Many of our Egyptian friends who taste our delicious treats can’t believe that they are free of animal products. This is especially true when it comes to baked cookies like cookies and cakes. We always get the question: How did you do that without EGGS?
As many of our readers already know, there are many ways to replace eggs in your cooking, whether you’re making something sweet or not. And yes, dear Egyptian readers, you can do it with products available here in Egypt. So, here goes.
Why are eggs used in recipes?
Before you begin to replace the eggs in your recipe, it’s important to know what role the eggs were playing in the original recipe. Usually, eggs are used for two main reasons: to add leavening (or lightness) and to bind (or hold) the food together. We will discuss ways to replace eggs that play both roles in the following.
Sometimes you can leave the egg out of a recipe entirely without replacing it. In such cases, you may need to add some liquid (non-dairy milk, fruit juice, water, etc.) so the moisture in the recipe remains the same.
Using plant-based ingredients to replace eggs when they add leavening to a recipe
There are many ways to get lift in a recipe without the use of eggs.
- vinegar + baking soda
- ripe mashed banana
- 1 egg = 1/2 ripe mashed banana
- this substitution is especially nice when you don’t mind the banana flavor like in muffins, cookies, pancakes, or quick breads
- 1 egg= 1/4 cup of tofu, blended with the liquid ingredients in the recipe
- this substitution works when you want a rich texture like in moist cakes or brownies
- applesauce, canned or mashed pumpkin or squash
- 1 egg = 1/4 cup of any of these
- these may add flavors to your final product, so watch out!
- you may want to add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder to the recipe because these fruit purees may make the finished product heavier than the original
- this substitution works well with moist baked goods like cakes, quick breads and brownies
- cornstarch + water
- flax seeds + water
- 1 egg = 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water
- this is especially nutritious because the flax seeds provide essential Omega 3 fatty acids while they bind and provide lift in your recipe!
Using plant-based ingredients to replace eggs when they hold food together in a recipe:
- When you replace for eggs that bind with dry ingredients, you may need to mix it with water, vegetable broth or another liquid (use 1 1/2 teaspoons of dry to 2 tablespoons of liquid).
- 1 egg= 1/4 cup of tofu, blended with 1 tablespoon of flour
- Use any of the following at the ratio of 1 egg = 2-3 tablespoons of the following:
- tomato paste
- potato starch
- quick-cooking oats or cooked oatmeal
- mashed potatoes
Every recipe is different and every substitution acts differently.
You will have to experiment to see which substitution is the most appropriate for the recipe you are changing. The important thing is to know that there are options for replacing eggs. You can bake and cook your favorites while maintaining a plant-based diet!
There are other ways to replace eggs in your cooking. We have chosen these to feature because they are relatively easy to find in Egypt. Have you tried any these substitutes or others in your cooking?