How to replace eggs in baking and for breakfast
Vegan egg substitutes for beginners. Savory, eggless vegan breakfast ideas. Yes, it’s completely possible to have your cake and eat it vegan too!
Going vegan can seem extremely daunting in the beginning. It may feel like learning a whole new language.
Recipes that once felt so easy to whip up now leave you feeling stumped. “Oh crap, my favorite cookies have eggs in them”. “Oh no! How will I ever bake a cake ever again”?
Don’t worry. Once you start “speaking” vegan, you will be able to whip up your new favorite recipes with ease.
I promise, there is a vegan way to make ALL of your favorite foods.
I’ve compiled a list of different ways you can replace eggs in a recipe. Everything from baking to breakfast.
Egg substitute for baking
Aquafaba – 1 whole egg = 3 TBL of aquafaba. 1 egg white = 2 TBL of aquafaba (My favorite egg substitute for baking)
- What is aquafaba? It’s the water from a can of chickpeas or white beans. To use aquafaba, after you measure out the amount you need, make sure to whip it with a fork for a minute or two until it’s frothy. This will activate the proteins and starches so that it is a better binding agent.
- An easy way to store aquafaba is to drain a can of chickpeas or white beans into an ice cube tray and then freeze them.
- Aquafaba works really well in baked goods
- It can also be whipped up and used for vegan meringues, mayonnaise, frostings and mousse. To make these, just blend the aquafaba with an electric blender until it starts to form peaks and thickens.
- The longer you whip aquafaba, the more thick and fluffy it gets.
Flax egg – 1 egg = 1 TBL ground flax seeds plus 3 TBL of water
- This is my second favorite egg substitute for baking. This is a great egg substitute when you need eggs to bind in baked goods.
- I love using a flax egg for breads, muffins, lentil loafs (meatloafs) veggie burgers and cookies.
- Bonus points: flax seeds are really good for you and high in anti-cancerous lignans and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Chia egg – 1 egg = 1 TBL ground chia seeds with 3 TBL water
- Chia eggs can be used in all the ways that flax eggs are used.
Avocado – 1 egg = ¼ cup of mashed avocado
- Yes!! Avocados are an amazing egg substitutes in baking. Avocados are a great binding agent and the fat content is great for giving recipes moisture. Using an avocado can help make your recipes healthier because you won’t need to use as much oil or vegan butter.
Fruit or veggie puree – 1 egg = ¼ cup of puree
- Mashed bananas and unsweetened applesauce make for good binding and moistening agents in baked goods, as long as you don’t mind the taste of banana in your baked goods.
- You can also steam and mash up pumpkin, sweet potato or butternut squash. These also serve as good moisture and binding agents in baked goods. Check out my Sweet potato brownies
Baking soda and vinegar – 1 egg = 1 tsp baking soda 1 tbl vinegar
- Baking soda and vinegar are amazing substitutes for when you need a good leavening agent. This combo makes amazing, fluffy and light pancakes and lighter baked goods.
Vegan egg substitutes for breakfast
Just because you don’t eat eggs doesn’t mean you can only eat oatmeal for breakfast! There are many ways you can still eat all of your favorite savory breakfast dishes from breakfast burritos to omelettes.
- There are so many different ways to make tofu scramble. Try out my cheesy tofu scramble recipe if you need a kickstart. Tofu with black salt (kala namak) makes an amazing vegan scrambled egg alternative.
- Black salt will give anything you sprinkle it on an eggy, sulfur flavor. It’s easy to find online or in Indian grocery stores.
Yellow mung beans (split yellow peas)
- This is all the rage in the vegan community lately. Blended and soaked split yellow mung beans are my favorite way to make savory vegan omelettes, vegan quiches and vegan breakfast sandwiches.
- Split yellow mung beans are really easy to find in an Indian grocery store (they are called moong dal at Indian grocery stores), or your local health food store.
- The easiest way to get them is to order them online. They’re very affordable. Make sure you get the split yellow mung beans and not the whole, green ones.
- You can find JUST egg in most grocery stores now a days. It comes in a squeeze bottle and can be used in the same way eggs are used at breakfast.
- JUST has been working to one day make their vegan egg alternative cheaper than eggs.
Vegan fried egg
- I can’t get over how amazing and delicious this vegan fried egg recipe is. All you need is black salt, tofu, nutritional yeast and a couple of seasonings. Holy guacamole!
Vegan egg salad and deviled egg substitutes
- What can’t this amazing food do? Check out this great vegan egg salad sandwich recipe.
- If you’d like to learn how to make vegan deviled eggs, I use a mixture of boiled potatoes and tofu.
- Chickpeas also work great for making egg salad sandwiches. Check out my chickpea salad sandwich recipe.
And that’s it! I hope this post helped you to see that’s it’s extremely easy to not eat eggs once you learn how to substitute them. Please leave me your questions below or let me know what your favorite vegan egg alternative is!