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!

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?”. Understandable, 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!

What is a flax egg?

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.

So what are flaxseeds? 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.

Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

  • 3 grams protein per serving
  • 4 grams fiber
  • High in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Aids with digestion

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!

How Do I make a Flax Egg?

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.

What flax meal do you use?

I’ve been using this Spectrum Essentials Organic Ground Flaxseed (aka flax meal) (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.

How do flax eggs taste?

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…

Can I substitute flax eggs for real eggs equally?

Yes, but there are a few exception:

Flax Eggs For Baking:

You can general use the ratio 1:1 flax eggs to real eggs in:

  • pancakes
  • muffins
  • quick breads
  • veggie burgers
  • patties

 

Note: flax eggs won’t fry like real eggs, so shakshuka is out! Just a note!

Substituting Flax eggs for eggs in brownies

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.

 

Do I have to use flaxseeds?

Great news: you can make flax eggs with chia! Substitute the chia seeds equally, grind the chia seeds, and use them similarly.

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!

Flax egg troubleshooting tips

  • ensure your flax meal is fresh! I found this out the hard way. You should replace your flax meal every 3-4 months, but most importantly it should easily be thick and gooey like in the above photo after mixing. Keep your flax meal in the fridge to keep it fresh as long as possible.
  • Make sure you really mix it. You don’t want it to just be a thick layer on the bottom and water on the top after the 15 minutes, you want it properly incorporated. I usually mix it for like 15 seconds first, then another 15 seconds after the 15 minutes in the fridge. So like a 15:15:15.
  • Remember to place it in the fridge while it sets up!

Recipes using flax eggs

Here are my recipes using flax eggs:

Vegan Pumpkin French Toast

Classic Vegan French Toast

Vegan Chocolate Brownies

Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal Bars

Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Zucchini Fritters (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Sweet Potato Kohlrabi Fritters with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

Chickpea and Beet Vegetarian Meatballs

Gluten Free Apple Pie Pancakes (substitute option)

Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten Free) (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:

Zucchini Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies by Simply Quinoa

Gluten Free Vegan Brownies by Beaming Baker

One Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread by Simply Quinoa

Great Resources/Sources:
Bon Appetit- How to Eat Flaxseed
Whole 30 – The Official Can I Have Whole30 Guide

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!

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!

How To Make A Flax Egg (2 Ingredients)

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!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 servings
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients

How To Make A Flax Egg (2 Ingredients)

Instructions

Instructions

How To Make A Flax Egg (2 Ingredients)

  • Mix the ingredients together in a small container. Put it in the fridge to set up for 15 minutes. Stir it one more time after the 15 minutes to mix any water that's still on top, for about 30 seconds. The mixture should become thick and goopy.
  • You can use your flax eggs in place of regular eggs.
NOTES

Nutrition

Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
by Jessica

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41 comments

  1. Eliz says:

    WOW. NICE SITE!

  2. Jack says:

    5 stars
    Do you think it would hold well if it was made a day prior or a bigger batch all at once that way throughout the week you could just spoon out what you needed?

    Or is it best to make it just 10-30 minutes before needed?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Jack! Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that it’s best to make it right before it’s needed as you said. I hope this helps! Thank you for reading!

  3. salwa says:

    dEar Jessica

    A question please wont i feel the seeds in the brownies .. or should i seive the consistency before using it in the cake ..Thanks a lot

  4. Suzanna says:

    5 stars
    How do you cook the flax eggs?

  5. Marlene says:

    Hi Jessica. I’m very new to vegan baking so I’m thankful to have found your site! I have a question. I found a recipe online for a peanut butter and jelly cookie/bar that calls for 4 TBS of flax meal and 6 TBS water to make 2 flax eggs. That’s double the flax-seed. Now I’m confused about what proportion to use. Are there times when making the flax-seed eggs that using less water is better? Thanks in advance!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Marlene,

      So happy you found my site!! Yes, sometimes flax eggs are thicker depending on the recipe itself! So if you see someone else’s recipe specifically edit a flax egg to a thicker on, I would follow that! It’s kind of like, using a small eg vs a medium egg vs a large or extra large egg!!

      So, for most and all of my recipes except maybe where I specifically indicate otherwise, you can use my flax egg guide. But in like the cookie/bar recipe you found, definitely use that author’s directions! Hope that helps!

  6. Sherry says:

    Jessica,
    The flax seed I have is roasted flax seed. Will that work for the flax egg?
    Thanks,
    Sherry

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sherry,

      Hmm I’m not sure actually! I would test it out and if it’s thick like in the photo, it should work!

  7. Liz says:

    5 stars
    What kind of flax you use? Did you use the golden flax?

  8. Robin says:

    Hi
    I mixed 6 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of flax seed powder with soya milk and oil as an egg substitute in a muffin mix..it didnt combine too well and the muffins only cooked on the outside.What did I do wrong?
    Regards
    Robin

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Robin!

      Let me give you a couple of tips/ask questions that might help!

      1) Did you allow the mixture to get thick and gooey (like in the photo) for 15 minutes in the fridge? Did you whisk it together thoroughly before adding it in to the soy milk and oil?
      2) Is your flax seed powder still fresh? I’ve found it needs to be replaced every 3-4 months.
      3) The soy milk and oil were already a part of the muffin mix right?

      I hope that helps Robin!

  9. Danielle Lockhart says:

    If a recipe calls for 4 eggs would I still use 1 tablespoon flax and 3 tablespoon water?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Danielle! Thank you so much for reading. Yes, the ratio of water to flax egg would stay the same. so one tablespoon flax to 3 tablespoons of water per egg. I hope that helps.

  10. Leanora says:

    5 stars
    With the current situation of not finding eggs at this time, I was looking for an alternative since I bake a lot. So glad I saw this. A world of thanks for this information.

    • Jessica says:

      Aww I’m so happy to hear that Leanora!! I really hope this helps so much and you’re so very welcome!!

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