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.
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:
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.