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Paleo baking without egg white (autoimmune protocol)?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 07, 2012 at 12:58 AM

I avoid egg whites because of an autoimmune condition, but I can eat the yolks. I've tried to make pancakes and waffles with extra egg yolks, but for some reason, the yolks don't bind the coconut flour well (I can't use almond flour). Any suggestions for how to get around this? Curious if anyone else has tried--thanks!

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on February 24, 2012
at 10:43 AM

I have ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spinal cord). Egg whites have a protein that triggers flaring.

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on February 07, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Can I ask what is autoimmune condition you have, and what's the connection with egg whites?

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on February 07, 2012
at 10:56 AM

I can use fresh pumpkin and squash when my symptoms are under control. Applesauce didn't work very well...couldn't flip the pancake and it didn't cook for some reason. Pumpkin/squash is firmer and could possibly work! Thanks!

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on February 07, 2012
at 10:54 AM

Carrots are fine. Hadn't thought about that, but they are sweet enough to test in things. Can't hurt to try a little batch! Carrot coconut pancakes? :)

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on February 07, 2012
at 10:54 AM

Not sure about the flax since I can't even have trace amounts of starch right now. I think I'll see how I'm doing in a week and try to add it. I'll report back if it works! Thanks!

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:53 AM

Are you able to eat carrots? I've used finely grated carrots with egg yolks as a binder in meatloaf and I wonder if it would work in any recipes for you.

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:05 AM

That's a problem for sure- the egg white does a lot to hold things together. I'll think about it and get back if I get a eureka moment.

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on March 06, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Avocado (2 tbsp mashed per egg) apparently works as an egg (and/or butter) replacement, though I'm not sure how it functions as a binder. I've baked with avocado, and it works well, but I haven't tried it as an egg replacement.

Mashed banana, applesauce, and pureed prunes are also common vegan egg replacements. Chia seeds or flax seeds mixed with water. Gelatin also apparently works.

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on February 07, 2012
at 03:24 AM

I Found this

For a replacement for just the egg white, mix 1 tbsp plain agar powder (available from health food stores/Chinese stores etc) with 1 tbsp water. Whip together, chill it and then whip it again.

Here http://www.wikihow.com/Replace-Eggs-in-Your-Cooking

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on May 24, 2013
at 04:15 AM

Anyone tried making French toast with just egg yolks? I wonder how it would be. Also, I'm curious how making scrambled eggs with just egg yolks would be. I used to mix 4 eggs scrambled with vegetables like kale, sliced carrots and scallions and just microwave them together.

I've stayed away from eggs for more than a year now. Having seen a Youtube video showing how to separate the yolk from the egg whites so cleanly, I'm tempted to give this a try with just the yolks.

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on February 07, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Xanthan (aka zanthum) gum is good for holding things together. Can you use some quinoa flour with the coconut flour, or are you on no-grains? Coconut flour is a bit of a challenge, alone. Also, the more finely ground the coconut flour is, the more easily it sticks together.

Guar gum can be used for some things, too.

Here is a page on both of them, at Bob's Red Mill:

http://docs.bobsredmill.com/index2.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=5307&Itemid=29

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on February 07, 2012
at 04:23 AM

Canned pumpkin, if you can eat that (or fresh carrot, pumpkin, or other squash). I can imagine that extra yolks wouldn't help binding the way that egg whites do. Vegans use apple sauce to bind cake and brownie recipes - maybe try a bit of that too?

B1076248dde479773e75044818e1878c

(458)

on February 07, 2012
at 10:56 AM

I can use fresh pumpkin and squash when my symptoms are under control. Applesauce didn't work very well...couldn't flip the pancake and it didn't cook for some reason. Pumpkin/squash is firmer and could possibly work! Thanks!

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on February 07, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Are you able to eat flax? This website claims you can substitute flax meal and water for eggs. (Not endorsing the flax they want to sell you, btw; there's a good chance you can find it cheaper somewhere else!)

ETA: I know some people don't include flax in their Paleo, but others do. So don't know if this would be an option for you.

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on February 07, 2012
at 10:54 AM

Not sure about the flax since I can't even have trace amounts of starch right now. I think I'll see how I'm doing in a week and try to add it. I'll report back if it works! Thanks!

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