Consuming delicious waffles every day without regret may be your dream come true. It’s now possible to prepare these delectable treats in a healthier way and with fewer calories. Vegan food may take extra effort in preparing meals. However, simple substitutes of these ingredients can still produce wonderful waffles. Folks who have health concerns like Celiac disease and lactose-intolerance, or if you just want a healthier way preparing waffles might find it difficult in eliminating the ingredients like baking powder, eggs, or milk.
Professional chefs in vegan restaurants developed ways to use substitutes to help people who follow specific diets or have health issues. Seed oils, vegetable oils, and soybean-related ingredients are factors that replace these ingredients while still giving healthy and delicious waffles. Here are the substitutes you can use instead of baking powder, eggs, and milk.
1. Baking Powder Substitutes
Baking powder is a chemical that combines to a certain powdered alkali with a powdered acid. Once it touches moisture from a dough or batter, a chemical reaction forms. This reaction will leaven cookies, cakes, and pancakes. Make these food items tender and fluffy instead of dry and dense pastries with the use of appropriate substitute ingredients.
Instead of adding baking powder to waffles, baking soda can be a good substitute. Its sodium bicarbonate element reacts with acids like buttermilk, yogurt, or vinegar. Add lemon to help baking soda react with the mixture.
2. Egg Substitutes
The egg is one of the primary baking ingredients for cookies, cakes, pancakes, and waffles. It acts like baking powder as a leavening power to hold the mixture together. However, some people cannot consume eggs because of health-related problems such as allergies. Certain individuals can’t eat eggs because of diet concerns.
Unsweetened apple sauce is the number one replacement for eggs. Use ¼ cup of unsweetened apple sauce as a substitute for one egg. If you only have sweetened applesauce, you can reduce the sugar used.
Banana is the second choice as an egg substitute for baking. Use ¼ cup mashed banana for a replacement to one egg. Remember, a mild banana flavor will still be apparent to any baking you do. Still, it may enhance the flavor thanks to the sweet scent of the fruit.
Flaxseeds are heart-healthy ingredients that vegans and chefs for vegan food use as a substitute for eggs. By mixing three tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds, the ingredient can replace one egg. Take precaution to the using flaxseeds in your recipes. It may contain rancid oils which can compromise your health. Check the label and rancidity of flaxseed oils first before using it for cooking.
Vegetable oil with water and baking powder can also replace eggs to your waffles and other pastries. SImply whisk two tablespoons of water, one teaspoon of corn or vegetable oil, and two teaspoons of baking powder.
3. Milk Substitutes
Aside from egg, milk is one of the primary ingredients to make chocolate bars, cakes, cookies, pancakes, and waffles. It adds moisture and combines dry ingredients to bring out the flavors.
The main substitute of milk is actually simple – it’s water. One cup of water is equivalent to a cup of milk in recipes. It might have a slight difference to the texture but it doesn’t mean it’s bad. Water adds a lighter texture to waffles as opposed to using milk. Use this ingredient to bring out crispy edges.
Oat milk is a dairy-free milk alternative that is a good substitute. It’s creamy and rich which makes the waffle have a similar texture to milk. The ratio is only 1:1 but some brands of oat milk may contain sugar. To avoid cooking an overly sweet waffle, use unsweetened oat milk or lessen the sugar used.
Soy milk is commonly used for people who are lactose-intolerant and those who don’t drink cow’s milk. A cup of soy milk is equivalent to one cup of cow’s milk. Use this ratio to bring out a nutty flavor to your dishes. To add sweetness and extra flavor, a dash of vanilla extract can enhance the waffles.
4. Almond milk
Recently, ground almond, almond flour, and almond milk are getting popular as substitutes for baking certain dishes. These ingredients have thicker properties than regular milk and come with two variants: unsweetened and sweetened. Similar to soy milk, some brands may contain vanilla extract and some don’t.
Some substitutes for milk may contain sweeteners and vanilla extracts. If this is the case, reduce the sugar content and don’t add vanilla extract to avoid overpowering the flavors of the waffles.
5. Combining Wet and Dry Ingredients
With a small change, mixing your ingredients can make a huge difference when it starts to bake. Once you choose the best substitute ingredients, it’s time to mix them properly. But how do you mix them? Read further to learn the basics of making waffles
6. Proper Measuring
Cooking is completely different from baking as it requires exact measurements by using grams, ml, cups, teaspoons, and tablespoons. If dry and wet ingredients aren’t properly measured, it may lead to a catastrophe and a waste of good ingredients.
Liquid ingredients are usually measured with a cup with a precise measuring line. Make sure to place the cup in a level surface and measure the contents with your eye level. For sticky contents, use a spatula to scrape everything off from the cup.
8. Dry Ingredients
Dry ingredients such as flour are commonly measured by a cup or a weighing scale for accurate measurements. For spoons, it’s recommended to use spoons with exact measurements. For one cup of flour, scoop the flour and level it off with a spatula or knife. For brown sugar, press it into the measuring cup with a spoon or fingers.
Mixing It All Together
The best way to combine these ingredients is to slowly incorporate the dry and wet ingredients together. It means letting a part of the dry ingredients combine with the mixture until the batter forms lumps. Repeat the process until a proper combination forms from the dry ingredients.
By understanding the importance of these essential ingredients, you’ll find it easy to replace certain elements of your waffle recipe. With the discussed tips and substitutes, making waffles with different ingredients can offer you a healthy and different-tasting dish.