Beginner’s Guide to Plant-Based Baked Goods

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New to vegan baking and not sure where to start? We have compiled resources to help you learn all the basics! Starting with these helpful guides to demonstrate how to use a flax egg, how to whip aquafaba, and more!

Flax egg dripping off a spoon into a bowl
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How to Make a Flax Egg
A step-by-step tutorial of how to make a flax egg, egg substitute for baking!
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Small bowl of chia seeds and water for an vegan egg substitute
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How to Make a Chia Egg
An easy 1-ingredient chia egg! The perfect egg substitute in vegan recipes like pancakes, waffles, quick breads, cakes, and more!
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Showing freshly whipped peaks of aquafaba in a bowl
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How to Make Aquafaba
A step-by-step guide to aquafaba! What is it? How do you whip it? How do you use it? What recipes can I use it in? All of your questions are answered here!
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Jars and measuring cups of gluten free flours for making a homemade Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend
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DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend
An easy, 4-ingredient gluten free flour blend to use in place of all purpose flour in most recipes.
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Recipes

Now that you’ve learned the basics, put our favorite easy vegan baked good recipes to the test! From muffins to cookies to quick breads and more, these recipes will help you become a vegan baking pro in no time!

Muffins

Stack of bowls piled high with Gluten-Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins
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1-Bowl Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins (GF)
Tender, fluffy, vegan chocolate chocolate chip muffins made with in 1 bowl! Naturally sweet, insanely delicious, and so easy to make.
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Two columns of Vegan Pumpkin Crumb Muffins
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1-Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
1-bowl vegan pumpkin muffins with pecan crumble! Tender, flavorful, and naturally sweetened. The perfect fall snack or dessert!
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Tray of Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Muffins with a fresh banana in the background
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1-Bowl Vegan Banana Nut Muffins (GF)
Tender, perfectly sweet banana muffins studded with walnuts! Easy to make in just 1 bowl, plus entirely vegan and gluten-free!
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Tray with a batch of Carrot Apple Muffins for simple GF vegan fall dessert
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1-Bowl Carrot Apple Muffins (Vegan + GF)
Vegan, gluten-free carrot muffins loaded with fruit and veggies. Super moist and flavorful, healthy, and made in one bowl! Perfect for on-the-go breakfast and snacking.
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Stack of Vegan Blackberry Cornmeal Muffins with the top one partially eaten
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1-Bowl Blackberry Cornmeal Muffins
Simple, 1-Bowl Cornmeal Muffins studded with ripe blackberries. Tender, perfectly sweet, and a delicious snack or side dish to savory entrées.
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Cookies

Tray and bowl with our Vegan GF Chocolate Chip Cookies alongside a glass of dairy-free milk
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Perfect Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Perfect vegan chocolate chip cookies made with simple methods and 9 ingredients. Tender, sweet, studded with chocolate, and undetectably gluten-free.
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Stack of Vegan Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
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Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + GF)
Fluffy, perfectly sweet sugar cookies made in 1 bowl! Roll out and cut into shapes or roll into easy circles. Entirely vegan and gluten-free, and perfect for the holidays and beyond!
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Stack of Vegan Trail Mix Cookies in a bowl with scooped sides
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Vegan Trail Mix Cookies (Gluten-Free + Grain-Free)
Vegan, gluten-free trail mix cookies made with 10 wholesome ingredients and simple methods. A delicious, tender, chewy snack or dessert!
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Cutting board filled with Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (V/GF)
Easy 1-Bowl Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Cup Blossoms! Tender, salty-sweet, gluten-free, and perfect for the holidays!
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Dipping a Vegan Brownie Cookie into almond milk
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Fudgy Vegan Brownie Cookies
Insanely fudgy vegan brownie cookies that are tender on the inside, crisp on the outside, and reminiscent of a brownie! Just 10 ingredients required for these naturally sweetened gluten- and grain-free treats!
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Quick Breads

Partially sliced loaf of Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Bread with bananas and oats in the background
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1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Bread
Amazing vegan, gluten-free banana bread made in 1 bowl! Wholesome ingredients, naturally sweetened, and so delicious!
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Partially sliced loaf of Vegan GF Pumpkin Bread on a tray
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1-Bowl Pumpkin Bread (V + GF)
1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread that’s moist, perfectly spiced and sweet, and seriously simple! Ideal for breakfast, snacking, and fall gatherings.
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AMAZING Vegan Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread! 1 bowl, naturally sweetened, SO delicious! #chocolate #zucchini #recipe #vegan #glutenfree #minimalistbaker
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1-Bowl Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Fluffy, tender, insanely delicious Chocolate Zucchini Bread! Made in just 1 bowl, naturally sweetened, SO delicious!
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Partially sliced loaf of Vegan GF Nutella Banana Bread
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1 Bowl Nutella Banana Bread (Vegan + GF)
1 Bowl NUTELLA Banana Bread that’s super moist, easy to make and so flavorful. The vegan nutella swirl makes it! The perfect vegan, gluten-free snack, breakfast, or dessert.
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Other

Stack of perfectly cut gluten-free vegan Brownies with pecans and dark chocolate chips
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Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Brownies
10-ingredient vegan gluten-free brownies that are naturally sweetened, fudgy, rich, and studded with chocolate chips and nuts!
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Stack of 4 Vegan Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies made with walnuts
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Vegan Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies
Black bean brownies (vegan and gluten-free) that require just 1 bowl and about 30 minutes to prepare! Healthy, easy, and delicious – the best kind of dessert.
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Slice of amazing Vegan Chocolate Cake on a plate
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1-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake
1-bowl vegan chocolate cake made in less than 1 hour with simple ingredients. A 2-layer buttercream-frosted cake that’s moist, fluffy, and rich with chocolate flavor.
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Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Biscuits
Fluffy, tender, vegan, gluten-free biscuits! Just 1 bowl and 9 simple ingredients required! The perfect vegan, gluten-free biscuit for any occasion!
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If you try any of these recipes, let us know! Leave a comment, or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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  1. Harmony says

    If I only have almond flour, is that okay to substitute for other flours? Or could I modify the recipes somehow to use my almond flour?

  2. Pip says

    Well, for me this is a much needed guide! Thank you Dana & John, not only for fabulous recipes but the basics, which are so important. Looking forward to working with the ideas you present.

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