Flaxseed Egg Substitute for Baking

By the Care2 Green Living Staff

Using flaxseeds in place of eggs is a great vegan trick for baking, but you don’t have to be vegan to benefit from this great substitution. Flaxseeds are a nutritional powerhouse and sneaking some into baked goods is an easy way to get some of their wonderful nutrients into your diet. Read on for an easy tip on how to substitute flaxseeds for eggs.

Flaxseeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid that appears to be beneficial for heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and a variety of other health conditions. They also contains a group of chemicals called lignans that may play a role in the prevention of cancer.

With all of this goodness, it seems like a great idea to get flaxseeds into one’s diet in any way possible. One great way is to use flaxseeds in place of eggs in baked goods.

To replace one egg:
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
3 tablespoons water (or other liquid)

Stir together until thick and gelatinous.

You can also use whole flaxseeds:

1 tablespoon whole flaxseeds
4 tablespoons water (or other liquid)

Process seeds in a blender to a fine meal, add liquid and blend well.

You can make a bigger batch by increasing the ingredient amounts. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


inspector thirtyseven

Good idea !!

Patricia O.
Patricia O.2 years ago

Good info - thanks.

Kristen Lindsey
Kristen Lindsey2 years ago

Used this in pancakes this morning...worked perfectly!!

Victoria Klingonsmith

can you use Chia seeds & water in place of eggs, like you do flaxseed?

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago


JL A.3 years ago

good to know

J H.
Jorie H.3 years ago

Some recipes say to simmer for 5 min...

Phillipa W.
Phillipa W.4 years ago

been using this. works beautifully

Abbe A.
Azaima A.4 years ago