Check out our guide to aquafaba, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about tempeh, nutritional yeast and agar agar.

What is aquafaba?

The unsalted soaking water from tins of chickpeas is known as aquafaba. It is naturally high in protein and is often used as an egg white alternative in food and cocktails. It whips up into glossy stiff peaks with barely any flavour and can be made into meringues, soufflés and macarons, making it the perfect vegan substitute.

Where to buy aquafaba

Suma Organic Chickpeas, £2.38/400g, Ethical Superstore

Biona Organic Chickpeas, £1.19/400g, Amazon

Aquafaba recipes

Check out plenty more aquafaba recipe inspiration.

Vegan meringues

The brine from a tin of chickpeas (a.k.a. aquafaba) takes over from eggs in this delicate meringue recipe.

Vegan meringues on a surface and in a dessert

Vegan eton mess

Who'd have thought aquafaba (the liquid found in a tin of chickpeas) could make such glossy, chewy meringue? Pair it with coconut yogurt and lots of berries for a great vegan mess.

Vegan Eton Mess Recipe

Vegan Yorkshire puddings

It took two years to master this magic vegan Yorkshire puddings recipe. You'll need gram flour and aquafaba to make these golden beauties in all their glory. Ideal for a Sunday dinner side dish.

Vegan Yorkshire Puddings Recipe

Vegan blueberry meringue pie

Try this plant-based twist on the classic lemon meringue pie, which still delivers a zesty punch, balanced with flaky, buttery pastry, and a smooth, creamy aquafaba meringue topping. This showstopping dessert is ideal for entertaining.

A beautiful blueberry tart with a crown of scorched meringue on top of it


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