Last Updated on August 6, 2022
Can you make brownies without eggs? We have assembled an in-depth guide to the best substitutes for eggs in brownies and how to use them!
Our list includes some very simple substitutes like applesauce and mashed banana, but, we have also included some DIY egg replacers you can use. And, of course, we have developed an incredibly easy and super fudgy vegan brownie recipe you can make using an egg replacer.
Can You Make Brownies Without Eggs?
The short answer, yes! You can definitely make delicious brownies without adding any eggs. However, only when you are substituting them with an egg alternative.
Eggs have a few functions when used in a brownie recipe. So, by removing them completely, you are effective in the texture and flavor of the brownies. This means that you will have to find an appropriate substitute for them.
The main function that eggs have is to crate structure in the batter. It also automatically functions as a stabilizer, thanks to its protein strands. They also help add a ton of moisture (which ultimately aids in giving brownies their soft and even fudgy texture). And finally, they help bind the dry ingredients together to create a smooth batter.
As you can see, eggs are pretty impressive and essential when it comes to baking. Unfortunately, there are a lot of reasons people cannot have them. This could be an allergy, a dietary restriction, a personal lifestyle choice, or because you simply ran out.
Regardless of which, we have a bunch of substitutes that will work almost as well as eggs do! Now, keep in mind that eggs are pretty much a one-in-a-million ingredient. What we mean by this is that you won’t really be able to find a substitute that can perform every function in exactly the same way eggs does.
Nevertheless, we have some close seconds listed below and how you can use them.
Substitute For Eggs In Brownies
For today’s tutorial on making brownies without eggs, we will be using egg replacer instead. We have provided a more in-depth explanation below of how to make your own egg replacer and how to use commercially bought ones.
But first, we would like to discuss some other easy alternatives you can use!
The first and arguably most well-known egg substitute is mashed banana. Make sure that you use very ripe bananas if possible. For every egg that you need to substitute, you can use 1/4 cup (65 grams) of banana puree.
There are a few (minor) downsides. Your brownies will have a slight banana flavor, but if you love bananas, this isn’t a problem. And, if you are making very bitter dark chocolate brownies, you will barely notice it.
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Flax seeds/chia seeds
Both of these highly nutritious seeds have thickening abilities. And the best part is that you can make these faux eggs at home!
Simply grind your chia seeds or flax seeds into a powder using a blender or pestle and mortar. Then, once they come into contact with moisture (the other wet ingredients), they absorb it and swell. This is what helps bind the other ingredients and helps give the brownies structure.
To make this substitute, whisk together 1 tablespoon (7 grams) of flax or chia seeds (ground) with 3 tablespoons of water. The mixture should be thick. This replaces one egg in a recipe.
The downside of this substitute is that they can potentially cause the brownies to be very heavy and dense. But, luckily brownies aren’t known to be particularly fluffy, so this may also not be the biggest problem in the world.
Applesauce may sound like a strange substitute, and it is, but trust us, it works! For every egg, you can use 1/4 cup (65 grams) of applesauce and mix it into your batter.
It is best to use unsweetened and unflavored applesauce. If you are using sweetened applesauce, make sure to reduce the sweetness in your brownie recipe. Otherwise, you may end up with overly sweet brownies.
Both of these dairy-based substitutes work pretty well to substitute for eggs in brownies. And, it’s incredibly easy to find and affordable!
To replace one egg, add 1/4 cup (60 grams) of buttermilk or yogurt.
A helpful tip is to use plain double-thick yogurt if possible. This will help prevent the mixture from becoming too runny.
How to use egg replacer
Egg replacers often consist of ingredients like potato starch, tapioca starch, flour, and some sort of leavening agent. These ingredients help mimic the binding and leavening characteristics that eggs give to baked products.
If you don’t want to use a commercial egg replacer, you can also make your very own at home.
For today’s recipe, we will be using a commercial egg replacer (store-bought egg replacer). You can look at the packets’ instructions on how much to use and exactly how to activate and use the replacer.
Making Brownies Without Eggs – What You Will Need
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
- 1 cupcake flour
- Big pinch of fine salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 egg replacers
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- Dash of vanilla extract, optional
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips, unmelted
- 8×8-inch square baking pan
- Mixing bowls
- Wooden spoon
How to make these egg replacer brownies
Step 1: Preheat your oven and prepare the equipment
Start by preheating the oven to 325°F (160°C). Then, line an 8×8-inch square baking pan (or pan of your choice) with non-stick baking paper. You can also grease it using non-stick cooking spray or melted butter.
Step 2: Make the brownie batter
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake flour, the fine salt, and the baking powder. Bake sure there aren’t any lumps and that the ingredients are mixed well. Set aside.
Next, in a separate bowl, whisk together the egg replacers, sugar, and oil until they are well combined. Then, add the almond milk and vanilla extract.
Then, add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well. You can also add the melted dark chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes, or until the ingredients are well combined.
Finally, add the cup of chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the greased baking pan.
Step 3: Bake the brownies and cool
Bake the brownies for about 30-35 minutes. Once baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool inside of the pan for 30 minutes at room temperature Then, remove them from the pan and allow them to cool completely.
Only when they are fully cooled should you slice your brownies.
Tips And Tricks For These Brownies
- This recipe is vegan. However, just make sure on the packaging of your products that the ingredients you are choosing are actually vegan-certified. A lot of times simple ingredients that are usually vegan aren’t.
- These egg replacer brownies are already completely vegan. You can also use non-vegan ingredients instead. For example, use regular milk instead of almond milk.
- You can have a look at this guide to help you determine when your brownies have finished baking.
- To slice your brownies, use a sharp chef’s knife. Do not saw the brownies as this will cause them to mush. Instead, use one smooth sweeping motion for each cut.
Servings And Preparation Time
If you have any questions for us on using these egg replacers, please feel free to let us know in the comments below. And, if you know of anyone that is looking for the best egg substitutes, give this article a share!
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Lindy Van Schalkwyk is a culinary specialist with a background in Advanced Cooking, Advanced Pâtisserie, Media Communications and Nutrition. She has gained invaluable experience in the culinary industry having worked in some of the top restaurants in Africa in 2016 and 2017. Her expertise in nutrition has enabled her to develop recipes for special dietary needs. In 2018, Lindy began working in the Food Media industry, focusing on recipe development, recipe writing, food writing and food styling.