Egg Substitutes In Baking



There are many egg substitutes available for baking or any recipes that calls for eggs. Most of the egg substitutes can be purchased at health food stores and most grocery stores. Here in this page, you can find excellent recipes that are tried and tested using various egg substitutes. This page will be regularly updated with various egg substitutes and recipes using them.

To get favorable results while replacing eggs in a baking recipe we have to clearly understand it’s role in the recipe. Eggs either act as binders, leavening agents or to moisten the batter.

If eggs are binders in a recipe, it can be replaced with Arrowroot, Soy Lecithin, Flax-seed Mix, Pureed Fruits or Vegetables, Silken Tofu, Unflavored Vegetarian Gelatin Powder (agar agar). The ratio is, for every egg replaced, 1/4 cup of the substitute is used.

If eggs are leavening agents, Buttermilk, Yogurt, Baking Soda, Commercial Egg Replacement Powder such as Ener-G can be used.

If eggs are added for moisture, Fruit Juice, Milk, Water or Pureed Fruit can be used.

Commercial Egg Replacer

Egg Substitute:
Commercial Egg Replacer Powder (like EnerG): Egg free baking recipes using commercially available egg replacer powders including Ener-G, Bob’s Red Mill, Organ and other brands. This works best in cookies. Learn more about Ener-G egg replacer here.

How to replace?
Whip together in a food processor or blender 1 and half teaspoons powder and 2 tablespoons water. Sometimes 2-3 times as much powder in the same amount of water gives better results.

How’s the result?
Flavorless, won’t affect the taste of the baked goods.

Best Suitable For:

All baked goods, especially:
Cookies

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Egg Replacer Recipes


Silken Tofu As Egg Substitute

Egg Substitute:
Silken Tofu: It is a boon for those who want to go egg free. From scrambled eggs to frittatas and cakes to frostings, tofu has its place in many dishes.

How to replace?
Substitute 1/4 cup of whipped silken tofu for each egg.

How’s the result?
Baked goods won’t brown as deeply, but they will be very moist and heavy.

Best Suitable For:

Rich, dense & moist Cakes Breads Cookies
Brownies

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Silken Tofu Recipes


Flax Seed Meal As Egg Substitute

Egg Substitute:
Flax Seed Meal:Make flax seed meal at home freshly by grinding flax seeds or get it ready made from store.

How to replace?
Whisk/blend together 1 teaspoon of flax seed powder with 1/4 cup of water for each egg to be replaced. (Also see My Notes)

How’s the result?
The baked goods are heavier & dense.

Best Suitable For:

Flax seed has a nutty flavor, so it works best that are grainier and nuttier, such as:
Waffles Pancakes Breads
Bran Muffins Oatmeal Cookies

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Flax Seed Meal Recipes


Pureed Fruit As Egg Substitute

Egg Substitute:
Pureed Fruit: Mashed bananas, unsweetened applesauce, pureed prunes, plumped raisins and softened dates are some of the ways how pureed fruits can be used as an egg substitute.

How to replace?
1/4 cup for each egg. Increase leavening by 25-50%. Bake items slightly longer, if necessary.

Best Suitable For:

Cakes Quick Breads Brownies

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Pureed Fruit Recipes


Vinegar & Baking Soda As Egg Substitute

Egg Substitute:
Vinegar & Baking Soda: Vinegar works very well as an egg substitute in cake, cupcake and muffin recipes, making it light and fluffy. White and apple cider vinegar is used quite often.

How to replace?
1 teaspoon of baking soda along with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Apple cider vinegar and white distilled vinegar can be used.

Best Suitable For:

Cakes Cupcakes Quick Breads

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Vinegar Recipes


Buttermilk/Yogurt As Egg Substitute

Egg Substitute:
Buttermilk, Yogurt or Baking Soda: This is used as an egg substitute in cakes, muffins and cupcakes. Vegan buttermilk is prepared by mixing non-dairy milk and vinegar together.

