In March 2019, a United Nations General Assembly meeting report declared to the world that there are only 11 years left before climate change becomes irreversible. In response, one of the most impactful steps suggested by experts around the world was veganism.
Several studies from the same year stated that veganism could be the single biggest way to decelerate environmental degradation. PETA says that one vegan can save around 219,000 gallons of water a year. Simultaneously, a study from Ipsos Retail Performance suggested that there had been a 300% increase in the number of vegans in the US between 2004 and 2019. This suggests that the market is in dire need of expanding its horizons and providing for this shift in dietary trends.
One thing that concerned many people who wanted to make the switch was the lack of dessert options. Most traditional dessert recipes use milk, sugar and eggs as their primary ingredients. The viscosity and creaminess of milk and its byproducts, the structure and stability that are provided by eggs, and the sweetness from the sugar are specific properties that are supposedly unmatched by plant-based products. However, vegan chefs and dessert creators are working towards finding plant-based alternatives for these ingredients.
For example, agar-agar is a plant-based alternative that provides the same jelly-like consistency that gelatin brings in desserts. Almond milk and coconut milk processed in distinct methods can be the perfect substitute to dairy-based milk. Flax seeds and chia seeds, which are superfoods, are alternatives to eggs. Jaggery, maple syrup and dates can replace sugar. Margarine works as a stand-in for butter. Combine these base ingredients with fruits, chocolate, flour, etc., and you have yourself a delicious and sustainable dessert.
World class chefs like Nigella Lawson, Fran Costigan and Maggie Beer have recognized this need for change and created vegan alternatives to several of their world-famous dessert recipes. A lot of brands are creating ready to eat vegan chocolate bars and sweets that are indistinguishable from traditional desserts.
We here at Laumière create bite-sized delicacies aimed at revolutionizing the world of vegan sweets. Our products feature a variety of nutritious ingredients, including superfoods, dried fruits and nuts. We experiment with new flavour combinations every day to bring to you an array of sustainable, nutritious, and delicious desserts. We are here to support this rise in the trend of veganism and contribute to positive environmental change.
If there is one thing that the human civilization has managed to learn, it is that each one of us is capable of making a difference during our time on this planet. While you might think that one person cannot change anything, the studies suggest otherwise. And it is heartening to see that so many people are realizing this and taking to veganism, and so many businesses are catching up to the trend.