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.

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!


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.

How To Make A Flax Egg (2 Ingredients) Guide

How To Make A Flax Egg (2 Ingredients)

How To Make A Flax Egg (2 Ingredients)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons water
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. The mixture should become thick and goopy.
  • You can use your flax eggs in place of regular eggs.
Tags: Vegan, Vegetarian Vegan, Vegetarian
by Jessica

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  1. Lynn Davis says:

    Some really interesting articles, and some lovely recipes. Unfortunately, I am a diabetic, and without nutritional information I will not make any recipes. As so many sites are providing detailed nutritional information these days, would you consider providing this information?


    Lynn Dacis

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Lynn,

      I usually provide nutritional information on newer recipes, so some of those have it. I’m in the process of adding it to all of my recipes so check back soon and more of them will have it! Thanks

  2. Liz says:

    I’ve seen this substitution numerous times, but never knew how easy these were to make! I’m pinning this in case I have a need to make a vegan dessert! Thanks!!!

  3. marcie says:

    I love how easy it is to make an egg substitute out of just 2 simple ingredients! I’ve used flax eggs a few times and have had great results!

  4. I’ve made flax eggs for a couple recipes and it always blows me away!

  5. Alix says:

    buenos dias yesica feliz navidad con el huevo de lino puedo hacer mayonesa vegana

    • Jessica says:

      Buenos dias Alix y Gracias a ti también! No, no puedes pero estoy haciendo una receta de mayonesa vegana en enero!

  6. Laura says:

    I use flax eggs all the time! I use them in my bean burgers and plant based Meatloaf dinners mostly. So easy and so much better for you! I love your mint egg shaped dish! Where can I find that?

  7. dimora says:

    Thank you so much for the recipe! I linked to you from my page so people could come here and check out this substitution for eggs along with all your other awesome recipes!

  8. Dnl says:

    It’s good to know a simple replacement for eggs exists, I’m not vegan but I have vegan friends and this makes things like dinner parties less complicated. Just one question: Can you use these to substitute eggs in the pané process? Use it as binding agent between flour and bread crumbs?

  9. geet says:

    This is nice! i will try making this for sure. thank you so much for sharing

  10. al says:

    what about cookies? can u sub as normal? what about cookies that call for a lot of eggs like pizzelles that call for 6? thanks!!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi al I wouldn’t recommend the use of flax eggs in cookies. I think its better to use an egg replacer like the one Bob’s Red Mill sells! I hope this helps!

      • Rebecca says:

        I just made a classic Joy of Cooking cookie recipe, Hermits, using this recipe for flax eggs, and they came out perfectly. You’d never know they didn’t have real eggs in them. Not at all crumbly, nor any other oddness.

        That recipe isn’t very heavy on the eggs, just one egg for 1 and 1/3 cups flour, so it wasn’t the most challenging test, but I have at least verified that they’re excellent in *some* cookies.

        • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

          Wow ok that’s good to know Rebecca. For a low egg cookie recipe using these as a replacement make sense. Thank you for this input. Also thanks for using this recipe!

          • Rebecca says:

            Thank YOU for spelling out how to make these! So clear and easy!

  11. Eliz says:


  12. Jack says:

    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?

    Rating: 5
    • 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!

  13. 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

  14. Suzanna says:

    How do you cook the flax eggs?

    Rating: 5
  15. 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!

  16. Sherry says:

    The flax seed I have is roasted flax seed. Will that work for the flax egg?

    • 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!

  17. Liz says:

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

    Rating: 5

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