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Monday, April 20, 2020

Homemade Aquafaba Made In The Pressure Cooker

Learn how to make the magical vegan egg substitute called Aquafaba using chickpea cooking liquid

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 I have known about Aquafaba for a long time as I made a vegan mousse with it five years ago. While the chocolate mousse had wonderful whipped airy texture, the taste was not that good so I really never made it again. Five years later, I discovered that the taste of my plant-based mousse may have been off as I made my Aquafaba from canned chickpeas. Canned chickpeas have preservatives in them that may make the chickpea liquid have a bad taste. Making Aquafaba liquid from dried chickpeas results in a plant-based egg substitute that has a better taste and this egg-like liquid can be used in sweet and savory recipes that call for eggs.

What is Aquafaba?
For those of you who are still wondering what Aquafaba is, here’s a quick lesson. In Latin, Aqua means water and Faba means beans. One of the most recent and newest culinary discoveries (as recent as 2014), chickpea cooking liquid has been found to be an effective substitute in its ability to whip and hold air almost as effectively as an egg. Its uses have astounded everyone so much so that there is an official Aquafaba website! There you’ll find tips, recipes, answers and more to all your questions.

 I am talking about the liquid that comes along with chickpeas in a can, or the brownish liquid left behind after you’ve cooked chickpeas from scratch! Strange as it may seem this liquid from cooking chickpeas can be used in many delicious vegan recipes like scrambled vegan eggs, savory sauces, and sweet desserts like vegan chocolate mousse. I am still discovering the many ways that I can use this vegan substitute for eggs.

Vegan "Crab" Cakes

The most recent recipe that uses Aquafaba that I discovered was for vegan "crab" cakes. I was so excited to find a vegan crab substitute that I had to order a case of hearts of palm online so I could make this plant-based recipe. I am sure that I could find a can of palm hearts in my local store but this respiratory virus outbreak pandemic is having me stay at home. Since I have a dairy allergy that causes asthma, I am not shopping at local stores but I am choosing to shop for food online. My type of asthma causes my lungs to produce mucus so I can't chance catching this lung virus that produces too much mucus in your lungs. I remember how sick I was two years ago and I don't want this lung virus to cause a severe asthma attack that might land me in the hospital. For now, I am able to manage asthma symptoms naturally as long as I avoid my asthma triggers.

I also discovered a plant-based recipe for vegan scrambled eggs that uses Aquafaba chickpea liquid that is very similar to my vegan omelet recipe. I have yet to make the plant-based scrambled eggs but I am sure that the additional liquid from cooking chickpeas will help the vegan egg dish have a better texture and will form into an omelet or a scramble of vegan eggs so much better.

Cooking chickpeas

Cooking chickpeas is easy and you can cook chickpeas in the pressure cooker quickly. You can also cook chickpeas over the stove. After you make the Aquafaba recipe, you can use the cooked chickpeas for hummus or vegan tuna salad that tastes like the real thing. I have many different recipes for hummus but here is an easy recipe for hummus.

Chickpeas are a frugal pantry staple

I always have several pounds of dried chickpeas or garbanzo beans in my pantry as they are so versatile and have many uses. I love oven roasting chickpeas for a delicious healthy snack. You can also use the dried chickpeas to make chickpea flour. Chickpeas are a meatless protein that can be enjoyed in so many recipes. Chickpeas are an awesome frugal pantry staple for meatless meals and you will love their nutty flavor.

Homemade Aquafaba

 You don’t always have to open up a can of chickpeas to get a little Aquafaba. You can cook chickpeas at home yourself and make all the Aquafaba you’ll ever need! Homemade Aquafaba tastes so much better than the chickpea liquid from the can of chickpeas. Making Aquafaba is easy and only has 4 steps.

Step 1: Soak 1 cup of dried chickpeas overnight. 

Step 2: Drain out the water in which the chickpeas soaked in.

Step 3: Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook the chickpeas. 

Step 4: Cool completely with the chickpeas still in their cooking liquid. 

