The holidays are here and whether you are attending a social distanced soiree or hosting a small holiday feast with immediate family, it’s important to consider everyone’s dietary preferences. One of the easiest was to create a more mindful recipe for all holiday guests to enjoy no matter what their diet is by swapping out eggs. Here are six simple egg swaps you can use this holiday season or any time of year.
Please keep in mind that the recipes on the back of all of our boxes were created with egg in mind. Therefore replacing the egg will slightly alter the taste and texture.
A super simple egg swap that you most likely already have stocked in your kitchen pantry is a jar of applesauce. Applesauce adds moisture to most recipes. Keep in mind that fruit purėes, like applesauce, tend to make recipes denser than the original recipe. Although applesauce is compatible with almost any recipe, it may lend a subtly sweet apple flavor, so consider all ingredients and their flavor profile before using applesauce in any recipe. We recommend using applesauce in our Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix. Instead of using one egg, simply swap it out for ⅓ cup of applesauce.
Instead of traditional eggs, swap classic eggs for homemade Fleggs or flax eggs. Simply mix together 3 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds (or chia seeds) until the mixture is well combined. Place the flax eggs in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill then use as you would a traditional egg in any of your baking recipes. When baking, we recommend using fleggs for almost all of our recipes. If fleggs are also your egg substitute of choice, here is an easy go-to guide for all of your culinary creations:
- Pancake and Waffle Mix: 1 Egg = 1 Tbsp flax meal + 3 Tbsp water
- Brownie Mix: 1 Egg = 1 Tbsp flax meal + 1.5 Tbsp water
- Banana Muffin and Bread Mix: 1 Egg = 1 Tbsp flax meal + 2 Tbsp water
- Pumpkin Muffin and Bread Mix: 1 Egg = 1 Tbsp flax meal + 2 Tbsp water
- Artisan Bread Mix: 1 Egg = 1 Tbsp flax meal + 2.5 Tbsp water
- Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix: 1 Egg = 1 Tbsp flax meal + 2 Tbsp Water
Need an idea for how to repurpose those overripe bananas? Use them as an egg replacement. For every egg, mash ½-1 banana, enough to make ¼ cup.
Bananas tend to be sweet in taste, so just like with all of these egg swaps, consider the recipe, other ingredients and their flavor profiles when selecting egg substitutes. Mashed banana is another egg alternative we recommend in some of our favorite recipes. For example, use ¼ cup of a mashed banana when preparing pancakes and waffles
or ¼ cup of mashed bananas when baking up a chocolate cake or cupcakes.
Another egg substitute that can be used in recipes is a neat egg. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of a Vegan egg substitute, which you can find at your local grocery store or online, then mix it together with your choice with 2 tablespoons of water.
A neat egg can be used in any recipe, but it pairs best when used in Chocolate Cake or Cupcakes
and Vanilla Cake or Cupcakes.
Whether you have cans of purėed pumpkin or have made your own from pie pumpkins, purėed pumpkin can be an easy and delicious egg substitute. For each egg, simply swap in ¼ cup of purėed pumpkin
. Pumpkin adds a subtle taste to recipes, so we recommend using it in pumpkin flavored recipes like Pumpkin Muffin and Bread Mix
. Similar to club soda, pay close attention to any special instructions. For instance, when baking up a batch of homemade pumpkin muffins,
leave out the oil when using pumpkin purėe.
If you’re looking for another easy egg substitute, use club soda. Whether it’s club soda, seltzer water or sparkling water, any of these can be used as an egg substitute. Just make sure it’s not flavored. Simply swap out the eggs for ½ cup of club soda.
Although club soda can replace eggs in any recipe, we recommend using it in our Vanilla Cupcake and Cake Mix.
Pay close attention to any special instructions though. For instance, if swapping out an egg for club soda, you can skip the oil and water when baking up a batch of homemade vanilla cake or cupcakes. You should bake these at 325 for ~30 minutes instaed of the 18-23 minutes listed on the box.
Making more mindful baking swaps doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with a simple ingredient like eggs and choose one of these egg substitutes and enjoy an egg-free recipe perfect for all of your holiday guests no matter what their dietary preferences.