Some Vegan Egg Substitutes for Baking
Baking always throws challenges for the bakers and test them every day how they can handle the situations. Sometimes, maybe you have skipped some step in your recipe or you don’t have any ingredient with you. Well, if the second one is your problem then there’s no problem. In baking, there are always some substitutes present for every ingredient. You just have to see which one will the suitable for you.
Eggs are an important part of baking recipes, thus, we have listed down a few substitutes you can easily try when out of eggs.
Let’s start with our first substitute for egg i.e. Flegg made from flax meal and water. You just have to add 1 tablespoon flax meal and 3 tablespoons of water and use the same instead of eggs. Don’t try to lessen your work by simply adding flax meal directly to the batter. There’s a reason why Flegg work so good with the baking items because when you grind flax seeds and add water to it, a hydrocolloid is formed. This gel helps to combine all the ingredients together.
Remember that Fleggs cannot trap air as eggs do, so don’t try this substitute in recipes such as angel food cake or crepes. Also, they don’t work as a leavening agent, thus, use it when your recipe calls for baking soda/baking powder, vinegar that will help the food to rise and make it fluffy.
2. Ener-G Egg Replacer
This egg replacer is a combination of potato and tapioca starch and doesn’t contain gluten, wheat, eggs, dairy, casein, yeast, tree nuts, soy and peanuts. This substitute is ideal for vegans and those who have any kind of food allergies. This product will barely give you any kind of taste and when mixed with water, it can work as an amazing egg replacement in your cookies, muffins or other stuff.
You can find the correct ratio on the box but it depends on your recipe and you may have to adjust accordingly.
3. Baking Soda and Vinegar
You must have done this science experiment as a kid when you mix baking soda and vinegar together it starts bubbling up. Well, if you are out of eggs, this is the best way to make your baked goods fluffy and add airiness to it. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar for an egg. If you want to give your goodies some different flavor, add a pinch of some other vinegar say apple cider vinegar.
4. Silken Tofu
Many recipes call for eggs just because they want to add moisture to it. Silken tofu is another substitute for an egg which is relatively flavorless and is used to make your baked goods dense. You need to add ¼ cup of pureed tofu (to avoid any chunks in the resulting product) for 1 egg. This ingredient not only adds moisture but also protein to your food and works best in brownies and some quick bread and cakes.
5. Applesauce or Mashed Banana
Bananas or applesauce can add a lot of moisture with some extra sweetness to your baked goods. Again, if your recipe already calls for leavening agents, these ingredients can easily replace the eggs to add moisture. Unlike silken tofu, these substitutes can add an amazing flavor to your muffins and cakes.
Add ¼ cup mashed banana or applesauce for 1 egg. If you are in a mood to experiment with your goodies, you can even use some other kind of pureed fruits too.
6. Arrowroot Powder
This ingredient is a starch and only work as a binder in the recipes of baked goods and foods as well. It won’t act as a leavening agent, thus, make sure you use this substitute for the recipe that already calls for baking soda or baking powder. Add 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder for one egg. If you want to bind and also want to add moisture, you first need to add arrowroot powder with equal parts of water.
7. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds work exactly like the flax seeds. Here also, you have to add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds with hot water. Let it rest for a while before you mix it with other ingredients. For your information, chia seeds are also amazing vegan sources of omega3.