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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.

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So, how do you even eat this stuff?

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

Mary's Test Kitchen / youtube.com

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Then whip it up!

Mary's Test Kitchen / youtube.com

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 / youtube.com

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

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

1. Chocolate Mousse

The Flexitarian / theflexitarian.co.uk

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

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2. Butter

Plante Pusherne / plantepusherne.dk

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

3. Mayonnaise

Oh She Glows / ohsheglows.com

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.

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4. Pizza Crust

The Plant Strong Vegan / theplantstrongvegan.com

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

5. Pierogis

Potluck at Oh My Veggies / potluck.ohmyveggies.com

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

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6. Whole Wheat Bread

FatFree Vegan Kitchen / blog.fatfreevegan.com

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

7. Tempura Vegetables

Lazy Cat Kitchen / lazycatkitchen.com

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

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8. Peanut Butter Brownies

Joy Food Sunshine / joyfoodsunshine.com

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

9. Cauliflower "Bread" Buns

Kirbie's Cravings / kirbiecravings.com

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

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10. S'mores Parfait

Mindful Avocado / mindfulavocado.com

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

11. Pesto

House Vegan / housevegan.com

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.

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12. Lemon Meringue Pie

Lazy Cat Kichen / lazycatkitchen.com

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

13. Fluffy Chickpea Pancakes

Emilie Eats / emilieeats.com

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

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14. Hummus

Lazy Cat Kitchen / lazycatkitchen.com

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

15. Hushpuppies Muffins

Brand New Vegan / brandnewvegan.com

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

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16. Mozzarella Cheese

Avocado and Ales / avocadosandales.com

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

17. French Toast

Vegan Mother Hubbard / veganmotherhubbard.net

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

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18. Crepes

Vegan Daughter Paleo Son / foodhighs.com

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 / atravellingcook.com

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

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20. Chocolate Cake

The Plant Strong Vegan / theplantstrongvegan.com

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 / alittleinsanity.com

Get the recipe from A Little Insanity.

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22. Veggie Fried Rice

Cooking Classy / cookingclassy.com

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

23. Rainbow meringues

Nerdy Mamma / nerdymamma.com

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!

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