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Updated on July 31, 2017
It is easy to put the benefits of ground flax in your baked goods.  Mix up the recipe, let it sit a few minutes, and whether it's for an egg allergy, calories, or taste this replacement works well!
It is easy to put the benefits of ground flax in your baked goods. Mix up the recipe, let it sit a few minutes, and whether it's for an egg allergy, calories, or taste this replacement works well! | Source

☆ Substitute Eggs with Milled Golden Flax Seed for Healthier Baked Goods

No doubt about it, in moderation, eggs are good for us. However, too many eggs in our diet can add unneeded calories and create health issues.

As well, not everyone can eat eggs. There are a variety of disorders that require patients to avoid eggs altogether.

What is a person to do if they want to eat fewer eggs, or if they cannot eat them? Milled (also called ground) flax seed is an easy and healthy egg replacement!

☆ Flax Replaces Eggs in Baking?

Running a kitchen without eggs could seem like a monumental task, but it can be done. The best news is that it’s not as hard as we might imagine--it's a simple recipe!

This post is a quick look at how to bake some of our favorite foods with a nutritious egg replacement. If you need to avoid eggs, this may be a new option for your kitchen.

I was surprised to see how well this ground golden flax seed substitution for eggs works and I hope this information is as helpful to you as it was to me.

A quality egg substitute can be a handy recipe to have in your back pocket!
A quality egg substitute can be a handy recipe to have in your back pocket! | Source

☆ Why Bother to Substitute Milled Flax Seed for Egg in Recipes?


• Besides having less fat and and cholesterol in the them, recipes using milled flax seed to replace eggs contain important nutrition that many people need to add to their diets.

• There is a difference in dark flax seed and golden flax seed. As with any food, the darker the variety, the higher the nutrition values. In this case, the dark flax seed has such a strong taste and odor that I prefer the golden flax seed. It has more than adequate nutritional benefits so I’m going with what I like!

• Milled flax seed adds needed fiber to our diets!

• We sometimes run out of eggs!

• Flax seed is a low sodium and low cholesterol grain that is full of minerals and fiber and nutrition and other stuff and such. Check here for a nutritional rundown on the lowly flax seed's benefits.

• Flax seed oil rates right up there on the omega-3s and fatty acids list. Some views say that flax rates above other foods such as salmon, walnuts, and kidney beans. The very best way to get flax seed oil is by using the fresh ground flax seed in our daily diet.

Just kidding--I'm not advocating elimination of the egg, just promoting the benefits of golden flax seed!
Just kidding--I'm not advocating elimination of the egg, just promoting the benefits of golden flax seed! | Source

☆ Basic Guidelines for Using Ground Golden Flax Seed as an Egg Substitute

• The general rule is that 1 tablespoon of raw golden flax seed, ground, then mixed with a small amount of water replaces 1 egg in a baked recipe, double that for two eggs, and so forth.

• The small amount of water can vary depending on the recipe and baking conditions, just as with any baked goods recipe. Your altitude, your oven, your humidity, and any number of other conditions can effect baking so a little experimentation might be needed for your situation. Do a little research on how people in your area use flax as a substitute for eggs.

• I’ve read that brownies often do better with just 3 tablespoons of water, while muffins work better when the flax meal is mixed with up to 1/4 cup of water. Evidently, small adjustments can make a big difference. More experience will be shared in future hubs as I develop recipes.

Make the egg replacement this way:

After the flax seed is ground to a fine meal blend it into the small amount of water and set it aside for about 15 minutes to thicken. By the time you have assembled the other ingredients for your recipe and given your email a quick check the egg substitute will be ready to use. Don’t let the common name for the unpalatable gelatinous mixture (flax goop) deter you from using it!

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☆ Where to Find Recipes for Baked Goods that Replace Egg with Ground Flax Seed

Obviously, we’re talking the web here. There are many vegan sites that offer eggless recipes for baked goods, and food blogs are a great place to find similar recipes. Adding ground flax to baked goods is easy with the right recipes.

HubPages is where I hope to post some of the recipes I plan to develop. Sharing both my attempts (translate: failures) and my successes (translate: smiles) could be a lot of fun, but I’m also looking forward to feedback from readers, especially as they share their failures and successes.

Hopefully, in the comments section for this post we’ll hear from people who already have good experience with using golden flax seed to replace eggs in their own baked goods--maybe from some who have developed their own recipes.

