Getting used to baking without eggs can be challenging at first. If you have just been diagnosed with an egg allergy, or are eating a vegan diet (or Wahls Protocol too) and you have to start baking without eggs, it IS still possible to enjoy your favorite muffins and cakes, with some slight tweaks.
Eggs help with binding and thickening, as well as supporting the rise of your breads and cookies, creating a light texture. They are mostly made up of protein, fat and water. But it is the egg white’s magical ability to froth up that helps to create rise, structure and moistness in our baked goods. When we replace the eggs, we are looking for ingredients that give us those same results which is why many replacements are made of chemical leaveners, meant to help with rise as well.
You can look for recipes that are already converted to baking without eggs, or you can take your traditional recipes and replace the eggs with alternatives like a “flax egg” or mashed fruit like bananas. I have created a list for you below of the most popular egg replacements and what kind of recipes they work best in.

a silver bowl of mashed banana which is used as an egg replacer

1 egg is roughly 3 to 4 tablespoons,
so your substitute needs to equal the amount of egg you are leaving out.

EGG SUBSTITUTES FOR BAKING:

Fruit Puree: Use 1/4 cup of fruit puree (banana, applesauce, pumpkin) and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder in place of each egg. This works best in breads, brownies and cakes.

Flax Seed: 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seed mixed with 3 tablespoons warm water; let stand 1 min or until it forms a gel. Good for pancakes, brownies and muffins.

Water+Oil+Baking Powder: For each egg, combine 2 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 2 teaspoons baking powder. (Good in cookies and cakes).

Cream Cheese+Water: 1 tablespoon cream cheese plus 1 tablespoon water. Your cookies may turn out more dense and chewy than if they were made with eggs.

Chemical Egg Replacers like Ener-G are an option too, I find they work best when you don’t need to use too much. I have used Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer in my Pumpkin Bread with good success.

For Pie Crust – replace egg with a little extra oil and milk. For a pumpkin pie filling, replace eggs with pureed tofu.

I wouldn’t recommend using the above substitutions in egg-heavy recipes, like when a recipe calls for 4 to 6 eggs which can happen with coconut flour recipes.

Baking tray with gingerbread holiday cookies

Sources for Egg Free Recipes:

If you want a recipe that has already been tested instead of trying to convert your own, there are cookbooks and blogs around out there who have done the work for you.  Try searching for “Vegan” recipes.  These will not contain any eggs, but it also won’t have any dairy. This is great if you also have a dairy allergy.

I have the The Allergen Free Baker’s Handbook on my own shelf. All recipes are free from eggs, as well as many of the top allergens.

This blog, Mommy’s Home Cooking put together a list of “Amazing Desserts you can make without eggs”.

Here is another resource for egg-free dessert ideas like cobblers, cookies, bars and even breads.

My sweet and snack recipes that don’t require eggs:

Apricot and Plum Shortbread Bars, these bars are gluten and dairy-free and just slightly sweet

Mayan Wonder Bars, flour and grain-free bars made of nuts and seeds and almond butter holds it all together.

 

Need More Help Baking Without Eggs?

If you have a recipe that you need help converting to egg-free, let me know. You can leave a comment below with your question and I will get back to you with ideas for how to convert your dish.

Happy Baking!

 

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