Bowl of white aquafaba surrounded by chunks of apple

A Creamy, Non-Dairy Option

What is aquafaba, you might ask? It’s really just a fancy word for the liquid from a can of chickpeas . . . not exactly appealing. But truth be told, it’s amazing! It’s easy, inexpensive, has a neutral flavor (i.e., doesn’t taste like beans), and makes stiff peaks that are swoon worthy. And since it’s free of the eight major food allergens, it’s safe for virtually everyone around your table! The oil in this recipe, though entirely optional, creates an even creamier whipped texture.

Prep Instructions

  • Yield: 8 (½ cup) servings
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 14 minutes

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas (Reserve the liquid! This is the aquafaba.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil, such as vegetable or extra light olive oil (optional)


  1. Drain aquafaba into a medium mixing bowl (save the chickpeas to use in another recipe).
  2. Add cream of tartar.
  3. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer (not a handheld whisk), mix aquafaba on high until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add vanilla extract, maple syrup, and salt. Mix on high until fully smooth and the peaks are stiff, white, and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  5. Add oil (if using) and mix on medium just until the oil is fully combined.
  6. Serve immediately or freeze for a later treat.

Nutritional Data

Calories: 346.21
Fat: 3.57 g
Saturated Fat: 0.27 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 44.54 mg
Carbohydrates: 80.64 g
Fiber: 0.00 g
Sugars: 4.67 g
Protein: 0.05 g
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