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The Best Egg Substitute In Vegan Baking

By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: January 20, 2017
The Best Egg Substitute In Vegan Baking

Vegan baking might appear to be a challenging job if trying to avoid some of the most common baking ingredients: eggs, butter and milk. Eggs help to give structure, shape and moisture to cakes, muffins, pancakes and other baked goods. However, finding the purpose and role of eggs in a recipe can be helpful to determine the best way to replace it.

In this OneHowTo article we share some ideas to find the best egg substitute in vegan baking depending on the recipe.

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Flax seeds

Flax seeds have a high content of fiber and are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. They can be used to make a flax egg that would give height, moisture and firmness to cakes, muffins, pancakes and waffles. A flax egg can be made by grinding 1 tablespoon of flax seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and letting it sit for 30 minutes until it turns into a gelatinous consistency. It will give a “nutty” flavor.

The Best Egg Substitute In Vegan Baking - Flax seeds

Chia seeds

Chia seeds work very similarly to flax seeds. Unlike flax seeds, these don’t have to be grounded and will bind into a much thicker gelatinous chia egg that is perfect for heavy binding recipes. Mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let to sit for 30 minutes.

The Best Egg Substitute In Vegan Baking - Chia seeds

Agar-agar

Agar-agar is a vegetable binding agent derived from sea algae. It has a neutral flavor and can be used to for recipes where egg tends to acts as a binder as opposed to a leavening agent. To replace an egg just mix 1 tablespoon of agar-agar with 1 tablespoon of warm water and mix until it dissolves. If you want to make gummies, jam or gelatin desserts the best egg substitute is agar-agar.

The Best Egg Substitute In Vegan Baking - Agar-agar

Fruit: applesauce or ripe bananas

Applesauce or ripe bananas can substitute eggs in recipes that call for moisture, which is why it makes one of the best egg substitutes in vegan cooking. To replace 1 egg you can use ½ cup of ripe mashed bananas or ¼ cup of applesauce. These ingredients will affect the taste of the recipe so make sure you decide if you want flavors of apple or banana in your bake.

The Best Egg Substitute In Vegan Baking -  Fruit: applesauce or ripe bananas

Soy protein or tofu

Soy protein or tofu can add a protein punch to your recipe. It is a heavier ingredient that will suit moist recipes such as brownies, muffins or cakes. Additionally, tofu can be whipped into cream for recipes that have a custard type or soft creamy filling. To replace 1 egg use ¼ cup of puréed tofu. If you want to make cheesecake this would be the best egg substitute.

You can check this OneHowTo article for more tips on how to replace eggs in cakes.

The Best Egg Substitute In Vegan Baking -  Soy protein or tofu

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