Make a flax egg substitute for vegan recipes with just 2 ingredients! Works in baked goods like pancakes, brownies, and muffins, but also in meatballs! This natural egg replacer is keto, low carb, vegetarian, and vegan.
Have you ever started making a recipe only to find out you were out of eggs?
Not too long ago I was prepping for a batch cooking session before school started and lo and behold, I didn’t have enough eggs!
Instead of running to the store for one item (because we never come home with just one item), I learned how to make flax egg. This crazy easy recipe saved me a trip to the store AND money spent!
What’s a flax egg?
A flax egg is a simple mixture of 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 1 tablespoon of water. After about 15 minutes, the flaxseed meal gels and creates a similar texture to eggs.
It’s a common vegan egg substitute, but beyond vegan baking, it works when you are out of eggs or need to bake egg-free because of allergies.
Here are MORE egg substitutes for egg-free baking!
How does flax egg work?
The outer seed part of flax turns gelatinous when it is ground and mixed with water. This allows the flax egg to act as a binder and emulsifier in baking.
It also adds moisture so your recipe will not become dry or crumbly.
Is flax egg gluten-free?
Flaxseeds are naturally gluten-free and are packed with nutrients:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acid. “Good” fat for heart and bone health.
- Lignans. Free-radical fighting antioxidant found red wine; also shown to interfere with cancer-promoting effects of estrogen and promotes regular digestion.
- Fiber. Helps keep the pipes clean.
So really, anytime you make flax egg in lieu of traditional eggs, you’re not just making a boring substitution – you’re actually boosting the nutrition of whatever you’re making!
Plus, here are 18 Ways to Use Flaxseeds!
What does Flax Egg taste like?
If you were to taste whole flaxseeds or a plain flax egg, it’s going to have a sort of nutty taste. Not strong, but there’s a flavor.
You’ll also SEE the outer part of brown flaxseeds if you use that variety. Golden flaxseeds are better for baking and help when there’s a picky eater that notices a change in their food.
Using Flax Egg Substitute in Baking
You might think that your options with using flax egg are limited because of the dry/wet issue in baking, but I’ve found that the opposite is true.
You can use flax egg instead of eggs in lots of baking recipes, especially in quick breads. My favorites include:
- strawberry pancakes
- classic pumpkin bread
- caramelized banana bread
- zucchini muffins with apples and carrots
The question then isn’t really when to use flax eggs, it becomes when you CAN’T. You really don’t want to use it in recipes that use lots of eggs, like scrambled eggs. Or need an egg texture, like meringue.
Where to Buy Flaxseed to Make Flax Egg
I’ve seen 48 oz bags of resealable organic ground flaxseed at Costco for just $6.79. You only need one tablespoon to make one flax egg, which comes out to just 2¢ per tablespoon.
If you prefer online shopping this brand at Amazon is good. Or you can find it at Thrive Market as well.
One dozen of organic brown eggs at Trader Joe’s cost $2.99, making one egg 24¢. That means choosing to bake with flax egg instead of traditional eggs can save you money big time!
Whole flaxseed has a protective outer coating that naturally contains oils. It’s best to buy whole flax seeds whenever you can, simply because their shelf life is longer than the pre-ground flaxseed meal.
Whether you choose whole flaxseed or ground flaxseed though, it’s best to store them in the fridge or the freezer. Those naturally occurring oils can go rancid, and you certainly don’t want to eat rancid oil OR risk imparting a negative flavor in your baked goods.
Tips and Tricks to Making Flax Egg Replacement
- One flax egg is the equivalent of one large egg (you can make more than one at a time if that’s what your recipe calls for).
- Anytime you use flax egg instead of regular egg, make it FIRST – before you do anything else – so it has enough time to gel without disrupting your baking plans.
- If you’re in a pinch, you can make an “egg” with flax OR chia seeds! Although chia seeds are definitely more expensive.
- You can freeze flax eggs! This is great for prepping at the start of the week. Simply make them and then pour into an ice cube tray. Most ice cube trays hold 2 tablespoons, so you’ll either want to split one flax egg into two cubes (and then remembering to thaw two cubes when you bake) or get a larger ice cube tray like this one which holds 6 ½ tablespoons in each cube.
- If you’re in a rush, use hot water to make the flax gel faster.
- 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 Tbsp water*
- Combine flaxseed and water together in a small dish and stir together well.
- Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes a sticky, stretchy, gelatinous mixture.