Eggs are healthy and versatile, plus they are a popular food for many. Eggs are used especially in baking, where almost every recipe calls for them. For various reasons, there are a lot of people that do not consume them. If you are allergic to eggs or if you are on a vegan diet there are plenty of substitutes you can use in place of eggs. Below are some of the best alternatives when it comes to eggs.
One of the best alternatives when it comes to substituting eggs is applesauce. Applesauce, a purée made from cooked apples can be sweetened or flavoured with spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. You can use one-fourth cup of applesauce to replace one egg in most of your recipes. It is best to use unsweetened applesauce as a replacement for your eggs. If you are using a sweetened variety, you should reduce the amount of sugar or sweetener in your recipe.
Also on our list of best substitutes for egg yolk is mashed banana. Mashed banana is a common replacement for eggs. The only downside to baking with bananas is that your dish may have a mild banana flavour. Other puréed fruits such as pumpkins and avocados also work without affecting the flavour of your meal. Whichever fruit you choose to use can be used to substitute eggs with one-fourth cup of purée. Baked meals made with puréed fruits will not brown as much, but they can become dense and moist. You can add mashed banana to your cakes, muffins, brownies and quick breads recipe in place of egg yolk.
Ground Flaxseeds Or Chia Seeds
Flaxseeds and chia seeds are also worth considering if you need an alternative for eggs. Both are tiny seeds that are highly nutritious plus they are high in omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and other unique plant compounds. Simply grind your flaxseeds or chia seeds at home or buy ready-made seed meal from your store. To substitute one egg, whisk together one tablespoon of ground chia or flaxseeds with three tablespoons of water until fully absorbed and thickened. Doing that may cause your baked goods to become heavy and dense as well as become nutty. As such, ground flaxseeds or chia seeds work best in products such as pancakes, waffles, muffins, breads as well as cookies.
Commercial Egg Replacer
Also on our list of alternatives for egg yok is commercial egg replacer. There are a plenty of commercial egg replacers on the market to choose from. These are made from potato starch, tapioca starch and leavening agents. Egg replacers work for all baked goods and should not affect the flavour of your finished product. You can easily find them at many supermarkets as well as online. Each brand comes with its own instructions, but on average you combine one and a half teaspoons of powder with 2–3 tablespoons of warm water to replace one egg yolk.
Tofu is another excellent alternative for egg yolk. Silken tofu is condensed soy milk that has been processed and pressed into solid blocks. The texture of tofu may be different based on its water content. The more water that is pressed out, the firmer your tofu gets. Silken tofu has a higher water content and it is much softer in consistency. To replace one egg yolk with silken tofu simply substitute a quarter cup of puréed, silken tofu. Silken tofu is relatively flavourless, but it can make your baked goods dense and heavy, so it is best used in brownies, cookies, quick breads and cakes.
Vinegar And Baking Soda
Also on our list of best alternatives for egg yolk is vinegar and baking soda. Mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of vinegar can be used to replace one egg yolk in most recipes. You can use apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar. When you mix them together, vinegar and baking soda start a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide and water, which in turn make your baked goods light and airy. This alternative works best for cakes, cupcakes and quick breads.
Yogurt Or Buttermilk
You can use both yogurt and buttermilk as substitutes for egg yolk. It is best to make use of plain yogurt, because flavoured and sweetened varieties may change the flavour of your recipe. You can use one-fourth cup of yogurt or buttermilk for each egg yolk as a replacement. Yogurt and buttermilk work best for muffins, cakes and cupcakes as an alternative.
Also on our list of best alternatives for egg yolk is arrowroot. This South American tuber plant is high in carbohydrates. The starch is extracted from the roots of the plant and sold as a powder. Arrowroot resembles corn starch and it is used in cooking, baking and a variety of personal and household products. A mixture of two tablespoons of arrowroot powder and three tablespoons of water can be used to replace one egg yolk.
Aquafaba is also another excellent substitute for egg yolk to consider. The aquafaba is a liquid left over from cooking beans or legumes. It is also the same liquid that is found in canned chickpeas or beans. The liquid has a similar consistency to that of raw egg whites, and that makes it an excellent substitution for many recipes. Simply use three tablespoons of aquafaba to replace one egg yolk.
Nut butters like such as peanut, cashew or almond butter can also be used to substitute eggs yolks in most recipes. To replace one egg yolk simply use three tablespoons of nut butter in your recipe. This may affect the flavour of your finished product, but it is best used in brownies, pancakes as well as cookies.
Another excellent substitute to egg yolk is carbonated water. Carbonated water can be used to add moisture to a recipe, but it also acts as a great leavening agent. The carbonation traps air bubbles, which helps to make your finished product light and fluffy. To replace egg yolk with carbonated water simply add one-fourth cup of carbonated water for one egg yolk. You can use it when making cakes, cupcakes and quick breads.