Whether you don’t eat them for ethical reasons or prefer to avoid eggs completely, you may start to wonder about the ability to enjoy your life. There are so many meals that involve eggs, especially when it comes to desserts. Can you even bake a cake without using at least one egg? Will it taste just as good without?
There are egg substitutes out there, and you can use them all to make your desserts. Whether you want cookies, cakes or trifles, there is something available.
Here are 8 ways to make desserts using egg substitutes.
Look Into The Ingredients In The Substitutes
Before you even start with the egg substitutes, it’s important to do your research. Some people will switch because of their vegan lifestyle while others will make a switch because they are allergic to eggs. They want to be able to enjoy their life with their choice or the food restrictions that have been forced upon them due to their body’s way of handling certain foods.
There may be other allergies that you have to look out for. Some ingredients will substitute eggs with something else that may not be suitable for your vegan lifestyle. When you are choosing something, always look at the ingredients to make sure it really is perfect for your needs.
Think about your reasons for substituting eggs. This isn’t to answer to anyone else for your decisions, but to make sure you get the best substitute for your needs. You’ll need to think about the allergies of the people trying your desserts or whether you are doing this for a lifestyle choice. In some cases, you may have just run out of eggs and want to replace for this once!
Remember What Eggs Are For
Eggs in desserts aren’t really used to help make cakes and cookies cook. They’re used for the moisture or leavening, and can add some lightness to the ingredients. The only dessert you’ll find harder to make is meringue, which uses egg whites and sugar.
Knowing how eggs help desserts will help you when finding egg substitutes for your needs. Adding moisture to the mixtures can be gained through other ways. Remember this when it comes to looking for the best egg substitutes.
So what can you use? Here are 8 ways to make your desserts.
Use More Olive Oil
Olive or vegetable oil are common options in place of eggs. The oil gives you the same benefit of moisturising the flour and baking soda. It takes about a quarter cup of oil to replace one egg, which is a rough guide when you’re just following a normal recipe and want to replace the eggs listed in it.
However, like when you see something that mentions water, it’s best to add less oil and see how it goes. You will always be able to add more oil if necessary, but you can’t take it out once mixed in.
Vegetable oil tends to be full of unhealthy fats, so olive oil is a highly recommended choice. If you don’t have allergies, you could also consider coconut or almond oil. There are lots of other options too that will give you some extra health benefits. They can have a bit of a taste to them, so you’ll always want to consider the dessert you’re making. Olive oil is the most like vegetable oil in taste.
Opt for Unsweetened Applesauce
Another option is applesauce. Try to use unsweetened applesauce when substituting your eggs, as you’ll already likely use sugar in your baking. You’ll need to use about a quarter cup of applesauce to replace one egg in your baking. Like with the oil, just try a little at a time until you get the consistency that you want.
Sometimes you can only find sweetened applesauce. That’s not a problem, and it really just means that you have to reduce your sugar a little.
If you want to cut out oil as well as eggs in your baking, applesauce is a healthier alternative. Of course, unsweetened is healthier due to fewer refined sugars causing some health problems.
Mash Up Bananas
Did you know that bananas can replace your eggs? These are much healthier, and will add a naturally sweeter taste to your mixture. You can even use ripened bananas if you’re looking to get rid of some rather than waste them by throwing them out.
All you need to do is mash the bananas in a bowl and then add them to your flour mixture. They’ll create the consistency that one egg will. Like the others mentioned above, a quarter cup of mashed banana is the same as an egg, but you can decide while you are mixing everything together if you want to add a bit more.
Bananas will keep the taste when you are baking. This is something to be aware of when it comes to certain cakes. Will the banana taste work well with coffee and walnut cakes? Maybe you’ll want to try something a little different for this type of cake, such as almond oil to work with the walnut. Likewise, the banana taste could enhance cakes, especially those that use other fruits like blueberries and strawberries.
Switch to Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are extremely healthy and help the bowels work properly. They can be used in all sorts of recipes, and even work well as a binder for desserts. This is a great option for replacing your eggs, whatever reason you have chosen to make egg-free desserts.
Another benefit for some is that they have a nutty taste, without the nuts. You can add them to coffee cakes to get that nutty sense without having to worry about a nut allergy.
You’ll need to do some prep work for these before you add them to your flour to make a binder. Mix a few teaspoons of the seeds into a few tablespoons of water and let the water soak them all up. Just a small amount will replace one egg in your baking.
