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How to Make Aquafaba, Plus Delicious Recipes

Aquafaba is the new love of many in the vegan and egg-free communities -- and once you see why, you'll want to give it a try!

What is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba means "water bean," and it is literally bean water -- the water you usually dump down the drain when you strain cans of chickpeas or other beans. But stop! Save the water, because it is an excellent vegan substitute for eggs and egg whites in recipes for all kinds of baked goods, meringues, and ice cream.

Garbanzo Beans

Aquafaba is the water you drain off a can of garbanzo or other beans

How to Use Aquafaba

Goose Wohlt, a software engineer from Indiana, made the discovery that this magical water can replace eggs. His rule of thumb for egg substitutions is:

  • 1 tablespoon aquafaba = 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons aquafaba = 1 egg white
  • 3 tablespoons aquafaba = 1 whole egg

Nutritionally, 1 tablespoon of aquafaba has less than 5 calories, another reason it's a great substitute for eggs. Although it has less protein than egg whites, the combination of the starch and a small amount of protein in the water allows it to react similarly to whisks and beaters, producing a foamy and eventually creamy look and texture.

Cooking with Aquafaba

With all of that to gain, why not give it a try? Here are a few recipes and a video to get you started:

Meringues that are 100 percent vegan? Watch this video to see how the magic happens.


Lina and Jens' Delicious Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

Who says ice cream needs dairy? Lina and Jens bring us a creamy chocolate dessert with no dairy and no eggs. "I am never going to waste a drop of chickpea water again."

Lina and Jens' Delicious Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream. Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Vegan Apple Pie

Apple pie is topped with a meringue-like foam, using aquafaba as the base. Serve after your favorite vegetable-based meal!

 Vegan Rose Meringues

Rose water and aquafaba come together in this recipe creating a delightful cookie for tea time.

Restaurant-Style Hummus

Save the water from your canned beans next time you make hummus and use this super easy recipe.

We have more than 200 meringue recipes, including this top-rated recipe for peppermint meringue, which you can make using aquafaba instead of egg whites.

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Now get whisking!


About Alli Shircliff

Certified nutritionist, yoga instructor, judge on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Show on The CW, & lover of smoothies, cooking, hiking, pizza & walking. Follow me on Twitter @anopencookbook !