Did you know you can make Vegan Royal Icing from chickpeas? I finally tried it and it works.

Vegan royal icing in a bowl.

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VEGAN ROYAL ICING

Few weeks back I made Vegan Sugar Cookies. Today I’m going to show you how to make royal icing without egg whites with aquafaba.

CHICKPEAS BRINE/AQUAFABA

Who would have thought that chickpeas, an annual legume can be used to make something sweet? I like chickpeas and I use them in salads or eat them plain with apples. They are also the main ingredient in hummus.

Little did I know that brine from chickpeas can be used to make Vegan Royal Icing and Vegan Sugar Cookies. Isn’t that awesome?! So next time you drain chickpeas be sure save the brine. And you can also freeze it for later.

Make sure to drain the chickpea brine through a fine mesh sieve. Just in case there are some bean bits in the aquafaba. You don’t want those in your vegan royal icing.

Draining chickpeas from the can.

Into the aquafaba add cream of tartar and whip until foamy. Then you can add all of the powdered sugar all at once. Using a wire attachment beat on low speed until thick. I also add little bit of white food coloring while it’s mixing.

Mixing icing with a wire attachment.

HOW TO COLOR ICING

To flavor my royal icing I like to add with Vanilla, Lemon and Almond extracts.  I know it seems like an odd combination of flavors but it really works. Of course, nothing is set in stone and you can experiments with other flavors. However I’d recommend that you stick with Vanilla Extract. You can then add other flavors of your choice.

Extract to flavor royal icing.

COLOR ROYAL ICING

I use gel food colors to color royal icing. Check with the manufacturer if you have further questions about the contents of gel food colorings you are using.

HOW DO YOU BAG ROYAL ICING ?

To bag the the icing I mostly use disposable piping bags bags and a tape sealer to seal them. Make sure to get the tape too, as the sealer doesn’t come with it.



Royal icing in piping bags

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Vegan royal icing in a bowl.
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Vegan Royal Icing
Prep Time
10 mins
 

Royal icing made from canned chickpeas brine. Great for cookie decorating.

Store in the fridge, for up to 5 days.

Course: Frosting, icing
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: aquafaba royal icing, eggless royal icing, vegan royal icing.
Hanielas.com: Hani Bacova
Ingredients
  • 6 tbsp strained canned chickpeas brine
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar substitute 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanille extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 drops white food coloring
Instructions
  1. Open a can of store bought chickpeas, drain and strain the brine though a fine mesh sieve.

  2. Measure chickpea brine(6 tablespoons, 15ml measure) into a bowl of your stand mixer. Add cream of tartar(1/2tsp). Then beat with a wire beater until mixture is foamy. Add all powdered sugar(4-5cups) and continue beating on low speed until thick. Beat in Vanilla Extract(1/2tsp), Lemon Extract(1/2tsp) and white food coloring(3drops). Beat until thick. 5-10 minutes

Storage
  1. Store in an airtight container, covered with plastic wrap and closed with a lid in the fridge for up to 5 days. Let come to room temperature before adding water to thin icing for cookie decorating as desired.

Color Vegan Royal Icing
  1. Vegan royal icing can be colored with gel food colors.

Recipe Notes
CAN I USE HOMEMADE CHICKPEA BRINE?

For the best results use brine from drained store bough chickpeas. It’s difficult to control concentration of homemade chickpea brine.

MY VEGAN ROYAL ICING IS NOT DRYING, WHAT HAPPENED?

II see this happen often when too much food coloring is added. As with all royal icing recipes adding too much food coloring can result in excessive drying times. Allow icing to dry overnight.

 

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