This vegan meringue is made with three ingredients—sugar, cream of tartar, and aquafaba, the liquid found in a can of chickpeas. It whips up just as quick and fluffy as traditional meringue and can be used on pies or as frosting.

When it comes to creating a pristine white, lofty meringue, it turns out you can be vegan and eat your meringue, too. The secret ingredient is aquafaba, the liquid in a can of chickpeas, and surprisingly it creates a vegan meringue as fluffy as the classic. Drop dollops of it on parchment and bake it into cookies, slather it on pie, harness it as frosting, heck, since there’s no pesky raw egg in it, you can even lick the whisk.Angie Zoobkoff

A hand holding a stand-mixer whisk covered in vegan meringue

Vegan Meringue

5 / 2 votes
If you've never used aquafaba–the liquid found in a can of chickpeas–you'll be surprised at all the great ways you can use this ingredient in vegan cooking. Like this superb meringue.
Servings12 servings (makes 6 cups)
Calories36 kcal
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes


  • One can no-salt-added chickpeas
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar (or just blitz granulated sugar in a blender until finely ground but not powdery)


  • Fit a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and strain the chickpea liquid into the bowl of the mixer. You should have between 1/2 and 3/4 cup. (Use the drained chickpeas for something else).
  • Add the cream of tartar to the bowl. Whip on high speed until the mixture increases in volume and stiffens a bit, 3 to 6 minutes.
  • Reduce the speed to medium-high and gradually add the sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, to the bowl. Blend until the meringue holds its shape when the whisk is lifted, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, 2 to 4 minutes more. You should be able to hold the bowl upside down without the meringue falling out. (Otherwise, the meringue will not hold its shape when baked.) Use as desired.
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Serving: 1 servingCalories: 36 kcalCarbohydrates: 8 gProtein: 0 gFat: 0.03 gSaturated Fat: 0 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0 gMonounsaturated Fat: 0 gTrans Fat: 0 gCholesterol: 0 mgSodium: 0.1 mgPotassium: 21 mgFiber: 0 gSugar: 8 gVitamin A: 0 IUVitamin C: 0 mgCalcium: 0.1 mgIron: 0.01 mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2018 Chad Sarno | Derek Sarno. Photo © 2018 Eva Kosmas Flores. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

This recipe is the answer to the vegan or egg-allergic meringue lover! I was pleasantly surprised to create a sturdy and delicious meringue out of what usually hits the drain while rinsing my chickpeas!

So many possibilities here. I piped some into nest shapes and baked them. I also made some cookies with silver sugar sprinkled on top. And I used the chickpeas in a veggie salad

When I saw that this meringue was plant-based, I had to try it. Because of my husband’s type-2 diabetes, I’m game to try anything to make his life a little healthier without too much compromise. This absolutely works although, in my opinion, it needs more flavor.

I got 1/2 cup of liquid from the can, and because I love chickpeas, I added parsley and the squeeze of a lemon and ate them while I worked on this. I did not have superfine sugar, so I made my own, with no problem, following the instructions.

Once I started whipping the liquid, it took probably a little less than the 4 minutes to get the desired consistency, and another 2 minutes to mix in the sugar. To my surprise, it was quick, and it really held its shape nicely. When it was time to bake, I placed heaping spoonfuls of the fluffy clouds into a pan with wax paper and baked them. I got about 10 and once they were done, they were good enough to serve with lemon- and vanilla-macerated berries. However, I thought they would be even better if they had a hint of vanilla or almond extract. They were also a little dry, not like the egg ones that have that chewy consistency to it. However, that could be my time and oven temperature. I never made meringue before.

This is something I will continue to work on. I feel the consistency of the meringue could be used for other desserts that call for egg whites and this could be a great substitution when following a plant-based diet.

I’ve wanted to try making meringue from aquafaba for some time and this recipe test provided the perfect excuse!

After a few minutes of mixing, the meringue started gaining in volume. It took 5 minutes for it to start to hold peaks. It took about 2 minutes after adding the sugar for it to look just like a meringue. I stuck my finger in and tasted the mixture and it wasn’t beany at all, just very sweet. It’s amazing how the yellowish bean aquafaba yielded a pure white and fluffy meringue.

Google helped me decide what to do with the meringue. Chocolate mousse. I melted some dark chocolate (about 4 ounces) and mixed it into the meringue along with some vanilla. The chocolate did deflate the meringue a little. It chilled in the fridge for a while and made for a light and airy, albeit sweet, chocolate mousse. If I were to do this again I would add less sugar to the meringue or use an unsweetened chocolate. The husband gave it his seal of approval.

Originally published March 31, 2019

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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