Egg-Free Baking

Egg-Free Baking

Egg-free baking can seem a little intimidating but with some helpful egg replacer options, you’ll feel like Betty Crocker in no time.

Your allergy-friendly & vegan guide to egg replacers

I often have friends ask how I bake allergy-friendly or vegan, or more specifically, egg-free baking.  It’s not so much the dairy side of it anymore as there are so many options but its the lack of using eggs that seem to raise eyebrows.  Eggs are essential in most baked recipes by providing structure, leavening, texture and strength. Luckily there are egg replacers that will work the same way in almost any baked recipe.

Allergy-friendly guide to egg replacers & egg-free baking

Knowing a little about each of these egg replacers will help you make the best decision when it comes to baking making the perfect dessert.  Hopefully it will save you a little money too because Lord knows, I’ve spent a TON over the years just trying to figure this all out.

Allergy-friendly guide to egg replacers & egg-free baking

Ener-G Egg Replacer

Ener-G Egg Replacer was the first egg replacer I found when looking for an egg alternative in baking.  It really does simplify baking for people who cannot use eggs and it’s a great one to always have in your pantry just in case.

It mimics what eggs do in recipes and seems to work best in “made-from-scratch recipes” like these Cinnamon Sugar Sour Cream Donuts.  It can also work well in some pre-made mixes but trial and error is the only way to determine its effectiveness with a particular mix.

Free From: sulfites , gluten, wheat, casein, dairy, egg, yeast, soy, nut, low protein, rice.

Your allergy-friendly & vegan guide to egg replacers & egg-free baking

Flax Meal & Chia Egg

When these seeds are ground into a meal and mixed with water, they thicken and become gel-like, similar to a raw egg. They bind like eggs in most baked goods, making them a great choice for vegans and anyone with egg allergies.

This is probably my most consistent “go-to” egg replacer.  What I love about using flax or chia seed is that it is natural, I know exactly what the ingredients are and I’m adding an extra boost of nutrition from fiber and protein.  The only time I really don’t like to use either of these is when I want to make a vanilla cupcake/cake because then the flecks of brown show through.  It’s amazing in chocolate recipes, like my German Chocolate Cake  & worked wonders in these Cinnamon Rolls.

Free From: top 8 allergens & gluten, depending on brand you purchase.

Allergy-friendly guide to egg replacers & egg-free baking

The Neat Egg

One is one of my favorite new, packaged, egg replacers.  This “egg” is all-natural & derived from chia seeds and garbanzo beans. 2 ingredients. That’s it! The Neat Egg is perfect for baking when the egg is a binder. All your favorite baking recipes such as cakes, brownies, cookies, muffins and more, can be made with a healthy egg alternative.  Get started using this egg replacer by making these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.
Free From: gluten,GMOs, soy, & guilt because it’s vegan too.

Allergy-friendly guide to egg replacers & egg-free baking

Bob’s Red Mill GF Egg Replacer

Bob’s Egg Replacer is made with only 4 ingredients, then mixed, batch-tested & packaged in a dedicated gluten-free facility. It also contains NO wheat, soy, corn, grains or beans. As far as recipes are concerned, it has been easy-to-use and dependable so far. Most recently, I used this egg replacer in my Texas Sheet Cake, yielding the most scrumptious, allergy-free chocolate cake.

Free From: gluten, wheat, soy, corn, grains, beans and GMOs.

Allergy-friendly guide to egg replacers & egg-free baking

Vegan Egg

I haven’t used the Vegan Egg much in my egg-free baking but I do like that it’s a vegan alternative and its packing is super cute.  Unlike replacers made from a long list of weird ingredients, this is made from a nutrient-dense microalgae, called Algal.  Use it to bake cookies, muffins & cakes.  You can even cook up scrambled eggs and omelets, however, making scrambled eggs can take a while. It’s a great alternative if you’re missing scrambled eggs and can’t have tofu, but I personally wasn’t a huge fan of it as I can’t get past the strong sulfur smell.  It IS free from allergens and worth a try if you’re looking for a safe replacer.

Free From: egg, gluten, allergens, cholesterol, GMOs, dairy, soy.

Your allergy-friendly & vegan guide to egg replacers

Aquafaba Egg

That liquid in your can of chickpeas that you usually dump down the drain is the amazing egg replacement everyone is raving about. Aquafaba can be whipped like egg whites into meringues (which I have yet to succeed at) or swapped out for eggs entirely in most egg-free baked goods like my Red Velvet Cookies.

Although I haven’t been using Aquafaba long, I have been toying with it more and more and really love how light and fluffy it makes my baked goods.  Amazon has several awesome Cookbooks  dedicated to baking with Aquafaba to get you started too.

Banana & Applesauce

Last but not least, are staples you probably already have in your kitchen to help with your egg-free baking.   1 ripe banana can be substituted for every egg needed in a chewy baked good (like brownies) and 1 tablespoon of applesauce also equals an egg in most recipes.  Sometimes I find it may take a few extra minutes in the oven when I go this route so just keep your eye on it.

Printable Egg-Free Baking  Guide

Your allergy-friendly & vegan guide to egg replacers

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Egg Replacer 101

Easy & Printable Guide for substituting eggs in your favorite recipes. 


Flax or Chia Egg

  1. Combine 1 TB flax meal or ground chia seed + 3 TB water
  2. Mix well and let sit until thickened and slight gel like consistency.

Ener-G Egg Replacer

  1. Combine 1.5 packed tsp. Ener-G Egg Replacer plus 2 TB. warm water  in a bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly before adding to the recipe.

Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer

Equals 1 "Egg"

  1. Combine 1 TB. Egg Replacer with 2 TB. water.
  2. Mix well and let sit for 1 minute to thicken.

Please note: this Egg Replacer cannot substitute for whipped egg whites, such as in a meringue or angel food cake.

Vegan Egg

Equals ONE "Egg"

  1. Combine 2 Level (unpacked) TB. VEGAN EGG  with 1/2 C. Ice Cold Water
  2. WHISK Vigorously

Neat Egg


  1. Combine 2 TB. Water,  1 TB. Neat Egg Mix in a bowl.
  2. Mix well!  
  3. Note: use where egg is binder, not as a stand alone egg

Aquafaba Egg- 1 whole egg = 3 TB. aquafaba OR 1 egg white = 2 TB. aquafaba

  1. First, drain and reserve the liquid from a can of chickpeas. Save the chickpeas for another use.
  2. Transfer the liquid to the bowl of a stand mixer or a large metal bowl if using a hand mixer. If you're using the aquafaba as a binder, you will have to lightly whip the liquid until foamy — not whipped.
  3. As a meringue, to make marshmallow-style sauce, or to make marshmallows, you'll need to whip it between 10 to 15 minutes.

Note: Aquafaba should ideally be the same consistency of egg whites to function properly. 


Above formula's are for 1 EGG.  Double if needed.  

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  • Alisa Fleming
    Posted at 23:52h, 26 June Reply

    I’m amazed by how different these egg replacers are. I haven’t tried the Neat egg or Vegg yet and am curious now.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 09:06h, 27 June Reply

      I’m curious to hear what you think. I do like Neat Egg best out of the 2. You can actually do a scrambled egg with the other, but it does take forever.

  • Sharon @ What the Fork Food Blog
    Posted at 14:50h, 28 June Reply

    Wow I definitely learned a lot from reading your post! There’s so many options out there that I didn’t know about. Thanks for sharing!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 19:01h, 28 June Reply

      Absolutely Sharon 🙂 . I love that today we have more options to make it possible and easier to bake egg-free.

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