Mayonnaise – an egg-based spread – seems like the type of thing that would be next to impossible to simulate without the use of any animal products, especially eggs, but it turns out that’s not the case. Vegans actually have several options when looking for a mayonnaise substitute. Many of these alternatives are arguably better than the real thing.
Veganaise by Follow Your Heart is by far my favorite vegan mayo for several reasons. The original Veganaise tastes better than real mayonnaise, in my opinion. I was never that crazy about mayo before I became a vegan, but after trying Veganaise, I started using it all the time.. Veganaise comes in a wide variety of styles, too, including organic, grapeseed, and soy-free, just to name a few.
Earth Balance’s vegan mayonnaise is pretty comparable to Veganaise. Nutritionally speaking, they stack up about the same. If you look at the ingredients, you’ll see they are virtually identical. The main difference is the original Earth Balace MindfulMayo is soy-free because they use pea protein instead of soy. As for taste and consistency, the taste is a little tangier and the consistency is a tad thicker. Earth Balance’s vegan mayonnaise also comes in three different varieties: original, olive oil, and organic.
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Nayonaise is another type of vegan mayo that is really popular, but is a whole different animal compared to Veganaise and Earth Balance. For starters, Nayonaise’ main ingredient is soymilk instead of canola oil. Secondly, Nayonaise is much lower in calories than the other two. Veganaise and Earth Balance each have 90 calories per serving, whereas Nayonaise only has 35. The downside is the taste just doesn’t compare. As you might imagine, Veganaise and Earth Balance are much richer and tastier.
Just Mayo is quickly becoming a favorite of many vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. I haven’t had it yet, but it’s supposedly pretty good.
Homemade Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan mayonnaise might sound like sorcery but it’s actually really easy to make and can be accomplished a variety of different ways. Jolinda Hackett published a super-simple, soymilk-based vegan mayo recipe hereon About.com. If you want something a little fancier and more exotic, Susan Voisin has a recipe for Tofu-Cashew Mayonnaise on her blog, FatFreeVegan.com.