13 Effective Substitutes for Eggs

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Some people choose not to eat eggs because they are allergic to them or because they follow a vegan diet.

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Cooked apples are sweetened or spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg in apple sauce. Apple sauce can replace eggs in most recipes; use 65 grams per egg. Try unsweetened apple sauce, but if you use sweetened, reduce the sugar.

Apple Sauce

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This substitutes eggs, however the cooked meal may taste banana-like. Using pureed avocado or pumpkin instead of banana doesn't change the flavor as much.

Mashed Banana

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Highly nutritious, these tiny seeds include omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and other minerals. You can buy pre-ground seeds or mill them yourself.

Chia Seeds or Ground Flaxseeds

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Potato, tapioca, and leavening ingredients are used to make these substitutes. All baked items can use them without affecting flavor. Brands include Bob's Red Mill, Ener-G, and Organ.

Commercial Egg Replacement

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Processing condensed soy milk into solid blocks makes tofu. Tofu is firmer when more water is pushed out.

Silken Tofu

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Mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of vinegar can replace one egg in most recipes, however it may sound unpleasant.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

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There are good ways to use plain yogurt and buttermilk instead of eggs in muffins, cakes, and cupcakes.

Buttermilk or Plain Yogurt

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Arrowroot is a root powder from South America that is high in starch. It's used in baking and cooking and tastes like corn starch.

Arrowroot Powder

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This liquid is left over after cooking beans or legumes and is in canned chickpeas or beans. The liquid can replace egg whites in meringues, marshmallows, nougat, and macaroons because it has a comparable consistency.


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Peanut, cashew, or almond butters can replace eggs in most recipes, but flavor may vary. It blends best in brownies, pancakes, and cookies with smooth nut butters.

Nut Butter

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Since it holds air bubbles, carbonated water moistens and leavens recipes. Instead of one egg, use 60 grams of carbonated water in cakes, cupcakes, and quick breads.

Carbonated Water

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Usually made from pig and cow collagen, gelatin gels well. Agar-agar, derived from seaweed or algae, is vegan.

Agar-Agar or Gelatin Powder

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Egg-binding soy lecithin is a soybean oil byproduct. Due of its mixing and holding properties, it's typically used to commercial foods.

Soy Lecithin Powder

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