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Easy Egg Alternatives for Your Cooking

If eggs feel a little too expensive right now, here's what you can do to substitute!

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been feeling the sting of expensive eggs lately. I don’t know about you, but the price is a bit shocking! $5-8 on a dozen non-organic eggs –– it feels a little crazy. But luckily there are some egg alternatives we can use.

Word art that says eggs are great but they're so damn expensive right now with a carton of eggs.

We just have to get a little creative!

Here are some accessible egg alternatives that will satisfy your needs without breaking the bank.

Egg replacements for Baking

Use ripe bananas as a replacement for eggs in baking recipes

With egg prices going through the roof, it’s no wonder that so many of us are looking for alternatives.

If you want a tasty egg replacement that can also add a natural sweetness to your baking, then ripe bananas might be just the thing!

Add one banana for every egg called for in recipes, and you’ve got yourself an easy swap that makes cakes and brownies just as delicious as with eggs, though a little more carb-rich.

Plus, with banana-baked goods, you get an extra kick of flavor from the natural fruit sugars.

Though it may take a few trials to raise your baking game to the next level with this alternative, once you do you can be proud knowing that all your treats are made with inexpensive ingredients!

Substitute one-fourth cup of applesauce for an egg in most recipes

Applesauce is a fantastic egg replacement when it comes to baking. When one-fourth cup of applesauce is used in place of an egg, the results are very similar in moisture and binding.

Baking muffins or a cake? Applesauce can help bind it all together without compromising on taste!

One benefit of using applesauce over eggs is that it will make the product naturally sweeter. So you can even reduce the amount of sugar used in your recipe for a delicious yet healthier option.

Use three tablespoons of mayonnaise in place of one egg

Did you ever realize mayo is eggs + oil?

The process of making mayo is emulsification. You whip eggs at high speed and stream in oil, and bam – you’ve got mayo!

Literally, a PERFECT substitution for baking when you don’t have eggs, or they’re a little too pricey for your grocery list.

Graphic with a bottle of mayo pouring out that references a substitute of 1 tablespoon of mayo = 1 egg.

Not to mention, mayo adds a slight moistness to your recipes that you wouldn’t have gotten with other ingredients. Give it a try! But, don’t forget to use your eyeballs! Sometimes you. may need to adjust your ingredients to accommodate for substitutions.

Whisk together one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water and let sit for a few minutes before using it as an egg replacer

One egg-free solution is to whip up a ‘flax egg’ – simply mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water and let it sit for a few minutes before using. Give it a try as an egg replacer in muffins, cookies or cakes – deliciousness awaits!

Aquafaba

Need an eggwhite replacement? Try Aquafaba – you probably already have it in your cabinet! Aquafaba is the liquid in a can of chickpeas, and it’s a great replacement for egg whites in recipes like meringues or macarons. All you need to do is whip up about three tablespoons of aquafaba with an electric mixer until fluffy and stiff peaks form – just like egg whites!

You can also use it to replace whole eggs in dishes like pancakes, waffles, or muffins. Aquafaba is a great way to add vegan protein to your meals, and you can even make deliciously fluffy meringue icing for your cakes and cupcakes!

For times when you just want eggs, and not to replace them with anything.

What about when you just want eggs? With diet styles changing there are lots of popular options like tofu, vegan eggs, and egg substitutes that really nail the texture of whole eggs.

For savory dishes, try using soft tofu instead of eggs

Soft tofu is an easy swap for dishes that call for scrambled or hard-boiled eggs.

You can also pan-fry it as you would a fried egg, and add it as a savory ingredient in everything from tacos to stir-fries.

Customize with spices, herbs and marinades to make your dishes unique and indulge your taste buds! Soft tofu is easily accessible and full of vegan protein – so you can save money and have fun experimenting with your meals.

Egg substitutes

There are many options for that like Silken Tofu and brands like Just Egg, BeLeaf, Follow Your Heart Vegan Eggs and Simply Eggless. With plant-based eating becoming more popular, we’ve got lots of options that mimic the texture and taste of eggs.

The bottom line on eggs and egg alternatives.

This rise in egg prices can be so discouraging and makes trying some of your favorite recipes difficult, but don’t let it keep you from baking or cooking!

With most recipes, you have lots of substitution options. Not everyone has the same taste buds, so try different egg alternatives to see what works best for you – maybe you’ll discover an even tastier recipe!

Whatever happens though, don’t give up on your favorite dishes. Get creative and whip up something delicious that’ll make everyone’s mouth water!

About Mila

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m earning my Master’s degree in Applied nutrition.

I’m currently an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living with  LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, a slow-progressing form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes) I love food, travel, and my kitchen, and teaching you about diabetes self-management.

I’m here to help you live your best life possible diabetes by showing you how to create simple, blood-sugar friendly and delicious meals and tips on diabetes self-care.

Be sure to download my FREE Diabetes Community App Glucose Guide, or reach out for FREE 1:1 diabetes health and habit coaching.

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