Simple Egg Substitutions… For Baking

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2013

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Dave and I are HUGE egg lovers!

I regularly make quiche or other breakfast foods for dinner, Nora and I eat lots of eggs for breakfast, and I do LOTS of baking. So yes, we go through a bunch of eggs. In fact, it’s not uncommon for us to go through 2 dozen eggs per week (or more).

However, last week I was almost out of eggs and I wanted to do a bunch of baking. The only problem was that it was snowing like crazy all week long, the roads were horrible, and I really, REALLY didn’t feel like bundling Nora up and braving the weather JUST for eggs.

So instead, I turned to the internet to look up possible egg substitutions — specifically for baking. I knew there were options out there, but I didn’t realize how simple they were (or how well they would work!)

I’m pleased to say that I’ve since made Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, a boxed brownie mix, and peanut butter cookies WITHOUT eggs — and neither Dave or I noticed any difference in taste.

So while I don’t plan to stop buying eggs any time soon, and I will still most likely continue doing my baking with eggs, I thought this was still good information to share — especially if you find yourself ready to do some holiday baking and are short a few eggs.

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Simple Substitutions for Baking Without Egg

This is the recipe I used:

  • 1 ½ T. water
  • 1 ½ T. oil (I used vegetable oil)
  • 1 t. baking powder

Mix all 3 ingredients in a small bowl and substitute for ONE egg.

Here are a few other egg substitutions I found on the internet:

NOTE: Each recipe below is a separate recipe and replaces ONE egg

  • 1/4 c. mashed banana, pumpkin puree, OR applesauce
  • 3 T. plain yogurt + 1/2 t. oil
  • 1 t. yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 t. baking powder + 1 T. water + 1 T. vinegar

I was honestly shocked that my baked goods turned out so well without eggs. I will most definitely keep this recipe handy the next time I’m running low on eggs — or even if I need to bake any foods for anyone with egg allergies.

I was thrilled that I didn’t need to brave the weather, and Dave was thrilled to have yummy baked goods for the rest of the week — yay for simple egg substitutions!

Have you ever tried any of these egg substitutions?

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8 comments

  1. Julie

    12/17/2013

    Thanks for the info. While I almost always have eggs on hand, there have been times… I know this isn’t a contest, but I find that people in the grocery store frequently asking me what I am doing with 8 dozen eggs. Yup, that’s right we go through 6-8 dozen eggs a week due to the nutritional program my kids are on and the fact that I have 4 growing and very hungry kids. I will definitely be using these at some point.

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  2. Alice

    12/17/2013

    We make flaxseed eggs when we’re short on eggs or just want a healthier, vegan alternative.

    http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2011/10/how-to-make-a-flax-egg-for-vegan-baking-the-right-way/

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  3. Marga

    12/17/2013

    A friend of mine is allergic to eggs. Because of this she doesn’t eat too many baked goods or pasta. Even some cocktails will send her into a life threatening emergency. I have used these substitutions before with great success. I especially like to substitute an over ripe banana or applesauce for the egg. It still keeps my baked goods moist and adds a touch of sweetness. Mash the banana well before mixing it in with the remaining ingredients. It blends easier this way.

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  4. Theresa

    12/17/2013

    One of my boys has a severe egg allergy. We usually use the flaxseed substitute. But some of these that you mentioned are new to me, so I will be trying these in the future.
    A word of caution, when making egg substitutes, the less eggs you have to substitute the better the recipe turned out.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Tragic Sandwich

    12/17/2013

    These are great suggestions! I’ve been baking this season, and have one egg remaining.

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  6. Kirsten

    12/17/2013

    Perfect timing! I found out a month ago I have an egg sensitivity. But I love eggs! It’s so difficult to find vegan baking recipes tht sound appitispzing (no dairy either, it’s a sad life because I also love fairy). Now I know I can easily make some substitutions with things I already have on hand! Thank you!

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    Kirsten Reply:

    Love DAIRY. Wow, it’s already been a long week.

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  7. Rachel

    12/19/2013

    Thanks for sharing these ideas. My son is allergic to eggs, so we are always trying different things. The consistency of recipes often changes with applesauce and banana. If you are making a cake, for example, make sure there is some rising agent in the recipe. Some recipes just don’t work well with substitutions. Others–particularly vegan recipes–turn out great.

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