Egg Substitutes

We eat eggs by the dozen in our house (and are anxiously awaiting the day we have chickens of our own!), but I wanted to do a quick post here regarding egg substitutions. A good friend of mine has a child with an egg allergy, so her favorite substitute was “flax eggs” (a mixture of 1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 3 tbsp water), but flax can be estrogenic, so I wanted to give several options you could try out if you need to replace eggs in a recipe.

If you’re vegan and used to making egg substitutions, you probably have a favorite method, but if you’re cooking for someone else and not used to replacing eggs, hopefully this post will help.

Store-bought Egg Substitutes for use in Baking:

  • Namaste Foods Egg Replacer (Vegan, Non-GMO, Kosher)
    • This would be my choice when baking without eggs for multiple food allergies.
    • Made with: tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, citrus fiber*, cream of tartar, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).
    • *At first, I wasn’t sure what citrus fiber is, but this article explains it. It didn’t tell me what citrus fruit though, so I contacted Namaste Foods and they told me (over the weekend–nice customer service!) ¬†their citrus fiber is “100% orange derived.” If you are dealing with a citrus allergy, this obviously won’t work, but otherwise, it still seems like a pretty good option.
    • This is an allergy-friendly brand whose products are made in dedicated allergy-free locations. (“Our products and dedicated facility are free from: Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Casein, Sulfites, Fish, Crustaceans, Sesame, Mustard, Shellfish”)
  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Egg Replacer (Vegan, Non-GMO)
    • Made with: potato starch, tapioca flour, baking soda, psyllium husk powder.
    • NOTE: Bob’s Red Mill makes another egg replacer that is made wth wheat, soy, and corn syrup, so read your labels!
    • Certified gluten-free, but produced in a facility that uses tree nuts and soy, so cross contamination could be an issue for soy and nut allergies. Also, Bob’s Red Mill is not certified non-GMO, but they have a non-GMO pledge (though personally, I prefer brands that are certified).
  • Neat Egg (Vegan, Non-GMO, Kosher)
    • Made with: chia seeds, garbanzo beans.
    • NOTE: This is not a paleo substitute, since it’s made with legumes.
    • Certified gluten-free, but produced in a facility that uses tree nuts, so could have cross-contamination with tree nuts.

 

This article also has great information on different egg substitutes and how to use them: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/egg-substitutes

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