Traditionally, gingerbread contains both butter and eggs, which obviously aren't vegan-friendly ingredients – but this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the delightful spiciness and warmth of gingerbread.
In this article, discover our delicious vegan gingerbread recipe featuring our famous Lyle’s Golden Syrup (which is also vegan-friendly!)
How to make vegan gingerbread
Whether you're a seasoned vegan baker or a newbie to the world of plant-based baking, you can create a tasty vegan version of gingerbread with just a few simple substitutions.
Not only is our gingerbread men recipe super simple and tasty, but it’s also easy to tweak and create a delicious vegan gingerbread recipe. The key to making a vegan version of this classic treat is to substitute vegan-friendly ingredients for butter and eggs.
Some substitutions may work better than others, depending on the recipe and your personal preferences – try out different substitutes to see which one you like best.
Vegan replacements for butter
Butter gives gingerbread its rich flavour and structure, but there are plenty of vegan-friendly alternatives that can be used instead, such as:
- Vegan butter or margarine
- Vegetable, coconut or olive oil
- Mashed banana
- Mashed avocado
- Organic vegetable shortening
- Nut butter (such as almond or cashew butter)
- Apple cider vinegar and bicarbonate of soda
Vegan replacement for eggs
Eggs play an important role in gingerbread by binding the ingredients together, but vegan alternatives are just as good! Check out these simple substitutions:
- Mashed banana
- Milled flaxseed (also known as flax meal)
- Apple sauce
- Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
- Vegan yoghurt
Vegan royal icing
Royal icing is the essential finishing touch that allows you to add personality and character to your gingerbread men.
To make the vegan version of this classic icing, firstly bake your vegan gingerbread and leave to cool completely, then simply replace the egg whites with aquafaba.
Combine the aquafaba and icing sugar until smooth, transfer the mixture to a piping bag and start decorating your gingerbread men.
Lyle’s Golden Syrup: the perfect vegan ingredient
Whether you're a vegan or not, Lyle's Golden Syrup is a versatile ingredient that can add a rich and satisfying sweetness to any dish.
Lyle’s Golden Syrup is a by-product of the sugar refinement process and doesn’t contain any animal products, making it an excellent choice for vegans and vegetarians alike.
Not only does it enhance the depth of buttery, caramelised, and sweet flavours in your vegan gingerbread, but its consistency also helps bind the ingredients of your gingerbread together.
Pick up some Lyle’s Golden Syrup before you start baking
Next time you're whipping up a vegan gingerbread recipe, don't forget to add Lyle's Golden Syrup for that perfect vegan-friendly touch. Your taste buds (and your vegan friends) will thank you!
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