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23 Amazing Foods You Can Make With Aquafaba (The Liquid Inside Cans Of Beans)

Here's what you need to know about the ~magical~ ingredient that's popping up everywhere and how to make vegan and dairy-free recipes with it.

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First things first: What even *is* aquafaba?

It's a fancy word for the liquid inside a can of chickpeas. Turns out that the stuff that you might normally just throw away is a ~magic juice~ of sorts: It acts as a binding/thickening agent, is a vegan-friendly egg substitute, and lends itself perfectly to everything from breakfast staples, to condiments, to whipped desserts — along with almost any other recipe where you might want to go egg-less.

So, how do you even eat this stuff?


Working it into recipes is super simple. First, just drain chickpea liquid into a bowl.

Mary's Test Kitchen /

Then whip it up!

Mary's Test Kitchen /

You can also blend the liquid in a high-speed blender or a handheld blender.

It will eventually become light and fluffy, like this:

Mary's Test Kitchen /

It's the same consistency of regular whipped cream and the taste is very, very mild.

So now that you know how easy it is to make, let's dive in to some recipes!

1. Chocolate Mousse

The Flexitarian /

It only takes four ingredients to make this smooth and creamy chocolate mousse. Get the recipe from The Flexitarian.

2. Butter

Plante Pusherne /

Make your very own dairy-free butter at home with this recipe from Plante Pusherne.

3. Mayonnaise

Oh She Glows /

You’ll need chickpea brine, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, brown rice syrup, and a few spices, and boom! Instant egg-less mayo. Get the recipe from Oh She Glows, or take a gander at the New York Times' recipe featuring sunflower oil here.

4. Pizza Crust

The Plant Strong Vegan /

This particular recipe from Plant Strong Vegan is gluten-free and vegan, too.

5. Pierogis

Potluck at Oh My Veggies /

All it really takes is bean brine, water, flour, olive oil and salt to make this pierogi recipe from Oh My Veggies.

6. Whole Wheat Bread

FatFree Vegan Kitchen /

Perfectly light and fluffy. Get the recipe at FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

7. Tempura Vegetables

Lazy Cat Kitchen /

Finally, veggie tempura without eggs! Get the recipe at Lazy Cat Kitchen.

8. Peanut Butter Brownies

Joy Food Sunshine /

Absolutely drool-worthy. Get the recipe from Joy Food Sunshine.

9. Cauliflower "Bread" Buns

Kirbie's Cravings /

This version from Kirbie's Cravings is low-carb and gluten-free.

10. S'mores Parfait

Mindful Avocado /

The perfect vegan dessert if you love chocolate + marshmallows. Get the recipe from Mindful Avocado.

11. Pesto

House Vegan /

Use this recipe from House Vegan as a base, then try mixing up all different kinds of pestos. You can experiment with walnuts, spinach, hemp seeds, kale, sun-dried tomatoes and pretty much anything you'd find in your kitchen already.

12. Lemon Meringue Pie

Lazy Cat Kichen /

Make one a large pie or smaller individual versions with this recipe from Lazy Cat Kitchen.

13. Fluffy Chickpea Pancakes

Emilie Eats /

If you're a fan of savory breakfasts, these are for you. Get the recipe from Emile Eats.

14. Hummus

Lazy Cat Kitchen /

Well, this one shouldn't be a surprise. Get the recipe from Lazy Cat Kitchen.

15. Hushpuppies Muffins

Brand New Vegan /

Make 'em spicy or not so much. Get the recipe at Brand New Vegan.

16. Mozzarella Cheese

Avocado and Ales /

A dairy-free mozz that actually melts! Get the recipe from Avocados and Ales.

17. French Toast

Vegan Mother Hubbard /

Make French toast sans eggs with this recipe from Vegan Mother Hubbard.

18. Crepes

Vegan Daughter Paleo Son /

What's better than rewarding yourself after a long day with a warm, sweet (or savory!) crepe? Nothing. Get the recipe at Vegan Daughter Paleo Son.

19. Potato Dumplings

A Traveling Cook /

Perfect egg-free potato dumplings that you can add to soup or eat on their own. Get the recipe at A Traveling Cook.

20. Chocolate Cake

The Plant Strong Vegan /

Yes, you can have your gluten-free cake and eat it too. Get the recipe at Plant Strong Vegan.

21. Gluten-Free Bread

A Little Insanity /

Get the recipe from A Little Insanity.

22. Veggie Fried Rice

Cooking Classy /

Swap the eggs for chickpea brine, and it will act as a binder in this recipe from Cooking Classy.

23. Rainbow meringues

Nerdy Mamma /

These tie-dye cookies look like something straight out of a candy cosmos. Get the recipe from Nerdy Mamma.

What's your favorite way to use aquafaba? Let us know in the comments!