Eggless Challah Bread

This is one of my favorite bread recipes for any time of year, but if you’re visiting family for the Jewish holidays (or hosting a vegan at the family meal), hopefully this recipe will be helpful for your Hanukkah spread.

Traditional Challah bread is made with eggs from chickens, but this vegan recipe creates a soft, delicious bread that is highly enjoyable, while also being egg-free.

If you have a breadmaker, you can prepare the dough in the machine, then remove it for the braiding and baking (see directions below). You can also add a cup of golden raisins or sultanas to the dough just before shaping.

Eggless Challah Bread
yields 1 loaf (or 2 small loaves)

2 tsp. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 Tbsp. sweetener
2 1/2 tsp. powdered egg replacer mixed with 1 cup water
2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup oil
4 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, sifted

2 Tbsp. poppy seeds (optional)

To make dough with a bread maker, do so according to your machine’s directions. The water should go in first and the yeast last to keep it dry. Begin here at step 4.

1. Dissolve yeast with sweetener in warm water (not hot) and let sit for at least 15 minutes in a warm place until yeast bubbles and is doubled in size.
2. Mix egg replacer with water in a bowl and add risen yeast along with sea salt and oil. Add flour slowly to the wet mixture and mix together well. Place on a floured board and knead for 10 minutes, adding flour as needed. Dough should be smooth and elastic yet not sticky. Cover and let rise for 1 1/2 hours, then punch down.
3. Divide the dough into thirds making three equal ropes. Pinch together at one end and braid together. Pinch at the other end to secure the braid. Let rise until doubled in size (about 45 minutes). Brush lightly with oil and sprinkle poppy seeds on top.
4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 25 minutes until golden-brown.

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Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

The bread looks yummy. I love this recipe. Thanks.

Maria Papastamatiou

I have a bread maker at home and make bread. The recipe is more or less the same, but I use neither egg nor egg substitute. It tastes great. I personally add anis seeds. They are healthy and give a fine taste. A practical advice: Do not mix yeast with salt. When using your bread maker, make two holes in the flour, and put yeast in one and salt in the other.

Krasimira B.
Krasimira B.4 years ago

Noted with thanks.

Jeani C.
Jeani C.4 years ago

I have a book called Hard times Handbook by Sarah Autry that has substitutions for almost anything you use in the kitchen that lists several substitutions for egg using natural foods instead of artificial or chemical products. It can be ordered from or from Amazon. Its cheaper at the first site.

Melissa T.
Melissa T.4 years ago

I love Challah, and since becoming vegetarian over a year ago, I am always curious to find recipes that are vegan. This would be a lovely addition! Now I only need to learn to make bread!

Danielle W.
Danielle W.4 years ago

my local market sells generic powdered egg replacer, that's what I used, it's nothing special, no taste, but does the same job as eggs when mixed with water and baked

Theresa C.
Theresa C.4 years ago

Sounds great! Thanks for sharing :)!

alissa a.
alissa A.4 years ago

I find recipes like this unhelpful. What is an egg replacer? Where does one find such a thing? What if it's not available in my location?

What would be more helpful would be a recipe that *tells* me what to use to replace the egg, ie: exchange ground flax seed for egg (I don't even know if that would work; I'm just using this as an example). This is basically a Challah recipe, with instructions to go find something to replace the egg with.