28 Feb Incredible Egg Substitutes for Vegans
Are you having a hard time finding a quality replacement for eggs in your favourite dishes? As a vegan, consuming eggs may be out of the question, but then again, you miss all those baked goods, quiche and omelet. Well, finding substitutes is quite easy, replacing them is the tricky part. Technically, eggs play a huge role, more so in baking and finding a suitable replacement for them can be quite daunting. Some dishes, however, aren’t too complicated, for instance, in omelets, chickpea flour works just. You can also substitute with tofu in most cases and with a dash of turmeric, you’ll even get a yellow egg-like color of beaten eggs.
Role of Eggs in Baking
The role of eggs during baking isn’t much about the flavour really, eggs are essential in baking for the following three reasons:
- Eggs provide structure since they harden on heating, they hold the ingredients in place.
- Act as a leavening ingredient helping baked goods rise, just like yeast.
- Provide moisture and richness, as they are liquid and full of fat.
Unfortunately, egg substitutes don’t do what eggs do during baking. After all, eggs are complex natural structures gifted by nature and no alternative can 100% substitute it. Sometimes using these substitutes may not yield the same results as if it were prepared by eggs. However, the food prepared my taste better and be more nutritious, with that in mind, here are some of the egg substitutes you can use.
A term coined for a mixture that is a great egg replacer. “Flegg” is made from flax meal and water. To make “Flegg”, just mix 1 tablespoon flax meal with 3 tablespoons of hot water and mix, use this in place of the egg. Remember, “Flegg” must be made separately before being incorporated!
Flegg works so well simply because the outer layer of flax seeds is a mucilage, a gooey layer found in all plants and helps in water retention and food storage.
- Chia Seeds
Chia seeds work in a similar manner to flax seeds. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds with hot water and let it sit for some time before incorporating it into a recipe. Chia seeds are also a great vegan source of Omega 3.
- Ener-G Egg Replacer
Another great egg replacement product that has been around for quite a long time, assisting vegans with their egg needs in baking goods and other dishes. Made from starches and leavening ingredients, Ener-G egg replacer do a pretty good job in substituting eggs in baked recipes and even in making vegan quiche.
- Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar bubble up when mixed together, a perfect way to add fluffiness and air spaces to your baked goods without using eggs, mix them together in a ratio of 1:1 depending on your needs.
- Silken Tofu
In some recipes where eggs are only used to add moisture, silken tofu can be a great substitute. Not only does tofu add moisture, it also adds protein! Just remember to puree the silken tofu well, to prevent getting chunks in the finished product.
- Applesauce or Mashed Banana
Similarly to silken tofu, you can use applesauce or banana to provide moisture. Moreover, these substitutes are ideal for adding flavour to your final product.
- Arrowroot Powder
Another great binding agent is arrowroot powder, a starch which can also be mixed with water to provide the required moisture.
Whatever substitute you use is up to you and the needs of your recipe. Have fun trying out these great egg substitutes.
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