Egg Substitutes

The great news is that you can still make your favourite sweet or savoury dishes without using eggs, simply by making a few quick swaps in the kitchen.

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A new egg white substitute, aquafaba, is breaking all the rules. It sounds odd, but aquafaba is simply the water from a can of chickpeas. It makes for a great egg white replacer and can be used in anything from mousses and meringues to pot pies and ‘egg’ noodles.

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Egg Replacers

In baking, egg acts as a binder so you can also use a commercial egg replacer such as Orgran No Egg or The Vegg or any of these other substitutes.

For savoury dishes:

  • 2 Tbsp potato starch
  • 1/4 C mashed potato
  • 1/4 C canned pumpkin
  • 2 Tbsp water + 1 Tbsp oil + 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed + 3 Tbsp cold water & let sit for 2–3 min
  • 3 Tbsp aquafaba

For sweet dishes:

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 C apple sauce
  • 1/4 C puréed prunes
  • For 1 egg white add 1 Tbsp plain agar powder dissolved in 1 Tbsp water, whipped, chilled and whipped again
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed + 3 Tbsp cold water & let sit for 2-3 min

Check out this handy guide for egg replacements.

Try this delicious pancake recipe and even more baking delights!

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Some supermarket brands such as Edmonds Dijoinnaise are accidentally vegan. Plamil and Melrose organic mayos are also good options, although you may need to pop into a health food shop for these.

Or you can easily make your own by following this easy recipe:

  • 2 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1 C soy milk
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp agave syrup, optional

Blend all the ingredients, adding the oil last. Avoid using a metal bowl which prevents the acids from combining properly. To create an aioli, blend in a clove of garlic.

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Scrambled Tofu

Dropping eggs from your diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a tasty, savoury breakfast. For example, scrambled tofu is a great way to satisfy your egg cravings in the morning. If fried is more your thing, try battering a thin slice of tofu in The Vegg and frying it up.

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