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Creating vegan versions of traditionally non-vegan dishes or bake goods often takes some trial and error, particularly when it involves a binding agent. Eggs are one of the most common binding agents in recipes, but clever egg substitutes make vegan versions of eggy dishes possible.

However, there’s one bake good that’s been considered pretty much impossible to make vegan. Meringues consist of two simple ingredients – egg whites and sugar, but despite there being a lot of substitutes for whole eggs, egg whites are a tricky thing to mock. Or so we thought.

About a month ago someone by the name of Goose Wohlt posted something completely mind boggling in the Facebook group “What Fat Vegans Eat”; vegan meringues, made using one very unexpected ingredient. Are your ready for this? Chickpea brine. Yes, that slightly off smelling water that you normally drain down your sink from the can of chickpeas you’ve just cracked open to make a batch of hummus. Just like the rest of the internets, I had to try it to believe it. And hot damn, it’s crazy, but it really does work! (And yes, they taste just like egg white meringues!)

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VEGAN MERINGUES aka CHICKPEARINGUES

1 can chickpea brine (about 1/2 cup or 1 dl)
1/2 – 3/4 cup (1,5 dl) sugar
Food colouring, optional

METHOD
Preheat the oven to 100C / 212F. Whip the chickpea brine until frothy, then slowly start adding the sugar a tablespoon at a time while still whipping. Keep mixing until white peaks form and you are able to turn the bowl upside down without the batter falling out, just like with regular meringues. Dollop or pipe decorative blobs on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in the middle of the oven for 1 hour. Allow to cool completely before removing from the tray.

Enjoy!

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24 Comments

  1. No sure if my other comment went through because I refreshed my internet a little too early, so my question was: I’m obsessed with the copper cup/vase holding the straws, where did you get it?

  2. I don’t know how these work, or why, but they just do. I haven’t had meringues in 3 years and so I had high expectations when attempting this recipe. I can honestly say I wasn’t just happy with outcome, I was blown away. Even my non-vegan family members preferred these meringues to the egg ones. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. This is awesome!! Has anyone tried to use the meringue to make French Macaroons???

    Thanks for posting this!!!

  5. Hello just wondering would this work with coconut sugar or can you suggest an alternative to white sugar. Thanks

    • Hi, thanks for your comment. I’ve had that same thought actually so it’s on my list of projects to try alternatives to regular sugar. I’ll get back to you on that once I’ve done some experimenting. :)

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  7. I have tried you recipe. They looked great, but after letting them cool down they still where fluffy from the inside. I’ll let them burn for another 45 minutes and hope for the best :-). Would the batter be more stiff when I would add more sugar?

    • I’m happy to hear you tried my recipe! How big meringues did you make? The bigger they are, the longer they’ll need in the oven. Mine were about 2 inches (4-5cm) in diameter and were done at the time and temperature stated in my recipe. If you do bake them for longer, make sure you keep an eye on them because they quickly brown and burn! Adding more sugar will likely make your batter a bit thicker and stiffer. But make sure you are whipping the batter for long enough to assure it stiffens up as it should, using an electric mixer you should whip it on high speed for about 5-10 minutes. The batter should be so stiff that you can hold the mixing bowl upside down without it spilling out. Good luck!

  8. Ra Williams Reply

    Hi Tina – do you know if the Chickpea brine contains any toxins or nutrients that have come from the beans? or were I can find more information. I have been searching online but haven’t really found anything yet. Thanks in advance for your help.

  9. Ra Williams Reply

    Hi Tina – do you know if the Chickpea brine contains any toxins or nutrients that have come from the beans? or were I can find more information. I have been searching online but haven’t really found anything yet. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  11. Hi Tina, I just found you via this pin. I love meringues! I am in shock how easy this recipe is. There is no way I can’t try it. Thanks, looking forward to checking out your blog.

    • Tina Reply

      Hi Lynda!

      Glad you found your way to Banana Bloom. These vegan meringues are so simple and so much fun to make! I couldn’t believe it myself the first time I made them. Who’d have thought that chickpea brine could be so versatile? You can make all kinds of things with it. I have a recipe for ice cream using chickpea brine too. I hope you have fun with this recipe.

      xx Tina

  12. Emily Greenwood Reply

    These meringues look so good, but I’ve tried them twice now and they just disintegrate into little pools of liquid sugar! I beat the chickpea brine until nice a peaky, then added the sugar. They go into the oven looking just right, but disappointingly start to dissolve after about 10 mins. Then end up as nothing! I’m in the UK, so I don’t know if the chickpea brine is different here. Such a shame 🙁

    • Hi Emily!

      So sorry to hear they’re not working out for you. I’ve heard other people have the exact same issue as you, with the meringues floating out in to puddles in the oven. Unfortunately, I don’t know why this is. It seems to be very hit and miss. :/

      xx
      Tina

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