This recipe will show you how to make a flax egg, the correct flax egg ratio, and answer all your burning questions, like what is a flax egg, and how to use them in tasty vegan sweet and savory recipes.
What is a Flax Egg?
If you’ve ever looked at a plant-based baking recipe, then the chances are you will recognize the term flax egg. They are a vegan-friendly, flavorless plant-based alternative to chicken eggs, made from flax seeds. They are one of my go-to vegan alternatives and are most commonly used as a binding agent for baked goods like cookies, muffins, and bread.
Flax seeds are loaded with Omega 3 fats, making them a healthy addition to any recipe in place of chicken eggs!
You Will Need
Flax eggs are a combination of flax seeds and liquid, most commonly water, but sometimes vegetable broth or plant milk. I normally use ground flax seeds because they’re quicker, but feel free to buy whole seeds and grind them yourself in a food processor.
Some recipes use as little as 2.5 / 2 tablespoons of liquid. I find I get the most reliable results when I stick to 3 tablespoons but feel free to play around with the ratio as you get more confident!
How to Make
- Scoop one tablespoon of ground flax seeds into a small bowl or mug, then add three tablespoons of liquid.
- Use a whisk to combine, until the mixture is smooth. If you don’t have a small whisk then feel free to use a fork instead.
- Set aside and allow to thicken for around 5-10 minutes.
- Use according to the recipe you’re following.
As mentioned earlier in this post, you can substitute water for vegetable broth or plant milk depending on the recipe. If I’m making a savory recipe then I will sometimes use vegetable broth to add more flavor. I do this in my Lentil Loaf Recipe, and the result is much more flavorsome than using water. Likewise, if I’m looking for a rich and creamy finish, I’ll swap water for plant milk, like in Sweet Potato Brownies and Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins.
How to Use in Recipes
Like chicken eggs, flax eggs are used to bind ingredients together. Because of this, they are most commonly used in baking. A few of my favorite ways to use them is in recipes such as:
- Banana Bread with Walnuts (uses 2 x flax eggs made with plant milk)
- Asparagus Quiche with Quinoa Crust (uses 2 x flax eggs made with vegetable broth)
- Lentil Loaf (uses 2 x flax egg made with vegetable broth)
Can I make Flax Eggs in Advance?
Yes, you can make them up to a day before you intend to use them. Beware though, the mixture will thicken as it sits, so I generally advise you to start preparing your flax egg right before you begin the rest of your baking recipe. That way, by the time you’re ready to start mixing your ingredients together, your mixture will be thickened and ready to use!
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