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Egg Substitutes For Vegan Recipes

L'eggo the Eggos: Vegan Egg Substitutes

If you're avoiding eggs because you eat a plant-based diet or simply to limit your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol, you have several options. Some substitutions work better than others depending on the recipe, but a little trial and error will help you determine which one works best with each dish. See the list below to learn which option I used in the vegan Chocolate Cranberry Zucchini Bread pictured here.

  • EnerG Egg Replacer: This gluten-, dairy-, and nut-free product is made with potato and tapioca starch flour. Replace each egg in a baked good recipe with one and a half teaspoons of powder mixed with two tablespoons of water.
  • Banana: A half a mashed banana replaces one egg in a recipe for baking. This substitution works best in sweet muffins and yeast-free breads since the banana flavor is so strong. Aside from adding moisture to baked goods, using a banana adds potassium to the final product.
  • Canned pumpkin: Use a quarter cup per egg when making baked goods. Since it has a distinct flavor, it's best used in recipes that have other stronger flavors such as cinnamon or chocolate, or with ingredients that complement it like apples or carrots.
  • Applesauce: A quarter cup of applesauce replaces one egg in a baking recipe. Applesauce adds moisture, helps bind the dry ingredients, and is perfect for denser baked goods like muffins and pancakes since it won't help your baked goods rise.
  • Soy or almond milk: These dairy-free beverages can be used to make vegan French toast. Use about a cup or so to replace the whisked eggs.
  • Tofu: If you're trying to re-create traditional egg recipes like a scramble or a quiche, tofu is the best substitute since its consistency most closely resembles cooked eggs. Tofu is soft, squishy, and virtually taste-less, so you can add whatever flavors you want to the dish. Add a little turmeric to your "egg" dish to give it a yellowish hue, like in this recipe for Tofu Scram.
  • Silken tofu: For denser baked goods like brownies or cookies, blend a quarter cup silken tofu with the other liquids in your recipe until it has a smooth consistency. This egg substitute can add a heaviness to your food, but it won't alter the flavor. It's also a great way to add protein to your sweet baked treats.
  • Ground flaxseed: Mix one tablespoon flaxmeal with three tablespoons of water until gelatinous. This mixture binds dry ingredients in baked goods, adds moisture, and also adds fiber and omega-3s.

Although these egg substitutes work fairly well, unfortunately none is the perfect egg replacement. It's a good idea to work with recipes that call for few eggs so you don't have to replace much.

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