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Is Pavlova Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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What dessert says summer decadence better than a creamy Pavlova stacked high with crispy and chewy meringue loaded with fresh berries or fruit? Very little in our opinion, but are all Pavlovas vegan-friendly? Keep reading to find out. 

What is Pavlova? 

Pavlova is a meringue, cream and fruit dessert with a crisp outer shell and gooey inner. The cake-like treat is layered and topped with whipped cream and decorated with fresh fruit – traditionally strawberries, kiwi fruit and passionfruit, but mixed berries are very popular too.

vegan mini pavlova

Who is Pavlova named after? 

This meringue-based pudding is named after the 19th and 20th-century Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova; but the dish also has interesting links to the Australian and New Zealand national cuisines where it was created in honour of the dancer whilst she was on tour there during the 1920s. 

In fact, its origin has long been disputed and has formed a point of contention between the two Pacific Ocean nations.

Is Pavlova vegan?

Traditionally no, Pavlova isn’t vegan-friendly due to its liberal amounts of dairy-based cream and meringue base that contains egg whites. However, it’s more than possible to make a plant-based version that has all the same textures and flavours. 

vegan meringues with strawberries

Vegan Pavlova recipe ideas

Check out this recipe from our Food Editor, Val for the best vegan-friendly meringues to form the base of your vegan Pavlova. 

For more inspiration, we love this vegan pavlova recipe from Baked By Clo!

Keep those plant-based questions coming our way in the comments section below.


By Fabian Jackson
Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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