These are great for gluten-free recipes, as well as vegan ones. You’ll find them affordable and easy to use. While they require some prep, it’s not messy and won’t take too long.
You could use many other types of seeds instead of flax seed. Chia seeds have become extremely popular due to the health benefits in recent years to replace eggs. You’ll need a bit more water to mix with chia seeds compared to flax seeds.
Get Fluffy With Baking Soda and Vinegar
What about when you want fluffy cakes? This is harder with the likes of vegetable oil and applesauce, as they are quite heavy ingredients. If you want to substitute your eggs but still get light and fluffy, it’s time to look at vinegar. White vinegar will be okay, but you could also use apple cider vinegar. It’s completely up to you and really depends on the taste that you want within the cake.
When mixed with baking soda, the two ingredients create the fluffy egg replacement. You only need a tablespoon of vinegar with a teaspoon of baking soda to create one egg.
This really will depend on the type of cakes you’re making. Sometimes the vinegar taste can be too much for normal fairy cakes. You may want to do some trial and error until you get your vinegar amount just right.
Store Bought Egg Substitutes
Don’t forget the variety of egg substitutes that you can get from the store. These will usually be the special food sections, and you may need to ask for help in your grocery store to initially locate them.
These are the substitutes that you will need to check the packaging for to make sure they are suitable for your diet. Manufacturers know that people substitute eggs for all types of reasons, so will include different ingredients to replace them.
These are more expensive than some of your natural options for egg replacement. You may want to try some of the natural options before you consider buying a packet to see if you can make your desserts naturally and healthily.
The benefit of the store bought options is that they mimic the egg taste. This can be great for those desserts where you’re supposed to be able to taste the egg. They will also have ratios on the box, but you should still work with your own tastes and preferences to create the perfect option for your needs.
Make a Glaze With Melted Margarine
Eggs aren’t just used in baking for binding. At times, they are used for glazing something, and you can replace them with something else to get the same effect. One of the most common options is to replace with melted margarine.
There are debates over the health benefits and risks of margarine, but when using to glaze you’re really not using that much to do harm/good. You can use this option as sparingly as you wish.
When you are using it, make sure the margarine is completely melted and then use a brush just lightly to put over the top. This is the exact same way that you would do it all with eggs.
If you really don’t want to use margarine, oil will also make good glazing ingredients. Just normal vegetable or olive oil will work, or you can use anything else that you currently have in your house. Remember, you’re using it just to glaze, so there’s no point thinking about the health risks or benefits.
Use Oil, Water and Baking Powder for Leavening
Again, eggs can also be used for leavening desserts, rather than binding the ingredients. When that is the case, oil, water, and baking powder together will work as an excellent substitute. You will need to get the ratios of all just right for this, and it can take some trial and error with some desserts.
You should only need a tablespoon of oil with a tablespoon of water and a teaspoon of baking powder. It is important that you get baking powder and not baking soda. While the two look and sound the same, they have very different properties in baking!
It Will Be a Case of Trial and Error
When you are making your desserts with egg substitutes, it will sometimes be a case of trial and error. You will have to think about just how many eggs you use and whether you need as much of the substitute to create the same mixture. You can sometimes tell by looking at the dessert before cooking, but other times you will need to wait until the cakes or cookies are baked.
Over time, you’ll get used to the amount that you need to make. Some desserts will come easier than others, and there are others that you’ll find other substitutes work better instead.
You’ll also need to trial and error that tastes. Some of the substitutes have a very different taste to eggs, such as the bananas or nutty oils. These can change the taste of your cakes and cookies considerably, meaning you’ll have to decide whether they really do work or not. Don’t be afraid to decide one substitute doesn’t work for a particular dessert. You can always try another one at a later date.
Have fun with your substitutes. This is something that you can get the kids involved with. They’ll learn more about mixtures and how cakes are put together, and will enjoy their desserts more. They’ll want to help in the future and may even find that they can create some desserts from scratch for you to try.
There are lots of ways to substitute your eggs, and not all will be with store bought specialist products. You can do it with ingredients that you will already have in your home. Oil and applesauce are among the most common and popular options for taste and ease. Vinegar and baking soda are popular when you want something lighter for your cakes. Think about your needs and get trialling with your next desserts.
These substitutes could inspire you to come up with a new recipe out of experimenting with them. Eggs are healthy, but these substitutes have nutrients that eggs may not. It is not required to use these all the time, but you can use them alternatively whenever you make desserts.