Because of their foaming and binding properties, eggs are a key ingredient in many dishes, from baked goods and desserts to mayonnaise and hollandaise sauce. However, egg production is responsible for significant animal welfare problems, environmental damage and health risks. That’s why we’ve listed a number of healthy vegan egg alternatives for cooking and baking below. Just read on and learn how to replace eggs…
What can you replace the eggs with?
Substitute eggs and bake vegan – you will also succeed well
The following 10 foods are the best egg alternatives. So you can use this to replace eggs!
Using applesauce is a fat-free way to replace eggs in baked goods. Use ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce as a substitute for one egg. This vegan egg replacement not only reduces calories but also adds moisture and flavor to cookies, cakes, muffins and breads. Applesauce is commercially available or can be made at home from fresh apples.
Prepare applesauce and use as an egg substitute
Aquafaba is the name given to the viscous water in which legumes such as chickpeas and beans were cooked. The name aquafaba comes from Latin and is translated as “bean water”. This vegan substitute can be used in place of egg whites as the proteins and starches are structurally very similar to those found in egg. To use aquafaba as an egg substitute in vegan recipes, you need to stick to the following rule:
1 tbsp Aquafaba is equivalent to 1 egg yolk, 2 tbsp Aquafaba is equivalent to 1 egg white, 3 tbsp Aquafaba is equivalent to a whole medium-sized egg.
Boil chickpeas and use the water for baking or cooking
Black salt (kala namak)
Black Salt, also known as Kala Namak, is a volcanic salt traditionally used in Asian cuisine. Due to its high sulfur content, black salt has a strong flavor that mimics the taste of eggs. This makes it a very popular ingredient in vegan cuisine. It works well for tofu scrambled eggs, vegan egg salads, quiches, frittatas and vegan french toast. Black salt should be used sparingly. It can be found in specialty grocery stores or online, but is starting to be available in more and more supermarkets.
Black salt tastes similar to eggs
Egg replacement powder
Several options for egg replacer powder are available at most grocery stores. They are versatile because they are vegan and gluten-free. Furthermore, such powders usually contain starch or flour and a raising agent and are therefore ideal as an egg substitute. Egg replacer powders do not add unwanted flavor or sweetness and can be used in cookies, muffins, cakes and as a binder in vegan casseroles or vegan meatloaf.
Egg replacer powder is a possible alternative
This nutritious seed is packed with antioxidants and can also be used as a vegan egg substitute in baking and cooking when ground up. Combine 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water, stir and let stand 5 minutes to thicken. Ground flaxseed mimics the binding properties of eggs in breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, burgers and vegan meatballs.
You can also replace eggs with healthy flaxseed
Ripe bananas act as vegan egg substitutes, adding moisture to plant-based recipes while adding sweetness. However, be sure to add more of the leavening agent (e.g. baking powder) to avoid dense baked goods. Ripe bananas work best in cakes, pancakes, and brownies. Use a medium-ripe, mashed banana to replace an egg.
Mash bananas and use as an egg substitute in baked goods
Silky tofu and firm tofu
Tofu is a protein-rich vegan egg substitute. Silken tofu provides a creamy texture when used as an egg substitute in cheesecake, ice cream, sour cream, or pudding. Firm tofu is a great option for egg-free cooking and pairs best with savory dishes like egg-less quiches, lasagna, vegan egg salad, or a breakfast scrambled egg. A quarter cup of pureed silken tofu can be used as a substitute for an egg. Tofu is generally available at grocery stores.
Tofu plays an important role in the vegan diet
Firm tofu cut into cubes
Tapioca starch is used as a binding or thickening agent for sauces, puddings and dishes. Mix 1 tablespoon tapioca starch with 3 teaspoons water to replace one egg. With tapioca starch, you can still make vegan mayonnaise that’s smooth and creamy. It can be found in the baking ingredients section of most grocery stores.
What do you know about tapioca starch? You can learn more about it here
High in protein, chickpea flour acts as both a binder and leavening agent and is one of the best natural egg substitutes in baked goods like cookies and ladyfingers. However, chickpea flour is a common egg substitute in omelettes and quiches. You can replace an egg with a creamy, homogeneous mixture of 3 tablespoons of chickpea flour and 3 tablespoons of water.
Enjoy the health benefits of chickpea flour
Turmeric is a spice that can be used in non-egg dishes to create a light yellow color. It comes in powder form or as a small root and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric – the Indian root of health
More and more people are questioning the consumption of eggs and animal products. If you are one of them, learn more about the vegan diet and stay healthy!
Bake vegan and lead a healthy lifestyle
Enjoy your meal!