Vegan meringues? Oh yes, sweet friend. It is shockingly easy to make gorgeous, pillowy vegan meringue cookies from the magical ingredient: aquafaba. They're plant-based, dairy-free, and totally divine. Read on to see the recipe!
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We’re so excited about the new Wicked Healthy Cookbook by Chad Sarno, Derek Sarno, and David Joachim. The Sarno brothers have long been making us drool over their creative concoctions. Their food philosophy is simple: shoot for 80% healthy and 20% wicked. The Wicked Healthy cookbook is inspired by ingredients and flavor, and shows you how to put plants on the center of your plate. They’re all about good food—no preaching or strict rules.
The Wicked Healthy Cookbook is a great one and we are thrilled to share a sneak peek. What’s inside? Gorgeous photography, must-have tips on entertaining, innovative cooking techniques (have you seen what they can do with mushrooms?!), and 129 unique wicked delicious recipes. They shared one here—these delightful vegan meringue cookies made from aquafaba—that we’re excited to share with World of Vegan readers. Buon appetito!
This recipe still blows our minds. You mean the leftover liquid from a can of beans (called aquafaba) can be used to make desserts?! Most people pour their bean liquid down the drain. But surprise—it has enough protein to whip up just like egg whites. Voilà—plant-based meringue! You can use this meringue as a base for everything from pancakes and pastries to meringue-topped pies and Almond Meringue Cookies.
Author: Chad Sarno, Derek Sarno, and David Joachim
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These tried-and-true vegan aquafaba meringue cookies have been featured on catering menus, in the Wicked Healthy cookbook, and make novice vegans feel like all-star chefs. They are easy to make using magical aquafaba (chickpea brine) and have a delicate almond vanilla flavor. Have fun with fruit powders to make the all sorts of jazzy colors!
Preheat the oven to 200ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Strain the chickpea liquid (aquafaba) into the bowl of an electric stand mixer. You should have about ½ cup. (Use the chickpeas for something else).
Add the cream of tartar to the bowl and fit the mixer with the whisk attachment. Whip on high speed until the mixture increases in volume and stiffens a bit, 4 to 6 minutes.
Reduce the speed to medium high and gradually add the sugar, a few tablespoons at a time. Blend about 4 minutes more, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. The meringue is done when it holds its shape as the whip attachment is lifted. You should also be able to hold the bowl upside down without the meringue falling out. Continue whipping until you can do that. Otherwise, the meringue will not hold its shape when cooked.
Once fully whipped, whip the almond extract and vanilla seeds into the meringue.
Spoon the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a round tip. Or use a zipper-lock bag and cut off a corner. If your parchment is curling up from the baking sheets, dollop a little meringue under each corner to secure it. Pipe cookies into pointy mounds about 1½ inches in diameter. They should look like big Hershey’s kisses. You need only about ½ inch space between cookies because they won’t expand much during baking. Sprinkle the ground almonds, if using, evenly over the cookies.
Bake until the cookies look dry and off-white in color, 2 hours. Rotate the pans halfway through the baking for even heating. Cool completely on the baking sheets. Store in well-sealed containers. Humidity and moisture will make the cookies sticky, so store them in a cool, dry cupboard.
PRO TIP: To make semi-fine sugar, grind it in a food processor or Vitamix for 10 to 15 seconds.Special Flavored Meringue Options:
RASPBERRY MERINGUE COOKIES:: When making the meringue, add ⅓ cup powdered freeze-dried raspberries (buzzed in a clean spice grinder) along with the sugar. Omit the vanilla and almonds, and substitute raspberry extract for the almond extract.
LEMON MERINGUE COOKIES: When making the meringue, add 2 tablespoons lemon peel powder (buzz the dried lemon peel in a clean spice grinder) along with the sugar. Omit the vanilla and almonds, and substitute lemon extract for the almond extract.
CANDY CANE MERINGUE COOKIES: When making the meringue, reduce the sugar by 2 tablespoons and add 3 to 4 tablespoons crushed candy canes along with the sugar while whipping. Omit the vanilla and almonds, and substitute 1 teaspoon peppermint extract or a few drops of food-grade peppermint essential oil for the almond extract.
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