It depends on two things.
- Recipe Ingredients
- Oreo Variety
Most Oreos are vegan but with controversial ingredients like sugar, palm oil, and artificial flavors. You can look for vegan batter recipes online, or you may already know a couple of them if you are an experienced vegan.
So, if your recipe is vegan, it is safe to say that fried Oreos are vegan.
Please note that fried Oreos from a restaurant aren’t always vegan. You must check the ingredients before buying or ask the restaurant staff to make them vegan. However, there is still a chance of cross-contamination in restaurant-bought food.
Controversial Ingredients in Oreos
All Oreo varieties have three ingredients that vegans point out. Let’s look at how these ingredients make Oreos controversial for vegans.
Mondelez International, Oreo’s owner, has not specified the type of sugar they use in Oreos. It is not organic, but it is likely refined. Refined sugar is filtered using animal bone char. It is technically vegan, but it is not cruelty-free. Many vegans avoid refined sugar.
Palm oil is technically vegan, but its farming has damaged the natural habitat of many animals. It has also caused wide-scale deforestation. However, palm oil is 100% vegan if its farming is cruelty-free, ethical, and sustainable. Mondelez International is committed to using ethically sourced palm oil. So, you don’t need to worry about Palm oil in Oreos.
Natural and Artificial Flavors
Natural flavors may or may not be vegan as they can be derived from plants or animals. On the contrary, artificial flavors are man-made and are not derived from plants or animals. However, many brands test artificial flavors on animals before using them in edibles.
Some Oreo varieties contain natural and artificial flavors, while some only have artificial flavors.
Verdict: Palm oil is 100% vegan, but you cannot be sure about the sugar and flavors in Oreos. Moreover, Mondelez International is a big brand and makes non-vegan foods too. Hence, there is a high chance of cross-contamination from non-vegan ingredients like milk.
Vegan Fried Oreos Recipe
- Deep fryer or frying pot
- 2 medium-sized bowls (for mixing)
- Food thermometer
- Paper towel (for drying oil)
- 15 Oreos (you can use any vegan variety)
- ½ tablespoon ground flax seeds
- ¾ cups flour
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ¼ tbsp baking powder
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- ½ cup + 2 tbsp dairy free milk
- Oil (for frying)
- Vegan powdered sugar (for coating)
- Add oil to a deep fryer or deep frying pan and heat to 375 Fahrenheit. It is important to ensure that oil reaches this temperature. You can use a food thermometer to check the temperature if you use a boiling pot.
- Take a small bowl and mix flax seeds and water. Set it aside for 10 minutes. It will act as a vegan flax egg.
- Add baking powder, flour, sugar, and salt to another bowl. Whisk together.
- After resting for 10 minutes, pour in dairy-free milk, vanilla, and flax egg, and whisk to achieve a thick pancake batter consistency.
- Once the batter is ready, and the oil has reached the required temperature, add an Oreo to the batter and coat both sides generously.
- Fry it in the hot oil and cook for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove the fried Oreo using tongs and place it on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Check if the taste is okay.
- You can now fry more Oreos. You don’t need to go one by one.
- Top with powdered sugar, vegan chocolate shavings, vegan cream, or vegan biscuits.
- Fat: 3g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Sugar: 6g
- Carbohydrates: 15g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 2g
- Sodium: 80mg
- Potassium: 69mg
- Calcium: 27mg
- Iron: 1mg
- Vitamin A: 39IU
- Vitamin C: 1mg
Are Deep Fried Oreos Vegan?
Fried Oreos are vegan as long as they don’t have any non-vegan ingredients. You can fry them in any vegan oil. Vegan Oreos will be vegan whether they are deep-fried or light-fried.
Golden Oreos don’t have any animal-derived ingredients, but they have a few controversial ingredients like sugar, palm oil, and flavors.
Yes. They are vegan if you are okay with consuming sugar, palm oil, and flavors.
It depends on how strictly you follow veganism. Some vegans are okay with ingredients like sugar, palm oil, and flavors. All of these are technically vegan but involved with animals in one or another.
Lemon Oreos are vegan because they don’t have any animal-derived ingredients. However, they contain sugar that may be filtered with bone char.
Yes. They are vegan but contain controversial ingredients like palm oil, flavors, and sugars.