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The 4 Best Vegan Butter Substitutes for Baking

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Vegan substitutes keep improving. Milk and eggs are easy to find vegan alternatives for. And it turns out that butter is fairly easy too. Think about what butter adds to a recipe, and that will lead you to the substitutions. It mainly adds 2 things: flavor and texture, both of which are mainly a result of its fat content. That’s why the best vegan butter substitutes are...

Do You Need to Boil Seitan? (Or Cook At All?)

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There’s a whole lot of confusion around seitan. It’s not a food that’s been popular until lately with the rise of plant-based meat alternatives. So let’s clear up a few common questions about it. Do You Need to Cook Seitan? The answer to this question stems from the fact that “seitan” only exists in a cooked form. If you ever buy seitan in the grocery store, it has always been cooked already...

Is Sweetex Vegan? (Sweetener and Shortening)

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I always thought that Sweetex was just a sweetener. It turns out that there’s also a Sweetex shortening used for baking – a very different product. I went ahead and looked at whether each Sweetex is vegan friendly or not, so just go to the section you’re interested in. Are Sweetex Tablets Vegan? Sweetex tablets are a virtually zero calorie artifical sweetener. It’s made of sodium...

Is Nature’s Path Cereal Vegan? [Updated List]

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Nature’s Path makes quite a few vegan products, even if it’s not a vegan company. Most of their products focus on “natural” and simple ingredients. Many of their cereals are vegan, but not all of them. I’ve compiled a list of all of them (over 40) to save you some time. Which Nature’s Path Cereal Flavors Are Vegan? One of the nice things about their cereals is that they use fair trade chocolate...

Are Nature’s Path Toaster Pastries (“Pop Tarts”) Vegan?

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Unfortunately, it seems that no flavors of Nature’s Path toaster pastries are vegan. While they sell some other products that happen to be vegan (like cereal), we’re out of luck here. I went through the ingredients of all the flavors, and it’s clear that none of them are vegan-friendly. Non-Vegan Ingredients in Nature’s Path Toaster Pastries There are 3 main potential issues...

Are Lay’s Vegan? (Updated List of Vegan Lays Flavors)

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A lot of chips turn out to be accidentally vegan. After looking through the ingredients for all Lay’s flavors, some of them are in fact vegan. I’ve summarized what I found to save you some time. Ingredients in Lay’s for Vegans to Look Out For Most non-vegan ingredients in Lay’s are milk ingredients and really obvious (e.g. milk, cheese, lactose, whey, etc.). But there are 2 ingredients that may...

Are Miss Vickie’s Chips Vegan? (All Main Flavors)

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Long story short – The Original Miss Vickie’s flavor is the only vegan flavor. Granted, I only looked at the 6 main flavors, and there are some less common varieties that you see from time to time that may or may not be vegan as well. If you’d like to know the non-vegan ingredients in the other flavors, read on. Original Miss Vickie’s Ingredients The original flavor of Miss...

Are Sunchips Vegan? (All Flavors)

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Most flavors of Sun Chips are clearly not vegan. The Original flavor of sun chips do seem to be vegan, but we can’t be 100% sure of it. Let me quickly explain why. Ingredients in Original Sunchips Here’s the full list of ingredients in the original flavor: Whole Corn, Sunflower Oil, Whole Wheat, Rice Flour, Whole Oat Flour, Sugar, Salt, Natural Flavor and Maltodextrin...

Is Pesto Sauce Vegan?

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Pesto sauce is almost never vegan. I must have looked at the ingredients of over 20 pesto sauces on popular online stores, and almost all were clearly not vegan. The most common issue is that most contain cheese. For example: Naturamica Large Italian Genovese Pesto Sauce – Cheese Jamie Oliver Green Pesto – Cheese Classico Traditional Basil Pesto Sauce – Cheese...

5 Vegan Recipes High in Leucine and Lysine

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Leucine is one of the BCAAs (branched chain amino acids), which are especially important for building muscle proteins. Lysine, on the other hand, is an amino acid that vegans often don’t get enough of. The good news is that most good vegan food sources of leucine are also good sources of lysine, so you can take care of 2 important amino acids at once. The foods you should mainly focus on...