Who has not tried meringues, right? Those tiny, fluffy sweets that literally melt in your mouth… Delicious! But not vegan. At least the original meringues are not, since they’re made with egg whites. But once again I’m here to prove you that there’s almost nothing that you couldn’t veganize! So, let me introduce you to my easy vegan meringue cookies made without cream of tartar!
The ingredient that in this recipe substitutes the egg whites is aquafaba, which is the liquid from cooked or canned chickpeas. You might think that this simply sounds wrong and that the liquid, that you usually throw away, cannot actually turn into delicious cookies. But it’s true! You simply need to try my easy vegan meringue cookies to see it for yourself! You might think that the meringues have some chickpea aftertaste. But I can reassure you that they don’t, if you follow step by step my recipe!
Useful tips on preparing the easy vegan meringue cookies
Even though the baking and afterwards the waiting time are quite long, the preparation process itself is very quick and easy. But how could it be any different, since these vegan meringues contain only 3 ingredients! You can always reduce the list of ingredients to only two. But if this is your first time in making meringues, I advise you to stick to my recipe for success! Basically, the ingredients are aquafaba, caster sugar and white wine vinegar. Even though the vinegar is the ingredient that you could eventually skip, it helps to obtain beautiful stiff peaks. In case you don’t have vinegar, you can also try to add lemon juice instead. Very often you’ll find vegan meringue recipes that require also cream of tartar. But I reassure you that by simply paying attention to some small details you can easily make beautiful vegan meringues without cream of tartar.
For this recipe I used aquafaba from canned chickpeas. Of course, it contains some salt, but once again – you don’t feel it, while eating the meringue cookies. If you want to avoid salt completely, make your own aquafaba by boiling soaked dry chickpeas and then reducing the liquid to the consistency that resembles raw egg whites. It takes some time, but in such a way you’ll skip the added salt. On the internet you can find many advices on how to make your own aquafaba. But anyway, I repeat – you can easily use the brine from canned chickpeas and the result will be equally delicious! Another thing that is important – all the utensils and the bowl, in which you’ll beat the aquafaba, must be completely clean. There cannot be any greasy residue, otherwise you won’t be able to whip it.
Ideas on how to use the leftover chickpeas
No matter if you make your own aquafaba or use the one in a can, there will be some leftover chickpeas. And I have several ideas how you can use them! To name a few: you can make delicious eggplant and sundried tomato burgers or some juicy savoy cabbage rolls. If you like creamy soups, you’ll definitely appreciate my potato and leek soup. Or, if you want something more snack-like, my colorful beetroot and spinach hummus rolls will be the right choice for you! No matter, what you’ll decide to prepare with chickpeas, the delicious and easy vegan meringue cookies will wait you for dessert! Sweet and fluffy – just like my fluffball Specky!
Now that you also have ideas on what to do with chickpeas, not just the brine, there’s no escape! You simply must prepare these meringues that are:
- easy to make
- silky smooth
- and simply yummy!
Let me know, if you try this recipe! Leave a comment or even more – make Specky happy! Snap a picture of your masterpiece and post it on Instagram or Facebook by tagging @bunnymommycooks. And feel free to let your animal family members join in the picture!