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Food Substitutes for Egg Allergy

Eggs are hard to replace in some recipes, especially when they are the star -- like in omelets or quiches. You’re probably better off cooking something else.

But if you're baking, and eggs aren’t the main ingredient, many other foods can work in place of an egg. They include:

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  • Egg replacements. That’s not the same as egg substitutes. Egg substitutes can contain egg.
  • Applesauce. ¼ cup is a common substitute for one egg in a baking recipe.
  • Banana. ½ a banana can work in place of one egg.
  • Mixtures can take the place of one egg, such as:
  • 1 tablespoon water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water, 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 packet gelatin, 2 tablespoons warm water (mix just before using)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed in 3 tablespoons water

Keep in mind that egg replacements may not be as fluffy and light as actual eggs.

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on October 25, 2012

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