A quick and easy tutorial on how to make a flax egg with two ingredients. Use this versatile vegan egg substitute as a binder in eggless baking recipes. It's an excellent alternative for vegan diets, those with egg allergies, or if you simply ran out of eggs.
Looking for an egg alternative? After years of experimenting with bananas, baking soda, tofu, and applesauce, the humble flax egg is my trusty go-to substitute.
What is a flax egg?
When ground flaxseeds are mixed with water, it creates a gel like consistency. It replaces an egg in baked goods and several other recipes.
Why you'll love this recipe
- There are a handful of store bought egg substitute products, but this homemade version is affordable and simple to make.
- Flaxseeds are a great plant based source of fiber, so they'll add a nutritious punch into any recipe you incorporate them into.
- Flax eggs are 100% vegan, natural, egg free, dairy free, and gluten free.
- You won't be able to taste the difference in your baked goods at all.
This two ingredient recipe comes together in about 10 minutes. Perfect if you're in a pinch!
Flaxseed: If you're starting with whole flaxseed, you'll need to grind them before using. You can easily make flaxseed meal by pulsing in a coffee grinder or blender. You could alternatively buy pre milled flaxseed at the store. Finely ground flax works best.
Water: Use regular water. I suggest warm water, however cold or hot works just as fine. It may take a little longer for the flax egg to come together with really cold water.
Do I have to use flaxseeds?
Good news, you can make flax eggs with chia seeds instead. To make a chia egg, replace flax seeds with chia seeds, then mix with water.
Chia seeds make an excellent alternative for those with flax restrictions. They are packed with nutrients and have a variety of health benefits.
You don't have to grind the chia seeds, however it might help with the overall texture and binding.
Flax egg ratio
To make a flax egg, stir together 1 tablespoon ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons water. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
One flax egg is equal to one egg.
If you need more than one egg, double the ingredients. I don't recommend using flax eggs in recipes that call for more than 2 eggs.
Can you make flax eggs ahead of time?
Yes! The flax egg mixture will thicken up as it sits. If you're not ready to use it, store covered in the fridge for up to 12 hours.
Frequently asked questions
The flax egg recipe is simple! Stir together 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal with 3 tablespoons of water. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes, or until thick and gelatinous. From there, use in recipe as a substitute for an egg.
You can double or triple the flax egg ratio, as needed. To replace 2 eggs, stir together 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
There are two basic types of flax seeds, brown and golden. I suggest using golden flaxseeds, as brown flaxseeds have a more robust flavor and the color may impact your baked goods.
I purchase bulk flax seed at the grocery store or online. I love this organic, ultra fine, cold milled flaxseed meal.
Yes, they can. Ground flaxseeds should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Place in the fridge or freezer to help extend its shelf life.
Ground flaxseed is typically best stored for up to 3 months. You can tell if they've gone bad by giving it a smell test. Fresh, whole flaxseed generally lasts for up to 1 year in an airtight container kept in the refrigerator.
No, flaxseeds are naturally gluten free. Be sure to check the labeling for a gluten free statement or certification because of potential cross contamination.
Flaxseeds are packed with plant based protein! They're commonly used to improve digestive health. One serving provides a good amount of fiber and omega 3 fatty acids.
Recipes using flax egg
A flaxseed egg works well in recipes that are made with flour. Use the 1:1 flax eggs to real eggs ratio in these recipes.
How to Make a Flax Egg
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 3 tablespoons water
- Add ground flaxseed and water to a small bowl and gently stir.
- Let rest for about 5-10 minutes.
- Once the mixture has thickened up, you're ready to use it in place of 1 egg!
Dairy free and egg free baking recipes to try: