How to replace eggs in cooking and baking
Eggs are a key ingredient in many non-vegan recipes for breakfasts, lunches, desserts, and even condiments.
Which is why, if you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet, you may worry about replacing them in your cooking and baking.
Luckily, there are many great plant-based egg substitutes! Let’s see what they are:
Tofu is probably one of the most popular egg replacements. If you’re looking to recreate the taste and texture of savory egg dishes (like tofu scramble or vegan quiche!), tofu is perfect for that.
Chickpea flour is our go-to egg replacer because it makes things like omelets and frittatas possible on a plant-based diet!
Want to prepare a thick and creamy plant-based gravy? Use corn starch. It’s a great binding agent!
Applesauce works wonderfully in baked goods. It adds moisture (minus the cholesterol!).
Mashed bananas are great for adding moisture to baked recipes (plus, they’re so yummy!).
Flax “egg” (an egg substitute made up of ground flaxseed and water) is frequently used in baking and making sweet recipes. It has a consistency similar to egg – but doesn’t add much taste (unlike applesauce or bananas).
Here’s how to make a flax egg.
Just like flaxseed, chia seeds are great for replacing eggs in your baking.
Here’s how to make a chia egg.
Dairy-free yogurt (coconut, almond, soy, etc.) is an excellent egg alternative for binding, thickening, and adding a creamy texture.
Silken tofu is perfect for creamy recipes (soups, smoothies, dips, etc.) as well as cakes, muffins, cupcakes.
What’s aquafaba, you’re wondering? It’s the liquid from canned beans (usually chickpea). Once whipped up, it has a similar texture to an egg white – and is ideal for mousses and meringues!
Egg replacer products you can buy
A secret ingredient for an “eggy” taste and smell…
Have you ever heard of Kala Namak? It’s is a Himalayan black salt which is used as a seasoning in many vegan dishes for adding eggy taste and smell. It tastes yummy in dishes like vegan “egg” scramble, and vegan “egg”-fried rice!
So, are you ready to get cooking? You’ll find three mouth-wateringly delicious egg alternative breakfast recipes in the Wholesome Culture Cookbook:
- Tofu Argula Benedict
- Curried Tofu Scramble
- Chickpea Omelette
And for more plant-based eating tips and advice, check out these posts: