Simple Egg Substitutions… For Baking

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2017
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Our family LOVES eggs!

I regularly make quiche or other breakfast foods for dinner, the kids and I eat eggs almost every single morning 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 4 dozen eggs per week (or more).

I usually have a large stockpile of eggs since they last a long time in the fridge; however, last week I almost ran out of eggs on the day I wanted to do a bunch of baking — and you know there was NO WAY I was going to take 4 kids to the store JUST for eggs! 

Instead, I used a simple egg substitute that worked wonderfully and saved me a ridiculous amount of time, energy and stress with all 4 kids at the store!

While I don’t plan to stop buying eggs any time soon, and I will certainly still bake with eggs, I figured this post might be helpful for those of you who run out of eggs during your holiday baking (or if you’re baking for someone with an egg allergy!)

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Simple Substitutions for Baking Without Egg

  • 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:

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

It’s always amazing to me that these ingredients can replace an egg — but I’ve eaten many baked goods made with these egg substitutes and I honestly can’t tell a difference!

Have you ever tried any of these egg substitutions?

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23 comments

  1. Beth

    11/29/2017

    Your idea about the water, oil, baking powder substitute is good. Do you think it would work well in a recipe that called for several eggs? I had a brownie recipe once that instead of eggs, you made a cooked paste out of flour, water, and butter I believe, and it was gooey enough to “stick” the brownies together. It was surprisingly good.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I honestly don’t know Beth. I’ve only used these substitutes for 1 or 2 eggs — but it couldn’t hurt to give it a try if you’re in a pinch!

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  2. linda

    11/28/2017

    I love eggs but this is a great substitution. Thanks for posting!

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  3. Luba @ Healthy with Luba

    11/28/2017

    Andrea, these are great to know. We don’t do well with eggs and bananas are always a better option for my husband.

    Thank you!

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh yeah — these would be helpful if you don’t do well with eggs!

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  4. Debbie

    11/28/2017

    I had no idea you can make these substitutions! Thank you!

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    Andrea Reply:

    you learn something new every day 🙂

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  5. Linda T

    11/28/2017

    I often have chia seeds in the house. They are quite very good for you, but don’t really taste like anything. I hide them in smoothies. You can use a tablespoon of ground chia seeds mixed with 3 tsblespoons of water. Let it sit for 5 minutes and you’re good to go!

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  6. Veneta | Becoming Life Smart

    11/28/2017

    Thank you so much, Andrea! I’ve been stuck many times not being able to make a recipe because I didn’t have eggs and I couldn’t head to the store at that moment. This is very helpful! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — glad to help!

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  7. Johanna

    10/10/2015

    Thank you very much, you seem to be the only one to give me a recipe without having to download a toolbar. Thanks again, Johanna

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  8. 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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  9. 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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    JJ Reply:

    Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie mix using a 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce(for 2 eggs) has been my go-to dairy-free/egg-free dessert recipe! And they actually taste better than with eggs!!!

    Also our favorite pancake recipe that is dairy-free/egg free:

    3 cups flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    3 Tbsp + 3/4 tsp baking powder
    3/4 tsp salt
    Slightly less than 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    2-1/4 cups water
    3 eggs(OR 6 Tbsp. WATER…yes, water!)
    2 shakes of cinnamon
    1/2 tsp vanillla

    Mix all ingredients. Use a combo of vegan butter and vegetable oil to fry pancakes. I was SHOCKED how good these were without eggs!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

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    Diana Reply:

    JJ, you win the prize of the year for the brownie recommendation! I’ve been dairy and egg free for the better part of the last 3 years, and I’ve come a long way in finding recipes that we love. But brownies are kind of my last frontier. 🙂

    If I woke the kids up, went to the store right now to buy the DH brownie mix, would that kind of defeat the purpose of this post?! 😉

    Great substitutions, Andrea. They do work well. In my opinion, you have to consider the nature of your recipe instead of blindly substituting. You probably don’t want banana-flavored chocolate chip cookies or yeasty muffins. And in items where eggs are vital, like pudding or Dutch Baby pancakes, they don’t quite work either. (I’m sure you know that–just wanted to say it for someone new to baking who might be reading comments!

    Kirsten: dairy and egg free is tough! There is hope though–the longer you go, the more recipes you will find that work well for basically vegan baking. In fact, I have more luck googling “vegan ___ recipe” than “dairy and egg free __ recipe.” Betty Crocker has a great chocolate chip cookie one, muffins usually turn out fairly well, and that Wacky Cake (you poke 3 holes and pour in vinegar, oil, and vanilla) is close to box mix texture. Happy baking!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, definitely consider the type of recipe before choosing your substitution! And yes, these won’t work for egg-heavy recipes 🙂
    Thanks for your tips and clarifications Diana!

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  10. Tragic Sandwich

    12/17/2013

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

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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