9 insanely good things you can make with aquafaba

You won't believe what these egg-free meringues are made with ...

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LAST UPDATED: 23 February 2017

It's the new cruelty-free baking craze that is blowing up the internet. We don't know who first thought to try this but we're sure glad they did.

Next time you open a can of chickpeas (or other beans), don't throw away the water inside... it's liquid gold! It's called 'aquafaba' and it whips up just like egg whites and has ENDLESS uses. Here are some of the best aquafaba recipes we've discovered so far.

The simple meringue
Image and recipe thanks to SBS/China Squirrel.

It's literally just the water from a can of chickpeas and sugar beaten with an electric mixer. And it comes out of the oven looking like this! We know it sounds weird but trust us, you need to try this.

Meringue nests with coconut cream and berries
Image and recipe thanks to Why Veg.

A classic Aussie summer favourite and this cruelty-free version just made it the perfect sweet treat.

Mint choc chip vegan macarons
Image and recipe thanks to Crazy Vegan Kitchen.

Are you drooling yet? Get this incredible aquafaba-inspired recipe here.

Chocolate mousse
Image and recipe thanks to Crazy Vegan Kitchen.

Delicious, cruelty-free chocolate mousse and it only has 3 ingredients!

Lemon meringue pie
Image and recipe thanks to The Gentle Chef.

Lemon: good; meringue: good; pie: good. This recipe is SO good.

Raspberry rose vegan macarons
Image and recipe thanks (again) to Crazy Vegan Kitchen.

Because one macaron recipe just isn't enough.

Mozzarella
Image and recipe thanks to Avocados and Ales.

Melty vegan cheese made from the water in a can of chickpeas  -- does it get any better than this?

Tahini pear icecream with berry swirl
Image and recipe thanks to Marfigs' Munchies.

It turns out it does get better. Between the tahini and aquafaba you could almost convince yourself that you're eating salad. (#health). But it's so not salad. It's very much icecream. Creamy, sweet, delicious icecream.

Aquafaba mayonnaise
Image and recipe thanks to Coconut Craze.

It appears aquafaba can be whipped up into a yummy egg-free mayonnaise too. Is there anything this stuff can't do?

The best bit about this amazing discovery is that it's tapped into a world of possibilities for cruelty-free baking. Here at Animals Australia, we reckon that there is a single essential ingredient to a good baked treat — sweetness. And we're not just talking about sugar, but about sweetness to hens and calves and all those who share this planet with us.

For every cage egg used in baking there is a hen suffering in darkness — confined and stressed in a grim wire cage. For every hen in any laying system (be it free range, organic or otherwise) there is a male chick who was killed in the first days of his life because he couldn't lay eggs. The story for dairy cows and their calves is just as dark. (Find out the sad truth about dairy.)

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Thanks to the magic of aquafaba we have another ingredient for a super easy recipe to ending animal cruelty and celebrating sweetness — which is what good baking is all about :)

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