Diet & Nutrition

6 wonderful egg substitutes for baking

Embarking on Veganuary or just out of eggs? No problem.

By Holly Royce
Whether you're looking for an egg substitute for baking cupcakes, cookies, pancakes or banana bread - there is an egg replacement idea here for you.
Eggs perform distinct roles in different recipes, and it's essential to make sure you use the correct replacement for your baked goods.
There are a number of reasons you may need an egg substitute; someone might not be able to eat eggs - or hey, maybe you forgot to pick some up before you started baking, no judgements, just substitutions suggestions.

1. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are a great egg substitute to be used in recipes where the egg is used to bind or firm the ingredients together (think cookies and pancakes).
In place of one egg, use one tablespoon ground flaxseeds with three tablespoons water and wait for mix to form a slight gel - it will leave your baked goods with a slightly nutty taste.
Mix one tablespoon ground flaxseeds with three tablespoons water. (Image: Getty)

2. Apple sauce

Unsweetened apple sauce is an extremely popular egg substitute in baking where the eggs is used for moisture (think banana bread, muffins and cakes).
Use 1/4 cup of of apple sauce with 1/2 a teaspoon baking soda mixed in to compensate for the thick consistency.

3. Vegetable oil

Oil is used in place of eggs for recipes where the egg is included as a Leavening Agent to make the baked goods rise.
To make the replacement, mix 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil mixed with 1-1/2 tablespoons water and 1 teaspoon baking powder per egg.
A mix of oil, water and baking powder can substitute for eggs. (Image: Getty)

4. Chickpea water or Aquafaba

Haven't heard of aquafaba? Don't worry, it's a relatively new egg replacement but its popularity is on the rise, best used in place of a place of egg white.
To replace one egg worth of egg white, whip up 3 tablespoons of aquafab, just as you would an egg white.

5. Banana

As with apple sauce, 1/4 cup of mashed banana (used per egg) is a great egg substitute when the egg is required in baking for moisture.
Want some moistness to your baking? Mashed banana is a great alternative to egg. (Image: Getty)

6. Silken Tofu

Silken tofu is perfect when an egg is required to make a baked good more dense, so it's best used in things like brownies and cakes.
Use 1/4 cup of puréed tofu for 1 egg and don't worry, the tofu is basically flavourless so no strange tastes will be popping through.