Be it sunny side up, over easy, or hard boiled — most of us grew up eating eggs in the morning. A breakfast, baking, and binding staple, it seems like eggs are EVERYWHERE. Unfortunately, eggs are bad for human health; inhumane for hens and chicks; detrimental for the environment; and in increasingly short supply (thanks to the avian flu).
Luckily, if you’re a lover of all things egg, you don’t have to abandon the idea of eating them entirely! The egg substitute options are getting more impressive every day, so there are plenty of ways to recreate your favorite flavors, cruelty-free.
Here are three awesome vegan egg alternatives that are making morning meals a lot easier:
“JUST Egg is free of cholesterol, requires less water and fewer carbon emissions. And yes, it tastes like an egg, but it’s more than that,” according to Just, Inc. You can find this popular egg substitute at most groceries stores and even at Walmart.
Follow Your Heart introduced their Vegan Egg and became the first mass-produced scrambled egg substitute to ever hit store shelves. It’s made using black salt, which offers a sulfur-like flavor that’s extremely similar to that of real eggs. It also includes two new ingredients: whole algal flour and whole algal protein, both derived from natural microalgae containing essential amino acids, dietary fiber, and high levels of lipids, carbohydrates and micronutrients. This egg sub can be scrambled, cooked into frittatas and quiches, and used in baked goods. Check out the video they released, proving it can be scrambled up like the real deal. You can buy this in most grocers and on Amazon.com.
“Scramblit is not eggs; it’s better. Made from one of the most unsuspected and sustainable crops– the pepita— this superfood is a game changer. Miraculous, delicious, and nutritious,” according to Spero Foods’ website. Give this NO preservatives. NO soy. NO nonsense vegan egg option a try!
- The Vegg Scramble
From the company that created one of the most popular egg yolk substitutes — The Vegg — is a product designed to be scrambled up and eaten like the ever-popular breakfast dish. The first-ever scramble product to hit the market, The Vegg Scramble can be mixed with high protein soy milk and whipped up with a spatula, creating a morning meal that’ll quash that egg craving once and for all. Made with soy protein, nutritional yeast and a few other ingredients, it also incorporates the flavor of black salt for that familiar eggy taste. (The Vegg is currently available for purchase online and in select stores.)
- Tofu Scramble
Ok, so it’s not an identical replica of the eggs your mother made, but a tofu scramble can be surprisingly similar to the real thing. Use firm tofu, crumble it into pieces, and sautée it with nutritional yeast, diced veggies, turmeric (for color and nutrients!) and anything else that pleases your palate. It offers an excellent protein profile and similar mouthfeel to the breakfast dish you remember.
There are so many egg substitute options available for baking, including:
- Apple sauce
- Smashed banana
- Chia seeds
- Flax meal
So there you have it: plenty of delicious vegan egg options that are easier on the environment, your health, and the totally adorable chickens of the world.