Miss Eggs? Here are Some Vegan Egg Substitutes

VeganEggsBe 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:

  • JustEgg
    “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.
  • VeganEgg
    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
    “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.
  • Baking?
    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.

12 Comments on “Miss Eggs? Here are Some Vegan Egg Substitutes”

  1. I was told by my doctor that soy is not very good for most women due the fact it contians high levels of estragen, also not good for children, as we don’t have generation of comsumption. As in most asian culture. So side effects can be seen especially on our male population who comsumes soy, via milk beans tofu and other products. My son recently turn vegan and I want to learn how to cook for in a healthy way. Thank you

    1. Your doctor needs to reeducate himself. This is from a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute of Health study.

      “Concerns that the estrogen-like properties of isoflavones produce untoward effects in some subpopulations, such as postmenopausal women, are not supported by the clinical and epidemiologic research. Evidence indicates soyfoods can be safely consumed by all individuals except those who are allergic to soy protein, which is relatively uncommon in comparison to the number of individuals allergic to many other commonly-consumed foods”.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5188409/

    1. My (vegan) food bill is always lower than my friends’ and family’s. To find reasonably priced vegan foods — all you have to do is google it.

      Chickpea omelette “eggs” are vegan, soy-free, and cheaper than real eggs. Crescentia posted a similar solution below using corn starch. Thanks for the idea Crescentia!

  2. Just played around in my kitchen this morning, craving “dippy” (over-easy) eggs. Here’s a delicious recipe I came up with that has a taste and mouth-feel as close to egg-yolk as you can get!

    1 tbsp of your favorite “butter”
    1/2 c water
    2 tsp corn starch
    1/4 tsp salt (black salt is best for this, but any will work. Can skip if you just want to salt at the end)
    1/4 tsp lemon juice
    Dash turmeric

    Heat on low, whisking frequently, until corn starch clears and thickens.
    Serve warm. Sprinkle with salt & pepper as desired.
    Let sit for a few minutes if you want a nice “skin.”

    1. Can you use this recipe to make a frittata? I’m desperate to find an egg substitute that can be tolerated by people with IBS.

  3. The (bad for human health link) is a little flawed, not all cholesterol is created equal. Technically eggs raise your HDL (good cholesterol) which lowers your LDL (bad cholesterol). Humans need good fats and cholesterols! Cholesterol is only a bad thing when it’s LDL. From a Nutritional Science point of view unless you’re allergic or vegan try local free-ranged (support a local business instead of comercialization). Backyard chicken eggs, are far superior than store bought. Compare the yolks to a conventionally store bought egg, free ranged would be a richer yolk. You have to watch the labeling of eggs, (cage free doesn’t always mean more humane, they could still be locked in a barn on concrete floors). Free Range Organic allows chickens to get sunshine, nutrients and minerals from the plants and bugs, instead of grain. I stumbled across this article for a meal plan that involving noting the necessary substitutes for allergies.

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