Vegan Eggs: 21 Cracking Vegan Alternatives to Egg
Still eating eggs that came out of a chicken’s butt? PETA is here to help you stop – with egg-free recipes that are kinder to birds and healthier for you. From bananas to chia seeds, there’s a vegan egg alternative for every recipe.
Not just for banana bread, bananas are perfect for baking brownies, biscuits, and cakes. One mashed banana can replace 1 egg in cakes and pancakes.
For creamy mayonnaise, combine 250 millilitres of any vegetable oil with 125 millilitres of soya milk, 1/2 teaspoonful of salt, 1 teaspoonful of Dijon mustard, and 1 teaspoonful of cider vinegar. Whisk with a stick blender for a few seconds. Can’t be fussed? Vegan mayonnaise products from brands like Hellmann’s and Plamil taste great.
Known as a superfood for its omega-3 fatty acids, ground flaxseed is great for binding cake ingredients. To replace 1 egg, combine 1 tablespoonful with 2 ½ tablespoonfuls of water. Follow this recipe for chocolate and peanut butter banana bread.
Use cashew nuts, coconut oil, non-dairy milk, and fruits of your choice to make a raw, refined sugar–free, gluten-free, decadent cheesecake. Make your own base using chopped nuts, dates, or other dried fruit.
Sparkling water can be mixed with flour and other ingredients to create super-quick pancakes or batter for “tofish”. Try adding a can of coke or another fizzy drink to an “accidentally vegan” packaged cake mix.
When baking cakes that need to rise in the oven, like a Victoria sponge, replace 1 egg with 2 teaspoonfuls of baking powder, 2 tablespoonfuls of water, and 1 tablespoonful of oil.
Like mashed banana, apple sauce is great for adding moisture and sweetness to cakes. Replace 1 egg with 1/4 cup of apple sauce. Try using it for these chocolate hot cross buns.
Tapioca starch is a versatile ingredient that comes from the roots of the cassava plant. Mix it with oil, cornflour, and soya cream to make a vegan fried egg.
If you’ve not tried this before, you’re in for a treat. Use aquafaba, the protein-rich liquid from a tin of chickpeas, to replace egg whites in meringues, mayonnaise, or cakes. It’s magical! Try this Eton Mess recipe.
Substitute eggs with cornflour to make a thick, creamy plant-based batter for tofish, crispy tofu, or vegan fritto misto. Delicious
Silken tofu is good for making creamy desserts or a vegan hollandaise sauce that’s scrumptious served with grilled asparagus.
Swap egg white for chia seeds in a smoothie to get a hit of protein and omega-3, or use them to make a chocolate mousse.
Gram flour (or besan) is produced by grinding chickpeas. It makes a wonderful vegan Spanish omelette.
Kala namak (or Himalayan black salt, which is pink when ground into a powder) can be added to any dish to produce an eggy flavour. Try it in a tofu scramble, an omelette, or a quiche or sprinkled on avocado.
The humble potato is the main ingredient in Free and Easy’s Egg Replacer and is also used in Orgran’s No Egg Egg Replacer. Just mix it with water and use it in sweet or savoury recipes.
Follow Your Heart’s soya-based VeganEgg is great for omelettes, scrambles, and baking.
Love aquafaba but hate chickpeas?* Oggs offers aquafaba in a carton. One 200 millilitre carton is equivalent to 4 eggs.
*Surely no one hates chickpeas.
Hellmann’s offers a wide variety of vegan mayo flavours, including classic, bacon, chipotle, and garlic. These vegan spreads have a smooth, thick consistency, making them ideal for dolloping and putting on all your favourite dishes!
Made from pea plant protein, Crackd offers the taste, usability and looks of chicken eggs – with none of the cruelty. You can find Crackd in more than 200 Marks and Spencer food halls across the UK. Now let’s get crackin’ on some vegan omelets.
Nando’s Vegan PERinaise
Spicy peri-peri meets creamy vegan mayo: it’s a match made in heaven. Ideal for dipping chips and crisps or added to a vegan chicken sandwich or a salad for a little something extra, the sauce is available from supermarkets and on the vegan chicken burger from Nando’s restaurants.
Why Choose Vegan Eggs?
Hens are sensitive, caring animals who love their chicks. In the egg industry, they never get to be a mother to their young. Instead, they’re confined and subjected to severe stress – treated like egg-laying machines until their bodies are spent and they’re sent to slaughter. PETA’s exposés reveal that even in disingenuously named “high welfare” facilities, hens live in filth amongst the dead and dying. Male chicks, who can’t lay eggs, are gassed and tossed into the rubbish.
It’s easy to turn your back on the callous cruelty of the egg industry – just stop eating eggs. For more tips on going vegan, order our free vegan starter kit: