When Aussie nutritionist and blogger Ellie Bullen posted a picture of her fried egg topped toast on her Instagram, you can't blame her followers by being shocked. The plant-based blogger behind Elsa's Wholesome Life cites the benefits of a diet containing no animal products, so it would have been out of character.
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The same goes for when she posted a picture of a vege-filled bowl, containing carrot, avocado, squash, seaweed, mushrooms and topped with what appeared to be a fried egg.
But it turns out no chickens were needed to create these lunches.
"Looks like an egg. Tastes like an egg. But, it's not an egg... curious?" she captioned the bowl, revealing she created the egg herself, out of vegan ingredients.
"After many, many, many failed attempts I may have finally found a bomb little vegan egg recipe."
In a video tutorial, the blogger showed how she crafts the egg using ingredients like nutritional yeast, black salt, pumpkin and rice flour.
Bullen tells her fans the similarity in taste is "crazy".
"It tastes just like egg, it's pretty crazy. If you're someone who went vegan and you really miss eggs, this recipe is a real game-changer for you," she says.
"You don't even have to make the whole egg white and fried egg component. If you like, you can just make the yolk: that's where the egg flavour is. You can make some toast strips and just dip them in."
Vegan fried egg recipe
For the yolk
- 3/4 cup pumpkin (boiled and drained)
- 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 Tbsp corn flour
- 2 Tbsp water
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp black salt (AKA kala namak)
- pinch of salt
For the egg white
- 1/4 cup rice flour
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp water
- pinch of salt
After boiling and draining the pumpkin, put it into a blender with the rest of the yolk ingredients and blend until smooth. Separately, grab a bowl and combine all the egg white ingredients, stirring until there are no clumps.
Then it's time to cook. Heat your pan so it's on medium to high heat and add a teaspoon of olive oil. After the oil is hot, Bullen says to spoon in 2 Tbsp of the egg white mix right into the center of the pan, then cover it with a lid for 10 seconds. Next, add 1 Tbsp of the egg yolk mixture to the center of the egg white and cover it with a lid again for about 30 more seconds, or until the edges are crispy.
After that, you're ready to put your fried egg on top of your avocado toast, adding a pinch of salt and pepper if you want.