This is a step-by-step guide of how to make a flax egg, an egg substitute for baking your favorite cakes, muffins, and pancakes. These vegan eggs are super cheap and easy to make at home. All you need is 2 basic ingredients: flax meal and water. Flax eggs are a good option if you are a vegan or have an egg allergy. Flex eggs provide you with a "gluey" substance similar to actual eggs which help bind all ingredients together. In just one bowl you can make as many "eggs" as you need for your baking projects.
Is flax egg healthy?
Undoubtedly, flax eggs are a much healthier version than normal chicken eggs. This egg is an easy and simple vegan substitute that works as a good binder in most recipes. Flaxseeds are one of the richest plant sources loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Those "good" fats have been shown to have heart health benefits, help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and decrease your risk of stroke. This powerful plant food is rich in lignans thus making it a valuable food in the protection and fight against many types of cancers. Provided with high fiber content, flax seeds promote regular bowel movements and excellent digestive health.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
How to make flax egg?
- Mix ground flaxseed and water
In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (flaxseed meal) with 3 tablespoon water, stir it well until combined (if your recipe requires more "eggs" just multiply the ingredients as necessary in the same bowl).
- Let it rest
Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes until it thickens and becomes gloopy (gelatinous). Then use it as a replacement for eggs in your delicious vegan recipes.
Is it gluten-free?
Flax seeds are naturally gluten-free, so the ground flaxseed coupled with water can successfully replace eggs in gluten-free baking contributing to a unique texture to different baking goods.
Flex egg is simply a combination of ground flaxseed and water. This mixture yields a "gluey" substance similar to eggs that helps bind the ingredients together. Unlike traditional eggs, they don't contain any cholesterol at all! Not to mention that 1 flax egg has about 37 calories and 2.5 grams of fat while 1 chicken egg has about 70 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 211 grams of cholesterol! As a special bonus flax eggs offer you some extra fiber which you won't find in normal eggs.
A flax egg will usually replace 1 egg in a recipe. But you should be careful while veganizing some recipes if it requires multiple eggs because flax eggs are more watery and won't work in every single recipe, especially if it requires more than 3 eggs. In that case, you can make adaptations in other ingredients into your recipes.
Yes, you can make a flaxseed meal at home. It's so easy! To grind your own just put some regular flax seeds in your blender, electric coffee mill, or food processor, pulse blend until the seeds are ground and resemble powder. Please note that you should use sufficient quantity for your appliance to grind the flax seeds. Make sure you don't over blend them and turn them in flour. This will give you the freshest results. Store the ground flaxseed meal in an air-tight container for any future uses.
When to use flax egg?
These flax eggs are a great solution for egg-free baking for vegans and people with egg allergies. Flax eggs work well in many recipes but not all recipes. They work incredibly well when they are a small component in pancakes, muffins, cakes, brownies, quick bread, cookies, and many other flour-based baking recipes.
Regrettably, flax eggs don’t give as much structural support as real eggs, and they surely don’t work in egg-focused recipes like scrambled eggs. These vegan eggs are imperfect substitutes, but in the right recipe, they can work surprisingly great! They are a pretty safe bet when the recipe is made with wheat-based flour or is stirred just with a hand (without using a mixer). You can’t whip flax eggs to infuse them with air, so they don’t offer much “lift” to your baked goods especially if they require whipping whites together until fluffy flex eggs won't be a suitable replacement.
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