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12 Easy Vegan Ways to Replace Eggs!

Have a bake sale coming up and need to bake some brownies, cookies, or cupcakes? Or maybe you just want a delicious breakfast scramble this Saturday. Good news: You won’t have to hurt a chicken to enjoy delicious desserts or other recipes that call for eggs!

More than 300 million chickens are used each year in the egg industry. Usually, part of their beaks are cut off soon after they’re born—which is really painful and makes it hard for them to eat and drink. :'( Many of them are then forced to live with up to 10 other hens inside a small cage. After about two years of suffering in these nightmarish conditions, they’re killed. ?

Help save chickens—and avoid using their eggs—with these 12 awesome egg replacers.

Applesauce

Use this to add moisture. Replace one egg with 1/4 cup of applesauce in sweet desserts or breads, like muffins. If you want a lighter texture, add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, as fruit purées can make things dense. Applesauce tastes like apples, so make sure it will add the right flavor.

Aquafaba

Everyone is talking about this miracle bean juice! With just the liquid from a can of beans (usually garbanzos), you can make homemade vegan cheese, eggless mayonnaise, and much more!

Bananas

Use ripe bananas to add moisture. One mashed banana can replace one egg in cakes and pancakes. Since it will taste like bananas, make sure it will add the right flavor.

Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer

This powder is an easy option for baking.

Chia Seeds

Use these for binding ingredients together. Combine 1 tablespoonful of chia seeds and 3 tablespoonfuls of water to make a thick, gelatinous egg replacement. Bonus: Chia seeds have fabulous health benefits!

Ener-G Egg Replacer

Ener-G Egg Replacer is a powder that’s easy to use and works beautifully in baked goods. It’s available at health-food stores and some grocery stores.

Ground Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds help bind ingredients together. Just combine 1 tablespoonful of ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoonfuls of water to use instead of an egg, just like with chia seeds. Flaxseed is super-healthy, too.

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Instant mashed potatoes also work well as a binder. Use 2 tablespoonfuls to replace one egg in any recipe that is supposed to turn out dense.

The Neat Egg

Made from chia seeds and garbanzo beans, the neat egg is a powder that can be used in baking. It’s available at health-food stores and some grocery stores.

Soda

One can of soda can be used to replace two eggs in many boxed cake mixes.

Tofu

Tofu is great in recipes that call for a lot of eggs, like quiches. It’s important to keep in mind that although it doesn’t fluff up, it does have a texture that works well for “eggy” dishes. Firm tofu is also a perfect substitute for eggs in eggless egg salad and breakfast scrambles.

VeganEgg

This awesome Follow Your Heart product can be used for baking, for scrambling, and in lots of other imaginative ways.

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For more tips, check out our ultimate vegan baking cheat sheet.