Egg Substitutes for Baked Goods

JoSele Swopes Recipe

By JoSele Swopes JODIE57

as many as you need

In a typical recipe for baked goods, eggs generally play one of two roles: binder (to hold the recipe together) or leavening agent (to help it rise). Sometimes eggs play both roles at once. Determining which purpose the eggs primarily hold in the recipe you are considering will help you determine what options for replacement you might have.

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egg allergy
leavening agent
egg replacement
egg substitute
banana, mashed (med)
1/4 c
3 1/2 Tbsp
gelatin, unflavored
1 Tbsp
flax seeds
3 Tbsp
water, warm
ener-g brand egg replacer
xanthan gum
1 1/2 Tbsp
vegetable oil
1 1/2 Tbsp
1 tsp
baking powder

Directions Step-By-Step

Basic Ingredient Substitutions for Food Allergies
Many common allergens are also common ingredients in your favorite recipes. There are some ingredients for which you can easily and successfully use non-allergenic substitutes, and there are others for which satisfactory substitutes do not exist.

Whether or not a "safe" version of a recipe can be successfully made often depends on two important factors. First: what is the role of the allergen in the recipe? Second: how many of the recipe's ingredients require substitutions? If the recipe only has 5 ingredients and you need to swap out 4 of them, the end result might bear little resemblance to the original dish. The bottom line: sometimes you can create a "safe" version of a recipe, and sometimes you are better off finding a different recipe altogether.
The following is a general guide to using ingredient substitutions for egg allergy. Please verify the ingredients and safety of any products named to ensure that it is safe for your child’s unique allergy issues.

If you need additional assistance in finding product suggestions or where to find ingredients for substituting, post a message in the KFA Food and Cooking forum (for KFA Family Members) to obtain suggestions from other parents of food allergic children who are also managing the same food allergies.
Egg Substitutes for Baked Goods
In a typical recipe for baked goods, eggs generally play one of two roles: binder (to hold the recipe together) or leavening agent (to help it rise). Sometimes eggs play both roles at once. Determining which purpose the eggs primarily hold in the recipe you are considering will help you determine what options for replacement you might have.
As a rule of thumb, if a recipe for baked goods calls for three or more eggs per batch (with a typical "batch" consisting of 36 cookies, one pan of brownies, one loaf of bread, or one cake), egg substitutes generally do not work. The consistency of the finished product comes out poorly. Pound cakes, sponge cakes, angel food cakes, and other popular desserts with relatively high egg content do not turn out well in egg-free cooking. In these situations, it is usually best to make something else.

There are commercial egg replacement products on the market. Be sure that you are considering an egg replacement, not an egg substitute. Egg substitutes are generally marketed in the dairy portion of the grocery store, and are designed for cholesterol-conscious people, rather than for egg-allergic people. They contain egg, and are unsafe for those with egg allergies. Commercial egg replacement products (such as Ener-G brand Egg Replacer®, a popular powdered product that is available in natural foods stores across the U.S.) generally will work for either binding or leavening purposes. As with any other product, be sure to read the ingredient statement to ensure that the product is indeed safe for your child.
Eggs as a Binder
For recipes which use eggs primarily as a binder (such as drop cookies), possible substitutions for one egg include:
•1/2 of a medium banana, mashed

•1/4 cup of applesauce (or other pureed fruit)

•3-1/2 tablespoons gelatin blend (mix 1 cup boiling water and 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin, and then use 3-1/2 tablespoons of that mixture per egg)

•1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with 3 tablespoons warm water; let stand 1 minute before using

•Commercial egg replacement products (see above)

Keep in mind that the addition of pureed fruit may impact both the taste and the density of the finished product.

Xanthan Gum
Xanthan gum can be added to egg-free cakes and cookies, as well as milk-free ice cream, to bind and add texture. Use about one teaspoon per recipe. Xanthan gum is a white powder derived from the exoskeleton of a bacterium. It is cultivated on corn sugar.
Eggs as a Leavening Agent
For recipes which use eggs primarily as a leavening agent you can try a commercial egg replacement product (see above) or the following mixture:
•1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil mixed with 1-1/2 tablespoons water and 1 teaspoon baking powder per egg.

Note: this mixture calls for baking powder, not baking soda. The two products are not interchangeable.
Egg White Glaze
Occasionally recipes will use egg whites as a glaze, with the beaten egg whites brushed onto the top of the item before it is cooked. One good option here is to use melted margarine instead of the beaten egg whites.

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Amy Alusa amyalulsa
Nov 30, 2012
Good information to have Jolene! Thank you for all of your posts; they are extremely helpful. I am assembling a book for my daughters whom will be getting married soon. I would like to include these info. quotes that you have posted. This would enable them to learn and be self-sufficient as a cook, and to be prepared for what I suspect are going to be harder times in the future. Things are hard now, but the future? Who knows! Hard times are always not quite as hard if you are better prepared!
JoSele Swopes JODIE57
Nov 30, 2012
That is so true, as we know how to substitute, the younger people don't know how to do those things in todays world...go right ahead, there will be more to come, I am doing one on the difference between gluten and wheat right now....
Amy Alusa amyalulsa
Nov 30, 2012
You go girl! Thank you again so very much!
JoSele Swopes JODIE57
Nov 30, 2012
You are welcome, and Thank you!!!!
Amy Alusa amyalulsa
Nov 30, 2012
JoSele, I now realize that I had your name wrong! Please forgive me; at least now I know-and I am so embarassed that I won't likely forget it again!
Thanks so much JoSele
JoSele Swopes JODIE57
Nov 30, 2012
That is OK, I go by many different nick names, Jo, Jodie, JoJo, Marmie, Jose, and of course JoSele S is like a Z,.....
Maria * WWCook1
Dec 1, 2012
Another great & handy information list to add to my family cookbook for my children. Like you mentioned above, the younger generation has a hard time cooking and knowing what to use in palce of something else. I see that in my 30yr old daughter. Thanks for sharing. Take care.
BTW you have a very pretty name!
JoSele Swopes JODIE57
Dec 1, 2012
Thank you, I am sure this will be very helpful, kids now days have a hard time understanding the way we were taught to cook....
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Dec 1, 2012
way to go JoSele
JoSele Swopes JODIE57
Dec 1, 2012
Thank you Cin.....and so true, they never hang around long enough to learn....
Leticia Sangalang singalong
Feb 11, 2013
This is great - I love the explanation of 'binder' and 'leavening'. Thank you!