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flax egg in a white speckled bowl with a small silver whisk

5-Minute Flax Egg (Vegan Egg Substitute)

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 flax egg 1x
  • Category: baking
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

A flax egg (or flaxseed egg) is a vegan egg substitute for baking. It’s just ground flax meal mixed with water, and takes 5 minutes to make. Even if you’re not vegan, you can use flax eggs as an egg replacement for baking in a pinch when you run out of eggs. Learn how to make a flax egg with the perfect flax egg ratio in this post.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed (flax meal)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp water


Instructions

  1. Add the ground flax seed and water to a small bowl.
  2. Use a small whisk or a spoon to thoroughly mix it together for 15-30 seconds.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir well again. The mixture should be a gelatinous consistency, similar to that of raw egg.
  5. If not fully gelatinized, let the mixture sit for another 5 minutes.
  6. Use as a vegan egg substitute in baking recipes.

Notes

How to grind flaxseed

There are a few kitchen tools you can use to grind flaxseed into flax meal:

For this particular recipe, I used a NutriBullet blender and it worked perfectly.

To make flax meal, just add whole flaxseeds to a food processor, blender, spice grinder, or coffee grinder. Grind it up until powdery.

When not to use flax eggs in recipes

While flax eggs are a good vegan egg replacement in many baking recipes, there are times when you should avoid using flax eggs as an egg substitute. Regular chicken eggs are best for:

  • Any egg recipe, such as scrambled eggs or omelettes.
  • A baking recipe with whipped egg whites, like meringue or macarons.
  • Recipes where egg is used for a coating, like French toast.
  • A baking recipe or dessert recipe where eggs are a key ingredient, like custard, mousse, or souffle.

Can I use chia seeds instead of flax?

Yes! Chia seeds are another ingredient you can use to make a vegan egg substitute for baking. To make a chia egg, mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (either whole or ground) with 2 1/2 tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes to gel.