How to Replace Eggs in a Recipe: Tips and Tricks for Perfect Non-Egg Baking
How to Replace Eggs in a Recipe: Tips and Tricks for Perfect Non-Egg Baking
Eggs are an essential ingredient in baking, but they can be problematic for those with allergies, dietary restrictions, or ethical considerations.

However, there are various substitutes that can be used in their place depending on the recipe. Apple sauce, mashed banana, silken tofu, vinegar, baking soda, aquafaba, carbonated water, flaxseed, and arrowroot powder are all substitutes that can be used in baking. This article will explore how to use these substitutes and provide tips and tricks for baking with egg replacements.

Substitutes for Binding: Applesauce, Mashed Banana, and Silken Tofu

Using Applesauce as an Egg Substitute in Baking

Applesauce is a healthy and delicious substitute for eggs in baking recipes. It can be used in a 1:1 ratio to replace eggs in most recipes, but it is particularly effective in sweet recipes. It adds moisture, natural sweetness, and helps to bind ingredients together. When using applesauce, reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe as the applesauce will add natural sweetness.

Here's how to use applesauce as an egg substitute:

     Use ¼ cup (60ml) of unsweetened applesauce to replace one egg.

     Add the applesauce with the wet ingredients and mix well.

     Note that using applesauce may change the texture of your baked goods slightly, making them slightly denser and chewier, but in most cases, this is not noticeable.

Baking with Mashed Banana: How to Replace Eggs in Recipes

If you are looking for an egg substitute for recipes with a strong flavor, try mashed banana. This substitute will add a noticeable flavor to your baked goods, but it works particularly well in sweet recipes like cakes, muffins, and cookies. Mashed bananas add moisture and natural sweetness which can help to bind ingredients together.

Here's how to use mashed banana as an egg substitute:

     Use ½ a mashed ripe banana to replace one egg.

     Make sure the banana is well mashed and has no lumps.

     Mix well with wet ingredients.

     Note that using mashed banana may change the texture and flavor of your baked goods. This may not be suitable for all types of recipes.

The Benefits of Using Silken Tofu as an Egg Substitute in Baking

Silken tofu is an excellent substitute for eggs in baking recipes. It is made from soybeans and it has a similar consistency to eggs, making it a great binding agent in recipes. Silken tofu works particularly well in recipes that require a lot of eggs, like quiches, custards, and mousses.

Here's how to use silken tofu as an egg substitute:

     Use ¼ cup (60ml) of pureed silken tofu to replace one egg.

     Blend the silken tofu in a food processor or blender until it is smooth and creamy.

     Use the puree in place of eggs in recipes and mix well with the wet ingredients.

     Note that using silken tofu may change the texture of your baked goods slightly, making them slightly denser, but in most cases, this is not noticeable.

Using applesauce, mashed bananas, and silken tofu as substitutes for eggs in baking can help you to create delicious and healthy baked goods, regardless of your dietary restrictions or preferences. Experiment with these substitutes and see which ones work best for your favorite recipes!

Substitutes for Leavening: Vinegar and Baking Soda, Aquafaba, and Carbonated Water

If you're looking to replace eggs in a recipe for leavening purposes, don't worry, there are plenty of options available! Here are three of the best:

Creating Light and Fluffy Baked Goods with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Vinegar and baking soda are a classic combination when it comes to replacing eggs in baking. When the two ingredients are combined, they create a chemical reaction that causes the mixture to rise, creating light and fluffy baked goods. This combination is especially effective in recipes like cakes and quick breads.

How to Substitute Vinegar and Baking Soda for Eggs in Baking

     Tablespoon of vinegar + 1 tsp of baking soda = 1 egg

     Mix the vinegar and baking soda together and add it to the recipe as you would a regular egg

     Be sure to mix the ingredients together well before adding them to the recipe to ensure even leavening

Aquafaba: The Best Egg Substitute for Light and Airy Baked Goods

Aquafaba is the liquid that comes in a can of chickpeas and can be used as an effective and vegan substitute for eggs in many recipes. It can be whipped into peaks or blended into batter, making it a great leavener for light and airy baked goods like meringues and soufflés.

How to Substitute Aquafaba for Eggs in Baking

     Tablespoons of aquafaba = 1 egg

     Whip the aquafaba until it becomes foamy and white for the best results

     For recipes that require eggs to be beaten until stiff peaks form, whip the aquafaba for a longer period of time until stiff peaks form before folding it into the recipe 

Using Carbonated Water as an Egg Substitute in Baking Recipes

Carbonated water is a surprising egg substitute that can add lightness and fluffiness to baked goods. It works especially well in recipes that call for seltzer or club soda like pancakes and waffles.

How to Substitute Carbonated Water for Eggs in Baking

     cup of carbonated water = 1 egg

     Add the carbonated water to the recipe just as you would a regular egg

     Be sure to use cold carbonated water for the best results

With these egg substitute options, you can achieve the same great results in your baking without using eggs. Remember to experiment to find the best substitute for your recipe, and don't be afraid to get creative!

Tips and Tricks for Baking with Egg Substitutes

If you are thinking of replacing eggs in your baking recipes, it is important to know the best substitutes and how to use them correctly. The following are tips and tricks for baking with egg substitutes:

How to Determine the Best Substitute for Each Baking Recipe

     Before substituting eggs in a recipe, you need to know their role. The two main functions of eggs in baking are binding and leavening.

     For recipes that require binding, such as cakes and cookies, mashed bananas, applesauce, or silken tofu can replace eggs. Choose the substitute based on what best fits the flavor profile of your recipe.

     If you need leavening in your recipe, carbonated water, aquafaba, vinegar and baking soda can be good substitutes. To choose the appropriate substitute, consider the amount of leavening needed based on the recipe and adjust accordingly.

     For a less direct substitution, you can try flaxseeds, arrowroot powder, or even pureed beans.

Adjusting Texture and Taste with Egg Substitutes in Baking

     Be aware that substituting eggs may change the flavor and texture of the baked goods, so it's important to adjust the measurements and additives to ensure the desired taste and texture.

     Mashed bananas, applesauce and pureed tofu can all add moisture and chewiness to baked goods, while flaxseed and arrowroot powder can give the final product a fine crumb and nutty flavor.

     Carbonated water, vinegar and baking soda, and aquafaba can add airiness and lightness to baked goods.

Notes on Using Egg Substitutes in Vegan Baking


     If you are replacing eggs in vegan baking, you need to use substitutes that are plant-based and do not contain any animal products such as dairy and gelatin.

     Coconut cream and several brands of vegan mayo can also be used as egg substitutes in some recipes.

     In addition to the tips mentioned above, it's important to note that not all egg substitutes are created equal in terms of flavor and texture, so experimentation is key.

      By understanding these simple tips, you can successfully replace eggs in your baking recipes. Don't be afraid to experiment with the different substitutes and adjust your measurements and flavorings as needed. Happy baking!