Different Egg Replacers


Eggs are used almost everywhere in baking but that does not mean that you have to give up the baked goods when switching to a vegan/plant based diet. You can veganize any recipe! There are so many egg replacers out there all you have to keep in mind is some egg replacers works for binding the ingredients together and some work as a leavening agent making the recipe rise. If the egg is used to bring the ingredients together use a binding replacer, if it is used to make the recipe rise use a leavening agent replacer and if it is used for both use one of each replacer in your recipe.

Binding egg replacers: 
Chia seeds:
To replace 1 egg mix 1 tbsp chia seeds with 3 tbsp water. Let it sit for a few minutes until it turns into a thick consistency. You have to mix the chia seeds with the water before you put it in the batter, otherwise it won't work. If you want the chia mixture to be smooth then blend it for a couple of minutes to a smooth consistency. 

Flax seeds:
To replace 1 egg mix 1 tbsp of flax meal (grounded flax seeds) with 3 tbsp water. Let it sit for a few minutes until it turns into a thick consistency. You have to mix the flax meal with the water before you put it in the batter, otherwise it won't work. This replacer is also called a flegg, quite clever huh? But this is great for binding your recipe together without adding any flavor other than what flavor is in the recipe. Fleggs works great with a leavening agent like baking soda and vinegar. 

Starches: 
When cooking (and baking) you can also use starches such as arrowroot powder or potato flour to replace an egg. Use 2 tbsp of the powder to replace 1 egg. Mix it with equal parts of water first before adding it to the other ingredients. If you want the batter to rise use baking soda and vinegar in the recipe as well.


Leavening agent egg replacers: 
Baking soda and lemon juice:
To replace 1 egg use 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/4 tsp baking soda. Mix the baking soda with the dry ingredients and then put in the vinegar at the end when the batter is all mixed, stir for a minute and let it set for a few minutes. This will give you a fluffy texture with lots of air to your baking. Mix this with one of the binding eggs for the best result.

Apple juice:
To replace 1 egg use 1/4 cup or ½ a dl of apple juice. This is a great binding agent to add moisture and a great leavening agent to let the recipe rise. I have used it in oat cookies and it works so well. I haven't experienced being able to taste the apple but to make sure use it when baking something sweet. Works great in cookies and cakes.

Banana:
To replace 1 egg mash 1 banana. A banana will most likely leave a bit of flavor so make sure it is compatible with the rest of the ingredients in the recipe. A banana egg replacer is great in baking or in pancakes. A banana will also bind the batter together.