Eggs Substitutes: How to make your own eggs substitutes, for those allergic, vegan or wanting to reduce fat and cholesterol!
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Eggs are a great food, but some people needs substitute due to an allergy, being vegan or just wanting to reduce fat or cholesterol. This page explains how to make and use your own egg substitutes, as well as the commercial alternatives available.
What are good homemade substitutes for eggs?
While nothing is exactly the same as an egg, any of these will work. Where one substitute is better at a specific use, it is mentioned:
- 2 tablespoons of either cornstarch, arrowroot flour or potato starch = 1 egg
- 1 heaping tablespoon of soy powder plus 2 tablespoons water = 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of soy milk powder plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water = 1 egg.
- 1 banana = 1 egg in cakes.
- 1 tablespoon milled flax seed and 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg (also good in cakes)
A homemade egg substitute recipe
For those not allergic to eggs, or vegan this homemade egg substitute is less expensive and works just as well as commercial egg substitutes like “Egg Beaters”. This also reduces cholesterol and has few calories:
- 1 tablespoon of nonfat dry milk powder
- 2 egg whites from large eggs
- 4 drops of yellow food color
Sprinkle the powdered milk over egg whites, then beat them with fork until smooth. Add the food color, and beat until blended. This makes 1/4 cup, which is equal to 1 large egg. If you use this homemade substitute for scrambled eggs, cook it in vegetable oil or margarine so the eggs won't be too dry.
Commercial Egg Substitutes
Of course there are egg whites and the package versions like "Egg Beaters". But those contain egg whites, which doesn't work for Vegans and those allergic to eggs. For those, a product called Ener-G, may work, but I haven’t tried it. I know it is available in most health food stores and larger grocery stores. Some people report that you may want to add a bit more moisture when replacing eggs using Ener-G, such as an extra tablespoon of water or soy milk, or it will be too dry.
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