I thank all you vegans that have been vegan for years when it was a lot more difficult to find readily available substitutes. We have so much variety in supermarkets now (in the UK that is) that some may argue we don’t need vegan hacks anymore. On the flip side to that, there may be that time when you don’t have a substitute and that vegan brownie can’t wait. To counter that, what if you don’t want to use a supermarket substitute and can make do with what you have at home which has the potential to taste better and even cost less?
Whether you’re a beginner vegan or not, everyone needs vegan hacks up their sleeve and I have 12 for you all. They will change your life!
Vegan Hack 1 – Smoothies & Ice Cream
I always get to the end of the week with a couple of overly ripe bananas I don’t necessarily want to eat. So what do I do with them? I end up freezing and using them in smoothies. You can also blend these bananas and make a soft serve type of ice cream, add some cocao powder/ cocao nibs, peanut butter or even fruit. It’ll be one of the healthiest ice creams you’ll have!
Vegan Hack 2 – No cheese at home? Nutritional Yeast is all you need!
Nutritional yeast is delicious and if you’re ever missing cheese it adds a cheesy flavour to sauces, pasta and soup. I made a delicious Mac and ‘cheese’ with the main ingredients being cashews and nutritional yeast! Nutritional yeast is also packed with protein, fibre and B vitamins!
Vegan Hack 3 – Super Quick Breakfast
Soak some oats overnight in dairy free milk for some overnight oats. I always add some chia seeds, flax seeds, frozen berries too!
Vegan Hack 4 – Needs eggs for a cake recipe?
In most recipes when they claim you require eggs, you don’t! There are so many egg replacements, my personal favourite is with chia or flax seeds. The rule of the thumb is one part seeds to 3 parts water. As an example – 1 tbsp of flax seeds with 3 tbsp of water. You should refrigerate it for best results and it should turn into an egg like texture which can be used in so many recipes that require eggs. Oil is another egg substitute and works pretty well and even soda water, yes I did say soda water!!!
Vegan Hack 5 – Needs butter for that brownie?
There are so many delicious vegan butter spreads but if you don’t have any at home do you have an avocado? Hear me out.. Anyone that follows me on Instagram knows that I am a sucker for avocado and have it almost every day but no I’m not crazy. It’s proven it works and if you want a healthier option in a dessert why not try it? Using avocado in desserts is also creamier than butter and no you will not taste avocado in your sweet dessert. I find it works best in chocolate puddings.
Vegan Hack 6 – What does Firm Tofu even mean in that Recipe?
Majority of recipes that include tofu require the tofu to be firm which always used to baffle me. Here’s how to make sure that your tofu is firm – When you open a packet of tofu, drain the water and place it on a plate with a paper towel underneath. Then place another paper towel over the tofu and then add a pot/pan or an anything heavy for at least 15 minutes. There you have it, firm tofu!
Vegan Hack 7 – Favourite Sauces
I guess this isn’t so much a hack but you can get some delicious sauces that are vegan which can add an extra level of spice or flavour to your dish. My personal favourites are sriracha which I’ve used in a number of dishes when I’m making Chinese style dishes. I also love this garlic aioli veganaise in wraps.
Vegan Hack 8 – Heat your Milk
Do you find non dairy milk curdles in your hot drinks? Why not try heating the milk beforehand and it should help everything to mix together nice and smoothly.
Vegan Hack 9 – Silken Tofu
You can use silken tofu for SO many things! It is a magical ingredient that can be used for smoothies, mousses or even a creamy dip. Why not try make an instant dip with silken tofu and hebs?
Vegan Hack 10 – Chickpea tuna
Chickpeas are a staple in my diet and I have them almost every day! I generally have them in a chickpea curry but did you know you can make ‘tuna’ from chickpeas for that perfect tuna sweetcorn sandwich or even on a jacket potato?
Vegan Hack 11 – Dates..and no not the Tinder type!
I have an obsession with dates.. Like an actual obsession. If I don’t have dates at home, I’m miserable! I don’t know whether that’s because I lived in Dubai for a while or just because they taste amazing and they’re full of natural sweetness. I generally have them at 3pm during my coffee break but they can also be used as a sweet base for lots of raw goodies such as energy balls, brownies and cheesecake.
Vegan Hack 12 – Apps
There are some apps that every vegan needs to have, but my top one is the Happy Cow App. It does cost £3.99 but in my eyes it is well worth the money. You can search by vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free cuisine types and more, near you or nearby an address. It’s great when you travel so you can enjoy the best dishes available in a new city.
In Summary, that’s my top 12 vegan hacks for all types of vegans and I hope this has helped you. I consider myself as a ‘newbie vegan’ and these hacks really helped me! I use the term ‘newbie vegan’ lightly as what is considered as an ‘oldie’ vegan? Who knows! If you need any help transitioning to a vegan diet I have a full guide which you should check out. Comment below and let me know whether these hacks helped and whether you have any more.
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