Need a vegan meatloaf binder

ynnejMarch 8, 2012

Any tips? I've tried flax eggs, avocado, and mashed potatoes- so far nothing holds together as well as eggs. Eggs are kind of like pink slime to me- they taste delicious but the thought of them isn't so appealing to me.

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chi83

What's in your meatloaf?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 11:18PM
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ynnej

Well, I guess it's a wheatloaf? Haha. Wheatberries that have been cooked and blitzed in the food processor, mushrooms, bell pepper, onions, garlic, breadcrumbs, and lots of seasoning. I also tried a beetloaf (same method but with beets) but I like the wheatloaf better.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 11:56PM
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grainlady_ks

Have you tried soaking your bread in some kind of milk alternative? That would alter the starch and add moisture.

Other binders:

-2 T. cornstarch = 1 egg
-2 T. arrowroot flour = 1 egg
-2 T. potato starch = 1 egg
-1 heaping T. soy powder + 2 T. water = 1 egg
-1 T. soy milk powder + 1 T. cornstarch + 2 T. water = 1 egg

-Grainlady

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 5:10AM
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susytwo

What about a chia seed slurry? I've used them to sub eggs in baking.

Here is a link that might be useful: Baking with chia

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 7:40AM
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shambo

How about Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer. I know a couple of people who use it in vegetarian cooking and think it works fine in baking. Here's the info:

Here is a link that might be useful: Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 3:52PM
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ynnej

It seems that the meatloaf is pretty moist, so I don't know if soaking would help. But I do like the cornstarch idea- particularly because I have it on hand :) Wonder if I could add it to the flax egg? Double my egg replacement power? I am intrigued by the chia slurry idea, but alas, those are nowhere to be found in our little town. I will have to add that to my big shopping list for next month when we can make it to the city. I haven't tried Bob's red mill egg replacer- I'm a little scared of commercial egg replacers after having tried EnerG. But I suppose it's worth a try. Thank you.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 4:23PM
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grainlady_ks

I don't care for commercial egg replacers because they are commonly made with soy and I tend to avoid soy "foods" as much as possible. Soy flour is another common egg substitute if you happen to have some.

Chia seeds will look like large poppy seeds in whatever you add them to, so that's something to consider when using them. I keep a small quantity of white chia seeds on hand, which are easier to disguise in baked goods than the dark ones.

I just ordered 5-pounds (Nuts Online - nuts.com), which is a L-O-T of chia seeds - you would probably want only a pound of them to start with. They are so good for you I add them to everything possible (dry seeds, milled into flour or "gel"/"slurry" - which is chia seeds + water (in a ratio you like for the use) and sit it in the refrigerator. I keep a jar of chia gel in the refrigerator at all times.

When we work-out or work outdoors, we add chia gel to our water/beverage (whey lemonade is a favorite thirst quencher, or coconut water) and the chia seeds will help keep you hydrated longer.

I add chia gel to my breads. Not only is it a nutrition and fiber boost, it aids in keeping my homemade breads fresh longer (I also add coconut oil and agave nectar as the trinity of "secret" ingredients for bread - keeps bread fresher longer and helps prevent the bread from molding).

If I could only grab one food item in an emergency, I would take chia seeds - that's how powerful they are - one of those real super-foods. Check you local library for a copy of "The Magic of Chia" by James F. Scheer for more information about chia seeds.

-Grainlady

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 6:38AM
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ynnej

Thanks, Grainlady. Will do!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 11:43AM
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