Do you have a box of brownie mix to make but don’t have any eggs? No need to suppress that craving for moist delicious brownies. You can make boxed brownie mix without eggs!
There are a number of great substitutions you can use to make your brownies, and you are almost certain to have some of them already in your kitchen.
So read on for the full list of egg alternatives for brownie mix below.
Why Eggs Are Used In Brownies
In order to know what can be used in place of eggs when making brownies, we first need to understand why eggs are used in the first place.
Eggs are used in many baked recipes, including brownies, because it serves multiple important purposes in the baking process.
Eggs add moisture to a brownie batter as well as binding other ingredients together.
Without eggs (and without a substitution) your brownie batter would be dry and crumbly. And that just won’t do.
On top of that, eggs are a leavening agent, which means they allow your brownies to rise and have light and fluffy texture.
Suffice it to say that eggs are a very important part of the brownie making process. So when an egg replacement is needed, you must use a substitution that provides binding, moisture, and leavening.
Making Brownies With an Egg Substitute
If you go to the baking aisle in your local grocery store, you will find a number of products marketed as egg replacements. These can be used but I have found better results when using other egg alternatives. You’ll find my favorites below.
Egg Alternatives for Brownie Mix
Baking Soda and Vinegar: This combo is great because it works and you likely have the ingredients in your pantry already.
For each egg, add one tsp. baking soda and one tsp. apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
Yogurt: Another great option is plain yogurt. Add 1/4 cup yogurt per egg.
Buttermilk: Buttermilk adds moisture and airiness making it a great egg substitution. It also adds a creamy a delicious flavor to your brownies.
Baking Powder and Vegetable Oil: Use two tsp. of baking powder and one tsp. oil for each replaced egg. You will also want to add two tsp. of water for additional moisture.
Carbonated Water: A quarter cup of water can be used for each replaced egg.
Nut Butter: You should use 3 tbs. of nut butter for each egg called for in your brownie mix. The best nut butters to use are peanut butter, cashew butter, and almond butter.
Fruit: This is not my favorite substitution option, but it does work if all other subs are unavailable. Puree your fruit before adding it to your brownie mixture. You can also use applesauce as a brownie mix alternative.
Flaxseed: If you are looking for a vegan egg substitute for your brownie recipe the flaxseed is what you want to use. Use 3 tbs. for each egg you need to replace.
Silken Tofu: Here is another excellent vegan egg substitute that works well with brownies. It provides a lighter and fluffier brownie.
Arrowroot: When used as an egg replacement it is much like cornstarch. For each egg, add 3 tbs. of arrowroot and 2 tbs. water.
Aquafaba: This is another good vegetarian egg substitute that works well with brownie mix. This is the liquid that comes from a can of beans. It works as a binding agent, moisture and leavening agent. You will get the best results if you use the liquid from kidney beans or black beans.
Vegetable Oil: This classic egg substitute is a good last resort. Keep in mind brownies will be a little flatter and rather moist, but 1/4 cup oil per egg will allow you to make your brownie mix.
There you have it, there are a number of options for replacing eggs when making brownies. You are sure to have some of these in your kitchen already so use the alternative that you have on hand. Let me know how your brownies turned out in the comments below.