vegan baking substitutes

A Comprehensive Guide to Vegan Baking Substitutes

Do you find yourself baking a cake only to realize that half of the ingredients aren’t vegan or you don’t have them in your pantry? How frustrating!

I know what it’s like because I encounter this all the time. I always need to google vegan baking substitutes for what I’m making. And then I lose track of the recipe I’m making and it just doesn’t end well.

This post will guide you through common ingredients in baking that aren’t vegan and how to substitute them correctly.

Common vegan baking substitutes

Let’s go through some ingredients and what we can use instead. This can help you whether you’re vegan, you have a dairy or egg allregy, or you simply don’t have the ingredients on hand.


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Another vegan butter replacement is coconut oil. Now, not just any coconut oil will work.

The best kind to use is refined coconut oil. This type has no coconutty flavor so it won’t alter the taste of your baked goods.

I buy the Nutiva brand of coconut oil and I love it. I keep buying it since I bake a lot and use it in many recipes.


This is a big one. Almost every recipe requires eggs. So what vegan baking substitute for eggs can we use? Is it even possible to substitute eggs?

Of course! I’ve been baking as a vegan for more than 3 years now and it’s always worked.

For egg replacements, there are several options:

  1. Commonly referred to as a flax egg, this requires 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds along with 3 tablespoons of water. Mix it together in a cup and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Voila, you have a flax egg!
  2. 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water. Mix it together in a cup and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  3. For some recipes, you can replace an egg with a ripe banana. This usually works for cakes that you don’t mind having a banana flavor in them, such as chocolate or vanilla cake.
  4. 1/4 cup unsweetened applesace is another effective egg replacer. It’s best to use unsweetened since you don’t want to add more sweetener to your already sweet recipe. If you only have sweetened applesauce, simply reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe.

When I bake, I usually use flaxseeds or chia seeds as egg replacers. In my popular recipe for mint chocolate chip cookies, you can see that I recommend a flax egg.

I know they sell egg replacers such as from Bob’s Red Mill. However, I never liked the taste that it added to the recipe so I don’t recommend using them. However, if you like it, continue using it.

Every vegan finds their favorite egg replacer and usually sticks to it.

vegan baking substitutes


Sometimes you will find recipes that ask for yogurt. You can easily replace this with vegan yogurt. However, you may not always have this in your fridge.

I found a great alternative instead of using any kind of yogurt. I use tofu.

Yes, you read correctly. Tofu can be used instead of yogurt!

As a vegan, you will most likely have tofu stocked up in your fridge at all times. Therefore, this is great if you’re looking for vegan baking substitutes, specifically for yogurt.

When I made a double layer cherry cake for my princess, Haylee’s first birthday, I used non-dairy yogurt and it came out splendid! My guests asked me for the recipe, people took home slices of cake for their families, it was a total hit!


If a recipe requires milk, you can simply substitute this with your favorite non-dairy milk. I only like soy milk so this is my go-to.

Other non-dairy milk options include almond, oat, coconut, rice, and cashew. They should all work as a milk substitute for vegan baking.


Many recipes call for buttermilk which is an easy one to substitute as vegan. You swap out the buttermilk for the same amount of vegan milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar.

Stir it in a bowl and let it sit for about 10 minutes. You’ll notice the milk changing its form because the acid in the lemon juice/vinegar is reacting with the vegan milk.

That’s your vegan buttermilk.

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To wrap up

The next time you bake a cake or batch of cookies, refer to this helpful list of vegan baking substitutes. No more searching online for each ingredient and a replacement!

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Do you have other vegan baking substitutes that aren’t on this list? Comment below and I will gladly incorporate it in my baking!

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  1. This is super helpful! I know a few substitutions, but they don’t always go with the recipe I am making so this opens up a whole new world of options for me! Thanks for sharing this guide to vegan baking substitutes!

    1. I’m so happy this can help you! I know what it’s like to be uncertain if the substitute would go with your recipe. Next time you’re unsure, check out this guide! I’ve been using these substitutes for almost 4 years now.

  2. Wow, these are great!
    I’ve substituted applesauce for eggs and coconut oil for butter, but I had no idea that flax seed or tofu could also be used like this. I had never even thought of yogurt alternatives.
    I’m glad to know if these now in case I need to bake something vegan.

    1. Go try them out Rachel and let me know how it came out in your baking! Applesauce is a great egg alternative too, I’ve used it a couple of times.

  3. Love this! I like to include notes on my recipes to make them gluten-free or vegan, so this gave me a bunch of new substitutions to include! Thank you for sharing!