This fun and colorful dessert is testament that food waste can be upcycled in ways that we would have never imagined before. The term aquafaba comes from Latin and it’s composed of two words: aqua (water) and faba (bean); it refers to the cooking liquid that also keeps beans safely stored in cans. Aquafaba makes a great substitute for egg whites in this incidentally vegan recipe ( a discovery made by French chef Joel Roessel in 2014). A variety of fresh berries add a ton of flavor and healthful benefits to the dish!


  • Aquafaba
  • Corn starch
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lemon juice
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Granulated sugar
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Lemon zest for garnishing
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. This dessert gives us the opportunity to utilize aquafaba—the viscous liquid in canned garbanzo beans or chickpeas—which is generally strained and discarded. However, the original recipe is made with egg whites instead: substitute aquafaba for 3 egg whites.
  2. Although there is not enough nutritional data available for aquafaba, the RL Food Testing Laboratories have shared that 1 Tbsp of aquafaba has 3-to-5 calories and trace amounts of protein and minerals such as calcium and iron. Even if it’s not a significant source of nutrients, aquafaba does work great as a vegan substitute for egg whites. It is used for baking and also condiments like mayonnaise.
  3. Pavlovas serve as a great vessel for a wide variety of fruits. Since there is plenty of sugar in the pavlova itself, berries are a great accompaniment since they are generally lower in sugar, compared to other fruits.
  4. Strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries offer a great amount of fiber with 100 grams of fruit lending 2, 5.3, and 6.5 grams, respectively. Berries are a powerful source of polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamin C, and minerals such as potassium.
  5. To make this recipe vegan, the whipping cream may be substituted with cold coconut cream. Make sure to chill the can for it to naturally separate. Use only the white, harder part portion in the can to whip. The clearer liquid can be used to make other recipes, including smoothies.