How to Substitute Eggs in Baking?
Whether you’re baking a fancy birthday cake, wanting to adapt your family’s muffin recipe, or just looking to make pancakes for Sunday brunch, eventually you’ll want to know: how can I replace the eggs in this?
If you’re new to vegan baking, you might want to start out with a tried-and-true recipe, so you get a feel for how egg-free baked goods behave. Some of our favorite easy recipes include Super Simple Chocolate Cake, Blueberry Muffins with Streusel, Puffy Pillow Pancakes, and Red Velvet Cupcakes. If you have another specific recipe you’re looking for, let us know – we’re sure to have one we can share with you!
One important thing to remember when you’re baking egg-free is to not overmix your batter; without eggs, flour mixtures can sometimes turn tough and rubbery. Mix your wet and dry ingredients together until the dry is just incorporated, and you’ll be turning out light, fluffy goodies every time.
Luckily for us, there are so many things we can use to replace eggs, from flax ‘eggs’ to a banana! And many of them you probably have in your kitchen already. Each has its place and each will mimic a different property of eggs, so which to use where? Below you’ll find a handy chart to help you, with a suggested recipe for each, but feel free to experiment. We’d love to see your results, even if we can’t taste them for ourselves!
|Replacement for one egg:||Works best in:|
|1 Tbs ground flaxseeds + 3 Tbs water||Muffins|
|1 Tbs chia seeds + ⅓ cup water||Cakes|
|1 overripe banana||Quick breads|
|¼ cup fruit or veggie purée (esp. applesauce)||Quick Breads|
|Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes||Nut loaves|
|¼ cup silken tofu||Quick breads|
|¼ cup vegan yogurt||Cakes|
|¼ cup aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas or other beans)||Meringues|
|2 Tbs cornstarch + 3 Tbs water||Custards|
|2 Tbs arrowroot or potato starch + 3 Tbs water (especially useful in gluten-free baking)||Cakes|
|Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) + an acid (apple cider vinegar, white distilled vinegar, lemon or lime juice)||Cakes|
|Commercial vegan egg replacers (Ener-G, Orgran, Bob’s Red Mill, etc.)||Cakes|
|Breadcrumbs or oats (as a binder)||Burgers|
|Firm regular tofu||Tofu scramble|
One final thing, if you need to do an ‘egg wash’ on your pastry or bread, instead use aquafaba, non-dairy milk, or vegan butter, or thin some light corn syrup with hot water.
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