How to make a flax seed egg. Replaces eggs in most baking. Easy to make with only 2 ingredients! Perfect for egg allergy or vegans.
In a lot of recipes, I always tell you to use a “flax egg” but haven’t really gone into detail about what it is and why it is sooooo useful for people with egg allergies or those who are vegan!
What is a Flax Seed egg?
A flax seed egg is a 100% egg free and plant-based alternative to eggs in cooking and baking. It is made from ground up flax seeds and hot water. These are fantastic for anyone to use as they fit into so many different diets: plant based, paleo, low fat, low carb, egg free, vegan, whole 30, and more.
What are flax seeds?
Flax seeds are from the flax plant (also known as the linseed and comes from the Linaceae plant family). They are a very versatile plant, with nutritious seeds to eat and soft fibers that make linen, traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes, and table linens.
Flax seeds are very high in fiber and full of omega-3 fatty acids, plus they have 4 grams of fiber per serving, helping with digestion.
There are two varieties of flax seeds available: brown or yellow (golden). They have similar nutritional values and can be used interchangeably. I find that golden flax seeds have a milder flavor and use them in my delicate cookies and cakes.
An 18-year study showed that eating flax seeds every day can help to lower total and LDL-cholesterol in the body.
While there are no contraindications for flax seeds, it is still possible to be allergic to them. if you are allergic, no worries! You can try chia seeds for almost identical results.
Which kind is best?
I like to purchase my flax seeds already ground into flax meal. This just saves me an extra step. Keep your flax seeds in the fridge and they should last you about 3-4 months after opening.
If you have whole flax seeds, you will need to grind them into a meal before using them as an egg replacement. Use a coffee grinder and you should be good to go! Whole flax seeds can also be kept in the fridge for up to a year.
How do flax seed eggs taste?
Don’t eat a raw flax egg. It doesn’t taste bad per say, but it doesn’t taste good either.
You want to incorporate flax eggs into your baked goods and bake them before consuming. After baked into cookies, muffins, etc, you really can’t discern a flavor of flax. If there is one, it is a slight nutty flavor.
What recipes work best with flax seed eggs?
Flax eggs for 1:1 for chicken eggs in most baked goods. I find the best results with flax eggs when it is also combined with adding ½ tsp of extra baking powder to the recipe per flax egg you use. This gives the baked good all the qualities of a chicken egg: moisture, binding, and lift.
Some of my favorite recipes to use flax eggs in are:
- Quick breads
- Banana breads
- Cinnamon Rolls
- And more!
How do I make a flax seed egg?
Combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons of almost boiling water. Stir together and let sit for 5 minutes so that the flax seeds become gelatinous. After 5 minutes, use in your baking in place of the eggs!
After years of using flax seed eggs, I have found that hot water helps the flax egg come together better and provides a better binding structure to my baked goods.
Recipes Using Flax Eggs
Here are some of the recipes on the blog that use flax eggs! All of them are gluten free and vegan!
Did you make this recipe?
Flax Seed Egg
- 1 tbsp flax seed, ground
- 3 tbsp boiling water
- Combine the flax seeds and boiling water. Give it a good mix and set aside for 5 minutes to allow the flax seeds to become gelatinious. Stir again before using. Replaces eggs 1:1 in most baking!