Here’s a guide to egg-free baking and the best vegan egg substitutes that you can use! Discover new ways to make your favourite baked goods with these vegan egg substitutes.
Almost all traditional baking recipes have eggs in them, and of course eggs are not vegan. It was one of my BIG worries, whilst transitioning to a vegan diet, especially having such a big sweet tooth. How am I going to get my sweet fix without being able to use a core ingredient in most baking recipes? After extensive research, I’ve now found my favourite vegan egg substitutes for baking and desserts. First, let’s go back to basic and understand why most baking recipes include eggs.
What Is The Purpose of Eggs In Baking?
Eggs are an important building block in many food recipes, which is why it’s so important to find vegan substitutes. The yolks add flavour and emulsifying power to any batter as they are full of protein. The yolks of an egg will also help thicken up custards as an example. White of an egg can be used for a lift in desserts for example in a traditional sponge cake.
What Happens if you Bake a Cake Without Eggs?
If you bake a cake without eggs and don’t have a substitute, then you will lose an important structure-building component, so you may end up with a cake that is flat and dense yet falls apart easily.
This is why it so important to replace eggs in a recipe, rather than just remove them. You could argue that the elements egg brings to recipes is as important or even more than flour and chocolate.
Flax Seed Vegan Egg Substitute
Flax seed is one of the substitutes that I do use the most often. It is so easy to make, has great texture and adds more nutrition to your baked goods. Flax seeds are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids as well as fiber. The easiest way to make a ‘flax egg’ is to mix 1 tablespoon of flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water and then let it rest for about 5-10 minutes. The fats as well as moisture in this flax seed can have the same effect as an egg. They also create a delicious nutty taste when replacing with egg.
Applesauce Vegan Egg Substitute
Eggs have two purposes, serve as either a binder to hold a recipe together or as a leavening agent to help it rise. When using eggs as a binder, applesauce is an egg substitute. When using eggs as a leavening agent, applesauce is not an egg replacement. According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the applesauce-to-egg ratio is one egg to one-quarter cup applesauce in sweet desserts. You can also mix with a half a teaspoon of baking powder for a lighter texture.
Chia Seeds Vegan Egg Substitute
Similar to flaxseed, you can also use chia seeds to replace eggs in vegan baking. They have a great texture, equal to flaxseeds however they can change the colour of your baked goods as they are darker. To make a chia seed vegan egg substiture you need to mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds and 3 tablespoons water and let sit for 5 -10 minutes.
Banana Vegan Egg Substitute
If you do plan on using banana as a substitute, bear in mind your dessert will have a slightly banana flavour. Use a 1/4 cup of mashed banana (about half a banana) instead of one egg when baking. If you haven’t already, go check out my 3 ingredient banana oat cookie recipe which involves no eggs.
I hope these vegan egg substitutes for baking help you, comment below and let me if you’ve tried them or you have any others. Would love to hear from you guys!