I was daunted by the idea of vegan meringue for a long time and now I don’t know why.
Honestly, making these was incredibly easy!
If you are new to the idea of aquafaba, let me tell you about it. A few years back some geniuses discovered that the water (brine) from a can of chickpeas acted pretty much exactly like egg whites when whipped.
Basically the proteins from the beans leaches out into the water and makes that water very similar to egg whites in how it behaves. So you can use that water for all sorts of egg-like things!
If you want to know more about the discovery of aquafaba there is a whole website about it, aquafaba.com.
I have actually used aquafaba before, very successfully, when I made my aquafaba peppermint chocolate mousse!
So goodness knows why I was daunted by the idea of vegan meringue, but somehow I just was!
But these came out so beautifully! So now you know I am definitely thinking about some vegan lemon meringue and vegan pavlova!
How to make vegan meringue
To make these you just take some of the water from a can of chickpeas, and place it in your electric mixer with some cream of tartar.
Cream of tartar really works for stabilization and it’s exactly like you would use if you were whipping egg whites (well at least I believe so, I never actually whipped egg whites. I only got into baking as a vegan -that’s my little confession out the way).
You start off slow to get it nice and foamy as you can see above.
Then you speed it up and as you can see things start to get very creamy and glossy! You add your sugar and vanilla slowly as it whips and let it go until you have nice and glossy stiff peaks.
Granulated sugar works best for this as it provides the structure for the meringues. I found some good troubleshooting tips for making vegan meringue that were very helpful from the Lazy Vegan Baker.
Pipe it out onto a parchment lined tray, as you can see I had a bit of trouble with my uniformity, some are quite a bit bigger than others!
Then you bake at 250°F (121°C) for 45 minutes and then you switch OFF the oven BUT don’t open it for another hour. This is really crucial. You leave the oven closed for an hour after it finishes baking, without opening it!
Now, I researched a lot of recipes and methods, and tried a few different things and this is what worked best for me.
Does it taste like proper meringue?
The end result is the most perfect meringues ever. Absolutely perfect! Really, the perfect texture and perfect taste.
Now this is the curious part – if you taste the meringue mix before it goes into the oven, you can taste the chickpea water, the chickpea flavor is there.
So you might be sceptical at this stage, but have faith because once baked, all traces of chickpea flavor vanishes.
All that you are left with is perfect sweet airy light crispy meringue.
How to store your meringues
Store them in an airtight container, and if it’s even vaguely hot or humid where you are, put them in the fridge.
We are currently having high humidity and within a very short time (like 15 minutes) these were starting to get sticky and wanting to collapse.
We put them in the fridge and they went back to perfect in seconds. So just beware of that. Hot and humid weather leads to sticky meringue collapse. So airtight container in the fridge and they will stay perfect for snacks anytime you want them.
This is why you’ll love these vegan meringues:
- They’re light
- Perfectly Sweet
- Easy and Fun
Want more gorgeous vegan desserts?
Check out these great options:
- Vegan Sugar Cookies
- Vegan Chocolate Sugar Cookies
- No-Bake Vegan Truffles
- No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Squares
- Chocolate Coconut Bars
So what do you think of these gorgeous vegan meringue cookies? Let us know in the comments and please also rate the recipe! Thanks so much!
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Light, airy and perfectly sweet vegan meringue cookies. Cute and fun and made with chickpea aquafaba resulting in totally perfect meringue!
- Place the chickpea liquid (aquafaba) and cream of tartar into the bowl of an electric mixer.
- Start at slow speed and whip until foamy.
- Then gradually increase speed until white and glossy and stiff peaks start to form.
- Add the sugar in slowly while whipping at fast speed.
- Add in the vanilla.
- Keep whipping until glossy stiff peaks form.
- Preheat your oven to 250°F (121°C).
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Pipe the meringue mix into cookie shapes onto the parchment lined tray. Alternatively you can spoon it out, but I found piping to be much easier.
- Place into the oven and bake for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, switch off the oven but DON’T OPEN IT (excuse the caps, but this part is very important). Leave the oven off, but don’t open it for one hour. Time it.
- After the meringues have baked for 45 minutes and then sat in the oven for a further 60 minutes without opening the oven, remove them from the oven.
- They should be airy crispy perfection! If the weather is at all hot or humid, put them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for the most long lasting results.
*This amount of chickpea liquid is roughly half of what you’ll get from 1 15oz (425g) can of chickpeas when drained. You can throw out the rest or use it for other egg replacement purposes or for another batch of vegan meringue.
*Recipe adapted from A Little Insanity.
- Category: Dessert, Gluten-Free
- Cuisine: Vegan
- Serving Size: 1 Meringue
- Calories: 6
- Sugar: 1.5g
- Sodium: 0g
- Fat: 0g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 1.5g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 0g