So, perhaps you are recently vegan or are just wanting to find some egg replacements or alternatives for your diet – whatever the reason, it’s a good reason to not want to use eggs given a large egg contains about 185 mg of cholesterol and our recommended daily in take is 300mg per day.
The awful conditions and treatments that chickens are put through in factory farms is another key reason. Whether it’s caged, free range or organic eggs, none of them are cruelty free unfortunately.
But luckily, there’s an almost unbelievable amount of egg alternatives!
Check out the amazing amount of dairy alternatives too!
Egg Alternatives For Desserts, Sweets & Baked Goods
|Egg Replacer||1 Egg||Information / Perfect For|
|Silken Tofu||1/4 cup blended||Pies, quick breeds, muffins, dense cakes|
|Apple Sauce||1/3 cup, or,
1/4 cup + 1 tsp baking powder
|Muffins, brownies, cakes, bars|
|Soy Yoghurt||1/4 cup||Muffins, cakes, bars|
|Ground Flax Seed||1 tbsp + 3 tbsp water||Brownies, cookies, breads|
|Chia Seed||3 tbsp + 1 tbsp water||Soak for 10 minutes|
|Bananas||1/4 cup (usually 1/2 banana)||Quick breeds, muffins, cakes|
|Vegetable Oil||1/4 cup|
|Pureed Fruits||3 tbps||Cakes, muffins|
|Vinegar & Baking Powder||Mix 1 tbps each of white vinegar & water in a glass, add 1 tps baking powder, stir well until mixture blends||Use in cakes, only when you require more than one egg for baking|
|Potato Starch||2 heaped tbps||V-burgers|
|Arrowroot Powder||2 heaped tbps|
|Soy Flour||1 heaped tbps + 2 tbsp water||Muffins, cookies, cakes|
|Pumpkin||1/3 cup cooked||Quick breeds, muffins, cakes|
Egg Alternatives For Savoury Dishes
|Egg Replacer||1 Egg|
|Flaxseed meal||Soak 2 tbps ground flaxseed in 4 tbps water 10-15 mins|
|Mashed Potato||1/4 cup|
|Pumpkin or Squash||1/4 cup cooked|
|Puréed Prunes||1/4 cup|
|Baking Powder||2 tbps water + 1 tbps oil + 2 tsp baking powder|
|Potato Starch||2 tbps|
|Agar Powder||Dissolved in 1 tbps water, whipped, chilled & whipped again|
When a recipe in any savoury dish like Vegetable Loaves or Burgers calls for eggs as a binding agent, then bread crumbs, cooked oatmeal, cooked rice or even tomato paste will work as an substitute for eggs. When used for Frying (as a coating of eggs and flour), you can use a mix of all purpose flour + water to form into a paste and apply that as coating instead of beaten eggs.
Egg Alternative Tips
- If a recipe calls for 3 or more eggs, it is important to choose an alternative that will perform the same function (i.e., binding or leavening).
- Trying to replicate airy baked goods that call for a lot of eggs, such as angel food cake, can be very difficult. Instead, look for a recipe with a similar taste but fewer eggs, which will be easier to replicate.
- When adding tofu to a recipe as an egg alternative, be sure to purée it first to avoid chunks in the finished product.
- Be sure to use plain tofu, not seasoned or baked, as an alternative.
- Powdered egg replacers cannot be used to create egg recipes such as scrambles or omelets. Tofu is the perfect substitute for eggs in these applications.
- If you want a lighter texture and you’re using fruit purées as an egg substitute, add an extra 1/2 tsp. baking powder. Fruit purées tend to make the final product denser than the original recipe.
Vegan Baking Guide