Pretty much all non-vegan foods have plant-based replacements. The least obvious replacements are ”egg replacements”. Here is a list of the most convenient vegan egg replacements along with recommended substitute measurements:
Tofu is suitable for egg replacements in recipes that contain a lot of eggs, such as custards and quiches. To replace one egg in a recipe, purée 1/4 cup soft tofu. Although it tofu may not fluff up like eggs, it does have a texture that is perfect for ”eggy” meals.
One banana should substitute one egg in sweet dishes or baked deserts. The banana will add flavour, sweetness and moisture to the dish.
3) Flax Seed
3 tablespoons of water mixed with 1 tablespoon of flax seeds should replace one egg. Finely ground flax seed is best used in whole-grain baked goods and pancakes because of it’s nutty flavour. It also makes a great binder. Flax seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids and fibre.
4) Baking Soda and Vinegar
1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of vinegar should replace one egg. This is ideal for fluffy baked goods.
5) Chia Seed
Similar to flax seeds, chia seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. They will also create an excellent binding agent for baked goods. To replace one large egg, finely friend 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in a spice grinder. Place in a small bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of water. Allow to sit for 30 minutes before using in a recipe. The mixture will thicken to a gel-like consistency. Just before incorporating into a recipe, stir in a food pinch of baking powder.
6) Vegan Yoghurts
Alternative yoghurts include soy, rice, coconut flavour etc. 1/4 cup of yoghurt should substitute one egg. It will also add flavour and moisture to the dish. Yoghurts work best with breads, muffins and cakes.
1/4 cup of applesauce should replace one egg. Similar to the yoghurt replacement, applesauce works great with muffins, pancakes and breads. You may need to add baking powder or baking soda as a rising agent if needed.
8) Chickpea Flour
A more unusual substitute is chickpea flour. this is available in health food shops. It’s also known as besan, chana flour, gram flour, cici flour and garbanzo bean flour. 1/4 cup of chickpea flour and 1/4 cup of an alternative milk should replace one egg.
With many people being allergic to eggs or trying veganism, egg replacements are becoming more popular. Given the numerous health risks related to eating eggs, egg substitutes make eliminating eggs from your diet even easier. To read more about the health benefits of removing animal products from your diet, visit TheVeganLily’s ”Health Page” or www.nutritionfacts.org.
-The Vegan Lily