How To Make Flax Eggs (or Chia Eggs)

Flax “eggs” are an easy vegan egg substitute. They’re a great baking alternative for vegans and for those who have allergies and must follow an egg-free diet.

vegan flax egg substitute being poured into a bowl

You can make this vegan egg substitute using flax seeds or chia seeds. I think chia seeds provide the most neutral flavor when compared to flax seeds, but ground golden flax seeds (pictured above) might visually blend into baked goods a bit better. Because they are so similar, I’ll use ground chia or flax “eggs” interchangeably in recipes, depending on whichever is most convenient in my pantry.

To prepare a flax or chia egg, simply grind the seeds in a coffee grinder. It’s not uncommon to find bags of already ground flax seeds at the grocery store now (I’ve seen them at Trader Joe’s and Costco) so you maybe able to skip this step if you buy it pre-ground.

black chia seeds ground in a coffee grinderChia seeds ground in my coffee grinder

For each egg, combine:

  • 1 tablespoon of ground seed (measure after grinding!)
  • 3 tablespoons of water

Stir well, and allow the mixture to set for about 10 minutes.

ground flax mixed with water to make a vegan flax egg

After 10 minutes or so, the result should be a sticky egg-like substitute, with a gelatinous, stretchy texture.

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How To Make Flax Eggs (or Chia Eggs)
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins
A quick and easy egg replacement, featuring freshly ground flax or chia seeds.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chia, flax, healthy, how to
Servings: 1 egg
Calories: 58 kcal
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  1. Whisk together the ground seeds and water until well combined, then place in the fridge to set for 15 minutes.
  2. Use as you would an egg in many of your favorite baking recipes.

Recipe Video

Per egg: Calories: 58, Fat: 3g, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 1g

How do you use flax or chia eggs in baking?

In recipes that call for just 1 or 2 eggs, a flax or chia egg can usually replace regular eggs– especially in recipes that call for all purpose or whole wheat flour.

If recipes call for more than 2 eggs, chia and flax eggs will not produce the best results. The center is usually more gooey and will not rise the way a recipe made with real eggs would. I would not use this vegan egg substitute in recipes calling for coconut flour, or in any sort of soufflé recipe.

Which recipes call for flax and chia eggs?

vegan recipes made with a flax egg

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