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5 Easy Egg Substitutes and How to Use Them

By Edited Aug 14, 2016 3 9

Blueberry Muffins

There are a million and one egg substitutes that can be used in recipes that call for eggs. However, finding the right one for the recipe you're making can be incredibly frustrating. Replacing eggs is by far the most difficult in making a recipe vegan, or allergy free. 

When substituting an egg in a recipe, we first need to figure out the roll that the eggs are fulfilling. The most common use of an egg is to bind, meaning to hold everything together. They are also used to leaven and to add moisture and richness to a recipe. 


How: 1/2 a mashed or blended (ripe) banana = 1 egg. 

When: Bananas are best used in breads, muffins, cakes and pancakes. 

Flaxseed or Chia 'Egg'

Flaxseed Egg
How: 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes at room temperature before adding to your recipe. This allows the 'egg' to gel and become more elastic. 

When: Best used in 'earthy' whole grain items like bran muffins, pancakes, and oatmeal cookies. I've used flax eggs in chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and it went completely undetected. Flax eggs for the win! 

Flax and chia are a great source of fiber and protein, and can be added to many dishes for a nice crunch and added texture. 

Silken Tofu

Silken Tofu

How: 1/4 cup blended silken tofu = 1 egg. Blend the tofu really well until smooth and creamy. 

When: Silken tofu is heavy, and works best in dense desserts such brownies, cheesecakes and dense cakes. It's not recommend for use in cookies, since it can cause them to be fluffy and cake-like. 

** On a non-baking note: Silken tofu is a great substitute for eggs in mayonnaise and a perfect for creating creamy salad dressings. 



How: 1/3 cup applesauce = 1 egg. If your applesauce has chunks, blend until smooth before using. 

When: Best used in breads, muffins, chocolate cake and brownies. The chocolate flavor most often overpowers the applesauce and the flavor will go undetected. 

Almond, Soy or Coconut Yogurt

coconut yogurt
How: 1/4 cup yogurt = 1 egg. Similar to silken tofu, yogurt will add moisture and richness to your recipe. 

When: Best used in breads, muffins, cakes and pancakes. I recently tested soy yogurt in this strawberry coconut milk cake, and it came out delicious. 

Egg Substitute Powder

Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer

How: Use according to package instructions.

When: Can be used in cakes, breads and cookies. Depending on which brand you use, this can sometimes leave a 'chalky' aftertaste. If the recipe calls for more than a couple eggs, I would use another substitute. 

Do you have any additional egg substitutes to add? 

Which is your favorite to use? 



Aug 1, 2014 9:42am
Great article, apple sauce is a surprising one.
Aug 1, 2014 9:53am
Thanks Matylda!
Aug 3, 2014 4:50pm
This is so useful!
Aug 3, 2014 9:12pm
I didn't realize you could use applesauce as an egg replacement. The other items sound workable and I'd like to try them.

When I bake a cake, I sub the applesauce for the oil or butter, and only use two instead of three eggs in the boxed mix to lower the cholesterol/fat content. As for "icing," instead of a canned mix or homemade buttercream icing, I normally use canned pie filling, fresh fruit and honey or occasionally brown mini marshmallows before removing from the oven. For special occasions, it is a mix of fruit and honey with perhaps some brandy mixed in and spread over the top.

Thanks for the heads up on other things to sub for the eggs. We like tofu, so that might be what we try first.
Aug 4, 2014 8:22am
Yup! I use it all the time in muffins. If you're already using applesauce as a replacement for some of the oil, I might try using a non dairy yogurt or powdered egg replacement in lieu of the eggs.
Aug 6, 2014 1:07pm
Great article! i didn't realize that BRM made an egg replacer. I'll have to give it a try. :)
Aug 6, 2014 10:42pm
I would never have guessed that bananas could be an egg substitute. Great tips, thank you!
Aug 6, 2014 10:42pm
I would never have guessed that bananas could be an egg substitute. Great tips, thank you!
Aug 7, 2014 7:33am
They sure are :) Thanks for your comment ttodd001!
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