How to Make Flax Eggs (Vegan Egg Substitute)

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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

My Favorite Vegan Egg Substitute

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.

How to Make a Flax Egg or Chia Egg

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

To Make One Flax 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)

A quick and easy egg replacement, featuring freshly ground flax or chia seeds.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chia, flax, healthy, how to
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 egg
Calories 58kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Whisk together the ground seeds and water until well combined, then place in the fridge to set for 15 minutes.
  • Use as you would an egg in many of your favorite baking recipes.

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Nutrition

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Per egg: Calories: 58, Fat: 3g, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 1g

How do you use Flax 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

I hope this tutorial helps you with your egg-free and vegan baking endeavors! If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how it works out for you.

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite recipe to use flax eggs or chia eggs in?

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Comments

Ramona

I use this all the time, thanks to you mentioning it on Instagram! I’m so grateful for all the tips and tricks you share. My son is egg-free, and this flax egg recipe is a game changer.

    Megan Gilmore

    I’m glad it’s helpful and that it works for your son! Thanks for letting me know.

Molly

I love using chia eggs in baking! I agree with you, I think they are a little less noticeable in flavor compared to flax eggs.

erin

Do you think I could use this in your Coconut Flour banana bread?

Darla

My great niece is allergic to eggs along with a long list of other things. I have recipe for banana oatmeal pancakes. It calls for 4 eggs or 1 cup egg whites. It also mentions chia eggs for a substitute. Would I have to make 1 tbsp chia and 3 tbsp water for each egg. I would love to make these for her but I have never used this method before and I’m not sure what to do.

Michael Cade

Thanks for the cashew butter recipe. I was astounded no flour of any kind was used. I bake for my wife as well as cook. She has so many food allergies. I tried cashew butter cookies with Robin Hood gluten free flour. Too dry. I will try yours without chocolate chips and let you know what I think of them.

Beverly

Im allegic to eggs and peanuts…just wanting to know what to use.

Donald Fink

You mentioned that Flaxseed or Chia seed should not be used in recipes requiring more than two eggs. I’m wondering, is there a substitute that will work? I’m trying to find egg substitutes for binding agents since, during this Coronavirus Pandemic, eggs are getting hard to find in stores.

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