A common question I get asked is how to replace the egg in recipes. It really depends on what you are using the egg for. The egg replacer you would use in baking, you wouldn’t use for an egg scramble or a quiche. I will make this easy for you, here is your guide to replacing eggs by category all in one place.
Why should I replace eggs?
You may have heard health benefits of eggs. However, if you break down the nutrient content, you’re getting a lot of saturated fats and cholesterol for protein. Simply replacing that egg with tofu, gives you the proteins without the saturated fats and cholesterol. Unless you’re eating organic eggs, the chicken you got your egg from was given massive amounts of antibiotics, growth hormones, etc. which are then passed onto you. Another down side of eggs are that they’re a chicken’s period….say what?! Yes, it’s a chicken’s period. So beyond the fact that they’re totally disgusting, you’re also intaking that chicken’s hormones. Which, if you’re a lady can throw off your monthly cycle. A lot of egg cartons say that they’re antibiotic or hormone free, but if you read articles on egg production, they will openly say that if a chicken isn’t producing eggs they will give them hormones to produce them. Since they’re not giving all of the chickens hormones, they can still label it hormone free. Either way, save your heart and health and use these amazing egg replacers.
Use tofu, remember it won’t “fluff” up like eggs but it does create a great texture. Plus, it’s tasteless so you can season it any way you need to, to get the taste you’re going for.
You can use applesauce or a banana as an egg replacer, but it does add flavor. Make sure apple or banana would compliment your recipe. It also tends to make the baked good denser. You can add baking powder to counter act the heaviness of the fruits. If you want a light, fluffy dessert go with Ener-G egg replacer. It’s a self-stable egg replacer that’s around $2.50/box, it’s found at most grocery stores down the baking aisle, Whole Foods and other health food stores carry it as well.
1/4 cup banana = 1 egg
1/4 applesauce = 1 egg
Savory Recipes such as Meatloaf
Mix 1 tbsp plain agar powder (available from health food stores/Chinese stores etc) with 1 tbsp water. Whip together, chill it and then whip it again.