How To Make A Flax Egg (2 Ingredients) Guide

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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?”. 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!

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 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.

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)

 

Vegan Banana Bread 

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
Flaxmeal is ground up flax seeds. If you can't find flaxmeal, you can make it by grounding up flax seeds in your blender or spice or coffee grinder until it's fine like in the photos.

Nutrition

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

  1. Valerie M says:

    I have flax seeds in my freezer. Can I grind them myself with a coffee bean grinder instead of buying meal? Or if I use chia seeds instead, I guess I could grind them the same way. And do whole flax seeds need to be less than four months old as well, or does it only matter when the seeds are ground? Thank you so much! (I don’t bake very often!)

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Valerie thank you so much for reading! Whole flax seeds tend to last pretty long, up to a year usually. You can can definitely grind it in a coffee grinder or high-speed blender to make flax meal. I hope this helps.

  2. karen says:

    5 stars
    I would dearly love to do this and incorporate fax into my baking. but, the texture of anything using flax puts me off any suggestions? I have tried bread and tortillas. for me flax has a glutinous texture that does not sit will in my mouth

    • Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Karen,

      Have you tried ground down chia seeds instead?

  3. Jessi says:

    Can it be used in crepes?

    • Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Jessi, for crepes I would instead recommend that you’d want to make basically very thin pancakes for vegan crepes. I hope that helps!

  4. Carina says:

    Hello! I’d like to ask, after the mixture becomes thick and goopy, do I need to drain the remaining flaxseeds? As i’ve tried doing chia eggs for a sponge cake. I just poured the whole mixture into my cake mix and it turns out there is little chia seeds spotted in the cake! I was wondering if we were to do delicate desserts, would draining the remaining flax eggs and just using the goopy part be possible? Thank you!

    • Hi Carina,

      Everything should get thick and goopy so there shouldn’t be any remaining flaxseeds. I want to clarify that you’re using flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds) and not whole flaxseeds. Depending on the delicate dessert, you could try using a powdered egg replacer to avoid any speckles! I hope that helps!

  5. Ronda says:

    5 stars
    Thank you this is exactly what I was looking for!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy to hear that Ronda! Thank you for reading!

  6. Ankita baid says:

    5 stars
    Your recipe is great. Wanted to know if it whipped like egg whites to be used in meringue based butter cream.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Ankita! Thank you so much for reading. It doesn’t whip that well. For that, I would suggest using aquafaba. I hope that helps!

  7. Samantha says:

    5 stars
    This is a great substitute to have on hand. I make a lot of egg stuff but am often bumped when I have to make the same into an eggless recipe. Saving this for later.

  8. Janelle says:

    5 stars
    Delicious, and fun to eat!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Pat says:

    5 stars
    Hi Jessica please can you leave a link to your blog. Your food looks delish.
    Thank you so much for the flax egg recipe I will be using it for sure

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Pat thank you so much. I’m not sure what you mean.

      • Pat Truebody says:

        5 stars
        I saw this comment and this is the blog I’m wanting to follow please
        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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