Farm fresh eggs are well-loved and eaten daily in our household. Even though eggs are a staple here, we run out every now and then and need to use something different when we bake. I have put together a list of the best egg substitutions plus a FREE Egg Substitution printable chart for you!
Why Would You Need Egg Substitutions?
It is a good idea to know about proper substitutes for eggs for a couple of reasons:
#1 Egg Allergies
While you may not have an allergy yourself, you may find yourself cooking for someone with an allergy at some point in time. You can still make delicious baked goods without risking their health with eggs.
#2 Special Diets
If you or someone you are cooking for has a special diet (ex. vegan), you will need to find an egg alternative.
#3 Last Minute Baking
Maybe you are like me and you enjoy coming up with foods to bake on a whim. This means that you might not have all of the ingredients in stock. It is great to know how to substitute ingredients so baking can still happen even if you have to go off-recipe.
#4 Emergency Cooking
At the time of writing this post, our nation is in quarantine (voluntary at the moment) due to a virus called COVID-19. The grocery stores are having difficulty keeping up with the panic-buying so shelves are staying empty. It has been difficult to find staples like eggs, milk, and bread. Having knowledge of simple substitutes can help you to make it through times like this.
Uses for Eggs and Egg Alternatives in Baking
Eggs can play several different roles in baking. Consider which role is required in your recipe when choosing an egg substitution.
4 Most Common Uses
to hold the ingredients together
to make food (like cake) moist
to make the food rise
to make the food yummy 🙂
Substituting Eggs in Last Minute Baking Recipes
These egg substitutes work BEST when the recipe calls for 1-3 eggs. If your recipe requires more than three eggs, then you may not get the results that you want with these substitutes.
If you are replacing more than three eggs, then you need to consider the intended action of the eggs in the recipe that you are using (binding, leavening, moisture, flavor) and substitute accordingly.
15 of the Best Egg Substitutions and Egg Alternatives
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1. VEGETABLE OIL
You can substitute 1/4 cup vegetable oil per egg. This is my go-to egg alternative.
BEST USE: Pretty much anything that only calls for 1 egg.
Unsweetened applesauce can be substituted at 1/4 cup per egg. If you only have sweetened applesauce on hand, use 1/8 cup per egg instead.
NOTE: Add 1/2 tsp baking powder if you are using applesauce in a less dense food item as fruit purees tend to increase the density.
BEST USE: Quick Breads, Cakes, Muffins, and Cupcakes
3. MASHED BANANA
1/2 cup of mashed banana can be used in place of an egg in your baking recipes. You may find that your baked goods have a slight banana flavor using this substitute, but that’s not always a bad thing.
NOTE: Add 1/2 tsp baking powder if you are using bananas in a less dense food item as fruit purees tend to increase the density.
BEST USE: Quick Breads, Cakes, and Cupcakes
4. MASHED AVOCADO
Avocados can be used just like bananas in baking. Mash or puree an avocado and use 1/2 cup to replace one egg. The avocado doesn’t leave as much of a taste as bananas.
BEST USE: Salad dressings, Meat Mixtures
5. PUREED PUMPKIN
Replace one egg with 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh).
BEST USE: Quick Breads, Cakes, Meat Mixtures
6. GROUND FLAX SEED AND WATER
Mix 1 TBSP of ground flax seed (you can grind your own flax seed in a food processor or coffee grinder) with 3 TBSP water. Using flax or chia seeds as an egg substitution will make your products a little more dense and provide a slight nutty flavor.
BEST USE: Brownies, Muffins, Pancakes, Cookies
7. GROUND CHIA SEEDS AND WATER
Combine 1 TBSP ground chia seeds (you can grind your own chia seeds with a food processor or a coffee grinder) with 3 TBSP water. Using chia or flax seeds will make your products a little more dense and could provide a slight nutty flavor.
BEST USE: Quick breads, Waffles, Cookies
8. PLAIN YOGURT
To replace one egg, add 1/4 cup plain yogurt to your recipe.
BEST USE: Cakes and Muffins
Use 1/4 cup buttermilk to replace an egg in muffin and cake recipes.
BEST USE: Cakes and Muffins
10. SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK
Use 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk in the place of one egg.
BEST USE: Cakes and Cookies
11. CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER
Add 3 TBSP of peanut butter (or another nut butter) to your recipe for each egg that your recipe calls for. This is a delicious substitute in pancakes!
BEST USE: Pancakes, Brownies, Cookies
12. WATER, OIL, AND BAKING POWDER
Combine 2 TBSP Water + 2 tsp Baking Powder + 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil to replace one egg.
BEST USE: Cookies & Cakes
13. BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR
Mixing 1 tsp baking soda and 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar can replace one egg. This egg substitution is great for lighter baked goods like cupcakes.
BEST USE: Brownies, Cakes, Cupcakes, Quick Breads
14. ARROWROOT POWDER
Arrowroot powder is a starch that is very similar to corn starch (I use it as a corn starch substitute pretty often). If you mix 2 TBSP arrowroot powder with 3 TBSP water, it will replace one egg in your recipe.
NOTE: Does not work for leavening so avoid this egg substitution in cakes, breads, cookies, and other food items that need to rise.
BEST USE: Pudding, Sauces, Custards
15. MASHED POTATOES
Say what?? Mashed potatoes in baked goods?? Yep!! Just add 1/4 cup mashed potatoes per egg to bind bread recipes.
BEST USE: Breads and Rolls
What are your favorite egg substitutions?
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