Eggs are an important ingredient in baking and cooking due to their distinctive leavening and binding properties. But if you no longer use them, there are plenty of vegan egg substitutes on the market and in your kitchen. This guide details the most popular brands of vegan egg alternatives as well as common kitchen staples, and the best uses for each one.
If you want to make vegan egg dishes, there are some great options for egg alternatives on the market. You can use these products to make dishes such as omelets, French toast, quiches, and more. Whether you are egg-free by choice (vegans don’t use eggs) or necessity (allergies or other health-related issues), here are a few good reasons to ditch them:
Lower cholesterol & improve heart health: Egg yolks are loaded with cholesterol, which can increase the risks of cardiovascular disease and other serious health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), “the fat and cholesterol found in eggs can harm heart health and lead to prostate cancer, colorectal cancer” and more.
Lower chance of food-borne illness: According to the FDA, eggs “may contain a bacteria called Salmonella that can cause…food poisoning” and other health problems.
Environmental footprint of the egg industry: Industrial egg production facilities also generate harmful effects on the environment such as air pollution and the contamination of soil and water. Although eggs generally have a smaller carbon footprint than industrial meat production facilities, there are still significant problems with industrial egg production facilities.
Not only do these facilities blow greenhouse gases into the air and atmosphere, but they also can contaminate streams, rivers, and soil if bacteria and toxins from the manure seep into the ground.
An essential breakfast and baking staple, eggs are a common ingredient found in many dishes. Fortunately, there are several vegan egg alternatives on the market, allowing you to easily recreate the flavors you love. Plus, there is also a slew of staples you may already have in your kitchen that can be swapped in for eggs for baked goods or making scrambles.
Vegan egg substitutes and replacer brands
Here are some store-bought vegan egg alternatives that will make your eggless baking and cooking easier:
JustEgg: According to JUST, Inc. “JustEgg” is entirely free from cholesterol. This vegan egg alternative is made from plants and is packed with clean, sustainable protein. The key ingredient is mung bean: a protein-rich legume that scrambles and tastes very much like an egg.
Follow Your Heart’s VeganEgg: Follow Your Heart’s “VeganEgg” is another excellent vegan egg alternative. This soymilk powder-based substitute is seasoned black salt, which is a Himalayan rock salt with a sulfur-like flavor that gives products a taste similar to that of real eggs.
The Vegg Scramble: The Vegg Scramble is the first mass-produced vegan egg yolk product on the market. Designed to be scrambled and eaten just like a breakfast scramble, this plant-based egg alternative is also made using black salt and soy protein to give it the flavor of a real egg. The best part? Each serving provides 20 grams of protein.
Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer: This long-standing, simple vegan egg alternative is a gluten-free baking essential. It is excellent for baking muffins, cakes, breads, and more.
Ener-G Egg Replacer: Another long-standing vegan egg alternative, Ener-G Egg Replacer is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. Since this vegan egg substitute contains some leavening agents, it’s been found to work best for baking in things like cakes and cookies.
Pegg’s Plant-Based Eggs: This new vegan egg alternative was born during the pandemic and is on a mission to make food more wholesome and sustainable. That’s why it is made using chickpeas for cooking and baking. Ground chickpea flour and other emulsifiers give this vegan alternative its “eggy” texture and flavor, it tastes so much like the real thing.
Simply Eggless Plant-Based Egg: Simply Eggless whipped up a liquid vegan egg alternative that is made entirely of plant-based ingredients. The key ingredient: lupin beans. This simple plant-based egg alternative is full of protein and is excellent for baking and cooking. It can even be scrambled too, just like a real egg.
Kitchen staples that make great egg substitutes
Believe it or not, you probably already have plenty of vegan egg alternatives on hand right in your kitchen. Innovative chefs and bakers have long used other ingredients in their kitchens to replace eggs. The trick to deciding which substitute to use is whether the egg in the recipe was intended to be a binder or leavening.
If the recipe already has a leavening agent like baking soda in it, then egg might serve as a binding agent or for added moisture. If the recipe doesn’t call for a leavening agent, then egg might be the key to a light, fluffy product. Here are eight of the most popular traditional vegan egg replacements and their uses for each.
Applesauce: This egg substitute is an ideal fat-free alternative for baking in recipes where there is already a leavening agent at work. Intended more for binding and adding moisture, unsweetened plain applesauce works best in things like cakes, breads, muffins, and other baked goods. Use ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce to replace one egg.
Tofu: A good source of protein and very close to the real thing, tofu can often be a surprising alternative in terms of texture and flavor. For scrambles, firm or extra-firm silken tofu are perfect, but you can also use regular tub tofu (firm rather than extra-firm is best), well-drained. Season with favorite spices or herbs, and add veggies to replicate those breakfast dishes you remember. Here are Vegetable Tofu Scrambles with Lots of Variations.
Pureed silken tofu is also great in recipes that already have a leavening agent and is often used for binding or adding moisture to dense goods such as cakes and brownies.
Avocado: Avocados are another great vegan egg alternative when the egg acts as a binding agent in the recipe. They are great for adding moisture to brownies and other baked goods, just make sure to mash them up well until they are creamy and smooth. One egg is equal to roughly ¼ cup of avocado.
Ripe Banana: Bananas are also excellent vegan egg substitutes. They add moisture to dense products such as cakes, pancakes, and brownies while also imparting some of their sweetness. Mashed banana is also a great use of fruit that’s a little overripe. Use one medium ripe banana, well mashed, to replace one egg.
Vegan yogurt: Vegan yogurt (soy, coconut, almond, and others) is another great vegan egg alternative for many baked goods and pancakes. This ingredient works best when there is another leavening agent present in the recipe. For binding and adding moisture, you need about ¼ cup of vegan yogurt to substitute for one egg.
Aquafaba: Aquafaba may not sound very appetizing, but it is possibly the most amazing of all the vegan egg substitutes. Aquafaba acts as a binding agent and is excellent in cookies and other baked goods. It’s simply the liquid that comes from canned beans, with chickpeas being the most commonly and successfully used. To use aquafaba as an egg replacement in vegan recipes, use about three tablespoons of liquid to equal one egg.
Oil + Baking Powder: Oil is another easy, last-minute vegan egg alternative. It’s ideal for recipes where the egg acts as the leavening in breads, muffins, scones. Combine 1½ tablespoon vegetable oil, ½ tablespoon water, and one teaspoon baking powder to create this simple egg substitute.
Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is another great vegan egg alternative. Its creamy texture helps to bind ingredients together while also adding a hint of nutty flavor to your favorite baked goods. To use this alternative, substitute three tablespoons of peanut butter for one egg.
Now that you know how to replace eggs in recipes with other vegan alternatives, you can experiment to see which alternatives give you the flavor and consistency you desire in your baking and cooking.
Here are more ideas and tips for using vegan egg substitutes:
- 3 Vegan Egg Options
- 16 Best Egg Substitutes That You Probably Already Have on Hand
- The 10 Best Vegan Egg Alternatives
- Best Egg Substitutes: Egg Alternatives for All Your Cooking Needs
- The Best Plant-Based Eggs
- Egg Substitutes for Cooking and Baking
Make sure to see the recipe roundup, 37 Eggless Vegan Egg Dishes for more recipes and ideas for cooking and baking with vegan egg alternatives.
Contributed by Anna Fiore: Anna is a 2021 graduate of SUNY-New Paltz, majoring in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in journalism. She is an advocate of environmental sustainability and clean eating.