Vegan Pavlova

This recipe for Vegan Pavlova or Aquafaba Meringue is so utterly cool you won’t believe it until you see it. Did you ever think you could make a meringue with NO EGGS? Yes, you absolutely can! And you’ll never guess what it’s made of, and no I’m not telling you yet. You’ll just have to keep reading to find out what it is!

fruit on the top of a vegan pavlova

Aquafaba Meringue

So what is this Aquafaba Meringue? Aquafaba is the water from canned beans. I’ll wait until you process that.

Vegan Meringue Peak


Ready? Sure about that?

up close of the top of a vegan meringue or pavlova

You can make a perfectly lovely bean water VEGAN meringue that tastes nothing like garbanzo beans. Yes, the stuff you drain out of a can of beans. Sounds disgusting right? I know it does but bear with me because this is stuff is magic.

Vegan Pavlova

Great British Baking Show Bake-Along Inspired

I would never in a million years have tried to make something like this on my own. EVER. I mean I like meringue, but bean water meringue was a HARD PASS. Then Vegan Week hit on the GBBO, and I felt like it was a maybe, maybe I should try it. Neither of the other bakes felt inspiring to me. I can make mini pies anytime, or cake anytime! So it had to Aquafaba Meringue right? And when I thought about long enough, I realized this might be something I could use. In a pinch I could make someone a vegan dessert, and that IS a skill that is useful. And it’s beautiful to boot!

vegan pavlova for your dessert pleasure

I based this off of Prue’s Vegan Tropical Pavlova. Please read over her recipe and see where the differences are. For instance she calls for coating each meringue with melted vegan white chocolate, and that doesnt exist in my town. So I skipped it. I DID make her coconut pastry cream and it is divine, I reccomend it!

unbaked vegan pavlova

About your Vegan Meringue

  • most recipes call for low-salt canned garbanzos, my store didn’t have them, and I made this twice with regular salt beans, and it was fine
  • you will need two cans of beans, but not ALL the juice, just some of it
  • please note you do not need a FULL cup of aquafaba, more like 1 cup with a TBSP removed OR 200ml
  • this recipe makes enough for TWO 8 inch meringues; you can stack them, filled, on top of each other OR serve them separately as well
  • parchment paper is helpful for piping these big circles on
  • Use a pastry bag fitted with a large tip; you could also use a spoon and make an 8-inch circle with it
  • use any pastry cream to top, whipped topping or pudding to fill under the fruit
  • your shell may crack as it dries, but it should hold together, even if it does break, stack it up, slather it in cream and fruit and enjoy it!
  • do NOT assemble until you’re ready to eat this dessert
baked vegan meringue

Vegan Pavlova

This recipe for Vegan Pavlova or Aquafaba Meringue is so utterly cool you won't believe it until you see it. Meringue without eggs?? YES, YOU CAN! Please note you do not need a FULL cup of aquafaba, more like 1 cup with a TBSP removed OR 200ml
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegan pudding or pastry cream I linked to Prue's Coconut Cream above
  • 4 cups chopped fruit
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 cup aquafaba minus 1 TBSP, water from cooked beans
  • 1 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla OR seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp corn starch

Instructions

  • preheat oven to 250˚, line two baking sheets with parchment paper, draw an 8-inch circle on each, flip over so the pencil mark is on the bottom, and set aside
  • put the cream of tarter in the bowl of a stand mixer
  • pour the aquafaba over it, run the stand mixer on medium until the mixture gets foamy
  • turn the mixer on high and let run until the mixture holds soft peaks 8-10 minutes
  • with the mixer add the sugar Tablespoon by Tablespoon until it's gone and the meringue is glossy
  • add the vanilla and beat for 30 seconds
  • sprinkle the corn starch over the meringue and whip another 30 seconds
  • fill a large piping bag fitted with a large tip with half the meringue, using the circle on the parchment as a guide make a decorative circle, fill it in and fill any gaps, you can make a secondary ring around initial ring to build up the outer edge
  • repeat with the remaining meringue
  • bake for 75 minutes in the pre-heated oven, leave the door shut and do not open the oven
  • after 75 minutes, turn off the oven, open the door to let out the heat and let the meringues cool
  • once cooled you can peel off the paper and place on a cooling rack to the let the bottom dry as well
  • pavalovas are best served fresh, so assemble directly before serving
  • to assemble the pavlova: place the smaller of the two meringue shells down(they expand while baking don't worry you weren't supposed to make them different sizes), place half the pastry cream or pudding on the shell, top with half the chopped fruit, repeat the layers and serve!
  • alternatively you can make two single layer pavlovas if you prefer

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