For part two of our vegan baking series, we'll look into another key component used in traditional baking: eggs. With what we know about the egg industry we're excited to provide this entry to our vegan blog.
Eggs serve a similar purpose in baking as butter, but more as a congealment agent than an emulsifier. They don't add to flavor, and are merely there to ensure dry and wet ingredients combine properly. To emulsify your next batter cruelty-free style, look no further than four of the top vegan egg substitutes out there!
Flax eggs might be our favorite vegan egg replacement. These are made by combining water with flax meal (ground flax seeds) and refrigerating for a short time. With the proper ratios and time to cool, flax meal and water congeal to an egg-like paste. These are much like their contemporaries, the chia egg. Each of these egg substitutes utilizes the intensely high fiber content in each seed to achieve the effect of congealment.
Use unsweetened or you're likely to have an a sugar heavy and apple-like flavor to your baked recipe. Unsweetened applesauce already comes in its proper pureed form, ready to use just like an egg. This is one of the most widely found, affordable, and easy-to-make vegan egg replacements in the world.
Grapeseed oil is derived from the... yes, grape seeds. However, despite their origin this oil is surprisingly neutral in flavor, making it ineffective as a drizzle, dip, or flavor booster. Instead, grapeseed oil sees its value in versatility. One of the healthier plant based oils around, grapeseed oil is useful in dressings, stir fries, and sauteing vegetables. Due to its aforementioned healthier profile and a smoke point of 425 Fahrenheit, this multipurpose cooking oil can be anything you want it to be!
Pureed avocado joins pumpkin and bananas as suggested fruit mashes used to replace the texture of a whipped egg. We chose to feature avocado due to its fattiness and neutral flavor. When compared to bananas, pumpkin, and even applesauce, avocado fares well in every attribute. Much like mashing for avo toast or guacamole, pureed, unflavored avocado is a great way to replace the egg in your vegan baking.