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11 Essential Vegan Baking Ingredients

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, vanilla extract, 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. For tasty, 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, they 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 Endangered Species Oat Milk Dark Chocolate Chips.

Baking Mixes

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

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 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.

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 whipped cream and aerosol cans of vegan whip from a variety of brands. While it’s tough to play favorites here, we’re currently loving So Delicious Cocowhip along with Whipt’s plant-based whipped topping.

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.

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 Blenditup and Single Origin Food Co. Of note, agave, maple, and date syrups can also make great swaps in a pinch.

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, Bakol, and European Baking Company offer many tasty plant-based alternatives.

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 Simple Mills and Miss Jones Baking Co. frosting varieties. Additionally, whipped canned coconut cream is another simple dairy-free swap. Don’t forget those vegan sprinkles!

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!

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, or Country Crock Plant Cream. We promise you won’t regret it!

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.

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.

Must-have products: Ezekiel Bread, Racconto Giardiniera, Pacifica Vegan Collagen Complex Serum, Elina Organics Botanical Cleanser

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