How To Replace An Egg

If you’re allergic to eggs, you may fear that baked goods are totally forbidden to you. Fortunately, this is not the case! There are a variety of ways to replace an egg in most traditional recipes, and there are also several commercial egg replacers on the market. If you’re strapped for cash or don’t feel like running to the grocery store, here are some egg replacements that are likely already living in your cupboard!

  • 1/2 of a ripe, smashed banana
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • Tofu*

Smashing bananas or adding applesauce are a great way to replace an egg in any baked good recipe, but don’t allow for the rising or fluffiness that traditional recipes get from eggs. If you use these substitutes and are looking for a fluffy or well-risen baked good, be sure to add a bit of baking soda or baking powder if the recipe doesn’t already call for it.

If you’re not up to experimentation, there are also several commercial egg replacers on the market. The most trusted brands are Ener-G Foods and Bob’s Red Mill. Personally, I always keep a box of Ener-G Foods Egg Replacer on hand. While it’s a bit pricey for a baking item, one box contains the equivalent of 100 eggs!

*NOTE- Tofu is a soy based ingredient. If you aren’t allergic to soy, it is a great alternative for eggs in many recipes, especially those that call for hard boiled or solid eggs. Silken tofu and crumbled regular tofu have a texture similar to hard boiled eggs, and with the addition of mustard or turmeric, can successfully fool your guests as well as your own palate!

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2 thoughts on “How To Replace An Egg

  1. Michelle Manrique November 15, 2012 at 5:30 am Reply

    Thanks! This is super helpful. My daughter has an egg allergy and I would like to make baked goods with eggs but didn’t know what to use to replace it.

    • Mrs. Mom November 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm Reply

      Michelle-

      As you can see, there are plenty of options! If commercial egg replacers aren’t available, just aim to find an ingredient that has a similar consistency of a beaten egg- thick and moist. Even a couple tablespoons of yogurt, sour cream, or cream cheese will do the trick, but will make for a denser product. Like I said, if you need it to rise, be sure to add baking soda and baking powder; an extra teaspoon of each will do the trick!

      -Jessica

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