healthy, Moist and Melting Chocolate Cake
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It’s the aquafaba that helps boost this healthy, moist, and melting chocolate cake from Julie Zimmer. This is as rich and chocolatey as any cake you could wish for and is sweetened mainly with ripe bananas and a little maple syrup.
8. Easy vegan tiramisu with panettone
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This Easy Vegan Tiramisu with Panettone from Angie Li is simply divine. Homemade vegan mascarpone cheese is layered between coffee-soaked vegan panettone. The dessert is then topped with cocoa nibs and dark chocolate chips. This is a great no-bake dessert that will impress friends. Serve cool.
9. French Yogurt Cake With Strawberries And Cream
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Try making this picturesque French yogurt cake with strawberries and cream from Julie Zimmer. The cake itself contains whipped aquafaba to make it light and moist. Serve a slice of this delicious cake on a summer’s day or make one as a birthday cake for a lucky friend.
10. Kamut Ravioli with Almond Ricotta & Spinach in Marinara
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This is to show that aquafaba is also useful in savory dishes. Try making this Kamut Ravioli with Almond Ricotta & Spinach in Lena Novak’s Marinara, and your dinner guests will be quite impressed. You make the ravioli dough from Kamut (Khorasan wheat) flour, an ancient grain and aquafaba. Fill your ravioli packets with homemade vegan ricotta and spinach and top with a rich marinara sauce. Quite an achievement, but well worth it.
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