Would you like to know where to buy a vegan egg? You’ve come to the right place! On this site, there is heaps of info on how to make vegan omelettes, quiche and scrambles, without having to use anything ‘fake’. But there is a market out there to replace the billions of factory-farmed eggs, for those who want something ready-made. Nothing’s perfect (recycle any packaging with household waste or at supermarket bag recycling bins). But here are some of the best vegan egg replacements on the market, which don’t taste like chalk or leave a weird aftertaste. Keep these (or foods made with them) away from pets, as they may be good for us, but not for furry friends!
WunderEggs is the world’s first commercial vegan boiled egg! Designed to help the 50 billion chickens that are slaughtered for food each year (and the 250 male chicks killed yearly, often because they can’t lay eggs), this product follows on the heels of the founder’s WonderNuggets.
So why do vegans avoid eggs? In truth, eating non-fertilised eggs from rescued battery hens is not really the issue. The issue is that billions of chickens (a different industry to broiler meat chickens) live lives of misery, not being able to turn around. The male chicks are usually killed at birth (no profit) and the egg-laying chicks produce until they are too old, then they are killed too. So even with most free-range eggs, it still involves death. So now you know, it’s up to you. But if you fancy trying some vegan eggs, here are some good ones!
Did you know that some eggs do indeed hatch? The sexing process is so fast in factories, that sometimes they get it wrong. One woman took home some duck eggs from Waitrose. After hearing a noise during furlough, she hatched them using her experience, into ducklings: and named them Beep, Peep and Meep! Waitrose admitted that sometimes ‘rogues get through’.
The Main Players
Oggs (UK) is a main brand of egg replacement, which you can now find in most stores. Made from the leftover brine from canned chickpeas, this aquafaba (Latin for ‘bean water’) is the perfect tool to bake, whip or wihsk. It works to make cakes, cookies, brownies, muffins and dressings. One carton gives 4 ‘eggs’, and this company has already been saving chickens galore with their company.
The Vegg (worldwide) is a tasty egg substitute, that gives the same eggy taste, without the egg. There are various packs to make scrambles, French toast, an ‘egg yolk’ and a baking mix. Made with natural ingredients, this is a nutritious alternative, there is even a company cookbook, to show you how to use it in recipes.
Crack’d (UK) is the new no-egg egg! Sold in stores nationwide, this award-winning product is good make pancakes, Yorkshire puddings and cake, and also good for anyone allergic to eggs (as long as they are not allergic to the ingredients in this). One pack makes 8 ‘eggs’ that you can use to make scrambles or bake with (you may have to adjust the temperature and cooking times, instructions on site).
JUST Egg (US) is a well-known brand, that can be found in the egg aisle of supermarkets. The company was founded by a young entrpreneur who got taken to court by a mayo company who said he could not call his brand ‘mayo’ as it had no eggs!’ They lost, he got lots of free publicity to launch other products – and the mayo company has since launched its own vegan mayo – without eggs! The company has already sold equal to 100 million eggs.
Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (US) may not be as fancy, but it’s healthy and gluten-free. Made with four simple ingredients, it’s good for pancakes, muffins, quick breads, cookies and cakes. One pack makes 34 eggs.
Smaller Eggless Startups
Eggcitables (image) is a new brand of vegan egg that is making waves. Also in garlic and chipotle flavours, this product (derived from problems with an allergy) is made with natural ingredients, mostly sold by Canadian farmers. It’s based around chickpeas, for lots of protein too.
Nabati Plant Eggz (Canada) are made from pea protein and lupin beans, so as long as you don’t have a lupin allergy, could become your new egg of choice. Available at local stores.
La Papondu Egg (France) has launched in the most surprising of countries. Already on sale in Paris restaurants, it’s based on legumes and once cracked out of the shell, looks just like a real egg, it even has a separating egg and yolk. Mon Dieu!
PlantMade (India) is the country’s first vegan egg. In powder or liquid form, it’s made from moong dal and chickpeas – good for eggs on toast, fried rice, wraps, brownies and bhurji. Also in India, Piper Leaf has recently launched the ‘eggish’ egg, also made from mung beans.
Perfeggt (Germany) is the new ‘egg without the chicken’, developed in the world’s most vegan-friendly country. Made from fava beans, this is designed to saturate the European market, when launched. It’s similar in composition to the USA’s Just Egg, but for a different market. Image: Patrycia Lukaszewicz
- Evo World (India, image) is a a revolutionary plant-based egg that’s high in vitamins and is causing a media storm. Made from lentils, this Mumbai business is already in talks with restaurants to launch wholesale, and intends to roll out worldwide soon.
- Every Egg and Every Egg White have recently been created, as the world’s first identical options. Between them, they can give a protein boost to ready-made foods or replicate egg whites in baked goods and desserts.
- Zero Egg is a new plant-based egg from Israel that promises to ‘do it all’. It scrambles, bakes, binds, spreads and fluffs, just like an ordinary egg. It also uses over 90% less land and water, creates 59% less greenhouse emissions and uses 93% less energy. It’s made from soy, potato, chickpeas and peas.
- Cultured Foods Veggs (Poland) shows that vegan eggs are taking over the world. Ready in 3 minutes, these are ideal for cooking and baking, and sold across Europe. Made from tapioca flour and potato starch, plus a few other binding ingredients. These are mostly to bind rather than to make end products.
- Onlyeg (Asia) is the continent’s first egg alternative, so you can imagine the connotations for this: in the land of vegan fried rice. 74% of eggs eaten in Singapore are imported, so this even helps to bring food more local, keeping profits within the country.