14 Creative Egg Substitutes for Breakfast and Baking

With the recent avian flu outbreak, you might have noticed an egg shortage or egg price inflation at your local grocery store which has left many people scrambling to find alternatives. 

Since eggs are a staple ingredient in many recipes, from breakfast dishes to desserts, if you love eggs like we do, a world without eggs may seem daunting. Luckily, there are a number of creative egg substitutes that can be used to replace eggs in recipes and still achieve a good result. 

In this article, we will explore the various egg substitutes available and provide tips on how to use them to get the best results. With the right knowledge and a bit of creativity, you can easily find a creative egg substitutes for breakfast and that works for most recipes.

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14 Creative Egg Substitutes for Breakfast and Baking

If you are in a bind and looking for an egg substitute while eggs are hard to come by or way out of your budget try these 14 egg substitutes that actually work. 

Egg Whites

This might seem like cheating but egg whites still appear to be plentiful in grocery stores so they are a great option if you can’t find eggs in a carton. The good news is you can typically replace 1 egg for 3 tablespoons of egg whites as an equal substitute. If you don’t care for the look of actual egg whites you can also opt for egg beaters which are egg whites with added flavorings, color, and thickeners added. This substitute will work really well for most breakfast swaps for eggs or in baking.

Check out this recipe for an egg white omelet for one for some inspiration


Silken tofu can be used as an egg replacement for breakfast or for baking. It can be blended and added to cakes, cookies, and other baked goods as an egg substitute. Tofu can also be scrambled for a vegetarian breakfast option.

Check out this recipe for a tofu scramble bowl for one for some inspiration


A quarter cup of plain yogurt can be used as a substitute for one egg in baking recipes. We like opting for Greek Yogurt due to texture and using it as a good binder. Yogurt also makes for a great easy breakfast.

Check out this single-serving Yogurt and Granola Bowl for a breakfast idea


A quarter cup of buttermilk can be used as a replacement for one egg in baking recipes.


Unsweetened applesauce can be used as a replacement for one egg in baking recipes. Use 1/4 cup of applesauce for each egg the recipe calls for.


A mashed banana can be used as a replacement for one egg in baking recipes. Use 1/4 cup of mashed banana for each egg the recipe calls for.

Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds

If you’ve ever heard of a Flax egg, is the same substitute idea. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or flax seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for 5 minutes. This mixture can be used as an egg substitute in baking recipes. This is also a great vegan option!

Grab these instructions for how to make a flax egg


The liquid from a can of chickpeas or other legumes, known as aquafaba, can be used as an egg replacement in baking, particularly for meringues and macarons.

Ener-G Egg Replacer

This is a commercial egg substitute made from potato starch, tapioca flour and leavening agents that can be used as egg substitute in baking. This is a great item to keep in your pantry if you need an egg substitute that is shelf stable.

Powdered Eggs or Egg Replacer

Powdered eggs are great for baking and can be used in most recipes. They are also great for a scrambled egg breakfast in a pinch on par with something you’d see in post-apocalyptic movies. The texture will change a little but the binding agent will remain in most recipes.

Judee’s Scrambled Egg Mix 1.5 lb - Baking Supplies - Delicious and 100% Gluten-Free - Great for Breakfast and Camping Meals - Quick and Easy for Outdoor Preparations

Bob's Red Mill GF Egg Replacer, 12 Ounce Bag (Pack of 1), Equals 34 Eggs/Bag, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Paleo Friendly

Canned Beans

Canned beans, including black beans, chickpeas, and kidney beans, are a great option for baking and do well as a binder in place of an egg.

Canned Pumpkin

Canned pumpkin is a great option for baking, while it would not be a good choice for quiches or frittatas this can work as a egg substitute in some dishes.

Xanthan Gum

Xanthan Gum is a fun egg replacer! Starbucks will often use this ingredient in their Frappuccinos to mind the milk and coffee. It also works well in baking as a thickening agent. To use this ingredient you’ll need ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum and ¼ cup of water to replace one egg.

Pure Xanthan Gum Gluten-Free Vegan OU Kosher Certified - 50g/2oz

Just Egg

Just Egg is a Plant Based Egg Substitute made from you guessed it plants! It cooks up just like regular eggs and comes in a liquid form.

Check out the Just Egg Breakfast Burrito Recipe for some inspiration

It’s important to note that these egg substitutes may result in a slightly different texture or taste in your finished product, so you may need to experiment a bit to find the best substitute for your recipe. With a little bit of creativity, you can continue to enjoy your favorite recipes even during an egg shortage.

Essential Creative Egg Substitute Cheat Sheet for Baking

Eggs are a must-have item in any kitchen, and they can be used for a variety of dishes such as breakfast meals and baking. However, due to the current egg shortage, it has become increasingly difficult to find eggs, and they are now more expensive than before. To help you out, we have put together a list of the best egg substitutes that can be used one-to-one.

Egg Substitutes for Baking to Make 1 Large Egg

  • 3 tablespoons egg whites = 1 egg
  • ¼ cup carbonated water = 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar = 1 tsp baking soda = 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup mashed avocado = 1 egg
  • ¼ cup mashed banana = 1 egg
  • ¼ cup applesauce = 1 egg
  • ¼ cup yogurt = 1 egg
  • ¼ cup pure pumpkin = 1 egg
  • ¼ cup silken tofu (pureed) = 1 egg 
  • 3 tablespoons aquafaba (liquid from canned chickpeas) = 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon pea protein powder + 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons baking powder + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil = 1 egg
  • ¼ cup buttermilk = 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons nut butter = 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder + 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons xanthan gum + 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds + 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg

Making the Most of Egg Substitutes for Breakfast and Baking

While we can’t prevent this egg shortage and price inflation on one of our breakfast favorites, what we can do is be prepared by learning about the many great egg substitutes out there. 

From simple pantry staples like applesauce and banana to more exotic ingredients like xanthan gum, there are many great egg substitutes that can be used in a wide variety of recipes. Be sure to keep these egg substitutes on hand when in a pinch. With these tips, you’ll be ready to make the most out of egg substitutes and keep your recipe repertoire as diverse as ever!

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