Best Egg Substitute for Baking

What’s the best egg substitute for baking? Whether you’re making cake, cookies, or cornbread, we’ve got answers (plus, a vegan egg substitute).

Substitutes for Eggs in Baking, vegan egg substitute

Looking to substitute eggs in baking? It’s not an easy task! Eggs are important for the overall texture and structure of baked goods. Egg is often used as a binder in recipes, meaning that it holds the entire baked good together. It also acts as a leavener to help the baked good rise.

Of course, it’s best to use an egg if at all possible. But if you don’t have any on hand or want a vegan egg substitute, we’ve got answers too! Here are a few egg substitutes for baking.

Best egg substitute for baking

1. Flax egg (vegan egg substitute)

Flax egg is commonly used as a vegan egg substitute. Mixing ground flax seeds with water makes a gel-like substance that works as a binder. For each egg, mix together 1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 2 1/2 tablespoons water and let sit for 15 minutes. (Here’s more on how to make a flax egg.)

The texture is a little different when using flax egg versus egg: you’ll get a richer, more savory flavor with egg. But it works well structurally!

Works in: Brownies, cake, cookies, cornbread, muffins, quick breads

2. Applesauce

Applesauce can be used as an egg substitute for baking: it also works as a binder in baked goods. The ratio is to substitute 1/4 cup applesauce for every 1 egg.

Because applesauce has a lot of moisture, it’s not recommended for cookies because it makes them too soft. Note that with applesauce, baked goods won’t brown as deeply.

Works in: Brownies, cake, muffins, cornbread, quick breads

Related recipes

Here are some of our recipes favorite that use flax egg or applesauce as a substitute for egg in baking:

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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