Many are oblivious to the fact that some of the most delicious condiments out there are vegan.
That means no animal products - no eggs, no milk - just vegetables or fruit and, in some cases, a touch of sugar or oil. Nothing else.
What about mayonnaise, tartar sauce or Hollandaise sauce? These favorites can also be transformed into luscious vegan sauces. In reality, the world of vegan condiments and sauces is ever expanding. Let's take a look:
HUMMUS: THE ULTIMATE VEGAN CONDIMENT
It's delicious, healthy and vegan: hummus is made from chickpeas but you can use any bean as a base. For a fun twist toss in colorful veggies like red peppers, peas or beats. Hummus is great served with fresh vegetables, pita bread or as a sandwich spread.
While some nut butter recipes call for honey, which isn't a vegan ingredient, but this can easily be swapped for sugar, agave or, better yet, coconut sugar.
Here's a quick tutorial on making cashew butter that you can use as a template for your favorite nut.
EVEN MUSTARD IS VEGAN FRIENDLY
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, mustard is vegan. Making this tangy condiment at home is fun and easy. You'll need 150g (3/4 cup) of mustard seeds (can be yellow, brown or mix of the two), 120 ml (1/2 cup) of apple cider vinegar, oil, sugar and a bit of oil. Combine the mustard seeds and vinegar in a non-reactive bowl and soak until the seeds have absorbed all the liquid (anywhere from 10-16 hours). Add sugar and salt to taste. Blend in a food processor, adding just a touch of oil for body.
KETCHUP: THE UNSUSPECTED VEGAN
Hot dogs and burgers come to mind when we think of ketchup but the fact is this classic condiment is vegan. What's in ketchup? Mainly tomatoes, vinegar and sugar. Make it at home and skip all the mystery ingredients.
Even sweet and sour sauce is originally vegan. As you'll see in this video the ingredients are very simple: rice vinegar, potato starch, sugar and tomato paste. Serve it as a dipping sauce for these delectable spring rolls and life will never be the same.
DOES EVERYONE KNOW GUACAMOLE IS VEGAN?
All hail to the queen of vegan condiments: guacamole. This creamy avocado sauce is great with chips, slathered on toast and perfect in sandwiches.
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