You can make a simple egg substitute using just two ingredients – ground flax seeds and water. Flax seed eggs are a great substitute for baking vegan cookies, muffins, and more!
If you’re a vegan, or have an egg allergy, you may wonder what to use in place of eggs in your dessert recipes. You don’t want to miss out on making your own homemade baked goods!
There’s no reason to miss out on delicious cookies and muffins. There is a simple recipe that works well in many types of baked goods – a flax seed egg.
What is a flax egg?
Flax egg replacers are one of the simplest egg replacers to make. It just takes two ingredients (flax meal and water), and a couple of minutes, and you have an egg substitute that works well for many different recipes.
How do you substitute flax for eggs?
It’s a simple substitution! For each egg required in the recipe, you will use 1 tablespoon ground flax seed plus 3 tablespoons water. You can use flax eggs in most recipes that require one or two eggs, like these chocolate muffins, or this recipe for baked banana oatmeal.
Flax eggs are not a good choice for recipes that require a lot of eggs, like a flourless chocolate cake, or recipes where the eggs are a big part of the texture, like a custard or creme brulee. You also can’t eat them the same way as regular eggs – you can’t use them to make an omelette or fried eggs.
You can use either regular ground flax seed or golden ground flax seed, both will work. I do like the golden ground flax seed, because it blends in with your baked goods, and you won’t see any little brown flecks.
You cannot use whole flax seeds. They will not combine with water to make a gelatinous, egg-like substance. The seeds MUST be ground.
If you’re looking for flax seed meal that is processed in an allergy friendly facility, you might want to check out the Namaste Raw Goods line. Be sure to call the company and ask questions to make sure any ingredient is safe for your particular diet.
Can you taste the flax seeds in the finished baked goods?
No, once they are baked into your cookies, muffins, etc., flax seed eggs do not have a taste that is detectable. They just blend into the flavor of whatever you are baking.
Will this egg substitute work in a cake recipe?
Flax seed eggs can make cake or cupcakes a little bit gummy, so be careful with this egg replacer in cake recipes. Usually baking soda and vinegar is the best egg replacer for light and fluffy cake and cupcakes. If you’re looking for an easy cake that doesn’t require eggs, try my vegan chocolate cake.
Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make this vegan egg replacer:
More recipes that use flax egg substitutes:
- Gluten Free Vegan Molasses Cookies
- Double Chocolate Mini Muffins
- Chocolate Coconut Thumbprint Cookies
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How to Make a Flax Egg (Vegan Egg Substitute).
It's easy to make a flax egg substitute for vegan baking. Flax eggs work well in recipes for muffins, cookies, and more!
Place the ground flax seed meal and water into a small bowl, and stir to combine. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until it becomes a gel.
Do this for each egg that you are replacing in a recipe.
You MUST use ground flax seeds to make an egg replacer. Whole flax seeds will not work.
Flax eggs can't be kept - make it and add it to your recipe. They will not last in the refrigerator.
This post was originally published in May 2018. It has been updated.