How to Substitute Flax seed in Cooking and Baking

Easily Substitute Flax Seed for eggs and fat in baking and cooking! Here's some great reasons to use flax to substitute in your recipes:

  • you don't have eggs and instead want to try using flax
  • you want to lessen the fat in recipes and use flax
  • you want to bake healthier and more nutritious food
  • you want to make your recipes Vegan and use flax seed
Add tons of nutrition when you add flax seed to your recipes!
Flax Substitution tips

  • For Fats & Oils -
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) ground flax seed for each 1 tbsp (15 mL) of margarine, butter, or cooking oil (3 to 1).

    Flax can be substituted for all or some of the fat, depending on the recipe. Note that baked goods substituting ground flaxseed for cooking fats and oils will cause baked goods to brown more rapidly.
    Also you may have to add less flour so that the dough will not be too thick.

  • For Flour -
  • A general rule of substitution for flour is to reduce the flour by 1/2 to 3/4 cup and add the equivalent in flax flour. The fiber content of flaxseed flour may require some additional liquid when converting recipes.

  • For Eggs -

  • This is especially for those who cook Gluten Free food!
    Substitute ground flax seed & water mixture for eggs in recipes such as pancakes, muffins, and cookies.
    Use 1 tbsp (15 mL) ground flax plus 3 tbsp (45 mL) water - left sitting for several minutes - for each egg.
    Note that this will result in a chewier version of the recipe with less volume.

    Substitute Flax in Your Recipes

    I would love to hear your ideas for flax substitute tips in baking and cooking.

    As with any time you make substitutions in recipes, there is a chance it may turn out slightly different then you are used to, but think of the HUGE Health benefits you add!

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