How to make a flax egg – an easy tutorial on how to use only two ingredients to make a flax egg – the perfect natural vegan egg substitute!
One of the questions I get asked the most is “what is a flax egg?”. Understandably, and so I started to include a mini blurb on recipes about it, but I realised that that still wasn’t enough detail.
Can I sub this equally for eggs? What does it taste like? Do I have to use flax seeds? After receiving all your questions I realised that I needed to make an entire blog post on the beauty of flax eggs!
A flax egg is a vegan egg substitute, that is made up of ground flax seeds and water. It’s 100% natural, vegan, gluten free, paleo, whole30…it falls perfectly into any category of food that you’re eating.
P.S. allergic to flaxseed meal? No worries, I get more into what you can substitute later.
To get into a little bit of science, flaxseeds come from the flax plant. Flaxseeds are insanely nutritious seed that you should probably start putting in everything you eat! They are very high in fibre, aid with digestion, and have a slightly nutty taste. You can even buy flaxseed oil. Flaxseeds can be brown and golden brown in color.
To make a flax egg, mix one tablespoon ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water. Mix together, and let sit in your fridge for 15 minutes to set up and thicken. It’s that easy. You could leave it up to 30 minutes if you want. Sometimes I even stick it in my freezer for 10 minutes.
The mixture will begin to thicken and get goopy (like an egg) – and you have your flax egg! It’s kind of crazy how easy it is to make. For two flax eggs, just double, and so on.
I’ve been using this Spectrum Essentials Organic Ground Flaxseed (aka flax meal which is ground up flaxseeds) (aff. link) for years. But again, remember to replace it every 3-4 months. I also used to use one from Brandless, but they no longer make food products.
Okay, please do not taste this raw, just like you wouldn’t eat a raw egg. You won’t be able to taste the difference in your baked goods at all. I’ve used flax seeds numerous times in brownies, cakes, pancakes, muffins and quick breads. That’s one of the great things about it! Plus, you get tons of nutritional benefit with no weird taste.
Now for the tricky stuff…
Yes, but there are a few exception:
You can general use the ratio 1:1 flax eggs to real eggs in:
Note: flax eggs won’t fry like real eggs, so shakshuka is out! Just a note!
Maybe it’s just me, but this is particularly tricky. Real eggs in brownies really help with the rise. – I recommend just trying a recipe that was made for flax eggs such as my vegan chocolate brownies.
Great news: you can make flax eggs with chia! Substitute the chia seeds equally, grind the chia seeds, and use them similarly.
Here are my recipes using flax eggs:
Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Baked Oatmeal Cups
Gluten Free Apple Pie Pancakes (substitute option)
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes (substitute option)
Vegan Quinoa Cauliflower Burgers (Gluten Free)
Quinoa Veggie Burgers (Substitute option)
More great recipes around the web using flax eggs:
One Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread by Simply Quinoa
Several cookbooks, articles and videos over the last few years
Did I leave anything out? If you have any more questions on how to make a flax egg, please ask them in the comments below and I’ll answer them and add them to the guide. P.S. – do you know that we have an entire blog dedicated to low carb recipes named Low Carb Vegan Recipes?! Be sure to check it out!
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