Are you new to veganism and you're struggling to live without your most beloved scrambled eggs? Fear not, you can eat scrambled eggs as a vegan! And here's my recipe and some info about why eating eggs is harmful for the animals and ourselves.
For this recipe, you need chickpea flour. Chickpea flour is gluten-free and you can make all sorts of amazing things with it - like pancakes and omelettes. For my scramled chickpea eggs, we're first going to make chickpea tofu - which you can use as a replacement for tofu in your meals.
The one special thing that makes your eggs taste egg-like is black salt, also called Kala Namak. It smells intensely when you dissolve it in water but the smell won't be as strong when you cook the batter later.
I'll go straight into the recipe and give you some information later on why to eat vegan eggs rather than chicken eggs (that are not meant for humans anyway).
Chickpea tofu scrambled egg
This is the perfect add-on item for your full Scottish breakfast, and also makes a great lunch and dinner. Who needs eggs when you can have these flavoursome chickpea scrambled eggs?
Course: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Servings: 2 people
Does it keep? 2-3 days
Prep Time: around 50 min (including the time the tofu needs to set in the fridge)
70g chickpea flour
400 ml water (⅓ is 133.3 , ⅔ is 266.6)
½ - 1tsp broth
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp smoked paprika
1 - 2 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp tarragon
2 cloves garlic
1 half onion (or a whole)
1tsp Kala Namak
More salt and black pepper to taste
vegetables that you have:
carrots, courgettes, broad beans, spinach,
tomatos are all great
Optional: cheeze (violife melts amazingly well)
Optional: side salad (kale and pecans are great)
1. Mix chickpea flour, turmeric and paprika with ⅓ of water into a paste.
2. Bring ⅔ of the water to a simmer in a separate pan.
3. Stir in the chickpea mixture into the water and stir for 5 mins - don’t burn the bottom of the mixture, and stir until it thickens.
4. Then, pour into a glass container and let it sit in the fridge for 20-30 mins until the chickpea mixture looks tofu-like. It should come out of the dish easily.
5. While the mixture rests in the fridge, prepare the other veg! That way your don’t need to let them fry in the pan for too long afterwards.
6. After 20-30 mins, mash the chickpea mixture in a pan (I use a non-stick pancake pan).
7. Cook for a few minutes in pan and add the other veg (and cheeze).
Enjoy your eggs - guilt-free of course because no animals got harmed here.
So here is why eggs are bad for the animals and for you!
The cruel reality
"There are about 32 million hens in the UK producing 24 million eggs each day. More than half of these are kept in severely crowded battery-style cages and typically have little more usable space than the size of an A4 piece of paper." - Peta UK
Male chicks are thrown away pretty much straight away because they can't lay eggs. Their death is horrendous: they are either thrown into the bin alive where they suffocate or they are tossed into a meat grinder - alive! So even though eating eggs might seem much nicer than eating meat at first sight, it's even worse. Naturally chickens live for around a decade. On factory farms, the hens are raised to lay eggs quickly. This intense laying means that they can only survive for about two years. Once they can't lay quick enough they are being shipped to the slaughterhouse in small crates. In the slaughterhouse, where they are often still conscious, their legs are shackled and their throats cut.
But free-range eggs must be better, right?
Not really. Whether free-range or not, the chicken are being mistreated and encaged with no real space to live in. The free-range label is simply greenwashing! It's there to make you feel better. So here's the hard but much needed facts.
In free-range systems, thousands of chickens are packed together in shacks where their only access to the outside are small pop-holes.
Ironically, free-range chickens have a higher mortality rate than those not labelled free-range.
All chickens, no matter whether free-range or not, are treated like nothing more than egg-laying machines as Peta rightly describes. They lead very stressful and sad lives, if you can even call what they have a 'life'. So, the only way that you can help is to stop consuming their eggs and bodies, and raise awareness about the situation as it is!
Eggs are part of hens' female reproductive cycle - in other words, they are the hens' periods! Another reason to stop eating eggs.
Did you know that chicken need the nutrients that are in the eggs, so even if you have your own chicken and know that you treat them well, you shouldn't really eat their eggs. They eat them themselves because they contain the right amount of nutrients and protein that the chicken need.
Remember, chickens are sentient beings, and deserve to live a better life. They are far more intelligent than humans might think and they are much more cognitively advanced than small human children! They understand cause-and-effects relationships - which means that they are aware of the fact that an object exists even after it's hidden from view.
Unhealthy for you
Eggs are not a good protein source, contrary to popular belief!
Here's why. High in cholesterol and saturated fat, eating eggs can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease.
It might also lead to obesity and cancer.
The chickens are stuffed with ridiculously high amounts of antibiotics which causes dangerous drug-resistant human infections such as E. coli and MRSA.
Eggs are a common cause of salmonella and other food poisoning due to the unhygienic and horrendous conditions at the farms. But what about cakes and pancakes and cookies?
It's a myth that you need eggs for a good fluffy cake. For most cakes, you don't even need to replace eggs, you can simply bake without them. But if you need an egg replacement, you can use one of the following:
flax egg (flax seeds & hot water)
chia egg (chia seeds & hot water)
Eggs are not sustainable. One gallon of egg needs around 477 gallons of water per pound. There is an enormous amount of greenhouse emissions, and the soil and water are contaminated. It has a negative impact on our current climate crisis and definitely doesn't make it any better.
So all in all, we don't need eggs to have enough protein or to get any of our nutrients. A vegan diet is the healthiest that you can adapt. But as a vegan too you need to eat a balanced diet of course. Eggs are neither healthy for you, nor good for the environment or the animals. I hope this helps a little bit! If you want more info, get in touch. I'm happy to help with anything vegan-related. All the sources I use are mentioned down below.
And if you make the chickpea tofu scrambled eggs, please tag me @blissfoodflower on Instagram, I'd love to see your beautiful creations. Much love, Viki xxx