Vegan Binders, Substitutes and Replacers
The conventional methods of creating cookies, pies, bread and other baked goods from scratch rely heavily on animal products. Cooks often grab eggs, milk, cream and butter to help bind the mix of wet and dry ingredients together. But what if you can’t digest or choose not to eat animals?
It might seem impossible to bake delicious treats and cook tasty meals without conventional ingredients, but the following plant foods act as terrific binders, substitutes and replacers.
If you want to add moisture to a cake or muffin, try using fruit puree such as applesauce or mashed bananas. When mixed with vegetable oil, fruit puree works well in place of melted butter.
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Using peanut, cashew, peacan or almond butter is a great way to make nutty-flavored baked goods with oats.
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When making your own veggie burger patties, try experimenting with a host of different veggies. Mashed potatoes are delicious for forming veggie burgers that you can pan-fry.
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There are many types of tofu, and choosing silken tofu in particular to will nicely bind other ingredients together for veggie burgers.
Try making your own tofu! Check out this Tofu Making Kit here and let us know how it goes!
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Have you ever cooked beans in a pot on the stove and then threw away the liquid? If that seems like an obvious step, you are missing out on a golden cooking ingredient! That liquid left behind is called aquafaba and it’s one of the best vegan replacers for egg whites that you can make. Try using aquafaba to make meringue, butter and macaroons.
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In the vegan cooking world, we love chia eggs because they are simple to make and give you a nice boost of nutrition. Minimalist Baker recommends mixing 1 tbsp of chia seeds with 2.5 tbsp of water to create one “egg.” https://minimalistbaker.com/make-chia-egg/
Flax eggs are another type of vegan “egg” that cooks are raving about. Similar to a chia egg, you mix chia seeds with water to create your binder.
Minimalist Baker recommends mixing 1 tbsp of flaxseed meal with 2.5 tbsp of water to create one “egg.” https://minimalistbaker.com/how-to-make-a-flax-egg/
A flegg is a term of a flax egg. Just mis flaxseed and water and you’ve got a flegg. Plenteous Veg recommends mixing 1 Tbsp flax meal with 3 Tbsp of hot water and use in place of the egg. https://plenteousveg.com/vegan-egg-substitutes-baking/
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Baking Soda and Vinegar
Many cooks use this mixture to create very fluffy baked goods. Try it in place of eggs. The Kitchn recommends using 1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar for 1 egg. https://www.thekitchn.com/5-vegan-substitutes-for-eggs-in-baking-tips-from-the-kitchn-136591
This gluten-free powder is nice binder to help your veggie burger mixture stick together.
Also known as garbanzo flour, chickpea flour is popular in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. Try it along with Indian spices in your veggie burger mix.
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This gluten-free flour comes from the cassava root. Use it along with arrowroot powder in your veggie burger mix.
If you are avoiding gluten, try using psyllium husk to bake a low-carb bread.
For a healthier treat, use applesauce as your binder to make moist apple and oat breakfast cookies.
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Use bananas and oil in place of eggs to create a muffin mixture, then dispense into a cupcake holder and bake delicious banana muffins.
Water + Vegetable Oil + Baking Powder
Water, vegetable oil and baking powder is a common baking substitution for eggs that most cooks can make from what is already in their kitchen.
Vegan Egg Replacers
If you do not want to create your own vegan egg replacer, there are several brands of packaged vegan egg replacer that you can purchase at your local grocery store, health food store or online. Here in no particular order are our top 4 Vegan Egg Replacers
Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer is the perfect substitute for whole eggs in your recipes for cakes, waffles and pancakes that need a leavening agent to make them light and fluffy. For your baked goods recipes, Bobs Red Mill egg replacer acts as a binder and adds moisture for delicious cookies, muffins and brownies every time. It’s simple to use and made from wheat and soy.
An easy-to-mix, all-natural egg replacement derived from chia seeds and garbanzo beans. 2 ingredients. That’s it! The neat egg is the perfect baking companion where the egg is a binder. Enjoy all your favorite baking recipes such as cakes, brownies, cookies, muffins and so much more, with a healthy egg alternative. This is a shelf stable, dry mix product.
There are many ways to make your meals delicious without harming animals. Experiment and comment back with your creations!