Egg Free Baking

My daughter’s personal vegan 1st birthday cake I baked for her.

I ate a lot of eggs growing up. I like the taste, but I hate the smell. After educating myself on the effects of eating too many animals foods, I gave them up. It is fine to consume eggs, provided that they are organic, and that the totality of your animal food consumption does not exceed 10% of daily calories. There are other reasons however, that have convinced me to avoid them such as farming practices. Now, this is not a blog that is focused on animal rights, but I have to mention that the treatment of chickens and chicks is horrendous. Baby chicks have their beaks sawed off with a hot knife to prevent pecking and unwanted male baby chicks are smothered by putting them in plastic bags and tossing them out like garbage and if you think that is bad, they also grind them up alive with no anesthesia. Know that your consumption of eggs, promotes this.

If you don’t want to give up eggs, you can minimize your consumption of them and a great way to do that is when making baked goods at home. Eggs are used in baking for different reasons from binding to leavening to add moisture. There are healthful, plant-based ingredients you can use to replicate these functions. Here they are:

  • Ripe Banana – Half mashed or pureed  is equal to 1 to 2 eggs.
    Works best in: breads, muffins, cake, pancakes
  • Applesauce – 1/4 cup is equal to 1 egg.
    Works best in: moist cakes, breads, quick breads, brownies
  • Ground flax seed – For each egg whisk 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water until thick and creamy
    Works best in: Waffles, pancakes, bran, muffins, breads, oatmeal cookies.
  • Silken tofu – For each egg blend 1/4 cup of tofu in a blender or food processor until smooth.
    Works best in: rich, dense, and moist cakes and brownies
  • Vinegar & baking soda – For each egg mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of vinegar (apple cider or white).
    Works best in: cakes, cupcakes, and quick breads
  • Ener-G Egg Replacer powder –  Follow instructions on the box
    Works best in: all recipes especially cookies

I use applesauce and the Ener-G Egg Replacer most often. If you can’t find it in the baking aisle at your local grocer, you can get it online. It’s affordable and lasts a long time. I still have the same box of replacer for 2 years now and I am a moderate baker. With my experience in baking egg free you may have to bake your goods a little bit longer except when using Ener-G.

Seriously, you won’t miss the eggs in your baked goods. It’s an easy replacement and you are skipping the extra saturated fat, calories and cholesterol. I can honestly say the most moist cakes I have ever tried have been egg free. Post a comment and tell me about your egg free baking experience! Happy Baking!



Did You Get Your Flax Seed Today?

Golden Flax Seed

Nowadays, flax seed is in many packaged products. You can’t walk through a grocery store without finding some kind of bread, cereal, or cracker without flax seed in it. You can clearly see how food manufacturers are trying to capitalize on this super-food. Flax seed is ahhhhhmazing. If you are as health concious as I am…you probably know the truth about how good this stuff is for you and the PROPER way to consume it in order to reap the benefits.

For starters, if it’s in packaged food, it is usually left in its whole form which is useless because your body cannot break down the hull around the seed to get to the real nutritious stuff inside. If you are buying a packaged product just because of the flax seed…don’t waste your money. Packaged processed food items usually come with excess fat, sugar, sodium and preservatives to name the obvious. So here is a breakdown of how to consume flax the proper way:

  1. Buy it in whole form, preferably organic (I use golden flax)
  2. Grind it right BEFORE you are going to eat it. 1 tablespoon measured (before grinding) a day is all you need. I use a small coffee grinder that cost me $15. 
  3. If you need to grind enough for a few days, REFRIGERATE it! Flax meal goes rancid quickly.

Don’t bother with flax oil because it’s concentrated calories and you don’t reap many of the benefits as you would eating it by grinding it. Don’t buy it already ground up unless it has been refrigerated.

Now…why should you consume flax seed? Well, flax seed has all sorts of healthy components but has earned a reputation for three primary ingredients:

  1. Fiber – Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types which lowers the risk of constipation therefore promoting colon health.
  2. Omega-3 essential fatty acids – Also known as the “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. No need to get this from fish! Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s. The ultra-high levels of omega-3 fatty acids lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
  3. Lignans- Flaxseed contains 75-800 times more lignans (a phytonutirent) than other plant foods. Lignins have anti-cancer properties, especially in relation to estrogen-linked cancers like breast. Lignins flush excess estrogen out of the body and also seem to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

How do I get this in my diet? Well, it’s pretty darn easy. Primarily I add my ground flax seed to my smoothies in the mornings for breakfast. You can also add it to your oatmeal, cereal, on top of salads or fruit, and in a soy yogurt. It gives a nutty flavor and doesn’t taste bad so you can actually just eat a tablespoon of it and chase it with water or juice. I find the best way to add it to my daughter’s diet is with a smoothie or in her oatmeal. Enjoy your flax and all of it’s super benefits!