Have you decided you want to switch to a vegan diet, but aren’t sure what to do about eggs? I.e. what you can eat instead of them? Is it even possible?
It’s a valid question and one that we’re going to answer for you over the next few paragraphs. Because it is possible to find a vegan alternative to eggs, you’ve just got to know where to look, starting with this article.
Eggs are widely used for cooking and baking. However, they aren’t classed as being vegan-friendly due to the way the eggs are produced and hens are treated.1
Given the fact eggs are such a unique food product in themselves, it’s not uncommon for people to feel a bit stumped about what to replace them with and wonder if they can be replaced at all. The good news is they can, with vegan-approved alternatives, such as these:
1. Flax seed
We bet you’re thinking right now, ‘how can seeds possibly replace eggs, they’re nothing like each other?’ But they can, because once you combine flaxseed with water, it turns into ‘flegg’ a consistency that isn’t too dissimilar to egg whites. 1 tablespoon of flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of water is the equivalent to 1 large egg.2
2. Apple sauce
Is another ingredient that you think couldn’t possibly replace the humble egg, but it so can when it comes to baking. The rule of thumb is to use ¼ cup of unsweetened apple sauce to replace 1 egg.3
3. Chia seeds
Yes, that’s right, there are some more seeds on the substitute list. They’re a lot like flaxseed in that you use chia seeds or ground chia powder instead of eggs in vegan baking. Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 3 tablespoons of water to create your egg alternative mix.4
4. Ripe bananas
Are great for adding moisture and a dash of sweetness when you’re baking cakes, pancakes or brownies. One mashed up, medium-sized ripe banana can do the same job as 1 egg.5
5. Baking soda and vinegar
Are the perfect combo for producing fluffier baking minus the egg. Simply combine 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar, which is the equivalent to 1 egg.6
6. Aquafaba AKA ‘bean water’
Now don’t be confused by the unusual name! Aquafaba is essentially the liquid that you’ll find in canned legumes, such as beans and chickpeas. You can use it as an egg replacement to cook/bake all sorts of things, including meringues, marshmallows and mayonnaise. 1 tablespoon of aquafaba equates to 1 egg yolk; 2 tablespoons to 1 egg white and 3 tablespoons for 1 egg.7
7. Silken tofu
We guess tofu doesn’t look too dissimilar to egg whites…If you’re baking away and have baking soda or baking powder on your recipe list, chances are your mixture’s going to get rather dry without eggs. This is where silken tofu comes in, blend it first and then add it in. A ¼ cup of silken tofu equates to 1 egg.8
8. Tapioca starch/flour
Can be used as a binding or thickening agent for sauces, puds and condiments. You can also use it to create vegan mayonnaise too. Use 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch and 3 teaspoons of water in place of 1 egg.9
9. Instant mash
Who’d have thought it, hey?! Instant mash….but it’s another not-so-obvious ingredient on the vegan egg swap list. And it works because it acts as a great binding ingredient, just like eggs. Use 2 tablespoons of instant mash for 1 egg.10
10. Egg replacement products
If you don’t want to root around your kitchen to see if you have any of the egg alternative ingredients above or any others, you could just buy a ready-made one instead. There are lots of them on the market, including this mix from Orgran. One box of No Egg contains the equivalent to 66 eggs and can be used to make cakes, meringue and egg-free mayonnaise.
Who’d have known that there are so many vegan alternatives to eggs? There are many more than the 10 we’ve listed above too. Have fun adding them into your baking and your cooking recipes and getting similar results, but without the eggs.
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Last Updated: 23rd September 2020