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patriotic cupcakesIn today’s culinary world, when you bite into a cupcake or cookie, you may be surprised to learn you’re eating a vegan dessert. Veganism is a plant-based lifestyle that excludes the consumption of all meat and dairy products.

So, you may be wondering how it’s possible to make dessert without common ingredients like eggs and butter. With Fourth of July coming up, we share some tasty vegan desserts to impress any crowd – see if your guests can taste the difference!

Popular Vegan Substitutes

The typical role of eggs in a dessert is to add moisture and bind all the ingredients together. Depending on the dessert, the following items may be used in place of eggs:

  • Applesauce
  • Chia seeds in water
  • Mashed banana
  • Silken tofu

Other ingredients you may find in place of things like butter and milk include:

  • Almond butter
  • Coconut flour
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut sugar
  • Maple syrup

Although your favorite sugary treats can be made without eggs or dairy, it’s important to follow a vegan baking recipe, rather than making your own substitutes in a traditional recipe.

Independence Day Desserts

Vegan desserts are often more wholesome than their traditional counterparts, so summer is the perfect time to experiment with healthier options! Try these festive ideas to celebrate Fourth of July.

  • Fruit Sorbet – replace raw honey with pure maple syrup
  • Fruit Tart – with homemade vegan pie crust
  • Vegan Brownies – top with vegan frosting and berries
  • Vegan Cheesecake – with homemade blueberry and strawberry sauce
  • Vegan Cupcakes – with colored vegan frosting
  • Vegan Ice Cream – top with blueberries and strawberries

To better serve our customers with varying dietary needs, our updated menu features a large selection of vegan options. This summer, stop by our Wallingford restaurant to give these new choices a try!