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Flaxseed Egg Substitute for Baking

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.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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3:15PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Good idea !!

8:25AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Good info - thanks.

5:10AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

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

5:46PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

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

7:12AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thanks for the info.

2:15AM PDT on May 11, 2013


11:01AM PDT on May 8, 2013

good to know

11:51AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

Some recipes say to simmer for 5 min...

9:49AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

been using this. works beautifully

5:37AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012


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