Sunday, August 22, 2010

egg replacers

I could not find the ener-g-egg  replacer that is in everyone  recipies and i have no car to drive to whole foods and both my parents where out for the after noon. So i really wanted to make corn dogs  i got desperate and went on twitter and asked if any one knew of a recipe for an egg replacer. and fit chick in the city  told me she used flax seed and water and gonepie ( this is there twitter name)  told me to check out this site  called vegan baking . I decided to share what i found these egg replacers are cheeper than if you bought ener-g-egg and you can make up at home.

Non dairy Yogurt binder
Yogurt Binder isn't actually a binder that's on par with eggs. It's about as effective as um, yogurt for binding in recipes which isn't much but it works great in things where you don't need lots of binding power. Examples are cakes, waffles and pancakes. It won't help you get things very dense and chewy but it's great for holding in moisture and adding flavor complexity at the same time.

An egg contains about ¼ cup of liquid so using yogurt as a substitute in a recipe consists of:
¼ cup non-dairy yogurt

Flax seed binder
Flax seeds contain magical 'goopifying' properties that are perfect for vegan baking. Be sure to use golden flax seeds which are the light colored ones. Brown flax seeds will impart more color in your baked item which is usually undesirable. Flax Binder has a slight mealy flavor that's usually not prominent enough to stand out in most baked items. Flax seeds also contain protein, fiber and are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which makes this binder a healthy alternative to other egg less binders.

This recipe makes the equivalent of 1 egg.

3 Tablespoons water

1 Tablespoon golden flax meal


Grind the golden flax seeds into a meal in a blender or spice grinder. You may want to grind a larger amount and store it in the refrigerator for future use. Like flax oil, flax meal is extremely perishable so if you grind a larger amount for later use, discard unused portions after about a month in the fridge. 1 cup of golden flax seeds equal about 1 1/3 cup of meal.


Add the water to a small bowl or cup. Add the flax meal and mix together with a whisk or fork. Let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes so it develops a goopy texture similar to a raw egg. Warm water will speed up the 'goopifying' process.
Banana egg replacer
Bananas work great as a binder due to their natural 'goopyness'. Keep in mind that whatever you put bananas in will undoubtedly turn into 'banana'-'whatever-the-name-of-your-recipe-is'. This can be great for things like cakes, pancakes and sweet breads but awkward in things where you're not going for the whole banana thing. Banana's aren't as powerful binders as Eggless Binder Powder or Flax Binder but they're more powerful than yogurt.

An egg contains about ¼ cup of liquid so using banana purée as a substitute in a recipe consists of:

¼ cup banana purée.

i know on the site they have chia seed egg replacer but i said stuff you can afford. Maybe for some of you chia seeds is affordable but i know for myself it is not.
if you have any ideas that i have not mentioned for  an egg replacer  place a comment below.
Happy Baking

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