Cook it Up Thursday: Vegan Substitutes For Eggs & Lytro Camera Fun!

Prequel Before Veg-Eggs

First on the docket today: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

Okay, so what if it was 2 months ago?

Back in April (my birthday), Dan surprised me with a Lytro Camera. This camera is one of a kind and uses brand new technology. There are so many great things I can do with this! And so can you.

He ordered it a few week before my birthday (which was in April) but because it was so new and buzzing around the tech world, it was on back order until… YESTERDAY when it came via the big brown truck.

You Can Play- Click Away On My Photos!

The way it works is that there is no “one-focus”, I snap the picture and then just click what I want the photo to be focused on! Cool, right? And the thing is that you can too!

On all of the square images, use your mouse or finger, depending on what you read this from, to click somewhere on the image where you want it focused.

Today is our first day to play with it and I am so freaking excited! Let me know which images you prefer! The larger ones were taken with our DSLR camera.

Play Around- Seriously Click ANYWHERE on the image:

Veg-Eggs Time

What the heck can vegans use for eggs in baking recipes? I mean we all love a good cupcake from time to time, I enjoy a great pancake on the weekends, and since 90% of baking recipes call for eggs what does this mean?

I guess if there weren’t substitutes and ways to make my favorite sweet dishes then I may not call myself vegan. Just sayin’

In the vegan world there are:

Two Main Egg Substitutes For Baking and Cooking

  • Flax meal “Flax eggs”
  • Chia seeds “Chia eggs”
Both making great “Veg-Eggs!”

Chia seeds on the top; Flax meal on the bottom

When either of these are mixed with water they thicken up and become “paste-like” allowing me to make dishes that still rise and still hold together.

Which is the best? 

This is probably a personal preference in terms of cost and consistency but I prefer a chia egg over the flax egg. When chia soaks up water it creates a gel, to me this gel is more representative of a real egg and it holds in moisture better than the flax for a better end product.

A thicker and “globbier” chia egg up top

Also with flax, you can’t use whole flax seeds, they must be ground up into a meal in order to soak up the water.

More Play Time:

But the chia isn’t for everyone, some people don’t like the crunch and the tendency of finding chia seeds in their teeth after a good meal. Not to mention that chia seeds do tend to be a bit more expensive that flax.

Egg To Veg-egg Conversions

How do you create an egg? 

  • 1 tbsp of flaxseed meal mixed with 3 tbsp of water (yields 1/4 cup = 1 large egg)
  • 1 tbsp or chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp of water (yields 1/4 cup “gel” = 1 large egg)

For both of them you want to allow about 3-5 minutes for them to soak up the water, bulk up and get to the “egg form” before stirring into your recipe.

Right after water is poured in, give it a good stir and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes to get the “egg” from above! 

‘Nana Tip:

For some baking recipes you may find the use of bananas works well. The banana isn’t a egg substitute but when combined with the veg eggs above, it can help bind everything together.

Case and point my vegan pancakes. It’s taken some time but I have finally perfected my vegan pancakes. Give them a try to see that you don’t have to keep trying to scrape out egg shells to make a great breakfast or dessert.

Vegan Pancakes

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (don’t need an entire “egg”)
  • 3 tsp water
  • 1-2 tbsp almond milk
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  1. Mix chia seeds and water in a small bowl. In the meantime, mash up banana and mix in oats, cinnamon, vanilla and milk. Add chia seeds and stir (I prefer to blend with a small mixer).
  2. Cook in a non-stick skillet on med heat ~2-3 minutes per side until each side is golden brown. Top with your favorite nut butter and a tsp of honey or maple syrup.

Questions Of The Day: 

  • What do you think of the Lytro picture? 
  • Have you ever used chia or flax as a substitute? 
  • What’s your favorite vegan or vegetarian breakfast?


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