12 Egg Replacements for Baking and Cooking
With so many egg replacements available for baking or preparing a dish that calls for eggs, there’s no reason to support the horrid egg industry. As the demand for compassionate, plant-based foods keeps growing, we’re seeing more products appear on the scene! Check out the following options:
Use ripe bananas to add moisture. One mashed banana can replace one egg in cakes and pancakes. Since it will add a bit of flavor, make sure that it’s compatible with the other ingredients of the recipe.
Use flaxseed for binding. Combine 1 tablespoonful of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoonfuls of water to make a thick and gelatinous egg replacement. Bonus: Flaxseed is super-healthy.
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Use the same ratio as the flaxseed mix, and enjoy all the health benefits of chia seeds, which are similar to flaxseed.
Use applesauce to add moisture. Replace one egg with 1/4 cup of applesauce in sweet desserts. If you want a lighter texture, add an extra 1/2 teaspoonful of baking powder, as fruit purées tend to make the final product denser than the original recipe. Applesauce will add some flavor, so make sure that it’s compatible with the other ingredients of the recipe.
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Ener-G Egg Replacer
Ener-G Egg Replacer is a reliable egg substitute that can be used for baking. It’s available at health-food stores and some grocery stores.
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This versatile product by the geniuses at Follow Your Heart can be used for baking, scrambling, or anything else your imagination can come up with.
This miracle bean juice is taking the cooking world by storm. With just the liquid from a can of beans, you can make homemade vegan cheese that slices and melts, eggless mayonnaise, an egg-free foam for a whiskey sour, and so much more. Behold, the magic:
Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer
Another great option for baking, Bob’s Red Mill brand is low in calories and has no cholesterol.
Tofu is great for egg substitutions in recipes that call for a lot of eggs, such as quiches or custards. To replace one egg in a recipe, purée 1/4 cup of soft tofu. It’s important to keep in mind that although tofu doesn’t fluff up like eggs, it does create a texture that’s perfect for “eggy” dishes. Firm tofu is also a great substitute for eggs in eggless egg salad and breakfast scrambles.
The Neat Egg
Made from chia seeds and garbanzo beans, the neat egg is a reliable egg substitute that can be used in baking. It’s available at health-food stores and some grocery stores.
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Instant mashed potatoes are another great ingredient for binding. Use 2 tablespoonfuls to replace one egg in recipes that are meant to be dense.
Use diet soda as a leavening agent. One can of diet soda can be used to replace two eggs in many cake recipes.
For more tips on vegan baking, check out our Ultimate Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet.
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