Instead of eggs

I’ve written about the inherent cruelty of the egg industry and why vegans don’t eat eggs. When I nix one item, I like to offer a vegan substitute, so let’s look at other ingredients that you can use instead of eggs.

Baking: To get baked goods to stick together, use applesauce, flax seeds, or a banana. Applesauce is sweet and keeps foods moist. Use 1/4 cup instead of one egg. Bananas hold baked goods together and add sweetness too. Use one small banana instead of an egg. Flax seeds will bind without the added flavor of apple or banana. Mix one tablespoon of ground flax seeds with three tablespoons of warm water and stir until it gets thick and sticky.

Ener-G Egg Replacer is a powdered product (of potato starch, tapioca and other ingredients) that has leavening properties and is a great egg alternative. 1-1/2 teaspoons of egg replacer and 2 tablespoons of water mixed together is the perfect amount to replace one egg.

Using vegan recipes will help you get the right substitutions and ratios, but after you get the hang of it, you can veganize almost any recipe. Use the ideas on this page from PETA for more substitutes.tofu scramble

Cooking: If you crave scrambled eggs, you can crumble firm tofu into a pan with onion, mushrooms, peppers, or whatever else you’d like. Add the tofu after all the other ingredients are cooked. It doesn’t need to be heated up for long. It’s ready to eat and just needs warming up really.

Tofu is bland, which means you can add your own flavor and color with turmeric, soy sauce and a touch of kala namak (Indian salt that adds an eggy flavor). Add a little Daiya vegan cheese, and you’ll never miss a traditional scramble.

I recently made a grits casserole using tofu instead of eggs and it was great! You can use tofu to make egg salad too.

I made a mock tuna salad using garbanzo beans. It was more like an egg salad. I wasn’t going to fool anyone (it didn’t completely mimic eggs), but it was a very satisfying meal. Veganaise or Nayonaise are great mayo substitutes–for salads or on sandwiches.deviled potatoes

I have yet to make vegan French toast, but I’ve ordered it in restaurants and I know if can be made with a batter of non-dairy milk, flour, cinnamon and sugar.

The heavenly potatoes I make are a delicious devilled egg substitute. If you’re really ambitious, try this version of deviled eggs.

A new product called the Vegg is on the market now. When I try it, I’ll review it here. It’s used to make vegan cakes, custard, French toast and Hollandaise sauce (and more).

More info:

Is there anything egg-related you’re craving? Do you have other egg replacement ideas?

8 thoughts on “Instead of eggs

  1. I was never a big fan of eggs even before i was vegan. So the only thing I would need an egg replacement would be for baking. I usually use plain apple sauce. And I do make a tofu-scramble. I have heard about the Vegg, but honestly I think it would gross me out just like real eggs do. Oh my mother used to make me eat soft-boiled eggs as a child–hence why eggs gross me out.

    • I’m with you. I cannot stand soft yolks. My mom would have to hard boil eggs for me. I never bought eggs as an adult–except for baking (like you). For those who DO like boiled eggs…hmm. Is there a substitute? I’m sure someone could make the whites from the deviled egg recipe I linked to and put the Vegg in the middle. I’m not going to try that though!

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. kala namak is new to me. will put it on my list!

    and as you might remember, I’m seeking a sub for salads – you know the kind of green salads you put halves of a boiled egg on top? while I don’t like substitutes that look exactly like what they’re a mock-up for, a natural, real egg is actually a perfect combination of fats and proteins, and two textures that go well together – of course it’s the cruelty of it that sucks. so I am still experimenting – I don’t want store-bought egg replacers bc of their ingredient lists; and yet the recipe needs to be quite simple and quick… *heads off for the kitch again*

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