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Out of eggs? No problem. We’ve got four easy egg substitutes that will have you saying, who needs eggs?!
When you examine the magical role of eggs when cooking – they act as binders, raising agents, emulsifiers and possess firming properties – they seem to be completely invaluable and irreplaceable, especially when it comes to baking. But, with egg intolerances being one of the most common allergies – especially in children – and veganism on the rise, it’s good to know that there are a number of easy and accessible egg substitutes that could even give your baked goods that extra nutritional boost.
Here, four egg substitutes that will make baking egg-free a breeze.
For one egg, substitute:
1. ¼ cup puréed fruit
Puréed unsweetened, cooked apples or banana are a perfect replacement for eggs in sponge cakes, cupcakes and muffins. If you don’t want to alter the flavour of your sweet treat, use puréed apple – it does nothing to the flavour, but it will give the cake an amazing brightness. Banana will impart it’s distinctive flavour and works particularly well when making eggless flapjacks.
2. 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds or chia seeds combined with 3 tbsp water
Each mixture will need to sit in the fridge for a few minutes, but you’ll know it’s ready when it has a similar consistency to an egg yoke. Both chia seeds and flaxseeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, protein and fibre, which is a cool added healthy perk. Tip: use your clean coffee grinder to make powered flaxseeds and chia seeds.
3. ¼ cup puréed silken tofu
If you’re looking for a protein, iron and calcium kick with eight essential amino acids, tofu is your go-to ingredient. It will also add moisture to your baking, so it’s good to use when making brownies. Bonus: according to a study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, eating tofu may even improve your sex life!
4. ¼ cup coconut yoghurt
Reap all the benefits of coconut and give your favourite bakes a delicate coconut flavour by using coconut yoghurt. Did you know you can make your own using just coconut milk, vegan probiotics and a jar? Win!
Are you looking for more egg-free recipes? Give these a try: the perfect gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan cupcakes, egg-free fudge squares and Caralishious’ vegan ice cream recipe.