What can I substitute for eggs in pancakes? (9 alternatives)

In this article, we will answer the question “What can I substitute for eggs in pancakes?”, and how to make eggless pancakes without compromising on taste.

What can I substitute for eggs in pancakes?

There are plenty of options like bananas, applesauce yogurt, aquafaba, etc to make pancakes without eggs. Going eggless does not mean you have to compromise on the taste and texture of the perfect pancakes. With the substitutes given below, you will never look back to the regular pancakes.

Pancakes are a very versatile breakfast because you can play around with the toppings. There may be plenty of reasons why you want to go egg-free without giving up on your favorite breakfast. It may be because you are vegan, have an egg allergy, or any other reason. Do not worry because we have got the perfect egg substitutes with the perfect recipe.

Why are eggs added to pancakes?

So, if you can make the perfect pancakes without the eggs, does that mean eggs are boring and do not serve any purpose? Well, that may not be the case. They are added to the pancakes for a variety of reasons.

For binding

Eggs are excellent binding agents. They hold all the dry ingredients of the recipe together and provide structural integrity.

For flavor

Egg yolk has fat that contributes to the rich and creamy flavor of the pancakes while adding a golden hue to the pancakes.

For leavening

The proteins in egg yolk help incorporate air into the pancakes when they are beaten to make the perfect fluffy and light-textured pancakes.

For moistening

An egg is about 76% water by weight and provides approximately 3 tbsp of moisture to wet the dry ingredients.

Substitutes for eggs in pancakes

Mashed bananas

Enriched with potassium, mashed bananas are a very healthy substitute for eggs. If you use ripe bananas that taste naturally sweeter, you can skip the sugar.

Chia seeds

Add chia seeds to your pancakes as an egg substitute for a fiber boost. Soak chia seeds in water, add to your pancakes when they thicken and form a gel.

Ground flax seeds

Add warm water into the flaxseed meal and let it sit until it thickens to form a gel. Add in your pancakes in place of an egg. For a fluffier texture, add baking powder and baking soda.

Whipped tofu

Silken tofu can be whipped and added to pancakes for an egg-like flavor and texture. Silken tofu will make the pancakes denser. So, add baking powder and baking soda to make it fluffier.

Fruit purees

Unsweetened applesauce makes for a healthy substitute for eggs. They add a lot of flavor and moisture to your pancakes.

Pumpkin puree might taste bitter or sweet depending on the brand. Adjust the sweetness to your personal preference. Pumpkin puree helps moisten the pancakes and is a good egg substitute.

Egg replacers

Commercial egg replacers are generally made up of starch, cellulose, leavening agents, and gums. Egg replacers are a good vegan substitute for eggs.

Arrowroot powder

Arrowroot powder is a well known thickening agent. Add water in arrowroot powder to make a slurry and mix in your pancakes. The starch gelatinized and gives a foamy texture to your pancakes.

Yogurt

Plain yogurt or greek yogurt is a great substitute for eggs because it is a rich source of protein. It also adds a tangy hint that balances the sweetness of the pancakes.

Aquafaba

This is the leftover water of canned or cooked chickpeas and other legumes. It is viscous and mimics the whipping properties of eggs by incorporating air in it when beaten. Add this to your pancakes for a light and airy texture.

How to make eggless pancakes?

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1Tbsp baking powder
  • Sugar or sugar substitute to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons plant oil or 3Tbps butter(vegan or non-vegan)
  • Egg substitute
  • 1 1/4 cup dairy or nondairy milk
  • Cinnamon/vanilla extract (optional)

Procedure 

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Mix and whip all the wet ingredients. Incorporate air at this stage to make the pancakes light and airy.
  3. Fold the dry ingredients gently into the wet ingredients.
  4. Heat the skillet and pour the batter. Cook on low-medium flame.
  5. Check to see when the bottom of your pancakes turns golden and the bubbles appear on top. Flip it over now. Cook the other side until golden.
  6. Serve warm with your favorite toppings like maple syrup, fresh fruits, honey, chocolate, whipped cream, etc

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “What can I substitute for eggs in pancakes?”, and how to make eggless pancakes without compromising on taste.

References

https://www.acouplecooks.com/best-egg-substitute-for-pancakes/

Sana Ameer

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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