Top 12 BEST Proven Egg Substitutes In Baking/Cooking Recipes

Here is the list of commonly used egg substitutes in baking:

Egg Substitutes

There are many egg substitute options available when a recipe calls for eggs. All these substitutes can be easily purchased from your grocery stores and health food stores.

IngredientHow to replace eggs?Best suited for
Egg Replacer (Ener-G Powder)1.5 tsp + 2 Tbs warm waterMostly Cookies
Flaxseed Meal (not ideal for replacing more than 2 eggs)1 Tbs + 3 Tbs WaterWaffles, pancakes, muffins, quick bread
Whole Chia seeds (not ideal for replacing more than 2 eggs)1 Tbs + 3 Tbs WaterWaffles, muffins, quick bread
Pureed fruit/vegetable (applesauce, mashed banana/avocado, pureed sweet potato/pumpkin/prune)1/4 Cup + 1 tsp baking powderQuick bread, brownies, and muffins
Pureed Silken Tofu1/4 Cup + 1 tsp baking sodaCakes, cupcakes, muffins, and bars/brownies
Yogurt/buttermilk/kefir1/4 CupPancakes, waffles, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, and bars/brownies
Vinegar (works only for replacing 1 egg)1 Tbs + 1 Tsp Baking SodaCakes, Cupcakes, Quick Bread
Lemon Juice (works only for replacing 1 egg)2 Tbs + 1 Tsp Baking SodaCakes, Cupcakes, Quick Bread
Milk (dairy and non-dairy, condensed milk or heavy cream)1/4 CupCakes, cupcakes, muffins, and bars/brownies
Nut/seed butter (peanut, almond, sunflower, etc.)3 TbsWaffles, pancakes, and muffins
Flour (Chickpea, whole wheat or all-purpose flour)3 Tbs + 3 Tbs WaterCookies, burgers, and meatballs
Cornstarch/Arrowroot flour/Soy protein powder2 Tbs + 2 Tbs WaterCookies, burgers, and meatballs
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Purpose of Eggs In Baking

Egg as binderEgg as Binding Agents: If eggs are binders in a recipe, it can be replaced with Arrowroot, Soy Lecithin, Flax-seed Mix, Pureed Fruits or Vegetables, Silken Tofu, Vegetarian Unflavored Gelatin Powder (agar agar). The ratio is, for every egg replaced, 1/4 cup of the substitute is used, except for arrowroot, soy lecithin and agar agar. These egg substitutions for binding work well as substitutes for baking recipes.

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

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

Substitute for Eggs in Meatballs/Burgers

Whole Wheat FlourIn dishes like meatballs, burgers, or nuggets the purpose of adding egg is to act as a binder to hold the stuff together so that you can shape it without breaking.

Whole wheat flour, cornstarch, coarsely powdered oats, or even mashed potatoes will work fine as an egg substitute in such recipes. You will have to start adding one of these ingredients in little increments like about a tablespoon or so until you can shape it into balls, patties, etc.

Substitute for Egg Wash

Simply use oil, dairy/non-dairy milk, or dairy/non-dairy butter.

1/4 cup of light corn syrup thinned with very hot water can also be used for glazing.

Substitute for Egg Whites

aquafabaAquafaba is one of the best substitutes available for egg whites. 3 tablespoons of aquafaba can be used to replace one egg, or actually egg whites more specifically.

Just make sure that it is of the right consistency. It has to look slimy like egg white, not too thin or not too thick.

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Substitute for Egg Yolks

Apparently, soy lecithin is a good substitute for egg yolk, which I am yet to try. It mimics the emulsifying property of eggs.

It's a by-product of soy oil so making it vegetarian. I read that 1 tablespoon of soy lecithin is a substitute for 1 large egg yolk.

Other Uncommon Egg Substitutes

The following egg substitutes can be used depending upon the recipes and they are usually best for gelatin puddings, macaroons, cupcakes & quick breads.

IngredientHow to replace eggs?Best suited for
Agar Agar1 Tbs + 1 Tbs WaterPudding, setting cheesecake
Soy Lecithin1 TbsTo Replace 1 Large Egg Yolk
Aquafaba3 TbsTo Replace 1 Egg / Egg Whites

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    In your oatmeal cookies how much vinegar do I use and if I use the light syrup how much do I use? Your site is just awesome and I hope to learn so much from it. Thank you so much.

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      Which recipe Margaret? I don’t remember adding vinegar in oatmeal cookie recipe.

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  11. Nicci

    Hi! I’m wondering how I would substitute at least two or three of the eggs in this recipe. Can I do it with vinegar and baking soda? And if I do, do I still add the baking powder it is calling for? Or omit it? Ingredients
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      Also, do you think is okay to substitute the coconut flour with Almond flour? Thanks!

    • Madhuram

      This being a gluten-free recipe, it’s not easy to substitute eggs. It’s by trial and error that one can find out a good egg substitute while baking gluten-free. Vinegar and baking soda works well in recipes which uses one egg. It won’t be suitable for this recipe. Also what recipe is this? What does it make? I may be able to get a better idea if I know that.

  12. Patricia Ramsey

    Can hemp seeds be used like flax or chia seeds as an egg replacer? I have added hemp seeds to my diet as a plant based protein and source of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids.

    • Madhuram

      I don’t think it would work, Patricia because hemp seeds don’t have the glutenous properties like chia and flax.

  13. Marta Schwartz

    It was a very informative and helpful article! It got me exciated about trying new ways to cook and bake my goodies. Thank you for all this great info! Nicely done!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome, Marta.

  14. Vandana

    Hi. Can you tell me what would be the best to replace eggs in this recipe
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    • Madhuram

      Is it a cookie recipe or cake recipe? The amount of liquid ingredients looks very little. I’m thinking 1/2 cup of yogurt will work because it looks like a pound cake recipe.

  15. Willow

    Fabulous list of substitutes.
    Thank you!!

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Willow.

  16. pat

    Oh ok. Thanks anyway!:-)

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    Hi Eggless baking world! I need to know if a cream custard pie, like coconut pie could be created with a egg replacer? I baked a pumpkin is pie last year but can’t find the recipe. Help!

    • Madhuram

      I’m thinking it would work Pat, Im yet to try such recipes.

    • Slee

      My eggless pumpkin pie called for cornstarch in place of egg and worked well. I think it was 3 tablespoons.

      • Madhuram

        Wow! That’s great! Will use it when I bake a pie.

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  19. Smriti Jhamb

    What can we substitute egg with in cupcakes?
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    • Madhuram

      It depends on the recipe Smriti. If you are baking a chocolate cupcake you can use flax egg as an egg substitute because the flecks of flax seed won’t be visible but will be noticeable in a plain vanilla cupcake. In general flaxseed substitute is suitable for muffins, breads, cookies etc. You can use vinegar, yogurt or buttermilk in cupcakes.

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    What can I use instead of 1tbsp whisked egg?
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    • Madhuram

      Ener-G egg replacer, applesauce, flax egg all will work fine.

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    I want to make homemade ice cream cones and the recipe uses egg white.
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      Yes that’s a pretty good alternative. But I have not made ice cream cones so not sure exactly how good it will turn out.


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