For baking recipes that require an egg, there are several options you can try if you prefer not to eat eggs. Each of these options will give varying results, so it’s sometimes worth it to play around a bit and find the one that suits you best:
- A powdered egg replacer, like Ener-G Egg Replacer, which you can buy at health food stores
- A ripe banana
- Applesauce, depending on the recipe and the amount of oils in it
But one of my go-to favorites when I don’t want to include eggs is making an egg substitute out of chia seeds.
For those of you not yet familiar with chia seeds, yes, they are the same ones that made Chia Pets famous. But you can buy them these days in any health food store or online. The benefits of chia are bountiful:
- They’re loaded with fiber and omega-3s.
- They are an excellent source of magnesium and calcium, which help with several crucial functions, including relaxation.
- They’re gluten-free and grain-free.
- They add bulk, fill you up, and help to regulate elimination (yer poops!).
When you add water to chia seeds, they turn into kind of a gel. If you ever did have a Chia Pet, you probably remember this goo. Well, this goo is also an excellent substitute for eggs in baking! And it’s super-easy to make. Here’s how.
Chia Egg Replacer:
- For one egg equivalent, add 1 Tbsp. chia seeds to 3 Tbsp. water.
- Let sit for 15 minutes. Stir, then use as you would eggs in baking.
That’s it! So easy and now you can get on with your baking. Enjoy!
Do you use egg replacements in your baking?
Did you ever have a Chia Pet?