For a regular egg eater, discovering that eggs are the culprit behind your chronic acne and bloating might come as quite a surprise. Especially if you’re someone who has never really thought about what foods contain eggs, or how to avoid them.
We get it, we’ve been there. This is why we’ve compiled a list of the best egg-free recipes for every meal (yes, even breakfast). Learn how to make the most decadent and savory breakfast muffins, meal prep with an epic lunch feast, and recharge with a gut-friendly dinner.
Don’t worry, dessert is included, too. If we could add a winking emoji, it would be right here.
Ready? Let’s go!
The best egg replacements.
Before we get into the fun stuff, we wanted to leave you with something that you can easily reference when you’re in the kitchen. Eggs serve multiple purposes in baking and cooking. The main ones are to add moisture, to help bind ingredients, and for leavening.
Here are some of the best egg replacements that you can start incorporating in your kitchen.
For leavening: Baking powder, baking soda (especially when mixed with an acid like lemon juice or vinegar), and cream of tartar.
For binding: Applesauce, mashed bananas, pumpkin puree, silken tofu, flax or chia seeds mixed with water, or commercial egg replacers.
For moisture: Yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, or mashed avocado can all be used to add moisture to a recipe in place of eggs.
Keep in mind that using some of these ingredients may slightly change the flavor of your finished product. For example, for savory foods, it’s best to avoid the banana and applesauce.
Egg-free breakfast recipes.
Breakfast is one of the meals we get asked about the most simply because most of us are used to our cheesy scrambled eggs on toast, or eggs in pancakes. Breakfast without eggs can feel like Lucy without Ricky or Luke without Leia. Like an integral part of your morning is missing.
Egg-free breakfast options can be just as filling and satisfying as your old omelet, and pancakes can be just as fluffy and delicious when they are egg-free.
Here are some breakfast recipe ideas to get you through those weekend and weekday mornings. And most of them are meal-prep friendly.
Savory breakfast muffins by Gaz Oakley
This savory breakfast muffin tastes almost exactly like the Red Lobster cheddar biscuits that are so addicting but not so good for the tummy. With the addition of oats and that healthy helping of hemp seeds, these muffins are not only addicting, they pack one heck of a nutritional punch.
And, they’re completely egg-free!
If you have a tomato sensitivity, replace the sun dried tomatoes with roasted red peppers. It’s delicious either way! We were able to make around 10 muffins with this recipe.
They are really filling so these are the perfect grab and go breakfast for people on the go or fitness enthusiasts who want to pack in some great protein before or after a workout.
For the instructions, check out the original recipe by vegan chef, Gaz Oakley.
Moroccan breakfast skillet by Laura Shansey
This quick and protein-packed breakfast skillet is as flavorful as it is easy to make. Turkey is the main character here, perfectly complimented by a mouth-watering spice blend, and decadent sweet potatoes.
Our favorite way to serve this is over toasted bread with a drizzle of olive oil, and maybe a sprinkle of cheddar if that tickles your fancy.
For instructions and helpful hints in the comments, here is the original recipe by Laura Shansey on allrecipes.
5-ingredient protein pancakes by Arman Liew
These are a regular staple in this writer’s kitchen on weekend mornings. These pancakes are perfect for making ahead, freezing, and toasting during the week for a quick protein-packed breakfast.
We definitely recommend the apple cinnamon flavor that the creator mentions in the ‘Flavor Variations’ section of the recipe. While these are technically vegan, if you are not dairy-free, go ahead and add buttermilk instead of the dairy-free milk and vinegar mixture.
We also recommend using unflavored pea protein and adding your own flavors like vanilla extract and a tablespoon or two of maple syrup for sweetness.
Egg-free lunch and dinner ideas.
The following recipes could be modified for meal-prep, and eaten for both lunch and dinner. We’ve rounded up a healthy balance of plant-based, gluten-free, and indulgent meals for you to choose from. Who says being egg-free has to be boring?
