Replacing Eggs

If you are new to veganism and have never baked a cake or made pancakes without eggs, do not panic, you can still eat the same amount of desserts you used to indulge in!

When you start cooking vegan meals, you will quickly find out that there is no need for eggs to make delicious recipes. Eggs are generally used for 3 purposes: binding, moisturising and thickening and many vegan ingredients easily fill these requirements.

Most basic baking recipes do not call for egg replacement, but some recipes will use vinegar, ground flax seeds, pureed fruit, or silken tofu to add more moisture to the mixture.

See below for tips on how you can prepare meals without eggs.

Making biscuits and cookies

No egg substitute is required. The basic ingredients are:

  • Flour,
  • Sugar,
  • Baking powder,
  • Vegan margarine.

Then add the flavour of your choice, whether chocolate, fruits, vanilla, coffee, nuts, etc.
See our list of recipes for making cookies & biscuits.

Making scones, muffins, cakes

To bake these desserts, you do not have to bother about egg substitute, although sometimes recipes will use ground flaxseed, mashed bananas, vinegar to add extra moisture or lighten the cake.

The basic ingredients are:

  • Flour,
  • Sugar,
  • Baking powder,
  • Margarine/oil,
  • Plant-based milk,

Then add the flavour of your choice, whether chocolate, fruits, vanilla, coffee, nuts, etc.
See our list of recipes for making cakes, cupcakes, muffins and scones.

Making pies, cheesecakes or flan fillings

You can use agar flakes, arrowroot and cornflower as a thickener.

  • Arrowroot and cornflour can be used as a thickener for sauces and creams. Most can be bought at any supermarket and health food store, although cornflour is more popular than arrowroot.
  • Tofu makes a great filling for pies and flans. Simply blend tofu with a bit of water and add to your fruit/vegetable mixture.

Making pancakes

No egg replacement is needed, although sometimes gram flour (also known as chickpea flour) is used to give consistency to the batter for veggie fritters.

The basic ingredients are:

  • Flour,
  • Baking powder,
  • Oil,
  • Plant-based milk.

This basic recipe can be used to make pancakes (the thinner the mix, the lighter the pancakes), thick pancakes, or batter.
See our list of recipes for making pancakes.

Making sauces and creams

No egg replacement is needed to make:

Eggless recipes

Some non-vegan recipes use eggs, not for binding ingredients together but as the main ingredient. For example, scrambled eggs, omelettes, egg sandwiches, etc.

It is possible to veganise these recipes:

  • Scramble tofu: Use mashed tofu and vegetables.
  • Eggless sandwich: Use mashed tofu, mustard and mayonnaise.
  • Omelette: use tofu and chickpea flour.