With so many vegan egg liquid mixtures on the market now, I decided to give the JustEgg, Simply Eggless, and Nabati Plant Eggz a try so you can see how they taste, perform, and if it’s worth the $$$
I believe this is my first product review on the blog, and while I normally reserve reviews for YouTube or Instagram, I had too many thoughts and comparisons between the three products that I figured a blog post was a better medium!
I’ve been testing out a Vietnamese omelette recipe lately, and I’ve been trying it with the three vegan liquid egg products I’ve been able to find locally at Coven in Hamilton. I’ve been so fortunate to have access to so many vegan products thanks to the rad folks at Coven. I know a lot of these are harder to find at a lot of other places, so hopefully these reviews can help you decide if it’s worth searching for!
Comparing Vegan Egg and Chicken Eggs
If my memory serves me correctly, the average price for a dozen eggs is about $3 CAD. If we roughly calculate that 1 egg = 1/4 cup of liquid, then a dozen eggs is about 3 cups (24 fl oz). Obviously eggs are cheap for a slew of unethical reasons, but cup for cup, it’s undeniable that vegan liquid egg products are much more expensive than buying eggs (which is about $1 per 1 cup of liquid).
Nabati Plant Eggz Review
The first product I tried with my Vietnamese egg omelette recipe was the Nabati Plant Eggz liquid. It is lupini and pea protein isolate based, and is also gluten-free, pareve, and does not contain nuts.
At $6.50 CAD per bottle, it is about $4.50 CAD per 1 cup of liquid.
Flavourwise, it is probably the most eggy in flavour compared to the Simply Eggless and the JustEgg. I didn’t find this beany in texture or flavour at all, and I found the end result was creamier than the JustEgg and the Simply Eggless. Because it has a creamier texture, it takes a bit longer to set up in the pan (but keep an eye on it, lest you over-cook it like I did towards the end.)
Nabati Plant Eggz Cooking Test
For all three cooking tests, I used the exact same Vietnamese omelette recipe, same cooking method, and same pan.
Cooking it is a bit weird, it bubbles and doesn’t seem to set up at first, but with enough time (and patience), it will set and fold in on itself. I actually found that even if it seems undercooked (which is what happened when I first sliced into this test batch), it set up after cooling and was the perfect, creamy omelette texture in the centre.
This was a texture Eddie was really looking for with the different vegan egg alternatives he had tried and nothing else has the same creaminess!
The cooking test I show in the video and pictures here show how I got distracted and burnt the final outer layer of the omelette. Definitely don’t do what I did, but it tasted fine regardless.
Overall, it was really tasty and the most “eggy” in flavour and texture, but structurally was a bit difficult to cook and work with. I think this is my second favourite vegan liquid egg replacement, but it’ll be my go-to for replicating creamy omelettes or omurice!
Simply Eggless Review
The next vegan egg product I was able to get recently was the Simply Eggless. It is a lupini bean based formula that is not only vegan and pareve, but also gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free! Personally I love me a tofu scramble, but having soy-free options for those who want eggy scrambles is pretty cool.
This is the biggest bottle of the three products: 473 mL (16 fl. oz) and if I remember correctly, it was priced at $6.50 CAD, pricing out to about $3.25 per 1 cup of liquid.
The flavour of this scramble on it’s own is pretty neutral and needs a lot of seasoning. However, that’s great if you need it for a sweet application, and you can always add more kala namak (black salt) for that eggy flavour.
It’s not particularly beany (which I find is an issue with a lot of chickpea-based vegan egg mixtures), so I like that it’s not detectable as a bean flavour.
It DOES have a slight amount of “mashed potato” texture if you don’t cook it thoroughly. I had some parts of my omelette that wasn’t quite cooked through and if you’re scrambling it, you might have pockets of less cooked mixture.
Simply Eggless Cooking Test
I was aiming for a tamagoyaki/egg roll shape, but as you can see from my very poorly filmed video, the egg was setting up too firmly and was inflexible and not rolling well. Each layer just cracked instead of rolling, so structurally a bit too firm for this application.
Even with the seasonings, the flavour was fairly bland overall, not superbly eggy, but not bad. Was it edible? Sure! And I would choose this over a chickpea based egg for sure.
Would I buy it again? Not likely.
Of the three products I tried, the Simply Eggless is the most affordable, but probably my least favourite.
JustEgg Liquid Review
The JustEgg was one of the first vegan egg replacements that I’ve tried and it really is just incredible what it can do. It is mung bean based and doesn’t have any strong bean flavour, but it also doesn’t have any strong egg flavour either. Whenever I want an eggier flavour, I add extra kala namak to it. It does have soy lecithin in it, which makes it not soy-free, and I don’t see a gluten-free certification on the bottle, but it doesn’t seem to contain any gluten.
This bottle of 340g was $6.50 CAD (until recently formulated, it was around $8, so I’m very happy for the reduction in price), which prices out to about $4.77 per 1 cup of liquid. Of the three, JustEgg is the most expensive per cup of mixture.
Now that I think about it, the JustEgg isn’t seasoned strongly at all, which is ideal because you can really customize the application to be either sweet or savoury.
JustEgg Cooking Test
I found that cooking the JustEgg is very reminiscent to how I remember cooking eggs. It’s easy to work with, firms up quickly but is manageable enough that if you want it to set in a certain shape, you can break it up to be the texture or size you want (think fluffy scramble!).
The thing that is unique about JustEgg that sets it apart from the Nabati Plant Eggz and the Simply Eggless liquids is that the JustEgg sets up so nicely and fluffs up in a way that is so…well… just eggy. It has a certain bounce and springiness to the bite once cooked that I really enjoy.
It’s not quite chewy, but enough resistance to a bite to be reminiscent of a well-done egg scramble, which I always preferred over the softer/creamier scrambles.
For the Vietnamese omelette, I found the JustEgg cooked up the most successfully: holding the shape well, didn’t take too long to step up, stuck to itself easily to make a roll, browned nicely to have a great texture and was the perfect foil to the seasonings.
And as I mentioned before, it has the ideal bounciness in the final product that I really enjoy. I’ve made regular, cheese-stuffed omelettes with the JustEgg mixture for Eddie before and he really enjoyed the texture as well (although it’s not quite as creamy as the slightly undercooked Nabati Plant Eggz). I’ll be purchasing the JustEgg again for sure.
Which is the Best Vegan Egg Alternative?
Of the three, it’s pretty clear that the JustEgg is the favourite for me and Eddie. Texture and overall ease-of-use of the product means it is the most egg-like when compared to the Nabati Plant Eggz and the Simply Eggless. It is however, also the most expensive per cup.
I would reserve JustEgg for convenience, comfort or splurge meals when I’m really craving an eggy texture. Otherwise for protein or a healthier breakfast, I’ll probably still stick with a tofu scramble.
I also really wish that the JustEgg came in bigger bottles! Having larger quantities in a single bottle would reduce the amount of plastic used per cup of liquid. I know a lot of liquid egg products come in paper/milk cartons, and I think those would be more efficient for transportation and overall waste!
I didn’t include the Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg mixture in this review since it’s a powdered product that you have to blend and then cook. But I have an old review (from 2016!!) of when we first tried it. I still stand by our verdict from the video, and between the JustEgg and the Follow Your Heart egg, I’d probably choose the JustEgg (because it’s fewer dishes… lol)
What do you think? Have you tried these vegan egg products? Did you have a similar experience?