Anti-inflammatory Pumpkin Curry by Gaz Oakley
Equally filling as it is comforting and nutritious, this curry is so easy to make that we wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a regular star in your weekly lineup.
It’s also super versatile as you can swap out the greens for whatever you have on hand, or swap out the pumpkin for butternut squash or sweet potatoes. Add basmati or wild rice for a truly nourishing and filling meal.
For instructions and a video how-to, check out Gaz’s original recipe. We highly recommend watching the video when you want to unwind.
Engagement Roast Chicken by Ina Garten
Single, engaged, married, coupled-up, whatever your relationship status may be, this is a chicken recipe that you definitely want to keep in your back pocket.
Knowing how to make the perfect roast chicken is a must for anyone who wants to have a restaurant-quality meal without having to leave the house (or spend way too much money on delivery).
This dish is best served with whatever vegetables you have on hand, and a starch like Basmati rice or brown rice.
For instructions, check out Ina Garten’s recipe on the Food Network.
Once you’ve picked those bones clean, don’t you dare throw away that carcass! Toss it in a stock pot with a quartered onion, a bay leaf, some whole peppercorns, and half a lemon.
Cover the carcass with water, about an inch above the chicken, and let it boil for a few hours for an easy (and free) chicken stock that you can use in whatever recipe you want.
Pasta Primavera by Love & Lemons.
Did you know that most store-bought pastas don’t have eggs in them?
You read that right! Just because you have an egg sensitivity doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite pasta dish.
This pasta primavera is one of our favorites because it’s so customizable. You can add those BOGO veggies that you bought but haven’t used yet, swap the regular pasta for sweet potato or zucchini noodles, add whatever meat you like (we recommend chicken or a beautiful salmon filet) and play with the seasonings to make it just how you like it.
If you want to up the protein but are a vegetarian, you can buy protein pasta for just a few cents more than regular pasta (and they’re often on BOGO sale, too!).
Here is the original recipe with all of the instructions.
Mouthwatering egg-free dessert recipes.
You didn’t think that we would end this blog at just dinner, did you?
We know that one of the hardest parts of being egg-free is what to eat for dessert. There are the obvious options like sorbet and a bowl of fruit, but sometimes you just want something rich, decadent, and indulgent.
Here are three egg-free dessert recipes to satisfy your cravings.
Ultimate Fudgy Brownies by Mommy’s Home Cooking
Who doesn’t love a fudgy brownie? This recipe will deliver those crackly tops, and it’s so easy to make that this will likely become one of those weekly staples that your family begs for.
They are melt-in-your-mouth good, and you can lick the spoon after you’ve finished mixing!
For those with a lactose and egg sensitivity, you can very easily swap out the dairy in this recipe for vegan alternatives like this butter and using a creamy plant-based milk like oat milk.
Other than that, we don’t recommend deviating from the recipe or her instructions. The preparation method is how you get those coveted crackly tops.
Here is the original recipe.
Vanilla Wacky Cake by The Conscious Plant Kitchen
This is a really quick and easy recipe that yields an absolutely delicious result. It’s super versatile, so whether you’re making this just for yourself to satisfy a craving, or for a special occasion, this is the ideal base cake recipe for you.
If you want to make a multi-layer cake for a special occasion, go ahead and double or triple the recipe!
Mix in sprinkles (jimmies-type sprinkles) to turn this into a funfetti cake.
Just like the brownie recipe, we recommend following the original recipe to a T. When it comes to baking, you can get creative with add-ins, but don’t deviate from the method or you might end up with something you didn’t expect!
Here is the original recipe for easy reference.
Egg-free doesn’t have to mean tasteless.
There you have it! We hope this list is a continuous source of inspiration for you while you explore your new egg-free cooking possibilities.
If you want to explore your dietary fingerprint and determine what foods work best for your body, check out our Bloodprint panel.
Remember, the power of knowing is better than the anxiety of guessing.