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 colour.
You can general use the ratio 1:1 flax eggs to real eggs in:
You can also make flax eggs with chia! Substitute the chia seeds equally, grind the chia seeds, and use them similarly.
- 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.
- If you only have whole flaxseed just whiz it up in a blender to grind it to a powder
My Top Tips:
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.
Health Benefits of Flaxseeds:
- 3 grams protein per serving
- High in fibre
- High in omega-3 fatty acids
- Aids with digestion