It’s no secret that over the past few years, veganism has grown in popularity. Recent research has found that in the UK, over the last five years, the number of vegans has quadrupled.
Previously considered a strict dietary niche, many people are choosing to implement aspects of veganism into their daily lifestyle. This is a result of growing awareness of the ethical, environmental and health rewards of veganism.
In the past, you’d have been hard-pressed to find vegan options in your local bakery or restaurants. However, to meet the growing demand for vegan alternatives, bakers have innovated some seriously scrumptious vegan treats.
Despite this, there are still many misconceptions about vegan baking. Let us debunk some of the most common myths of vegan and plant-based baking.
One of the most common misconceptions about vegan baked goods is that they lack flavour. In the early endeavours of vegan baking, when skills and techniques were still evolving, it was assumed that the absence of animal-based ingredients such as butter, milk and eggs affected the flavour of the bakes.
However, vegan baking has come a long way since then and skilled bakers have harnessed the flavours of alternative ingredients to create delectable treats that are anything but bland.
Vegan bakers now use alternatives such as coconut milk, almond extract and dark chocolate to add a unique depth and richness to their plant-based bakes.
While there is a learning curve, once you get the hang of it, vegan baking is not as complex as it’s made out to be. Luckily, our team of expert bakers have mastered the art of vegan baking so you don’t have to.
It’s all about finding the right substitutes. For example, vegan butters, coconut milk or yoghurt, mashed bananas, apple sauce and nut butters.
Early attempts at vegan baking, which lacked the expertise and knowledge that bakers have today, led to less-than-optimal outcomes that often were dry and crumbly.
However, it’s high time we dispelled this myth! Clever techniques and alternative ingredients are now used to produce baked goods that are moist, bursting with flavour and undeniably satisfying.
While vegan baked goods’ initial appeal lies in their ability to offer delicious treats that cater to a range of dietary needs, vegan baked goods can also be savoured by everyone, irrespective of dietary restrictions or ethical considerations.
Vegan treats are not only for those adhering to a vegan lifestyle but for anyone seeking delicious dessert options. So, don’t be fooled by the vegan label, these baked goods are for anyone and everyone who appreciates great taste and exceptional quality.
This myth stems from the perception that vegan diets are inherently healthier. While it is true that veganism can encourage healthier food choices with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole foods in general, vegan baked goods can be just as indulgent as their non-vegan counterpart.
So, for all your customers who are looking to treat themselves, consider ordering some of our best vegan treats.