Additional notes for cooking Aquafaba liquid

+ The Aquafaba liquid may look brown in color but when whipped it turns to a white color
+ Aquafaba does not taste like chickpeas in recipes.
+ The pressure cooker method is best. If you choose to cook your dried chickpeas over the stove, you will end up with more liquid and it will not have the consistency needed for Aquafaba and will not work in recipes.

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Homemade Aquafaba Made In The Pressure Cooker

Homemade Aquafaba Made In The Pressure Cooker

Yield: 2 Cups
A vegan egg substitute that is basically the liquid from cooking chickpeas. This chickpea cooking liquid can be used in many vegan recipes like whip cream and scrambled eggs.


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • 2 cups of water


How to cook Homemade Aquafaba Made In The Pressure Cooker

  1. Soak the chickpeas in overnight in water, completely submerged
  2. Drain and rinse out the soaked chickpeas
  3. Then add 2 cups of water and the soaked chickpeas into the pressure cooker and cook on the bean setting or 40 minutes on high. Cool completely with the chickpeas still in their cooking liquid.
  4. Drain out the cooking liquid into a bowl and let it cool to room temperature. The liquid should be a light brown color and slightly thick.
  5. Refrigerate for 1-2 weeks in a clean, air-tight container.
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Rog said...

This is so cool and very interesting! I have never heard of Aquafaba before, but I'd be interested in giving this a try. Sharing an Aquafaba site will come in handy as well!

Brianne said...

Bean water, eh? I have heard of Aquafaba before, but I had no idea what it meant. I'd definitely like to give it a try.

AiringMyLaundry said...

You learn something new every day. I had never heard of aquafaba liquid before. I'll have to try it and see if I like it!

Ashlyn Smith said...

Hmm I wonder if my husband would try this. It may have to be a sneaky recipe where I don't tell him whats in it.

Waren Jean Go said...

Interesting idea! I would like to give this a try to have something to do with my pressure cooker. And most especially because I like chick peas.

Tessa said...

Great idea! I have been thinking about getting a pressure cooker for awhile now, and this just gives me another reason to get it sooner.

Alissa Ackerman said...

I love learning about vegan cooking alternatives! I'm so excited about this!

Britt K said...

Interesting. I am a HUGE fan of chickpeas, we roast them all the time here for a snack, but I've never tried making my own aquafaba before. I'm going to have to give this a try!

Expedition Edu said...

Well this is interesting... I can honestly say I hadn't heard of aquafaba before

adrienne said...

I have never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing, it looks like an interesting snack!

Kita Bryant said...

Wow this looks so delicious. Pressure cookers are so versatile anymore.

Marie at Complete Literature said...

It makes sense that canned chickpeas would alter the taste significantly. I'm glad you were able to solve that. And roasted chickpeas are my favorite!!!

World in Eyes said...

It looks so cool and very interesting! I never heard of aquafaba before, thanks for sharing!

Sherry said...

I haven't heard of aquafaba until now. This is also great for people to use if they have an egg allergy.

Littlemisadvencha said...

wow. I love to try this as well. It's so easy to do... I havent tried chickpeas before, though. Thank you for sharing!

Toni said...

I love this! Such a great alternative!

Gust si Aroma said...

I love this recipe! And I have everything it needs for making it at home!

Nyxie said...

I'm going to be perfectly honest with you - I've never heard of this before! I'm fascinated though and really want to try this!

Why Girls Are Weird said...

I've never even heard of this before but now I'm totally fascinated! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

Lisa said...

I’ve never made my own aquafaba before, so this is something I’m really keen to try out for myself.

Julia Hess said...

This is super interesting. My husband has been eating eggs like crazy lately. Would be curious if he would enjoy this recipe.

Unknown said...

Wow, I had no idea what this was until now! Thank you for sharing. We eat chick peas a lot in our house so I am going to give this a try!!

StacieinAtlanta said...

Thanks so much for the recipe. I need to make this for my newly vegan son.

Mommy Peachy said...

I haven't tried making nor using aquafaba! I will give it a try on future recipes when I have the chance.

how to be a positive parent said...

I have never heard of Aquafaba. But I am really intrigued now as to how chickpeas water can substitute egg. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe.

Hannah Marie said...

This is the first time I've heard of it. I've got to give this a try!

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