Baking without eggs seems to be an impossible task. Vegetarians are not the only ones who face this problem. There are times when you start baking your favorite cookies or cake and find out that you have no eggs in the fridge. It has happened to every baker.
Running to the nearest store to buy the eggs or giving up on your recipe and baking is not the way out. If you have at least 1 of these 6 ingredients in your kitchen, you don’t need eggs. Rescue your recipes with these awesome egg substitutes:
One of the most delicious and wholesome ingredients you can add to your cookies or cakes instead of eggs is banana. 1/4 cup mashed ripe banana substitutes 1 whole egg. Banana adds lots of moisture, unique flavor and some extra sweetness to pies, cakes and muffins, which is why it is crucial that you are careful with the amount of sugar you add to your batter. The best advice is to skip sugar at all.
2. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are grain-free and gluten-free, making it an excellent ingredient to use in baking. Not to mention that they are a wonderful source of magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. If you have no egg in the fridge, chia seeds might be your safe bet.
Grind the needed amount of chia seeds into a meal, using your food processor or coffee grinder. In a small bowl, combine chia seed meal and water and leave the mixture for 10 minutes. Use instead of eggs in baked goods and smoothies.
3. Soft tofu
Want to make brownies, a cake or a homemade bread but have no eggs? No worries, if you have soft tofu, you do not need eggs. To replace one egg in a recipe, opt for 1/4 cup of puréed soft tofu. Tofu has no flavor but it absorbs the flavor of the ingredients you use in your recipe. Isn’t it great?
4. Flax seeds
When it comes to healthy egg substitutes, flax seeds are a fabulous alternative to chia seeds. In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons of water with a tablespoon of ground flax seeds and let it sit for a few minutes or until completely absorbed and viscous. Since flax seeds have a nutty flavor, you can use them instead of nuts as well. I usually use flax seeds instead of eggs in my pancakes.
Applesauce is usually used to replace oil in baking, but it turns out that we can use it instead of eggs too. 1/4 cup applesauce will be enough to replace one egg. When buying applesauce, choose an unsweetened version. I opt for a sweetened version since I almost don’t use sugar when baking.
6. Baking powder, corn oil and water
Mix 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 tablespoons of water, and a teaspoon of corn oil (vegetable oil might be an option too, though it is not healthy) together and use it in your batter to replace one egg. Simple, yet tasty.
Eggs are available everywhere, but in many countries they are rather expensive so many people keep asking me about affordable egg substitutes. Chia and flax seeds are not that affordable, but these ingredients are for those of you who are too lazy to go to the nearest store to buy eggs. Anyway, make sure you always have at least one of these ingredients in your kitchen and your baking plans will never be ruined.