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13 Essential Vegan Baking Ingredients

Keep these ingredients on hand for creating easy vegan baked goods in a snap.

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Keep these ingredients on hand for creating easy vegan baked goods in a snap.

When it comes to vegan baking, what should you keep in your plant-based kitchen? We’re channeling our inner pastry chef here. You might be thinking about flour, organic cane sugar, cocoa powder, and plant oils. While that’s a great list to start with, there are a few more ingredients we like to keep on hand to set our treats apart from the rest. For tasty and easy vegan baked good inspiration, check out these must-have vegan baking ingredients.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips

These versatile morsels are a must-have vegan baking ingredient. Not only are they the perfect addition to vegan baked goods, but they also make great chocolate-dipped pretzels and fruit. While we have so many vegan chocolate chips in our baking cabinet, we have a few go-tos. Right now, we’re loving the Pascha Organic Vegan White Baking Chips and Just Date Organic Dark Chocolate Chips.

Just Date

Courtesy of Just Date

Baking Mixes

No need to reinvent the wheel here. We’re loving these simple baking mixes for delicious and easy vegan baked goods. You too can forgo measuring out flour, sugar, and other dry ingredients with these simple mixes. We’re grabbing an all-in-one mix and rolling with it—sometimes literally. Some of our favorites include Josie’s Best and GoNanas. Dessert is served!


Courtesy of GoNanas

Egg Replacer

ISO a tasty vegan egg replacer? You’re in luck! Applesauce, aquafaba, and flax or chia seed eggs are the best vegan baking ingredients for the job. Additionally, both The Neat Egg and Bob’s Red Mill make eggcellent baking alternatives. For more food puns, egg replacers, vegan omelets, and sunny-side-up eggs check out our list of vegan egg substitutes.

Neat Egg

Courtesy of The Neat Egg

Dairy-Free Whipped Cream

Did someone order a trifle? Whether you’re whipping up this layered dessert or creating another vegan treat using whipped cream, you’ve got plenty of options. Find tubs of dairy-free cream and aerosol cans of vegan whipped topping from a variety of brands. While it’s tough to play favorites here, we’re currently loving So Delicious Cocowhip along with Whipt plant-based whipped topping.

So Delicious

Courtesy of So Delicious

Fresh Dates

Sure, chopped, fresh dates taste great in energy balls and baked goods alike. But that’s not the only reason to keep them among your vegan baking ingredients. These wrinkly, nutrient-packed fruits can also be used to create whole-food sweeteners. That’s right, we’re talking about date paste. For a sustainable take on this well-known fruit, use Joolies Dates in your plant-based baking.


Courtesy of Joolies

Vegan Honey

POV: You found a tasty dessert recipe, but it calls for honey. Don’t panic! Add bee-free honey to your next grocery list. While traditional honey is considered an animal byproduct, and therefore not vegan, there are several plant-based alternatives to check out. Our fave vegan honey brands are Blend it Up and Kroger Simple Truth. Of note, agave, maple, and date syrups can also make great swaps.

vegan honey

Photo by Allie Mitchell

Jello and Pudding Mixes

From poke cakes to pudding cookies, some of those coveted hand-me-down recipes call for Jello and pudding mixes. Unfortunately, as you likely know, most mixes are not vegan as they contain gelatin and milk respectively. But don’t let that get you down! Brands like Simply Delish offer many tasty plant-based alternatives.

Simply Delish

Courtesy of Simply Delish

Vegan Frosting

As we said, we’re keeping things simple over here. This is why we’re using ready-made vegan frosting. This essential vegan baking ingredient is such a timesaver! Plus, it’s so fun to steal a taste or two. You can find us using Miss Jones Baking Co frosting varieties for all of our vegan frosting needs. Additionally, whipped canned coconut cream is another simple dairy-free swap.

Miss Jones Baking Co

Courtesy of Miss Jones Baking Co

Non-Dairy Milk

When it comes to easy vegan baked goods, non-dairy milk is a must. But where do we start with this vegan baking ingredient? There are so many to choose from! Higher protein milk options tend to aid in the integrity of baked goods. So, think Silk Soy Milk and Ripple Pea Milk. But as we’ve said before, the world is your vegan oyster. Go with your fave plant-based milk alternative!


Courtesy of Ripple

Dairy-Free Heavy Whipping Cream

Recipes for chocolate truffles and creamy mousse often call for heavy cream. Swap out that cream for a dairy-free heavy whipping cream alternative. We promise this vegan baking ingredient works well and tastes great. Look for Silk Dairy-Free Heavy Whipping Cream Alternative, Califia Farms Heavy Whip, Country Crock Plant Cream, and Trader Joe’s Vegan Heavy Whipping Cream Alternative. We promise you won’t regret it!


Photo by Toni Okamoto

Vegan Marshmallows

We’re obsessed with all things s’mores, hot cocoa, and rocky road. But you can’t recreate these iconic dessert flavors without marshmallows. Although traditional marshmallows contain gelatin and are not vegan, that doesn’t mean you have to go without! Both Dandies and Trader Joe’s offer vegan marshmallows, and we are here for it! Better yet, these brands offer a variety of flavors and sizes—we’re coming for you, Peppermint Dandies.


Courtesy of Dandies

Cruelty-Free Sprinkles

For a little extra sparkle and décor, your vegan baked goods need a sprinkling of color. Cue the plant-based sprinkles! While not all sprinkles are vegan, we’ve got our eyes on Color Kitchen, Let’s Do Organic, and Supernatural! From rainbow sprinkles and colorful sequins to decorative sugar, these brands will not disappoint. It’s time to give these vegan sprinkles a shake!


Courtesy of Supernatural

Flavor Enhancers

Looking to level up your plant-based baking? Vegan-friendly flavoring it is! Adding a little lemon extract or pure vanilla powder can be a memorable secret ingredient. Just be prepared to whip up these treats on repeat. Choose better-for-you flavorings from brands like Simply Organic and LorAnn. The latter also offers vegan food coloring to bring your culinary creations to a new level.


Courtesy of LorAnn

Anja Grommons

Anja Grommons


During her studies to become a registered dietitian, Anja—a longtime vegetarian—transitioned to a vegan diet. Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the time (Go Broncos!), she met Maggie and Tammie through VegOut Kalamazoo (one of VegOut’s first focus cities) and began collaborating with the duo. When she’s not writing about new vegan eats, practicing as a pediatric clinical dietitian, and virtually coaching fellow plant-based eaters, you can find her creating veg-centric recipes, trying new cruelty-free products, and spending time with her partner Addison and cat Kovu.

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