8 Best Brownie Substitutes If You’re Running Out Of Eggs (Or Not Using Them)

Since switching to “weekday veganism,” I’ve been introduced to the wild and wonderful world of accidentally vegan items, from Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch and Thomas Blueberry Bagels to plenty of instant ramen options. Excitingly, the Duncan Hines Brownie Mix is ​​also free of any animal products (although it doesn’t advertise itself as such).

This makes it the perfect base for a simple weeknight vegan treat once you’ve selected a substitute for the three eggs called for on the box. How are you doing that? Well, you have a plethora of options, ranging from mashed black beans to store-bought egg substitutes like Just Egg. Here are 8 of the best:

1 Aquafaba

Aquafaba sounds like a fancy specialty ingredient, but the truth is. . . it’s probably sitting in your pantry right now! Aquafaba is the thick liquid that results from cooking chickpeas; it is the “water” that is often drained from canned chickpeas. Thanks to its density and its ability to be “whipped” to a stiff peak, it is actually a solid egg substitute.

The general rule is that 2-3 tablespoons of aquafaba equals one egg. So, you may need to open a few cans of chickpeas to get the right amount. Don’t throw away those chickpeas, though! Save them for this delicious, creamy (and vegan) pasta dinner.

Related: This one pot chickpea pasta has the most sought after “creamy” sauce

2 black bean puree

The idea of ​​tossing black beans into a brownie mix may raise some eyebrows, but the result is a surprisingly moist and dense brownie. The ratio is simple: Blend a single can of undrained black beans until creamy and completely smooth. Add them, plus the recommended water, to the canned mix in place of the eggs and oil. Bake according to box directions – and prepare to be amazed!

3 Applesauce

For each egg called for in a boxed brownie mix, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of applesauce. Besides totally nailing the desired texture, the applesauce gives the brownies a really subtle fruity sweetness and a nice cinnamon kick.

4 banana puree

Do you have a few bananas in your kitchen that are about to disappear? Instead of making banana bread, use a mashed banana as a substitute for just one egg in your boxed brownie mix. Baked bananas take on a wonderful caramelized flavor, especially when tossed with chocolate.

5 Store-bought egg substitutes

Store-bought egg substitutes like Just Egg, Ener-G, or Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer work as egg substitutes in baking with varying degrees of success. Some (like Bob’s Red Mill) work great in items that have a drier crumb, like certain types of bread, but make boxed brownies a bit too crumbly. However, Just Egg works great, especially if you add an extra 1/2 tablespoon of oil to the brownie batter.

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6 silken tofu

I love using silken tofu in vegan desserts like dark chocolate pudding or as the base for vegan cream cheese frosting. That said, it’s a hit and miss egg substitute, but there are a number of ways to set yourself up for success. Many recipes recommend using 1/4 cup silken tofu as a substitute for a whole egg. I prefer to use 3 tbsp silken tofu mixed until lightly frothy with 1 tbsp water and a small splash of vanilla. This keeps the resulting mixture a bit lighter and distributes the tofu more evenly throughout the batter.

7 Dairy-free yogurt

Dairy-free yogurt has the dual benefit of being both very easy to replace with eggs—use 2 tablespoons of yogurt per whole egg—and serving as an opportunity to add some extra flavor to brownies. . Coconut milk yogurt is one of my personal favorites for adding a little tropical flavor to basic boxed brownies. If you’re feeling a bit more, a pinch of desiccated and grated coconut would also be a delicious addition to the batter.

8 Ground flax seed

I once bought a bag of flaxseeds because I heard they were healthy. They sat in my pantry, occasionally seeing daylight when I was making smoothies or salads, but it took a long time to make a dent in that bag. That is, until I learned that I could grind them in a spice or coffee grinder, mix them with water, and add them to boxed brownie mix in place of eggs. Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons of water until a thick, almost jelly-like substance forms. This can be used to replace a single whole egg.

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