Easy Eggless Brownies using Brownie Mix and Flaxseed Meal

Eggless Brownies

Ever since I started baking, I have used only bananas as a substitute for eggs. Bananas definitely give the moist texture for cakes and breads, but the drawback is the flavor of bananas is dominant in those baked goods. So whatever changes you make otherwise in the recipe, the end product tastes the same. For example my carrot cake and zucchini bread tasted similar. It was definitely very good, but we need some change right!

So I was searching in the net for egg substitutes and found this and this very informative. I decided to start experimenting with the various egg replacements and this is my first one using flax seed meal. I add flax seed meal in my cereal (both cold and hot), salads and even in the chapathi flour. Being vegetarians walnuts and ground flax seed are the only sources of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Easy Eggless Brownies Recipe
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Prep time: 15 Mins
Cook time: 38 Mins
Yields: 16 Pieces
Easy Eggless Brownies using Brownie Mix and Flaxseed MealA simple recipe to make eggless chocolate brownies using an egg substitute and walnuts.
Ingredients:
  • 1 Packet Brownie Mix Of Your Choice (I Used Duncan Hines Chocolate Lover’s Brownies Double Fudge. See My Notes For The Reason)
  • 1/3 Cup Cold Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Flax Seed Meal (Ground Flax Seed)
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract (Not Mentioned In The Packet)
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts (Optional)
Eggless Brownies Ingredients
Procedure:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (325F for glass pans) for 15 minutes.
  2. Empty brownie mix into bowl.
  3. Add 1/3 cup cold water.
  4. Add 3 tablespoons oil. (Actually 1/3 cup of oil was mentioned in the packet)
  5. In a small cup add the flax seed meal and slowly add the water and whisk it with a fork and add it to the brownie mix.
  6. I chose to add vanilla extract also.
  7. Stir everything until well blended (about 40-50 strokes)
  8. Now add the nuts and combine it once again.
  9. Generously grease the brownie pan. I used a non stick 8″x8″ pan.
  10. Spread the mixture in the pan.
  11. Bake it anywhere between 30-38 minutes. (Check the instructions in the package for detailed baking time). I baked mine for 40 minutes. But I think I should have taken it around 38 minutes itself, because I had little cracks on the top. That was the only negative thing with these brownies, otherwise they were unbelievably moist and gooey. We did not taste the flax seed at all. Just be sure that the brownie cools out completely before you can cut into squares.
My Notes:
  1. Buying the brownie mix – If you are a vegetarian, be sure to check the ingredients, because some brands contain lard, tallow (animal fat). The brand I chose did not have animal fat.
  2. I bought the double fudge brownies, which had a chocolate syrup pack, which had to be added to the brownie batter. But I omitted it because this was the first time I was going to bake brownies and that too without eggs. So I did not want to experiment too much.
  3. Egg substitute: I came across in many books and websites that ground flax seed is a good substitute for eggs while baking. But the ratio of flax seed meal to water was different in each and every place. I recently bought a vegan cook book and there were a lot of baking recipes using flax seed meal. So I decided to used the proportion given in that book. For every egg in a recipe, use 1 teaspoon of flax seed meal mixed with 1/4 cup of water.
  4. Checking the doneness of brownies: I read in the same book that inserting a toothpick to check the doneness does not work for brownies. Instead “the touch test” was recommended. When you touch the top of the brownies, it should not leave an indentation. If it does, the batter is still soft, so you need to bake it for another couple of minutes.

This my entry for Egg Replacement Event – Flax Seed Meal, hosted by me.


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110 Responses to “Easy Eggless Brownies using Brownie Mix and Flaxseed Meal”

  1. bhags says:

    great loooking brownies….loved that pic…..seems the site have got a new look

  2. meredith says:

    i am so glad i found this site the other day! the brownies look yummy, i did not know quite how to substitute bananas, though i’ve used flax meal and yogurt lots.

    today i made a chocolate cake with no eggs. it was moist and yummy!:

    preheat oven to 350. grease and flour either 2 8″ pans or 1 9×13 inch pan

    combine:
    1 2/3 cups flour
    1 cup (or less) sugar
    1/2 cup cocoa
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup buttermilk, yogurt or sour milk
    1/2 cup neutral oil
    2 tsp vanilla

    first mix dry ingredients together. then add in the wet ones, mixing till smooth.
    i added a tb of milk because the batter was quite thick.

    spread into pan and bake 25-45 minutes. if using smaller pans, 25 minutes should be about right. Check for doneness with a toothpick or fork.
    let rest for 5 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to cool.

    here is another recipe i tried with good results, too, though i used cow milk vs soy yogurt:
    http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2007/12/chocolate-orange-cake.html

    as you can see, i love chocolate cake!
    this is a great site, again, thank you!

  3. RedChillies says:

    Brownies look sinfully delicious. I am one of those eggless baking person too. But frankly I have not had success with flax seeds substitute. The cake does not come out that moist. But anyway, I will try out your version some time later.

    Loved your tabbed format of displaying recipes! It is awesome. :grin:

  4. Madhuram says:

    Sunshinemom, I also read that soy flour can be subsituted for eggs. I’m going to try that too.

    Divya, thank you very much.

    Bhags, yes it’s my husband’s idea.

    Meredith, thank you very much for your lovely compliments. Do try the carrot cake and zucchini bread with bananas, it’s very delicious. I will also try your recipe and check the link also.

    RedChillies, thank you. The brownies really came out very well. My husband took them to his office and everybody loved it.

  5. A&N says:

    These look heavenly! And we HAVE to try this now because they’re eggless.Thank you so much for the recipe :)

  6. Madhuram says:

    Welcome to my blog A&N. Yes, you have to try it to believe that it’s eggless.

  7. Mansi says:

    these look beautiul madhu! I generally make betty crocker rownies without eggs too! btw, I made espresso kahlua brownies 2 days back and posted about it, with info about egg substitutes:)

  8. Deepa says:

    Oh, what an amazing recipe this is. My son is allergic to eggs and was recently eyeing some brownies at a store, and I have been looking for a recipe. This’s fantastic. THANK YOU!! –Deepa

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