What is a Flax Egg? Why it is a Vegan and Gluten-Free Egg Substitute!

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Do you know what a flax egg is? Us either, until recently. After learning what it it is, it seems like something we should have known about this whole time! When we searched “flax egg,” there were tons of recipes using the vegan and gluten free egg alternative! “What is a flax egg,” you ask? Well it is a vegan binder used in the same way that an egg is used. It can be used in breads, crusts, heavier doughs and other foods where eggs are needed to bind. Keep in mind that flax does have a heavier flavor, so if you need an egg binder that has a lighter flavor for lighter foods, such as pancakes or cupcakes, just substitute chia seeds for flax seeds.

Flax Eggs

Yield: 1 egg equivalent (you can increase the recipe depending on how many eggs are called for in your recipe)

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Ingredients:

*Make sure to use whole, raw flax seeds, and not the pre-ground flax. It is fresher and tends not to turn as easily. Use your blender, food processor or coffee grinder to grind the seeds yourself, very finely. If you don’t have any of the aforementioned kitchen appliances, a mortar and pestle or something else heavy, to hand grind them will work!

In a small mixing bowl, first place all of your flax seed meal in the bowl, and then slowly beat in the water with a fork. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes. If you’re in a pinch you can refrigerate the mixture for as little as 15-20 minutes, but longer is better.

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You’ll note when the flax eggs come out of the refrigerator that they have taken on an egg-like consistency. They are now ready to use in your recipe! We’d love to hear about all the ways that you use flax eggs!

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