There may be many reasons why you choose to exclude eggs from your cooking. You may have an allergy or simply not like the taste. In the past, some have worried about Eggs and Cholesterol.
According to the Heart Foundation, cholesterol in eggs has almost no effect on our blood which is a common misconception.
In fact, eggs actually have 11 vitamins and minerals and are a source of healthy fats. The good news is there are a number of alternatives.
Cakes generally rely on the eggs to give them that light and fluffy texture that best resembles a cloud-style texture. The best way to replicate that spongy texture is by using a suitable substitute.
The 5 egg substitutions from She Knows are great alternatives. Your heart will thank you. They are also brilliant backups if an emergency kitchen situation presents itself.
The best part about these substitutes is that when you use banana, applesauce and other pureed fruit (pumpkin and zucchini for example) you end up with incredibly moist results.
1. Applesauce – Egg Baking Substitute
Applesauce is well used in many recipes. You can use 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce to one egg in most baking recipes. Some of the recipes that we have seen suggest that you mix the applesauce with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
If you are going to replace only with Applesauce, consider reducing the overall sugar in the recipe. You can also substitute Applesauce for Oil. It’s a very healthy and popular alternative and you can use it creatively in most baked recipes.
2. Mashed Banana – Egg Baking Substitute
Banana is another healthy and delicious alternative that you are going to love. 1/4 of a mashed banana is equivalent to half a banana. Mash it up and it replaces one egg in your baking. You need to remember that this could give your recipe a mild banana flavor which provided it is bread, for example, will add a delicious touch. Use your discretion and apply it to the right recipes.
3. Vegetable Oil – Egg Baking Substitute
In most instances, one egg can be replaced by 1/4 cup vegetable oil when baking. Bear in mind it is not suggested that you use more than this amount of oil in a recipe as it will make your recipe too oily. The last thing you want is grease in your baking.
4. Flax Seeds – Egg Baking Substitute
Who would have thought that you could substitute flax seeds for eggs. That was certainly a new one in our books! You will need to mix one tablespoon of ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons.
It is ready to use when the water is fully absorbed and has a thick, sticky consistency that is between solid and liquid. You can use this mixture to replace one egg. Pre-ground Flax Seeds are fine or you can grind them yourself.
5. Water, Oil and Baking Powder
Here’s another very popular egg substitute. You simply whisk together two tablespoons water, one teaspoon oil (use corn or vegetable oil) and two teaspoons baking powder (baking soda). This mixture equals one egg. This is particularly good for your cookies and baked goods. It is pretty much undetectable and flavorless.
Egg Substitution Guide
Here’s a great chart from Swanson that makes things very clear when it comes to substituting Eggs in Cooking. Be sure that you Pin this for future reference.
Vegan Egg Baking Substitutions
We have included some Vegan Egg Baking Substitutions also. As you can see vegetable puree works great in quick breads, muffins and cookies, as does yogurt. Silken Tofu is another favorite and is great for Pound Cakes.
Here’s some further healthy swap ideas from Ziploc. As you can see one banana is equivalent to 2 eggs. 1 cup of greek yogurt will replace sour cream and you can even sub out crushed nuts for breadcrumbs. Avocado is a great alternative to Mayonnaise too.