On all the social media groups I am in, one of the most asked questions I see is “How to Replace the Eggs in a Box Brownie Mix”?
Sadly the most offered answer is: “Just use flax or applesauce or a banana!”
My reaction to those answers is always a cringe worthy: “No please don’t!”
While yes, technically those home pantry items will work, but my question to you is, “are they the best options?”
You already know my answer.
It is “No, they are not!”
Unless you want a gooey, falling apart, dense and rubbery brownie, you will want to ditch those suggestions and follow my instructions for how to properly replace the eggs in a box brownie mix!
Many people berated me for using a store bought egg replacer as the fix it.
They just really wanted me to continue advocating for those other handy items like the can of soda as the ultimate fixer upper for a veganized box cakes and brownies.
But I just can’t do it!
I cannot advocate for something that while yes technically it works, but the result is quite awful in my opinion!
So yes I did use a store bought proprietary blend egg replacer for this hack with the ultimate of ultimate results!
Specifically The Plant Based Egg by Freely Vegan.
While I do love that egg replacer the best, I am biased since I did have a hand in developing it for the wheat line for my friend Deborah who created it.
I did not receive any monetary benefit for developing this product so there is no nefarious intent behind promoting it.
Other egg replacers have also worked for me such as Bob’s Red Mill in same quantity as listed as well as the tried and true “flax egg”.
So again while I love The Plant Based Egg by Freely Vegan in 90% of my recipes since it’s advent, I do understand that not everyone can get or may want to buy it.
You can use another proprietary blend egg replacer of your choice here and I am confident you will get equally great results as long as you follow the other ingredient adjustments!
It is necessary to add a few more ingredients more than just “an egg replacer” since when we take eggs out of a traditional recipe some other things get thrown off.
First it is important to know what the egg is actually doing in the traditional recipe in the first place to properly know how to replace it.
- binding (which the additional flour corrects)
- leavening (which the additional baking powder corrects)
- moisture (which the additional water corrects)
So if you have those extras then you are on your way to perfect, egg free, boxed brownies that no one will ever know are egg free, vegan or boxed for that matter!
For those who prefer to make brownies from scratch I have several recipes here: VEGAN BROWNIES FROM SCRATCH
And by the way I have also hacked the BOX CAKE MIX TOO! CLICK HERE
- 1 Box Duncan Hines Fudge Brownie Mix (18.3 ounce box)
- ½ cup water
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder *optional
- All Purpose Flour ¾ cup *reduce to ½ cup for a super fudgy brownie!
- 2 teaspoons The Plant Based Egg - egg replacer by Freely Vegan
- ½ Recipe Vegan ganache *optional
- Homemade Vegan Sprinkles *optional
- Sift all the dry ingredients together with the box mix.
- Add the water & vegetable oil and mix smooth
- Bake in a preheated 350°F oven according to the box instructions.
- Cool brownie comletely before icing with vegan ganache & decorate with vegan sprinkles!
For longer storage refrigerate for up to 9 days, wrapped tightly for freshness.