A flax egg is super simple.
1 Tbsp flaxmeal (ground up flax seed)
3 Tbsp water
Stir well and let sit for several minutes to thicken up. Once it thickens it has a consistency remarkably like an egg. You can use it in baking just like you would a regular egg.
|It's hard to tell, but it's thickened up to a nice egg like consistency.|
Why would I want to use a flax egg?
If you are vegan and avoiding all animal products you would obviously want to use a flax egg instead of a regular one.
If you were looking for an extra dose of healthy essential fatty acids (EFAs), flax is a GREAT way to do that! It also contains fiber, which eggs do not.
If you have allergies to eggs.
If you were trying to watch your cholesterol, flax is a great substitute for egg. 1 large egg has 70% of your RDA of cholesterol, which means 2 eggs for breakfast already puts you past your RDA of cholesterol. Whereas a flax egg has 0 cholesterol and half the calories that a regular egg does.
Obviously you can't scramble up two flax eggs like you can regular eggs. But for baking, flax away!! :-D