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    Flax Seed Meals – A Quick History

    The history of flaxseed goes back to as early as 3000 BC. It was considered as a miracle plant based food then and that continues even now. It mainly gets its good reputation because of its omega-3 fatty acid, lignans and fibre content.

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    How to prepare & preserve it?

    I remember those days a decade earlier when I wasn’t able to locate flaxseed meal in the nearest grocery store. I used to buy the seeds and blend it in a mini coffee grinder. Then started making trips to a specialty store to get it. But now after a decade later flaxseed meal is readily available in almost every grocery store specialty or otherwise. Even Indian grocery stores here in Canada stock it up. So it should not be a big deal finding it. But remember to store it in the fridge/freezer because it will/does turn rancid quickly. Also do not buy huge packs unless and otherwise you know that you will use it regularly.

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    How to use it in Cooking/Baking?

    For us cooks/bakers it’s a favorite because ground flaxseed or also known as flax-seed meal is vegan and can be used as a fat substitute and/or egg substitute in baked goods. That said I wouldn’t suggest omitting the fat in a baking recipe and using all flaxseed meal instead. It doesn’t work like that. The taste and texture of the baked treat will have to be compromised then. So start with small quantity, see how you like it and gradually use flax seed meal to replace about 1/3rds of the amount of oil/butter used in the original recipe.

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    Flax Seeds As An Egg Substitute

    It also acts as an excellent egg substitute while making pancakes/waffles and baking cookies, muffins, quick breads, etc. Whisk or blend (I prefer the latter) 1 tablespoon of flax-seed meal with 3 tablespoons of lukewarm (optional) water for each egg to be replaced. I wouldn’t suggest using it in recipes which calls for more than 2 eggs in which case the texture will become very dense and we don’t want a heavy muffin or a slice of quick bread.

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    How do you say Flax Seeds in other languages?

    In Hindi – अलसी
    In French – graines de lin
    In Spanish – linaza
    In Punjabi – ਸਣ ਬੀਜ
    In Tamil – அல்லிவிதை/ஆளிவிதை/அல்லிவிரை

Flax Seed Meal Recipes

Here is the full list of baking recipes that use Flax Seed Meal as an egg substitute. Also find some non-baking recipes that use flax seed meal as one of the ingredients.

Easy Eggless Brownies using Brownie Mix and Flaxseed Meal


(from 5 reviews)
A simple recipe to make eggless chocolate brownies using an egg substitute and walnuts.

Vegan Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins


(from 25 reviews)
Can whole grain and vegan blueberry muffins be as tasty as its white counterpart? Try this recipe and you will definitely agree with me.

Vegan Orange Cranberry Muffins


(from 11 reviews)
Flavorful orange and cranberry muffins studded with pieces of pecans. These muffins are vegan and low fat too but this does not affect the taste. Flax seed powder is used as an egg substitute in this recipe.

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


(from 15 reviews)
Nobdoy can guess these are vegan cookies. Vegan version of the classic cookies are chewy and tasty.
How to make Flax Eggs (Step-2)

How to Make Flax Egg?

A detailed discussion about the properties of whole flax seeds and ground flax seed (Flax Egg) and it's role as an egg substitute while baking.

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Muffins


(from 16 reviews)
This vegan oatmeal raisin muffin recipe is a humble recipe without too many ingredients but plenty on taste and texture. These "not-so-sweet" vegan muffins are perfect to pack with your kids' lunch or a great after-school snack. Of course, adding some mini chocolate chips would make it even more kid friendly.

Vegan Brownie Cupcakes


(from 4 reviews)
A very simple recipe to bake healthy vegan brownies. But let me assure you that it tastes like the regular brownies which are loaded with butter and eggs.

Homemade Chocolate Cereal using Ragi Flour


(from 1 review)
Homemade Chocolate Cereal? Yes, it is! Try this low fat, low in sugar cereal and I bet your kids would love it. This is also a 2-in-1 recipe. You can eat it as cereal with some warm milk and touch of maple syrup or eat it by itself as a cracker.

Eggless Irish Brown Bread without yeast, butter or oil

I think this will be the easiest bread I will ever bake.  There is no yeast action, no eggs or even butter.  It's as...

Outrageous Oat Bran Cookies


(from 5 reviews)
Don't let the name scare you away because these super healthy oat bran cookies without eggs will be a hit even with the kids. This cookie recipe is a proof that healthy and tasty doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. Wholesome cookies made with white whole wheat flour, oat bran and flax-seed meal, doesn't get any better.

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