Whether you have an egg allergy, are eating vegan, or are trying to lower your cholesterol, egg replacer is a must when baking and making certain recipes. Luckily, there are several options for substituting eggs when baking, from egg replacement products to other ingredients that can simulate the properties of eggs.
As an added bonus, many of the commercial products are equivalent to several dozen eggs, making them an economical choice that will last a long time in the pantry. Keep in mind these products are not substitutes for scrambled eggs or other cooked egg dishes, however, and also be sure to read the ingredients carefully as some egg "substitutes" still contain eggs (mainly egg whites).
Ener-G Egg Replacer
Ener-G egg replacer is made from a variety of ingredients, including potato starch, tapioca starch flour, and a leavening agent, mimicking the binding and expanding properties that eggs have in baked goods. This egg replacer can be used to make cookies, cakes, and brownies as well as pancakes, waffles, and muffins. Ener-G egg replacer is also gluten-free and certified Kosher, as well as economical and easy to use. It can replace whole eggs and egg whites.
Even if you’re not vegan, using egg replacer while baking will help lower your cholesterol intake and, as one box is the equivalent of 100 eggs, its a good investment as well.
Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer
This trusted company founded by a husband and wife team features a cholesterol-free, vegan-safe egg replacement product. It will make pancakes and waffles light and fluffy and will bind ingredients in baked goods (such as muffins, cookies, and brownies) while making the batter nice and moist. It is made from wheat and soy (there is also a gluten-free version available) and will stay fresh when stored in a cool, dry place.
Namaste Raw Goods Egg Replacer
Also gluten-free, Namaste egg substitute product is made from tapioca and arrowroot starches, citrus fiber, cream of tartar, and sodium bicarbonate. The resealable pouch makes it easy to remove the 2 teaspoons needed for most recipes and then store for later use. It is best to follow this formula for recipes made from scratch; you may need to experiment a bit when adding to packaged baking mixes.
Other Egg Substitutes
If you prefer not to purchase a commercial egg replacer product, there are several ingredients you can use to substitute eggs in a recipe, including flax seeds, bananas, applesauce, or even silken tofu when blended with the liquid ingredients in the recipe. If you are making a savory casserole and the egg is used for binding, you can try breadcrumbs or oats.
Recipes Using Egg Replacer
You can substitute commercial egg replacer in almost any baked good recipe, but if you are looking for a starting point why not try a vegan zucchini bread, a simple recipe using ingredients you have on hand; it is also a great way to get kids to eat this often eschewed green vegetable. For a savory side dish the whole family will love (or if you have a vegan or two at your Chanukah celebration), cook up some vegan latkes, fried potato pancakes. Vegan hush puppies will be a welcome treat at the dinner table, especially when served with fried fish.