How to substitute eggs with egg replacement, banana or yogurt

A few days ago, I discussed how eggs could be replaced using flaxseeds and silken tofu. Tonight, I have the rest of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's tips from Vegan with a Vengeance on how to replace eggs in baking:

  • Ener-G Egg Replacer
    • How to use it: 1 1/2 tablespoons Ener-G + 2 tablespoons water mixed well = 1 egg.
      • Isa's note: Many people swear by this egg replacer. I think it is good to use in a pinch, in all baking that requires a few eggs. However, I can definitely taste it in cakes and cookies (tastes chalky), and I'm not crazy about the dense texture it turns out.
      • Cracked egg shell with a red slash through itAshley's note: I agree here. It's ideal if you can find recipes that don't call for eggs at all, but if you want to use a substitute, then my go-to is this one.
    • When it works best: It seems to work best in cookies, or things that are supposed to be a little crispy.
    • Where to get it: Health food stores, some supermarkets (look in baking or ethnic food sections).
  • Banana
    • How to use it: 1/2 banana blended until smooth or mashed well = 1 egg.
      • Isa's note: Bananas work wonders as an egg replacer in baking, which is the reason many banana bread recipes don't require eggs. They hold the air bubbles well, making things nice and moist, and impart a nice flavor. However, you don't want everything tasting like banana, so use in things where the taste won't be intrusive. I've also noticed that baked goods using banana brown very nicely, but something you don't want your recipe to come out that brown.
    • When it works best: Quick breads, muffins, cakes, pancakes
    • Tip: Make sure bananas are nice and ripe and have started to brown.
  • Soy Yogurt
    • How to use it: 1/4 C soy yogurt = 1 egg.
      • Isa's note: Soy yogurt works a lot like whizzed tofu as an egg replacer. It makes things moist and yummy.
    • When it works best: Quick breads, muffins, cakes
    • Where to get it: Health food stores, yuppyish supermarkets

And that's the full list. I've seen some bloggers use chia seeds, and I'm sure there are other alternatives outside this list, but it's a good framework to start with. If you have a favorite egg substitute that isn't listed in either of these posts then please feel free to tell readers about it in the comments.

 

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