How to Make a Flax Egg (plus recipes using it!)


by Sil Pancho



To all of the vegan bakers out there: this back to basics guide is for YOU! Every time I post a new muffin, cookie, bread, or really any baked good, I get tons of questions about how to make the recipe vegan.

Welcome to the wonderful world of flax eggs. In this tutorial, I’ll show exactly how to make a flax egg and some amazing ways to use it in sweet and savory recipes. That’s right, flax eggs aren’t just for baking! But please do not try to swap them in for my homemade quiche recipes.

While flax eggs are amazing and such a great egg substitute, I always do suggest checking a recipe’s notes section to see if they’ve tried (and if they suggest) using this vegan egg replacement. If not, remember to always swap at your own risk. Let’s get to this easy, 5 minute tutorial!

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spooning up a flax egg from a bowl

What is a flax egg?

A flax egg is a super easy egg substitute that happens to be vegan, gluten free, grain free, dairy free & paleo. The base of a flax egg is made with flaxseed meal, which is a fine powder-like substance you get after grinding flaxseeds. You’ll mix flaxseed meal with water or another liquid to create a gel-like consistency that’s similar to a regular egg, which is why you’ll be able to use it as an egg replacement in many baked goods, vegan burgers, pancakes, and more.

I love adding flax to recipes and baked goods because it provides protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore using flax eggs in recipes adds those nutrients as well!

ingredients for how to make a flax egg on a board

Everything you’ll need to make a flax egg

You’ll just need two (yes, 2!) ingredients to make your own flax egg right at home:

  • Flaxseed meal: like we just discussed, flaxseed meal is just ground up flaxseeds that have tons of nutritional benefits.
  • Water: good old water! You’ll actually mix the flaxseed meal with water in order to make a flax egg. Some recipes even call for dairy free milk instead of water, which will also help create a flax egg.

pouring water into a bowl of flaxseed meal to make a flax egg

How to make a flax egg in just 5 minutes

That’s right, you can have a flax egg ready to use in your favorite baking recipes in just 5 minutes! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Add the flaxseed meal to a small bowl.
  2. Mix in the water so the mixture is well-combined.
  3. Let the mixture sit for at least 5 minutes until it thickens into a flax egg.
  4. Use the flax egg to replace a regular in a recipe, as long as the recipe or notes says it will work!

mixing a flax egg in a bowl

The perfect flax egg ratio

Unless otherwise noted in a recipe, I’ve found that the perfect flaxseed meal to water ratio in a flax egg is 1:3. So, you’ll need 3 tablespoons of water for every 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal in order to replace one regular egg.

How can you tell that it’s ready?

You’ll be able to tell that your flax egg is ready when it thickens into a gel-like consistency. It’s important to mix the flaxseed meal well with the water so that you’re not left with a layer of water on top. Once everything is mixed and sits for 5 minutes it should be ready to use!

spooning up a flax egg from a small bowl

Can I replace all eggs with flax eggs?

Although it might be tempting to use this vegan egg replacement in any recipes that call for eggs, be sure to read specific recipe notes to see if a flax egg is a good swap in a recipe. For example, flax eggs would NOT be a great egg substitute in quiches, egg cups, or scrambled eggs.

See below for some amazing vegan recipes using flax eggs!

vegan chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper

Use flax eggs in these delicious recipes

Check out all of our vegan recipes here!

I hope you love this easy tutorial on how to make a flax egg! If you try it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Learn exactly how to make a flax egg with just 2 ingredients to use in your favorite baked goods to make them vegan! In this easy tutorial, you’ll learn exactly what a flax egg is, the perfect flax egg ratio and how to use it to replace regular eggs in your fav recipes. Tips and recipes included!

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    flaxseed meal
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  1. In a small bowl mix together the flaxseed meal and water. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes before using in place of a regular egg.

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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