Top 5 Easiest Egg Replacers:
Here are five ingredients that work perfectly to replace eggs in your protein pancake recipe.
1. Mashed Banana
A common replacement for eggs in baked goods, such as cookies and breads, is mashed bananas. Use 1/4 mashed banana in place of each egg in any protein pancake recipe you may find.
2. Canned Pumpkin
Include 2 tablespoons pureed pumpkin in place of each egg in your recipe.
3. Apple Butter
Use 2 tablespoons apple butter per egg called for in your recipe.
4. Chia Seeds or Chia Flour
Chia seeds or chia flour (ground chia seeds) are one of the best ingredients to use for a couple reasons. First, they replace eggs perfectly, and two, they can even replace some of the flour in a typical pancake recipe. Use chia flour to replace flour and eggs, and chia seeds to replace eggs alone. For example, if you’re looking to replace 1/3 cup flour and 1 egg in a recipe, use 1/3 cup chia flour (also known as milled chia or chia bran) instead, and 1/3 cup water or non-dairy milk. Because the chia is ground here, it offers many binding properties, it takes care of the flour and egg all in one. Use one tablespoon of chia seeds combined with 3 tablespoons of liquid, for each egg called for. Because the whole seeds aren’t quite as binding as the flour form, they will replace eggs beautifully, but not both flour and eggs.
5. Flax Meal
Ground flax can be used as a direct replacement to flour in whatever recipe you use and you can eliminate the eggs altogether since flax is a natural egg replacement. Use equal amounts of ground flax and liquid in your recipe, or even opt for a mashed banana, pumpkin, or apple butter in place of the liquid to make them extra thick and creamy.
- Plant-Based Protein Powders (such as hemp, brown rice, pea protein, or a protein blend)
- Coconut Flour (or grind your own unsweetened shredded coconut to make your own)
- Flax Meal (Ground Flax)
- Chia Flour (Milled Chia)
- Almond Flour
- Rolled Oats (which may reduce the need for some eggs as well)
- Oat Flour
- Chia Flour (equal amounts of flour called for, which will also replace the egg(s) in the recipe)
- Psyllium Husk Powder (makes an awesome grain-free thickener)- 1 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon of water = 1 egg
- Chia Seeds +3 Tablespoons water = 1 egg
- Mashed Banana (1/4) = 1 egg
- Apple Butter – 2 Tablespoons = 1 egg
- Non-dairy yogurt- 2 Tablespoons = 1 egg
- Pureed Pumpkin – 2 tablespoons = 1 egg
- Nut Butter- 2 tablespoons = 1 egg
- Pureed Carrots, Butternut Squash, or Prunes (1/4 cup = 1 egg)
- Pureed Dates or Raisins (1/4 cup= 1 egg)
- pureed silken tofu (1/4 cup = 1 egg)
- Non-dairy milk
- Chilled Coffee
- Non-dairy kefir (to replace buttermilk)
- Non-dairy yogurt (which will make your pancakes extra thick, though you may need to add a bit of water or non-dairy milk to thin it out)
You can combine these in several different ways, depending on the recipe you’re going for. You can also include some add-in’s, which include:
- Berries (blueberries are great)
- Chopped apple pieces
- Spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, etc.
- Vanilla extract (highly recommended)
- A healthy sweetener, like stevia, if not using a banana or other sweet fruit
- Vegan chocolate chips (for those Saturday morning indulgences)
- Coconut shreds
- Cocoa powder (which you could also use as a flour replacement
Basic Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan Vanilla Bean Protein Pancakes
- 1/3 cup coconut flour (or use 1/3 cup plant protein powder if you don’t like coconut flour)
- 1/3 cup ground flax seeds (or you can use oats, almond flour,
- 1/3 cup non-dairy milk
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (to make them fluffy)
- 1/3 cup water or non-dairy yogurt or kefir to make them creamier
- 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin, 1/2 a mashed banana, or 1/4 cup apple butter (= 2 eggs)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or better yet, use 1/2 tablespoon ground vanilla bean powder
- spices of your choosing: cinnamon is nice here, along with ginger and cardamom
- touch of sweetener, such as 1-2 packets of stevia or 1/2 teaspoons liquid stevia
Instructions: 1. Mix the flours or protein powder, ground flax, and baking soda together. Stir and add any spices like cinnamon, along with powdered stevia packets if using. 2. Next, add the milk, yogurt or kefir if using (or water), pureed fruit, and vanilla extract to your blender or even a food processor. Blend or process. Optionally, you could just combine them in a bowl and use a hand mixer. 3. Add the dry ingredients to your blended wet ingredients and stir until no more lumps can be found. 4. Coat a skillet with some coconut oil, non-stick spray, or use a non-stick skillet or griddle. Turn on medium-high heat. 5. Using two tablespoons of the batter at a time, dollop the mixture out onto the skillet or griddle. Allow it to cook until the bottom edges start to turn golden brown. Carefully flip and cook for one more minute on the other side. Remove, put on a plate to cool, and repeat until there is no more batter. 6. Top with your favorite jam (such as blueberry, raspberry, etc.), some maple syrup, or for a lower sugar alternative, try xylitol-sweetened maple syrup.