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How to Make Flax Egg

May 17, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Learn how to make a flax egg! This vegan egg substitute, made from ground flaxseed + water, is perfect for all your baking needs. Whether you're vegan or just exploring new options, it's a game-changer!

How to Make Flax Egg

Elevate your baking game by learning How to Make Flax Egg! This simple vegan egg substitute is made from ground flaxseed + water, and it works perfectly as a binder in all your favorite baked goods. Whether you're vegan, allergic to eggs, or just looking to try something new, this easy 10-minute recipe is a game-changer. Completely Vegan.

Up close shot of flax eggs in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

If you're vegan or dealing with an egg allergy (or just aren't a fan of eggs), you're probably familiar with flax eggs. Although I didn't come up with them, I've learned a lot about their usefulness over time. Flax eggs work great in baked goods like pancakes, waffles, cakes + more. They act as a binding agent similar to eggs.

Y'all know I'm always trying to give options for all diets and I've often mentioned flax eggs as a substitution option without diving into detail --- Now, you can refer to this page for more info. They also provide a bit of fat, akin to real yolks, and even offer some fiber, which traditional eggs lack!

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What Is A Flax Egg?

A flax egg is a vegan egg substitute made by combining ground flax seeds with water. This mixture forms a gel-like consistency similar to that of a traditional egg, making it such a versatile ingredient. It's totally vegan, gluten-free + dairy-free!

Small bowl of flaxseed meal with bag.

Ingredients

This recipe makes 2 'eggs' which substitute 2 regular eggs. To make a larger batch, feel free to double or triple the ingredients. 

FLAX EGGS:

  • 2 Tbsps flaxseed meal. You can also use whole flaxseeds by blending/grinding them beforehand also.
  • 4 Tbsps warm water.

How To Make A Flax Egg

  • In a bowl, add the flaxseed meal and water and mix together until combined. Let sit for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick and "paste-like".
  • Use this as a substitute for any vegan egg recipe that requires eggs.
White bowl with flaxseed meal and water.

What Are Flaxseeds?

Flaxseeds are these small, nutritious seeds that come from the flax plant. They're loaded with good stuff like omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and other important nutrients. You can eat them whole, ground up, or even as oil. People use them in cooking, baking, and sometimes as a health supplement because they're so darn good for you!

How Do Flax Eggs Taste?

Flax eggs don't really have a strong flavor on their own. They're more about the texture and binding properties they bring to recipes. In baked goods, they help hold everything together and add moisture, but you won't really taste them once the dish is cooked.

Ingredients stirred together in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Can I Substitute Flax Eggs For Eggs Equally?

You can typically use a 1:1 ratio of flax eggs to real eggs in many baking recipes such as:

Flax Egg Tips

Creating flax eggs is a breeze, but there are a few tricks I've picked up along the way to make things even simpler:

  • Ensure your flax meal is fresh—it's crucial for successful flax eggs. Replace your flax meal every 3-4 months, and store it in the fridge to maintain freshness. After mixing with water, it should easily form a thick, gooey texture.
  • Proper mixing is key. You don't want a thick layer at the bottom and water on top after the 5-10 minutes. Mix it well for about 15 seconds initially.
Ingredients being stirred together in a white bowl and a wooden spoon.

Common Q + A's About Flax Eggs

How can you tell that it’s ready?

You'll know your flax egg is ready when it thickens to a gel-like consistency.

How to store?

Flax eggs can last up to one week in the fridge if made in larger batches. However, I recommend making flax eggs right before you need them because ground flaxseed can go rancid quickly.

Can I use flax eggs in place of eggs in recipes that require beating or whipping?

Flax eggs don't provide the same structure or leavening properties as eggs in recipes that require beating or whipping, such as meringues or soufflés. Therefore, they may not be suitable substitutes for these types of recipes.

Can I use chia seeds instead of flaxseeds to make a 'vegan' egg?

Yes, you can use chia seeds to substitute to a flax egg. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit until it forms a gel-like consistency.

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Up close shot of flax eggs in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

How to Make Flax Egg

May 17, 2024
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Elevate your baking game by learning How to Make Flax Egg! This simple vegan egg substitute is made from ground flaxseed + water, and it works perfectly as a binder in all your favorite baked goods. Whether you're vegan, allergic to eggs, or just looking to try something new, this easy 10-minute recipe is a game-changer.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2 eggs

Ingredients

FLAX EGGS:

  • 2 Tbsps flaxseed meal
  • 4 Tbsps warm water

Instructions

TO MAKE FLAX EGGS:

  • In a bowl, add the flaxseed meal and water and mix together until combined. Let sit for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick and "paste-like".
  • Use this as a substitute for any vegan egg recipe that requires eggs. This makes 2 'eggs'.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Flax eggs can last up to one week in the fridge if made in larger batches. However, I recommend making flax eggs right before you need them because ground flaxseed can go rancid quickly.
  • BIGGER BATCH: This recipe makes 2 'eggs' which substitutes 2 regular eggs. To make a larger batch, feel free to double or triple the ingredients. 

Nutrition

Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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