How to Make a Flax Egg

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Here’s how to make a flax egg with just ground flaxseed and water. This easy recipe is great for vegan and egg-free baking!

Knowing how to make a flaxseed egg is key! While it can’t be swapped for traditional eggs in every recipe (more on that below), it is a great option for vegan baking or if you ever run out of traditional eggs.

Flax eggs are made with two simple ingredients and come together in no time at all. If you’ve never made a flax egg or never even heard of one, you’re in the right place. Let’s dive in to alllll the things!

A close up of a spoon with flax egg over a ramekin of flax egg.

What is a Flaxseed Egg?

A flax egg is a vegan substitute for eggs made from ground flaxseed and water. When mixed together, the combination gelatinizes and acts as a binder in most baked goods. While it can’t be used as a substitute for eggs in every single recipe, it can be used in a lot of recipes! More on that below.

Health Benefits

Flax seeds have a ton of health benefits – one tablespoon provides a good amount of plant-based protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Because of their high fiber content, flax seeds help promote regular bowel movements, can improve overall digestive health, have been shown to help lower cholesterol and improve heart health. They’re also a rich source of lignans, which are a plant compound that has antioxidant and estrogen properties, both of which have been shown to help lower the risk of cancer (Source).

3 TBS of water and 1 TBS of flaxseed measured out.

Here’s What You Need

  • ground flaxseed – you can buy ground flaxseeds or you can grind your own whole flaxseeds. Place the whole seeds in a food processor and blend until a gritty flour consistency is reached, about 60 seconds. Some of my favorite store-bought brands are Bob’s Red Mill flax meal and Spectrum Essentials organic ground flaxseed. If you’ve never used flaxseed before, it can usually be found in the baking aisle at your local grocery store.
  • water – the liquid in this mixture!
Side by side photo of the before and after process of making a flax egg. The first photo is a fork in a bowl with water and flaxseed. The second is the same bowl with a spoon and the flax egg has congealed.

How to Make a Flax Egg

Making a flax egg is super simple! If it’s not ground already, start by grinding your flaxseed.

In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flaxseed with water and let sit for 10-15 minutes. The mixture is ready to use in a recipe when it has gelled up.

pro tip!
Make sure to really whisk the water and flaxseed together so it fully incorporates otherwise you could be left with a layer of ground flaxseed at the bottom and the water sitting on top. 

How to Use Flaxseed Eggs

One traditional egg can be substituted for one flaxseed egg in a lot of baking recipes. I typically like to only use this substitution if the recipe notes that it is okay – sometimes the baked good doesn’t rise as well with a flaxseed egg, like with brownies for instance. I’ve found that subbing flax eggs for regular eggs in brownies results in brownies that don’t rise much. Flaxseed eggs work well when the traditional egg is acting as a binding agent and not the star of the show.

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How to Make a Flax Egg

Here's how to make a flax egg with just ground flaxseed and water. This easy recipe is great for vegan and egg-free baking!
A close up of a spoon with flax egg over a ramekin of flax egg.
Prep Time 1 minute
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 1 flax egg

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 3 Tablespoons water

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl whisk together ground flaxseed with water.
    Ground flax and water combined with a fork.
  • Let mixture sit for 5-10 minutes until it gels up and use as directed in the recipe you're making.
    A fork mixing ground flax and water together.

Nutrition

Serving: 1flax egg Calories: 37kcal Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 1g Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 4mg Potassium: 57mg Fiber: 2g
Course: How to recipe
Cuisine: American
Keyword: flax egg

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