Announcing Egg Replacement Event – Flax Seed Meal

Flax Seed Meals

This page specifically describes how to use flax seed meal as an egg substitute in baking. Check out other possible egg substitute ingredients, quantity, and best suitable baking recipes here.

Do you know that flax is grown both for its seeds and for fiber? Yes, don’t be surprised. Various parts of this versatile plant are used to make fiber, dye, paper, medicines and soap. The next 30 days we are going to try recipes which use these flaxseeds as egg substitutes. Flax seeds come in 2 basic varieties, brown and yellow/golden and both these types are the most concentrated source of essential omega-3 fatty acids, so it should be a part of our diet even if it is not used as an egg substitute. I top it on both cold and hot cereals, smoothies, milkshakes and salads.

How to replace eggs using flax seed meal?
For each egg to be replaced, blend in a blender/food processor 1 tablespoon flax seed with 3 tablespoons water until the mixture is thick and creamy. Update: I have a book “Sinfully Vegan” by Lois Dieterly, she has mentioned the ratio as 1 teaspoon of flax seed powder and 1/4 cup of water for every egg to be replaced. I did try her Vegan Brownies with that ratio and it came out very good. “The Joy of Vegan Baking” suggests to whisk 1 tablespoon flax seed powder and 3 tablespoons water.

Check out the recipes using flax seed meal as egg substitute from here.

Buying and Storing Flax seeds: Although ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal is readily available in the grocery stores, it is recommended to buy the whole seeds and grinding them as and when needed. Also the ground flax seed should be stored in a well sealed container in the fridge or freezer.

When can this be used as an egg substitute? Flax seed has a nutty flavor and so it works in baked goods that are grainier and nuttier, such as waffles, pancakes, bran muffins, breads and oatmeal cookies. (Source: The Joy of Vegan Cooking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau)

Other interesting facts about flax seed (from Bob’s Red Mill pack):
1. Just 2 tablespoons of flax seed meal delivers 4 grams of fiber, as much fiber as 1 and 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal! Studies prove that when this is added to the diet, harmful LDL cholesterol drops,
while good HDL cholesterol stays put.

2. Flax seed contains high levels of lignans, a natural antioxidant, which can maintain breast and colon health by binding circulating estrogens that might promote unchecked cell growth. To get the
lignans that are in just 2 tablespoons of flax seed meal, you’d need to eat about 30 cups of fresh broccoli.

3. Flax seed is a mega-source for the plant version of omega-3 called Alpha-Linolenic Acid. The oil in flaxseed is about 50% ALA. One serving (which is 2 tablespoons) contains 2400 milligrams of omega-3.

Isn’t the above information enough to start including flax seed meal in our diet regularly?

Now for the rules of the event:

1. Bake/cook anything from cookies, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, breads, tarts, pies, etc using flax seed meal and post about it in your blog between Oct 15th 2008 and Nov 14th 2008. It can be anything sweet, salty or spicy.

2. Post the recipe in your blog, with a picture and link back to this post. Also feel free to share your experiences and tips while using the substitute regardless of the outcome. This would provide the much needed insight about that particular egg substitute.

3. Since the idea behind the event is to help those who are searching for tried and tested eggless baking recipes, you can also send me the recipes which you have posted earlier in your blog using flaxseed meal as an egg substitute. Reposting is not necessary. That being said, I would really appreciate if you could try new recipes too and post it, because eggless recipes are never enough.

4. Also multiple entries are welcome more than ever for this event.

5. Email me your name, blog URL, name of the recipe, recipe URL, photo in 150wx120h size to ere(at)egglesscooking.com with Flax Seed Meal as the subject.

6. Non bloggers are also welcome to send your recipes, tips and picture of your creation and I will include it in the round up.

7. Last date to send your entries is the 14th of Nov 2008 and the round up will be posted after the 15th.

I will do the round-up for the Egg Replacement Event – Silken Tofu shortly.

Stay Tuned!


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48 Responses to “Announcing Egg Replacement Event – Flax Seed Meal”

  1. Sweatha says:

    Nice theme this time as well.Will try to pitch in

  2. Chhaya says:

    Hi Madhuram !
    what a co-incidence…I just blogged about flax seeds and its importance a few days back ! I have always been meaning to participate in the food blog events …this is a golden opportunity for me …your blog is lovely …so many recipes to try out ! take care !

  3. DivyA Vikram says:

    Nice theme Madhu..

  4. Uma says:

    Hi madhu, do I still have the time to send in my entry for the silken tofu event? Please let me know!

    It would be nice if you could post it today or tomorrow. I’m thinking of doing the round up on Friday.

  5. sangeeth says:

    oo this is new for me….will give it a try..where do we get these?

  6. Uma says:

    oh thanks Madhu! I shall post before midnight (most probably this evening) today.

  7. Uma says:

    Just returned from groceries. Bought both silken tofu and flax seeds. will be sending my tofu entry soon.

    Sure Uma, send it over. Thank you very much for your interest in the event. I really appreciate it.

  8. A-kay says:

    I intended to take part in the silken tofu event but somehow missed it. Will definitely take part in this one – I anyway use Flaxseed meal a lot.

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