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How to Make a Flax Egg- Step by Step

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In this step by step tutorial you’ll learn how to make a flax egg. It’s an easy vegan substitute in baking recipes.

Flax seeds in a small wooden bowl - how to make a flax egg

I remember when I first looked for an egg-free substitute in a recipe for muffins and I decided to try using a flax egg. When I told my husband that I was going to use a flax egg, he looked at me with total skepticism and asked: “what is a flax egg?”

I didn’t blame him – it sounded strange to me too. Would flax eggs really be a 1:1 substitute for regular eggs in baking? What would it taste like? Would the recipe still turn out well?

After doing a bit of reading, I realized it was kind of an awesome substitute for eggs. I use flax eggs in many of my dessert recipes, and I figured it would make sense to share why I absolutely love flax eggs!

Flax seeds on a spoon and sprinkled on a wooden work surface - how to make a flax egg

What are flaxseeds?

Flaxseeds are a highly nutritious seed that can be consumed both whole or ground. Your body absorbs the nutrients of flax best when it’s ground. They can be added to smoothies, and sprinkled on top of oatmeal, or salads. You can also use them in sweet desserts, as well as savory bakes. 

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How to Make a Flax Egg – Step by Step

Step 1: Combine 1 tablespoon of  ground flaxseed with 2.5 tablespoons of water. 

Step 2: Whisk together with a fork or small whisk. 

Step 3: Allow to sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, but up to 30 minutes. The mixture will thicken as it sits and will take on the consistency of an egg.

How to Use Flax Eggs in Baking

  • Add it to your recipe like you would a regular egg. You can use flax eggs as a 1:1 replacement. 
  • Each tablespoon of flax mixed with 2.5 tablespoons of water is equivalent to one egg. 
  • Use no more than two flax eggs in a recipe. If a baking recipe calls for more than 2 eggs the eggs are being used in the recipe for more than a leavening and structure to the recipe. For example, flax eggs will not work as an egg substitute in a quiche!

What type of baking recipes do flax eggs work the best?

  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Cupcakes
  • Pancakes
  • Muffins
  • Brownies
  • French Toast
  • Savory bakes like veggie burgers, and casseroles.

Why should you use flax eggs in your baking recipes?

  • They make for a good vegan egg substitute
  • 100% natural
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Paleo
  • Whole30
  • Allergy-friendly
  • High in fiber and omega-3s
  • You can use them if you run out of eggs (ground flaxseed lasts forever in the fridge while eggs have a shorter shelf life!)
  • Low in carbohydrates 
Ground flax seeds on a wooden spoon - how to make a flax egg

What do flax seeds taste like? 

They have a slightly nutty taste but are pretty mild overall. They don’t add a noticeable flavor change to recipes which is why they work well in baking recipes.

What makes a flax egg healthy?

  • High in Omega-3s: Flax is high in omega-3 fatty acids. If you are a vegan or vegetarian consuming flax regularly is a great source of this important brain boosting, heart healthy fat. Each tablespoon of flax contains 1.8 grams of omega-3s. 
  • High in Fiber: Flax contains soluble and insoluble fiber. This contributes to improved digestion. Each tablespoon of flax contains 3 grams of fiber. 
  • High in Plant-Protein: With 2 grams of protein per tablespoon of flax seeds, they are high in the amino acids arginine and glutamine which is connected to heart health and a strong immune system.
A flax egg stored in a jar

(Photo credit: King Arthur Flour)

Top tips for making flax eggs

  • Use only ground flax. Whole flaxseeds or flax flour will not have the same affect.
  • If you have whole flaxseeds use a coffee grinder to create ground flax. 
  • Be sure to allow enough time for the ground flax and water mixture to sit (at least 5 minutes). If you don’t give it enough time to sit it will not develop the same egg like consistency.

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How to Make a Flax Egg

In this step by step tutorial learn how to make a flax egg.
Prep Time5 mins
Resting time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Baking
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 1 flax egg
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2.5 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Add ground flaxseeds to water in a small bowl. Mix together and let sit for at least 5 min (but you can let it sit for up to 30 minutes if you want). 
  • The mixture will get thicker and will have the consistency of an egg – and then you can add it to your recipe like you would a regular egg.

Notes

Top tips for making flax eggs
  • Use only ground flax. Whole flaxseeds or flax flour will not have the same affect.
  • If you have whole flaxseeds use a coffee grinder to create ground flax. 
  • Be sure to allow enough time for the ground flax and water mixture to sit (at least 5 minutes). If you don’t give it enough time to sit it will not develop the same egg like consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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10 responses to “How to Make a Flax Egg- Step by Step”

  1. This is amazing and I have never heard of this substitute. I can’t wait to try this out because there are so many baked goods that sounds great but require eggs. Thanks for this super helpful tip!5 stars

  2. OH I always forget how easy it actually is to make flax eggs at home. I always see flax egg in a list of ingredients and go like “Nah, don’t have that” – and I am really just minutes away from being able to make the recipe. DANG! Thanks for this one5 stars

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