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    Genesis – Mashed Bananas

    During my initial egg free baking days I thought only mashed bananas worked as an egg substitute. I remember when I was mashing it up and using it in almost all of my muffin, cake and quick bread recipes to only find out that everything smelled and tasted the same because of the banana. Whether it was carrot cake, chocolate chip muffins or zucchini quick bread all had the strong flavor of bananas. It really didn’t feel like I was trying new recipes. Then with further exploration I came to now about the magic ingredient, unsweetened applesauce, that is!

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    Magic Ingredient – Applesauce!

    Yes it felt like magic for me because, it was readily available in the store, I didn’t have to spend time preparing it. But note that it’s not a big deal either. Those who cannot find it ready-made, it’s as easy as or even easier than making mashed potatoes. It works as an excellent fat and/or egg substitute like flaxseed meal. Same with any other fruit puree too. But applesauce, mashed bananas are quite common and to some extent prune puree too, especially in chocolate based cakes/cupcakes or muffins.

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    Where to buy and how to preserve it?

    Unsweetened applesauce is available in the grocery aisle where you can find canned fruits, puddings etc. Name brand or store brand doesn’t really matter. But if buying it from the store I prefer buying organic because apples is one of the fruits listed in the “dirty dozen”, the fruits/vegetables which is recommended to be consumed organic. Also avoid getting the bottled ones because it’s really big and however careful you be to use dry spoon it tends to go bad with fungus growth. So I prefer getting the ones in plastic cups. Each cup has exactly 1/2 cup of applesauce which you would most probably use it all in the recipe.

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    Pureed Fruits As An Egg Substitute

    Whatever pureed fruit you choose to use, the measurement is 1/4 cup of the mashed/pureed fruit for each egg to be replaced. I also slightly increase the quantity of baking powder, maybe up to 1/4th of a teaspoon while using pureed fruit because the baked treat tends to be dense otherwise. I would use this as an egg substitute it recipes which calls for 2-3 eggs at most.

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    Pureed Fruits As Fat Substitute

    Do not use pureed fruit measure to measure while substituting for the fat in the recipe. The baked good will turn out to be very heavy. You can use it to replace 50% of the fat content if you are not big on the texture. Otherwise the safe bet would be using it to replace up to 1/3rds of the fat in the original recipe. Also remember that because of the moisture content of the fruit, this substitute is preferably good in cakes, muffins and quick breads and in cookies if you don’t mind or want soft cookies.

Pureed Fruits Recipes

Here is the full list of baking recipes that use Pureed Fruit such as applesauce, mashed banana, etc in place of an egg.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread


(from 2 reviews)
Bake this super moist and healthy chocolate zucchini bread and indulge it anytime of the day.

Eggless Whole Wheat Layer Cake


(from 2 reviews)
Egg free whole wheat layer cake using unsweetened applesauce tastes so good that it's hard to believe it is a healthy cake.

Not Your Usual Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes!


(from 5 reviews)
Chocolate cupcakes need not be a forbidden snack anymore! It can be healthy and tasty as well. Check out this cupcake recipe which uses a good quantity of pureed black beans.

Oat Flour and Beet Brownies


(from 23 reviews)
Oat Flour Beet Brownies: Want to make healthy brownies without compromising the taste? These egg-free, oat flour brownies loaded with beet puree just does it. Pumpkin puree or sweet potato puree works fine too.

Eggless Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread


(from 9 reviews)
Easy recipe for baking eggless chocolate chip zucchini bread.

Vegan Pear Cake


(from 4 reviews)
Very easy to bake, this pear cake is moist, sweet and gets and amazing texture from the cooked pears, plumped raisins and walnuts.

Eggless Carrot Cake or Muffins (with Bananas)

This was the very first cake I have ever baked and to my surprise it came out very well the first time itself. You can't go wrong with this carrot cake recipe.

Eggless Almond Biscottis


(from 3 reviews)
A very simple recipe to bake eggless almond biscottis using whole wheat flour and applesauce.

Fiber One Double Chocolate Muffins Recipe & Video


(from 2 reviews)
It's hard to believe that the secret ingredient in these delicious double chocolate muffins is Fiber One's original bran cereal.

Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread


(from 8 reviews)
Enjoy this low fat, whole grain healthy, vegan peanut butter banana bread any time of the day.

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