Omelette without eggs? Go vegan this weekend with these six alternatives

Vegan egg omelette
Vegan chickpea omelet with broccoli, tomatoes and seedlings on a gray plate. Photo: iStock/vaaseenaa

If you are new to the plant-based alternatives phase of your vegan, cruelty-free or healthy diet journey, here is something interesting to explore – vegan eggs! What are vegan eggs? Can you make an omelette with it? Read on to find out.

Vegan eggs are plant-based alternatives to traditional chicken eggs that are suitable for individuals following a vegan diet, which excludes all animal products. These vegan egg substitutes mimic the texture, appearance, and sometimes even the taste of conventional eggs, allowing vegans to enjoy similar culinary experiences without the use of animal-derived ingredients.

Here are six vegan egg options for you to try out this weekend:

1. Chickpea flour omelette
A mixture of chickpea flour (also known as besan or gram flour), water, and seasonings cooked into an omelette-like dish.

Vegan chickpea omelet with bell peppers
Vegan chickpea omelet with bell peppers served with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and parsley. Photo: iStock/OlgaLepeshkina

2. Flaxseed eggs
Ground flaxseeds mixed with water to form a gel-like consistency, often used as a binder in baking recipes.

3. Chia seed eggs
Similar to flaxseed eggs, chia seeds are mixed with water to create a gel that acts as a binding agent in recipes.

4. Tofu scramble
Scrambled tofu seasoned with herbs and spices to resemble scrambled eggs.

Vegan scrambled egg
Tofu scramble with greens toast on a gray plate. Photo: iStock/vaaseenaa

5. Aquafaba
The liquid from cooked chickpeas or other legumes, which can be whipped into a foam to replace egg whites in recipes such as meringues and mousses.

6. Commercial vegan egg substitutes
These are pre-packaged products made from plant-based ingredients, often fortified with vitamins and minerals to resemble the nutritional profile of eggs.

Vegan egg scramble
Closeup of scrambled eggs made with plant-based egg scramble mixture alternative in a skillet on an electric stove. Photo: iStock/hapabapa

Vegan eggs offer a cruelty-free and sustainable alternative to traditional eggs, making them suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and individuals with egg allergies or dietary restrictions. They can be used in a wide range of recipes, including baking, cooking, and breakfast dishes, providing versatility in plant-based cooking.

Try out our recipe for a 'Veggie Benedict', a vegan alternative of the classic brunch favourite, featuring toasted English muffins topped with tofu or chickpea flour-based "eggs," vegan hollandaise sauce, and sautéed spinach or vegan bacon.

Click here for the recipe

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