Learn what a flax egg is, how to make it and when you should use it! Using a flax egg is a great substitute if you don’t have eggs on hand, want to make an allergy friendly recipe, or for vegan baking.
Have you ever started to make a recipe, only to realize you are out of eggs? This happened to me recently when I was making some Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Muffins for my toddler. Luckily, I was able to substitute a flax egg for the egg called for in the recipe.
What is a flax egg?
A flax egg is an egg substitute that is made from ground flax seeds and water. A flax egg is vegan, gluten free, paleo and whole 30. Not only is it great for people with allergies or food restrictions, but it also works well as a substitute for when you run out of eggs!
How does a flax egg work?
When the ground flax seeds are mixed with water, the mixture becomes gelatinous, thanks to a gum that is in the seed coating. This mixture can bind and emulsify ingredients in baking recipes like an egg would.
What recipes can I use a flax egg in?
Flax eggs work best in these kinds of recipes:
- quick breads
What can I use instead of a flax egg?
If you need an egg substitute but you don’t have flax seed, you can also make something similar using chia seeds. Mixing 1 TBSP chia seeds with 3 TBSP water will give you another option for an egg substitute.
You can also use the following in some recipes as an egg substitute
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1/4 cup mashed banana
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup mashed avocado
- 1/4 cup silken tofu
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 3 TBSP creamy nut butter
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
- 3 Tablespoons water
- Whisk together the ground flax and water. Allow to sit for 15 minutes to thicken. Use as you would use an egg in a recipe.