How to Substitute Flax Seed for Eggs in Baking

If you are looking to adapt a baking recipe to suit a vegan, or if you simply are out of eggs, you can substitute a flax seed product for the eggs. First, you'll need to grind whole flax seeds into a powder that tends to be somewhat oily. The resulting flax seed meal is high in fiber and essential fatty acids. The food has a distinctive nutty taste, so it is a tasty substitute in things like muffins, oatmeal cookies and pancakes.

How to Substitute Flax Seed for Eggs in Baking
How to Substitute Flax Seed for Eggs in Baking (Demand Media Studios)

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee grinder or blender
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
Step 1:

Measure 1 tablespoon of flax seed to replace one egg and grind it in a blender or coffee grinder.

How to Substitute Flax Seed for Eggs in Baking
How to Substitute Flax Seed for Eggs in Baking (Demand Media Studios)
Step 2:

Add ground flax seed to a small bowl with 3 tablespoons of water and whisk.

How to Substitute Flax Seed for Eggs in Baking
How to Substitute Flax Seed for Eggs in Baking (Demand Media Studios)
Step 3:

Allow the mixture to thicken by sitting for two to three minutes before you use it in your recipe.

How to Substitute Flax Seed for Eggs in Baking
How to Substitute Flax Seed for Eggs in Baking (Demand Media Studios)
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Tips & Warnings

  • Flax seed has heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids that are only digested when ground, so this is also a good way to increase the health benefits in your baked goods.
  • You may want to investigate other egg substitutes (like tofu) when baking recipes that aren't complemented by the nutty flax seed flavor.

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