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7 Best Egg Substitutes for Baking Recipes & How to Use Them

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IN THIS ARTICLEYou’re about to get a comprehensive guide on how to best substitute eggs in your baking (along with a how-to video) — and a free downloadable chart as well to keep on-hand in your kitchen. I’ll break down each substitute, what types of recipes it works best with, and then suggest some recipes for you to try with your newfound knowledge!

Hands down, the most common request I get is, “What can I use as egg substitutes for baking?” I get that question on a daily basis now, so much so that it made me rethink if I catering to this audience enough. I try to make my baking and recipes accessible to everyone, but because there has been such a demand for vegetarian baking, egg substitutes for baking, and egg-free recipes I want to give you the tools and information you need so you can bake happily without eggs and still get Big & Bold results.

Plus, I’ll even show you how and when to use them. Watch my video below and get a FREE Downloadable Conversion Chart further down on the page, too.

Why Substitute Eggs?

Sometimes it’s as simple as running out of eggs and not being able to head to the store. But, other times, there’s a real need.

Many want to avoid eggs for a lot of reasons: health, culture/religion, dietary restrictions, etc. Although adding eggs makes for a different end product, it does not mean that we cannot do without. There might be a change in taste and texture, but for the most part, the end result is still pretty similar. Here is a list that comes in handy for me while I am making such a recipe.

Egg Substitutes for Baking

How Much Egg Substitute Do I Add To Replace An Egg?

Jot this down: 1 egg is roughly 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons/60g/2oz) so you need to replace that volume in your recipe. Your egg substitute needs to equal the amount of egg you are leaving out.

Banana is a substitute for eggs in baking recipes Yogurt is a Substitute for Eggs in Baking Applesauce is a substitute for eggs in baking Tofu is a substitute for eggs in baking Flax is a substitute for eggs in bakingWater is a substitute for eggs in baking Sweetened Condensed Milk is a substitute for Eggs in baking Buttermilk is a good substitute for eggs in baking

Most Commonly Used Egg Substitutes for Baking

The choice for egg substitutes really depends on what it is for in a recipe. It could be used as a binder, or even to enrich the flavor of the bake. In some recipes, substitution is not possible (like a lot of custards) — and if you’re ever in doubt, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of any of our recipe pages and we’ll respond!

[If you’re looking to substitute sugar in your recipes be sure to head over to my post on How to Substitute Sugar.]

How to substitute eggs in cakes How to substitute eggs in cupcakes

Egg Substitutes for Cakes and Cupcakes

For each whole egg used you can substitute it with one of the following:

  • ½ a medium Banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) Apple sauce
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) Silken Tofu 
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) Buttermilk

Try Substituting Bananas In These Recipes

Tip: If you’re going to use bananas, make sure they’re ripe — in fact, the riper the better. We’re not talking all the way black or brown, here, but ripe enough where mashing is a breeze.

How to Substitute Eggs in Cookies

Egg Substitutes for Cookies

For each whole egg used you can substitute it with one of the following:

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) Sweetened Condensed Milk

Try It In These Cookie Recipes

How to Substitute Eggs in Brownies

Egg Substitutes for Brownies

For each whole egg used you can substitute it with one of the following:

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoon water
  • ½ a medium Banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) Apple sauce
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) Silken Tofu 
  • ¼ cups (4 tablespoons) Yogurt (vegan or regular)
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) Buttermilk

Try It In These Recipes:

Flax Egg SubstituteFlax plus water is a good egg substitute

Notes About Using Flax Seed as an Egg Substitute

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoon water = 1 egg

Grind the flaxseed in a coffee grinder and mix it with water. Allow it to rest till it becomes gelatinous, then use.

Tofu as an egg substitute

Notes About Using Silken Tofu as an Egg Substitute

  • 1/4 cup blended Silken Tofu = 1 egg

Process in a blender until completely smooth and creamy, leaving no graininess or chunks. Now it is ready to use as an egg substitute in your recipes.

 

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Egg Substitutes chart, showing the best egg substitutes for baking!

 

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Julian garcia
Julian garcia
1 year ago

don’t EVER replace an egg with banana. it made my brownies taste horrible

Sanjana
Sanjana
2 years ago

Hello! Will the flavour of egg substitutes used be reflected in the cake or cookie

Falguni Y Parekh
Falguni Y Parekh
2 years ago

Hi Gemma,

I am from India and just found your recepies through Facebook love them because they are simple and easy. In chocolate chip cookies what ingredients is best useto substitute egg please advise.
Thanks and regards Falguni

Ernestina Cruz
Ernestina Cruz
2 years ago

Hi,
We eat egg whites only, like egg heaters or egg whites in carton. Is it ok to use as a substitute for a whole egg? Want to make cookies with egg whites only, no yolk.
Thanks!

Karen Schanding
Karen Schanding
2 years ago

Due to allergies and the need to strictly follow FODMAPS, apple and banana are not options for us, could I substitute the same amount of pumpkin purée or carrot purée?

Neelam
Neelam
1 year ago

HI Gemma, if we replace eggs with sweetened condensed milk do we have to reduce the quantity of sugar added while making cookies.

Vani Goel
Vani Goel
1 year ago

Hello, can’t we use sweetened condensed milk as an egg substitute for cakes? You haven’t written it, that’s why I asked. Actually, I can’t find the other items except for condensed milk nearby that’s why I wanted to ask.

Shivangi Ranjan
Shivangi Ranjan
2 years ago

Hi, I have a question. So if a recipe calls for a 1/3 of a cup of applesauce, how many eggs would that be? Could I specifically use only egg yolks? My dad’s birthday is this Sunday and I am planning to make your vanilla birthday cake and make a chocolate banana muffin recipe. My plan with the muffin batter is to swirl some of the batter into the vanilla cake batter, and when the cake would bake it would have a pretty swirl. But the thing is that the muffin recipe is vegan and I do not have apple… Read more »

Jenny
Jenny
2 years ago

What about best egg substitute to go in my grandmothers chocolate pie? I cook the chocolate on a double boiler. Should I go with xanthum gum or actual egg replacer or a better option?

Rachana
Rachana
3 years ago

Hi Gemma! Love your baking!!! I want to make your homemade ice-cream cones, but my parents don’t eat egg. What can I substitute instead of egg whites?

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