Gelled flax egg in bowl

How to Make a Flax Egg

Learn how to make a flax egg which is a quick and easy vegan egg substitute. This all natural kitchen hack is fantastic for vegan or egg-free baking!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Keyword How to make a flax egg
Prep Time 1 minute
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1 flax egg (to replace 1 regular egg)
Author Regina | Leelalicious


  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed also called flax meal
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. If you only have whole flax seeds, use an electric spice mill or coffee grinder to grind the whole flax seeds into finely ground flax meal. Pulse in short bursts (instead of grinding for long continuous periods) so the flax seeds don't overheat and turn into see butter.

  2. In a small bowl stir together 1 tablespoon of ground flax with 3 tablespoons of water until fully combined.

  3. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. It will thicken and turn gelatinous - very much like an actual egg.

  4. Use the gelled flaxseed egg in your cake, cookie, or muffin/cupcake recipes.

Recipe Notes

Ground chia seed also works well as egg replacement. It is then called Chia Egg and it is the same ratio: 1 part whole chia seeds + 3 parts water