Chocolate, dyed, cream-filled, baked, or scrambled, eggs are a fundamental part of nearly every Easter tradition. Fortunately, innovative vegan entrepreneurs and chefs have developed plant-based, cruelty-free options that can be used in a number of applications. Whether you celebrate Easter with a savory brunch quiche or wake up to a basket of chocolate cream-filled eggs, these alternative egg products will keep your holiday traditions alive without compromising your vegan values.

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For baking
Need to veganize your family’s favorite carrot cake recipe? Vegan egg-replacers are designed to give baked goods the same texture and rise of chicken eggs. Simple store-bought options include Follow Your Heart’s VeganEgg, Ener-G, or Bob’s Red Mill Vegan Egg Replacer. All of these can replace chicken eggs in most cake, cookie, muffin, and quick bread recipes, and the Bob’s Red Mill product also includes instructions on replacing just yolks or egg whites. For a homemade option to replace whole eggs, ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce mixed with ½ teaspoon of baking powder can be substituted for cookies and quick breads, and a flax egg (1 tablespoon of ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons of warm water, let sit for 5 minutes to gel together) works wonders in many brownie and cake confections. When it comes to more delicate desserts that rely on whipped egg whites, aquafaba cannot be beat (pun intended). Made from whipping chickpea brine with a pinch of cream of tartar, aquafaba perfectly mimics whipped egg whites to create light-as-air meringues and pillowy pavlova.

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For savory dishes
Whip up an egg-cellent Easter brunch with any one of these vegan egg products. Each can be scrambled, baked into a savory quiche, or flipped into a fluffy omelet. JUST Egg and Spero Foods’ Scramblit both come in liquid form and can also act as reliable custard bases for French toast or hearty breakfast bakes. Follow Your Heart’s VeganEgg is a powder that transforms into a satisfying scramble when you add water. Find JUST and Follow Your Heart at a number of supermarkets and specialty stores, from Gelson’s to Whole Foods. Scramblit is available online and through a few independent vegan markets (such as Bestie’s Vegan Paradise in Los Angeles), though the company is working on wider distribution. Finally, to bind veggie croquettes and spring vegetable meatloaves, give Neat Egg a try. Like Follow Your Heart, it comes in a powder and acts as a trusty binder when added to water.

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We’ll take a vegan chocolate egg over a hard-boiled chicken egg any day! Take a trip back to your Cadbury cream-loving childhood with Lagusta’s English Cream Egg. Chances are, you’ll enjoy these vegan confections more than the mass-produced chocolate egg creams of your youth. Each Lagusta egg is made with top-tier vegan dark chocolate that surrounds a “buttery” sweet cream made from coconut milk. The vegan chocolatier also sells beautiful Strawberry Marble Eggs made from non-dairy strawberry white chocolate—this company does a far better job at creating pretty painted eggs than our amateur dyeing skills ever will, and the taste is unparalleled.

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.

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