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Vegan Egg Replacement Options

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Vegan Egg Replacement Options & Why You Shouldn’t Eat Eggs

The great thing about going vegan is that you don’t actually have to give anything up.

For example, many people are afraid that they won’t be able to bake or cook without eggs.

This is far from the truth with the variety of vegan egg replacement options on the market today.

In case you are reading this and you aren’t vegan, and you are wondering why vegans don’t eat eggs, here 9 reasons why:

  1. Male chicks are ground up alive in the egg industry. They can’t lay eggs, so they serve no purpose and they are considered a “by-product.” They are also killed by being suffocated in black bags.
  2. Egg laying hens are kept in cages smaller than the size of a piece of paper. They don’t even have space to spread their wings out.
  3. Chickens have their beaks cut off so they won’t peck at each other (they become restless due to how tightly crammed they are in their cages).
  4. Layer hens never see the sunlight, or darkness either. They are kept in barns where there is artificial light 24/7. This is so that they are stimulated to lay even more eggs.
  5. In the wild, chickens would only lay a handful of eggs each year. They have been bred so that they now lay an egg every day, well over 300 eggs a year. This makes them very weak and they lose so many nutrients from doing this.
  6. Egg laying hens only live for a couple of years and then they are sent to the slaughterhouse. They could naturally live for way longer, but as soon as their egg production starts to decline they are deemed unworthy.
  7. Even free-range and “cage-free” eggs are terrible for the chickens. They are still kept by the thousands in barns where they don’t see the sunlight and are deprived of everything natural to them.
  8. Eggs are full of cholesterol and extremely unhealthy for you.
  9. Eggs are part of a chicken’s menstruation cycle. When you eat an egg, you are basically eating a chicken period.

You can also reference a recent article I wrote on Backyard Eggs.

Now that you know the reasons why you shouldn’t be consuming eggs, here are some common vegan egg replacement options that you can use in place of eggs:

  • Vinegar and baking soda
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Ground chia seeds
  • Mashed ripe bananas
  • Applesauce
  • Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
  • Silken tofu
  • Store bought egg replacers
  • The Vegan Egg by Follow Your Heart
  • Canned pumpkin or squash

Now you may be thinking these are great vegan egg replacement options but now tell me how much?

Here’s a basic guide about how much to use of each ingredient to replace 1 egg in recipes.

For cakes, cupcakes, brownies, etc:

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of applesauce
  • 1/4 cup of whipped silken tofu
  • 3 tablespoons of aquafaba

For muffins, pancakes, cookies, waffles, etc:

  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and placed in the fridge for 15 minutes)
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 3 tablespoons of aquafaba

Other vegan egg replacement options  are pre-made egg replacers such as Ener-G egg replacer, Neat Egg or Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer, where you can follow the instructions according to the package.

If you want an egg just to thicken up a recipe, you can use vegan egg replacement options which are powders such as arrowroot powder, cornstarch, or flour.

If you are using an egg for binding, here are replacements that would be great for 1 egg:

  • A flax egg (the most popular and commonly used option)
  • 1 tablespoon of agar-agar with 4 tablespoons of boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of potato starch replaces 1 egg and is great for thickening sauces
  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder also replaces 1 egg. It’s great for stir-fries.
  • 2 tablespoons of mashed sweet potatoes work great in savory recipes such as meatloaf
  • 2 tablespoons of instant mashed potato flakes are also great for the above, and it works well for binding veggie burgers
  • 3 tablespoons of aquafaba

If you want something to add moisture to a recipe, here are some substitutes for 1 egg:

  • 1/2 cup of mashed ripe banana (great for chewy baked goods such as cookies or brownies)
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce (can also replace butter or oil in a replace for cookies cakes, muffins, and brownies)
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin or squash (good for cakes, muffins, cupcakes)
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste (good for savory recipes like meatloaf or vegan burgers)
  • 1/4 cup of puréed soft tofu (gives a creamy texture)

If you want to replace eggs in a dish such as scrambled eggs, try making tofu scramble! There are many recipes online. If you add black salt (also known as kala namak) that’s the secret to getting the “eggy” taste. Here’s a link to several brands on Amazon, click HERE.

I hope this blog post was helpful. If you have any other egg replacements that I missed please let me know in the comments!

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Megan & Michelle
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Hi my name is Megan & in the picture above is my mom, Michelle. We are a mother and daughter team. I'm 19 year old and we are, inspiring young and old around the world that Veganism is the way of life. Vegan for the animals, people and the environment. Compassion = Veganism

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