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Baking without eggs : using flax seed as a vegan egg substitute

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You are looking to remove eggs from your diet without radically changing your habits? Rest assured because it’s easy to find a substitute for eggs. Eggs are not a mandatory ingredient in your recipes. They can be substituted with other ingredients that will serve the same goal. Most of the time, eggs are used as binding agents or to help raise the structure and add moisture. If you’re following a specific diet that doesn’t include eggs (you’re intolerant, vegetarian diet or have allergies), there are many alternatives to replace them. Let’s focus on what purpose the egg is supposed to serve.

In cookies or muffins, eggs are usually used for binding or to add moisture, even more so if the recipe only calls for one egg.

Using flax seeds as an egg substitute

In addition to being healthy, flax seeds are mucilaginous. When mixed with water, the flax will thicken and create a ‘gel’ with the texture similar to an egg white, hence making it an ideal egg substitute.

For one egg, mix one tablespoon of ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl. Let it rest for 5 minutes and use the mixture to replace each egg in your baked goods recipes.

Remember to grind the flax seeds at the very last minute or they will become stale quickly.