Egg-Free Products From Hampton Creek

There are many reasons why people choose to eliminate eggs from their diet. They may be concerned with animal welfare and choose not support the cruel farming practices that cause chickens to suffer. They may have a desire to protect the environment from the pollution caused by animal farming and from the wasted resources required to feed the livestock that feed people. They may want to avoid the cholesterol in eggs or to improve their health by adopting a plant-based diet. Whatever the reason, though, avoiding eggs is not always simple.

It’s easy enough to stop eating eggs by themselves, but it’s a little bit more of a challenge to take them out of a recipe. Eggs have special properties not shared by many other foods. They have a unique texture that can thicken or add firmness to a recipe, and an egg is also used to bind and blend ingredients. Eggs are also emulsifiers, allowing oil to blend with a liquid, like water or vinegar or lemon juice. There are some egg substitute products for baking, but they are often sold only in specialty shops.

However, there is a food technology company called Hampton Creek that makes all of its products without eggs, and their products are widely available in many major grocery store chains like Walmart, Safeway, Kroger, Target, Costco, Whole Foods, and the Dollar Store. Their flagship product is Just Mayo, which is a mayonnaise without eggs. The dressing uses a protein derived from the Canadian yellow pea, and this protein acts to emulsify the oil and lemon juice in the recipe.

Hampton Creek also makes egg-free chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie doughs called Just Cookie Dough. Instead of pea protein, Just Cookie Dough is made with sorghum, a high-energy and drought-tolerant crop. The sorghum-derived ingredient serves as a binding agent in the recipe and it also adds sweetness, thus decreasing the amount of sugar required. Hampton Creek also makes five flavors of Just Cookies, which also contain sorghum, and are available through food service distribution in many public schools, colleges and stadiums around the country.