Egg-cellent Substitutions

During this Easter season you have likely seen a lot of eggs. Eggs are a wonderful ingredient to cook and bake with, but there are those who either cannot eat them due to allergies or those who simply do not like them. Maybe you are just in a pinch and do not have one on hand. Whatever the case may be, here are some substitutions you can use in place of the incredible edible egg.

Pureed fruits:

Pureed fruit is an excellent way to substitute for eggs in sweet baked goods. It is a good binder and provides great texture. It can also potentially make your final product denser when substituting it for eggs. However, adding an extra 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder as compensation can help to add lightness and air.

  •   Use 1/4 cup mashed banana in place of one egg
  •   Use 1/4 cup applesauce in place of one egg
  •   Use 1/4 cup pureed prunes in place of one egg


Ingredients containing high amounts of starch can also act as great egg substitution in recipes. Starch is a natural binding agent. It can also add volume and lightness to your baked goods. Here are some common ones.

  •   Use 2 tablespoons of potato starch in place of one egg
  •   Use 1/4 cup mashed potatoes in place of one egg
  •   Use pureed pumpkin/squash in place of one egg


Often eggs are used to add moisture and texture. Ingredients containing oil and oil-like substances can give you a similar result.

  •   Use 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed plus 3 tablespoons of water in place of one egg (be sure to let the flaxseed and water mixture sit for a minute or until it forms a jelly-like substance)
  •   Use 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon oil, and 2 teaspoons baking powder in place of one egg
  •   Use 1 tablespoon plain agar powder dissolved in 1 tablespoon water in place of one egg (whip the agar powder and water together, chill it for a few minutes, and then whip it again)


Yogurt is also a wonderful way to add moisture and texture.

  •   Use 1/4 cup plain yogurt in place of one egg

Remember: There are 6 key functions of eggs when used in cooking and baking. Eggs can act as binders, leavening agents, add moisture, give texture, create volume/lightness, or add color. It is important to look at your recipe and see what function or functions your egg is serving in that particular recipe. Use a substitute that can most closely fill in for that missing function. A lot of times the simplest remedy in excluding eggs is slightly increasing your moisture/liquids and increasing the amount of leavening agent (baking soda, baking powder, etc.) the recipe calls for. Experiment and see which substitutions work best for the recipes you use.


    Carrie Collette
    Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2013
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