How to replace?
If there are no other ingredients to make the baked item rise, then one of these can be used in place of the egg. Replace the liquid in the recipe with same amount of buttermilk or thinned yogurt. Replace baking powder with 1/4 as much baking soda.

Best Suitable For:

Cookies Bars Flat breads

Yogurt Buttermilk Recipes


Based on the information provided in The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Cooking Free: 200 Flavorful Recipes for People with Food Allergies and Multiple Food Sensations by Carol Fenster.

My Notes

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1 Flax seed powder – Another ratio which is used widely while using flax-seed powder instead of egg is, whisking 1 tablespoon of the powder with 3 tablespoons of water. But I have not tried this ratio so far.

2 Substitute for egg wash – Simply use oil, dairy/nondairy milk, dairy/nondairy butter. ¼ cup of light corn syrup thinned with very hot water can also be used for glazing.

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301 Responses to “Egg Substitutes In Baking”

  1. Suchitra Bhat says:

    Hi Madhuram.. I plan to bake this cake http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=787211
    It has 2 eggs which need replacement.. Also the batter is for 2 8 inch pans.. I plan to bake in 2 10 inch pans and a 6 inch pan for a 2 tiered cake.. I’m presuming I’d hv to double the recipe.. Pls suggest a replacement for the eggs.. I really need to get this right for the daughter’s birthday!! Thanks a lot!

    • Madhuram says:

      You can use 1/4 cup of pureed silken tofu and 1/4 cup yogurt in place of the 2 eggs. I think you will have to double the recipe.

  2. jazveen matharu says:

    Hi thanks for this wonderful atricle!
    I need some help with the most suitable egg substitute for a brownie and chocolate chip cookie recipe. I tried using yogurt and some oil in one batch and ground flaxseeds with baking soda in another but both turned out quite soggy :( plus the flaxseeds smelled really bad ! Please advice..

    • Madhuram says:

      I’ll be able to help you if you send me the link to the recipe. But usually yogurt and tofu are good egg substitutes for brownies and Ener-G egg replacer for chocolate chips cookies.

  3. Lori says:

    I have recipe I need help with. It is a Vegan recipe but I do not want to use eggs. I also wanted to know can you simply leave out eggs in some recipes without replaceing it with anything? Thank you for all your help!

    • Madhuram says:

      I’m sorry Lori, I didn’t get your question. If the recipe is already vegan, it doesn’t have eggs in it, right?

  4. Preety Singh says:

    Hi Madhuram

    I never baked eggless, but as there are many people in my family now who don’t eat any eggs, I have to do it. I have a fantastic brownie recipe where i have to use 6 eggs:. 250g Butter, 250 g chocolate, 100g flour,6 Eggs,300 g Sugar; first i have to mix the eggs with the sugar and a pinch of salt. then i add the butter and chocolate mix and at the end the flour. SO how should i replace the 6 eggs?
    Thanks alot :)

    • Madhuram says:

      I haven’t tried a to replace more than 4 eggs so far. So not sure how it will impact the recipe. If you are up for the challenge try using 3/4 cup of yogurt and 3/4ths of a cup of pureed silken tofu.

  5. Brenda says:

    Hi,

    I am having a party for my son this weekend, and one of his friends has a severe egg allergy. I was considering the apple cider vinegar and baking soda replacement for a boxed cake mix, but wanted to make sure the amount shown is per egg. Thanks in advance!

  6. Amber says:

    Hello!!

    Most of all the cauliflower pizza crust recipes contain eggs or flax seeds which I can’t have. What could you suggest??

    Amber

  7. Rosa says:

    Thank you very much. I went to make some banana bread then realized I was out of egg. I used the unsweetened Apple sauce and it came out amazing!!!! Thank you very much for sharing!

    • Madhuram says:

      You’re welcome Rosa. You could have used some more mashed bananas itself instead of applesauce because you were baking a banana bread.

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