One of the most difficult things to replace when switching to a plant-based diet is definitely the egg. In most homes, eggs are an absolute staple. People use them in so many different ways. Not to worry, there are many plant-based egg replacements. You may need to get a little creative when converting some of your recipes. There are no hard-set rules or guarantees. Consider this your guide along the way!
THE FLAX EGG
Now meet a vegan egg replacement miracle: the flax egg. The flax egg is simple genius that the vegan community has been using for years. It has the exact consistency of an egg. The best part is that you are replacing an unhealthy animal product with an extremely healthy plant ingredient! Flaxseed is high in omega-3, fiber, and antioxidants.
This flax egg will replace a chicken egg in most baking recipes.
- 1 tbsp flax meal
- 3 tbsp water
Add flax meal and water to a small bowl and stir together.
Set aside for 5 minutes, until the consistency slightly thickened, like an egg.
When baking I almost exclusively use the flax egg as a replacement. I would say it has about a 90% success rate in my experience. The chia egg is made with the exact same ratio as the flax egg, you just use chia seeds instead of flax meal. I have also tried mashed bananas and applesauce, which both add sweetness too, so be careful. In my experience, I find that the flax egg does the best job to mimic an egg in baking recipes.
1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg
1 tbsp chis seeds + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg
3 tbsp = 1 egg
3 tbsp = 1 egg
Binding is a little trickier. Most recipes that would require an egg to bind work just as well without it as long as they have flour and some moisture. Gluten is a strong binder, it is usually enough to hold a recipe together. TIP: Some recipes requiring a binder, like veggie burgers, falafel, or any type of patty, hold together better if you refrigerate the mixture for 20 minutes before forming the patties.
Scrambled and Hard Boiled
If you haven’t tried a tofu scramble yet, you are missing out. This Simple Tofu Scramble is such a delicious breakfast. Tofu is perfect for mimicking a cooked or hard boiled egg. I often use tofu to make a mock egg salad sandwich.
Mayonnaise, Mouses, and Meringues
Introducing aquafaba. Aquafaba is the liquid remaining after you cook chickpeas (or other beans). This is the same liquid that canned chickpeas are packed in. Aquafaba can be whipped up like an egg white. You can make anything from mouses to whipped cream with the stuff. There are lots of delicious recipes that use it. However, aquafaba is not an exact science so it might take a couple tries before you get it just right.