Whether you are allergic, vegan or simply love trying new things, it is easy to cook without eggs. Here are some egg-replacer suggestions that will work in most recipes.
Aquafaba, a simple solution!
Aquafaba is the liquid in canned legumes. Most of us just pour it down the drain, but it makes a great egg replacer in a host of recipes. Using aquafaba not only saves you money, it’s also less wasteful
1 whole egg = 45 mL (3 tbsp.)aquafaba
1 egg white = 30 mL (2 tbsp.)aquafaba
As with egg whites, aquafaba can be whipped into soft peaks. Using an electric mixer, beat the liquid for a few minutes to create a pure white, fluffy concoction that can be used in the place of whipped egg whites in any recipe. You can even use it to make vegan meringues! Aquafaba can also be used as an emulsifier in homemade mayonnaise, replacing the egg yolk. Be sure to use canned beans with no added salt to avoid giving your recipes a salty taste.
Other egg replacers for baking
Fruit purée can replace the eggs in cake, cookie and pancake recipes. This will also allow you to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe:
To replace one egg:
½ medium banana, mashed 60 mL (¼ cup) applesauce or other fruit compote.
Silken tofu and plain Greek yogurt make good egg replacers in baked goods. Replace one egg with 60 mL (¼ cup) silken tofu or yogurt.
In cakes or muffins, eggs can sometimes serve as a leavening agent. For this purpose, replace each egg with the following mixture :
5 mL (1 tsp.) baking powder
25 mL (1 ½ tbsp.) water
25 mL (1 ½ tbsp.) oil or vinegar
If the egg normally serves as a binding agent instead, use one of the following mixtures :
15 mL (1 tbsp.) ground flax seed mixed with 45 mL (3 tbsp.) warm water
45 mL (3 tbsp.) chickpea flour mixed with 45 mL (3 tbsp.) water
15 mL (1 tbsp.) chia seeds mixed with 75 mL (5 tbsp.) water
Scrambled eggs without the tofu?
Make tofu scramble using firm tofu. Start by crumbling the tofu with your fingers, then fry it in a skillet with some oil. Add a bit of salt and your favourite seasonings. Finally, to confuse even the most skeptical, add a little turmeric to give it an eggy colour!