For some people, a vegan diet might just mean giving up bread, potatoes, cheese, pasta and chocolate.
But for others, it can be a lifesaver.
Here are some of the healthy baking recipes you can try to make your food safer.
Baked vegan cheese is a favourite for many vegans.
Photo: ABC News “Baked” means it’s vegan, so it has a lower glycemic index than traditional breads, says Mark Stokes, director of nutrition at the Vegan Society.
The result is a creamy, cheesy and rich cheese that’s good for you.
“Baked cheese is good for the digestive system,” he says.
“There’s no sugar in it so you can’t have refined sugar in your diet.
It’s very good for people with a low glycemic load.”
A vegan cheesecake makes a nice change from traditional cake.
In a word: vegan cheese.
A vegan cheese made with milk or coconut milk is another favourite.
It makes a soft, rich, delicious spread that’s easy to make and tastes just like the real thing.
“It’s a very delicious spread,” says Maddy Jones, a health food writer for the The New York Times.
“A lot of people will be able to go and eat vegan cheese with their pasta, their lasagne, their sandwiches, their burgers and even their steak.”
So if you’ve got vegan cheese allergies, there’s no reason to think you shouldn’t try it.
“Baking vegan cheese can make the most difference,” says Dr Julie Oakes, who runs a gluten-free diet blog and has been a vegan for 18 years.
“Vegan cheese is also a wonderful alternative to processed cheese, so if you’re gluten intolerant or have celiac disease, you can also use this.”
Read more: Healthy vegan food to make sure you’re on track to avoid coloreecal cancer.
Baking can be tricky, especially if you haven’t tried it before.
But if you don’t like the taste of cheese, or the texture, you’ll be happy to know that the Vegan Food Institute recommends baking vegan cheese because it’s more convenient.
“When you cook vegan cheese, it gets mixed up in the batter, so you’ll need to whisk it up before you can use it,” Ms Oakes says.
Read more on Vegan.com.au.
Beware of making vegan cheese at home”There are some things that are not a good idea to make vegan cheese,” Dr Oakes advises.
You should avoid making veganised cheese if you have a reaction to the lactose in cheese or the lactase in milk.
For those with allergies, vegan cheese might not be safe for people without an allergy.
You might also be concerned about how much cheese is in the finished product.
“For most people, the vegan cheese doesn’t taste very good,” Mr Oakes says.
“If you’ve made vegan cheese before and you’re not feeling any of the other flavours, you could eat it.
You just have to make it at home.”Read the Vegan Society’s Healthiest Vegan Foods guidelines for more tips.
A veganised tomato might taste good, but the health benefits of it are not without concern.
The vegan cheese spread makes a great appetiser or side dish.
It’s delicious on toast, but is less healthy than a plain tomato.
Vegetarianised red peppers are a popular side dish for vegans and vegetarians.
These are also a healthy alternative to tomato sauce, but if you prefer a tomato sauce flavour, you might prefer veganised red or red and white vinegar.
Bake a vegan cheese with a salad.
Photo If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you’re probably not worried about the health risks of vegan cheese but you should consider a salad dressing that’s vegan-friendly.
But it’s important to watch the ingredients before you try it, says Dr Oakes.
When choosing vegan cheese to use, make sure it’s not veganised or lactose-free.
You should only use veganised cheeses that are vegan-free or lactase-free (a food with no traces of any animal products).
If it’s non-vegan, it could be making your vegan cheese more nutritious, but there are still concerns.
Be careful if you decide to use a veganised product, says Ms Jones.
If a vegan product doesn’t contain the ingredients it’s meant to, it’s unlikely it’ll be safe to use in your food.
“So when you make a vegan version of a cheese you can definitely use it but you don’ want to make that vegan cheese a substitute for a non-vitamin-mineral-fortified product,” she says.
The Vegan Society recommends that you try to avoid making homemade vegan cheese by choosing vegan cheeses