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.
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 15 M
- Makes 6 to 7 cups
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.
Recipe Testers' Tips
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.