Out of Eggs? Here are some substitutes!

Egg Substitutes - Beth Warren the BakerThe other day I was baking when I realized that I was out of eggs!  I was going to run to the corner store to grab some, except I had already put the baking powder in (D’OH!) and needed to act fast.  I knew there were a bunch of different “fixes” for the no egg problem… looked them up and thought I’d share! In addition – great way to make recipes vegan by omitting the egg and using margarine instead of butter (when necessary).


You can use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of an egg.  (I’ve read some suggestions that say add a 1/2 tsp of baking powder to the applesauce, but I’ve never done that.)  If it’s sweetened applesauce, just reduce the amount of sugar you’re using in the recipe.


You can also use a 1/4 cup of mashed banana instead of egg! (I was making banana bread at the time I discovered this so it worked out well!)  Mind you, depending on what you’re making you may or may not want the banana flavour.

Flax seeds

I did not know this before looking this up!  Great news because not only do I have a LARGE bag of flax seeds in the cupboard and they are very heart healthy and good for your gallbladder. You take one tablespoon of ground flax seeds (zip them through a coffee grinder if they’re not pre-ground) with 3 tablespoons of water until fully absorbed and it looks kind of gelatinous (doesn’t take long).

Vegetable oil

Try 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in place of one egg but it will depend on the recipe – you don’t want your final product to end up being oily or greasy.

Water, oil and baking powder

An alternative to straight oil is 2 tbsp water, one teaspoon of corn or vegetable oil and 2 tsp baking powder.  Whisk them together and use in place of egg.  Great for baked goods and cookies.

After finding these substitutions, I’m inclined to try this with several recipes to make them vegan and possibly a little more heart healthy.  🙂

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