Here's what you can substitute for eggs when baking

Baking is always fun until you open up the refrigerator to find that you're all out of eggs. Sure, you could make a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up another dozen, but why go through the hassle if you don't have to? You may actually have perfectly acceptable egg substitutes right there in your kitchen. Whether you're looking to add a little extra flavor, to go vegan, or to simply save yourself a trip to the store, there are plenty of options that you can use as a substitute for eggs when baking.

Here's how to use fruits as an egg substitute

Fruit purees are a great alternative to regular eggs. Unsweetened applesauce and mashed bananas are a popular choice for baking, and both can be used in place of eggs. SheKnows says all you need is 1/4 cup of either to substitute for one egg. If all you have is sweetened applesauce, that's perfectly fine — you'll just need to dial back on the amount of sugar the recipe calls for. Pumpkin puree and mashed avocado work well, too, though it's possible you might find bits of green if you go the avocado route. Since fruit purees tend to add a bit of flavor to your baked goods, Taste of Home recommends using these substitutes when baking quick breads and cakes. 

Why healthy fats are good egg substitutes

Add a little nutrition to your baked goods with nut butter and ground flaxseed. Both are full of healthy fats, and nut butters will actually hold all ingredients together just as well (if not better) than eggs. To turn flaxseed into an egg substitute, The Kitchn recommends combining one tablespoon of ground flax seeds with three tablespoons of water to replace one egg. Then, all you have to do is whisk and watch as the mixture thickens. Since nut butters and flaxseed will both give off a bit of a nutty flavor, use these as an alternative when baking pancakes, brownies, and muffins.

Do mashed potatoes really work as an egg substitute?

If you're brave enough to try something a little outside the box, mashed potatoes are great substitutes for eggs. You don't have to save the leftover mashed potatoes from the night before, as instant mashed potatoes do the job just fine. Either 1/4 cup of last night's side dish, or 2 tablespoons of instant rehydrated mashed potatoes will do the trick. Mashed potatoes are a great choice when baking breads and rolls.  

Panic mode no longer needs to set in when you run out of eggs. As you can see, there are plenty of suitable choices for baking around the house that will save you from that last-minute trip to the grocery store.