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Created on: 03/31/13 01:25 AM Views: 1710 Replies: 8
Smart Balance, butter, oils
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Recently I posted a question regarding oils in general, and I'm glad that these are not necessary as we can get them naturally (nuts, etc.) However, if I really want to avoid processed oils, would that include things like Smart Balance which are vegan?

Also this is kind of a dumb question lol. But is frosting, the kind usually used for baking, decorating cookies, usually vegan? It seems to be, when I see the ingredients. If I wanted to make a healthier home-made version of butter or frosting, how do I do this? Just mix butter with turbinado or brown sugar / molasses?

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RE: Smart Balance, butter, oils
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 3:18 AM

"Just mix butter with turbinado or brown sugar / molasses?" -- well, "butter" isn't vegan, so that wouldn't work.

RE: Smart Balance, butter, oils
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 3:23 AM

Oops, I meant perhaps a similar vegan substitute then.

RE: Smart Balance, butter, oils
Posted Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Even vegan butter substitutes are considered processed oils. Although not healthful per se (pure sugar), a low-fat icing could be a simple drizzle of soy milk mixed with confectioners/powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Sometimes that can do the trick while avoiding all the fat!

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Smart Balance, butter, oils
Posted Monday, April 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Frostings are usually *vegetarian* in that they don't contain meat, but they are not *vegan* because they usually contain butter and/or milk. Commercial frostings also usually contain partially hydrogenated fats as well (shortening).

Yes, a vegan margarine plus plant milk and sweetener can make an acceptable frosting for a special occasion - but you'd also need to put it on a *vegan* cake (most cakes use butter, eggs, milk - vegetarian but not vegan). There are, however, alternatives for that too - plant milk, vegan margarine, egg replacer (ground flax, for example, or a commercial product like Ener-G egg). It's a great option if you've got non-vegan friends/family and there's an event like a birthday - you'd be able to share in the treat without any animal products involved. But, keep it to one small slice and not an everyday event.

--DebR

RE: Smart Balance, butter, oils
Posted Monday, April 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

yes - this is just what was on my mind. being an ESOL teacher, we do weekly treats or just sometimes I want to bring in something fun, well I thought to try and make a small batch of vegan cupcakes. I only teach about 8-10 kids at a time, anyway the actual cake part seems easy enough, lots of great egg-replacers.

With the frosting is there a specific recipe? Do I just use like...smart balance and confectioner's sugar, and just mix it up like that? Sorry, I'm not a very good baker/cook. One good thing about this kickstart, it's going to get me experimenting a lot more in the kitchen! hopefully it will help me to save more $ in the long run.

but yea, maybe i'll get my mom or a friend to help when i actually do the baking. =)

RE: Smart Balance, butter, oils
Posted Monday, April 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

use your favorite frosting recipe - we usually use margarine, vanilla, confectioner's sugar, a wee bit of plant milk to get it smooth, and then add cocoa or other flavor as desired. Really simple

--DebR

RE: Smart Balance, butter, oils
Posted Monday, April 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Why not make a "snack cake" that doesn't require a frosting? One with spices, raisins, nuts, or make a gingerbread cake? If you feel you must put a topping of some sort on the cake, gingerbread is delicious with a little applesauce on it!

Jennifer

RE: Smart Balance, butter, oils
Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

That sounds great! I'm not the best with cooking and baking...that's another reason actually for this kickstart, I am hoping it will teach me how to make the things I can eat on a healthy vegan diet with treats thrown in here and there. =) but gingerbread is one of my favourite flavors! i don't like cinnamon too much...but in general I like sweet things and love love dried fruits.


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