Now-a-days pretty much anything can be made vegan! You just need to be a little creative! Being creative can mean using nuts to make cheese and milk or using seeds to make butter and eggs! One of my favorite, and versatile, substitutes is the flax egg.
The Flax Egg is a wonderful (and simple) vegan egg substitute. It is made from ground flaxseed which is so easy to find these days. Whether you buy them whole and grind them yourself in a Mortar & Pestle* or Blender (I love using the Blendtec Twister*/Mini-Twister* jar) or buy pre-ground, it doesn’t really matter. I’m partial to freshly ground because it thickens a tad better since the oils and fats in the grounds are fresh. There are plenty of other funky egg swaps out there, but I haven’t had a great experience with any of them. I always went back to the old-faithful Flax Egg!!
What does the Flax Egg do ??
- Adds moisture into the batter
- Binds ingredients
- Helps the batter rise.
When/Where can You use a Flax Egg??
- In baking and veggie patty making you can use a 1 to 1 swap
- Quick Breads (Apple Bread, Kolach – Nut Roll)
- Heartier Cookies
- Brownies (Healthyish Chocolate Brownies)
- Dense Cakes (Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake)
Will it change the flavor of your dish??
- If you’re aiming to make a light and airy sweet cookie (aka sugar cookie, snicker doodle, vanilla, etc), then yes. It does add a more whole wheat flavor so it is best to use it in dishes that have more intense flavor or are a heartier version. I’ll use it in anything and don’t mind, but be prepared that you may have a slight whole grain taste – especially if the recipe calls for more than 2 eggs.
The most important thing with flax eggs is to use warm or hot water and after whisking, let it set up for 5-10 minutes. It will thicken, sort of like a thin jelly. If I pull out a recipe that calls for a flax egg I will make the egg first before I get started on anything else. Then it is ready to go when I need it 🙂
Yield 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 3 Tbsp warm/hot water
- Grind the flaxseed into a powder/meal (if you bought them whole)
- Combine ground flaxseed and water
- Whisk for 30sec - 1min
- Allow it to set and thicken for 5-10 minutes
- Whisk right before adding into your recipe
If your flax seed is pre-ground or older, use 1/2 Tbsp less water.
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