Tired of Overspending on Eggs? Here are 13 of the Best Egg Substitute Options
With egg prices rising, we’ve cracked the case on alternative options with our list of the best egg substitutes.
Trying to find the best egg substitute?
Eggs are one of those foods that are used in so many recipes and meals. Eggs also play a big role in the texture and taste of your favorite dishes. With inflation affecting a variety of areas, eggs seem to be the most recent target. 🥚
Despite inflation as a whole lowering, egg prices have increased by almost 60%! We’ve taken a deep dive into why egg prices are rising this drastically; because eggs are a staple in many households, this has definitely tainted access to the most commonly sought protein source for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
Whether you’re vegan, have an egg allergy, or you’re looking to save a little extra pocket money, we’re rounding up the best egg alternatives. With an open mind, eggs are actually fine to omit or easy to substitute in case you and your family are looking to avoid them.
Check out the best egg substitute options:
1. Flax Seed Meal
For each egg needed, simply substitute with 1 tablespoon flax seed meal + 3 tablespoons water. Allow the mixture to thicken for a few minutes and then add to your dishes.
Hip Tip: This is a very common method for baking and cooking because the texture really does mimic an egg! Also, this works great as a binder for making these meatballs.
2. Chia Seeds
Using the same method with chia seeds also works! Simply mix 1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water to substitute 1 egg. Let the mixture thicken for a few minutes before adding it to your recipe.
Hip Tip: The texture gets nice and gooey using chia seeds making it great for baking, such as in cookies, waffles, and bread.
3. Vinegar and Baking Soda
Mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of vinegar can replace one egg in some recipes. These two ingredients produce a reaction that makes carbon dioxide and water, which can make baked goods light and airy.
Hip Tip: We have used this method when baking cakes and pancakes instead of eggs, and it works great!
4. Greek Yogurt
You can use 1/4 cup of unsweetened greek yogurt for each egg that needs to be replaced. This is often the method recommended on cake boxes and other baked goods as the best egg alternative for desserts!
5. Creamy Nut Butter
To replace one egg in your baked goods, use 3 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter. Peanut butter and almond butter are both acceptable! Just note that this option will affect the flavor of your dish the most out of all the mentioned substitutes for eggs.
6. Carbonated Water
A 1/4 cup of carbonated water can be used instead of 1 egg for leavening as it adds moisture and air from the bubbles. This also works very well with cake and bread recipes.
7. Bob’s Red Mill’s Egg Replacer
Ideally used for vegan baking purposes, one pack of Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer is equivalent to 34 eggs. Considering the average dozen carton of eggs is priced at around $4.25, you’re getting almost triple the amount for a very similar price point.
Aquafaba is the liquid in canned chickpeas, legumes, and/or beans; you can also preserve Aquafaba after cooking your chickpeas. Many vegans actually use Aquafaba as an egg white replacement, and you’ll use three tablespoons per egg. Considering you likely have some sort of canned bean in your pantry, this option is practically free!
9. Liquid Egg/Egg White Substitute
Although this technically isn’t an egg substitution, if you’re looking to enjoy eggs on their own, liquid eggs are the way to go! They’re usually always cheaper than actual eggs. Reviews are praising how delicious and convenient these cartons are.
Applesauce has a similar texture to beaten eggs, and using 1/4 cup can substitute eggs in almost every recipe. Since applesauce is often sweetened or mixed with other spices, try to opt for an unsweetened option. Ranging at around $4, you’re getting a snack and an egg replacement – sign me up for this option!
11. Mashed Puréed Fruits
Certain puréed fruits are another common way to mimic eggs and are probably the most frugal option. Banana is one of the most popular options; since they will flavor your recipes, opt for pumpkin or avocado if you’re looking for a more subtle egg alternative.
12. Silken Tofu
Tofu’s firmness depends on its water content; silken tofu has greater water content, making it very soft. It adds thickness to your recipes, so you’ll want to add 1/4 cup of silken tofu to recipes like brownies, cakes, and bread. Tofu is also incredibly affordable and another vegan-friendly option!
Unflavored gelatin is another handy egg alternative. Simply combine three tablespoons of water with one tablespoon of gelatin. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, opt for agar-agar. Unflavored gelatin packets can be as low as $2, so it’s definitely a budget-friendly option as well.
Which egg substitute is right for you?
You may need to do a bit more experimenting when using egg substitutes, but it definitely can be done. Through trial and tribulation, you’ll be able to develop a preference for which substitute is best for whatever you’re making. On top of helping out those with egg allergies and sensitivities, we hope these options offer you a way to save money and cut back on the cost of eggs.
When in doubt, preserve the longevity of your eggs by freezing them!