I hope to link some of those recipe hubs to this hub so be sure and mention where I can find your hubs in the comments. I would ask you to post the link in the comments, but the rules of HubPages do not allow us to do use comments that way. Understandable in many cases, but I’m interested in your recipes so... :)

Read about Flax seed in Less Than One Minute:

☆ Don’t Forget to Use Flax Seed Regularly!

Keep in mind that flax seed is a multitalented grain with loads of benefits for our health. It is amazing to study the history of this ancient seed. Thinking through its different uses reveals why people from times past considered flax seed to be so valuable.

It is in our best interest to look at those uses and put the humble flax seed to work in our daily lives. To consider it passé is a huge mistake. Utilizing this tiny grain is as wise today as it was long ago.

Some people could easily stop buying many of the supplements they purchase if they would add ground flax seed to their daily diets. In a sealed container, the seed stores at room temperature in its own shell and making flax meal couldn’t be easier.

Do yourself a flavor and make this bountiful, nutty tasting grain a part of your daily food intake. Get experience with flax seed’s benefits and you’ll be recruiting others to join your crusade for enjoying good foods and better health!



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      RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

      Fiona Jean Mckay:

      Thanks for stopping in to check out this healthy egg substitute. Hope you get to experiment with using the recipe soon!

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      Fiona 16 months ago from South Africa

      Would never even have thought of it - I'll have to give it a try.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      rebeccamealey:

      Well, eating it raw means that you are getting the most from this little power-house, but it's certain that you can't go wrong by adding it to baked goods. The best thing is being able to benefit from ground flax seed in a variety of foods rather than in just a few. Thanks much for your feedback!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Kathryn Stratford:

      Thanks much for your input here! I hope you get to try using flax as an egg substitute soon. How well it worked was a surprise to me. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great news. I have been using flax seed regularly lately, but the only ways so far is by dumping a serving in yogurt or oatmeal. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a handy thing to know. I have been out of eggs before, and I love knowing what substitutions work.

      I have flax seed, and lately have been looking for more ways to include it into my diet.

      Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      LauraGT:

      Thanks much. Incorporating ground flax seed in our diets is important and this is an easy way to do it.

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Great hub. I will definitely give this a try!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      teaches12345:

      So glad you had success with substituting ground flax seed for eggs in your recipe. I made brownies using this method yesterday and we are having to force ourselves not to eat them all at once!

      Not only does using flax seed to replace eggs in baked goods cut down on cholesterol, reports indicate the ground flax seed can help lower cholesterol.

      So appreciate that you stopped by and added your your input.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I tried this and it works. I didn't notice any real difference and it helps cut down on cholesterol. Thanks for the post information and great ideas.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      L.L. Woodard:

      The applesauce for oil substitution is a great one. I'm working on a recipe using it--stay tuned! :)

      So glad you like this egg substitute that uses ground flax seed and I ppreciate your visit and input very much--thanks!

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I am frequently looking for ways to decrease fat and cholesterol in recipes, often substituting applesauce for oil. It's great to now have a suitable and healthy substitute for eggs with the ground flax.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      It was a happy surprise to me for the same reasons!

      I'm hoping to post my first flax-as-an-egg-substitute recipe mid-weekish. (Head's up for you--it turned out fabulous. Everyone loved it, making me feel like quite the accomplish baker.)

      So appreciate your visit and input--thank you!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I knew about the health benefits of incorporating flax into our diets but never knew that they could be substituted for eggs. Thanks! Very interesting! Up and useful votes.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Dolores Monet:

      Oh my--you were definitely thinking of becoming more industrious than I was. If you eve get the time to produce your own linen from homegrown flax I hope we will get to read about it in a series of hubs! Oh--and I want to be on your Christmas list that year! ;)

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      RT - well don't get me started. I had the idea of growing some flax, learning how they made the linen, then making some tiny pieces of linen from my own flax. Christmas presents! Ha, ha. If I only had the time.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Dolores Monet:

      The more I learn about using flaxseed the more I am amazed by this tiny wonder seed.

      Using a mortar and pestle was certainly a tried and true method, but a coffee grinder dedicated to the job is a real time saver. Grinding it as you use it is the best way to take advantage of flaxseeds health benefits.

      I didn't realize linen came from the flax flower. Now you've got me thinking about producing another flax hub!

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I like flax seeds and add them to my cereal. I think they add a nutty flavor. But I did not know they could be used as a replacement for eggs!

      Wondering if you can buy the seeds and grind them yourself, as needed, with a mortar and pestle. I like to buy the seeds because I also plant them! The flowers are light blue, used to make linen.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      SanneL:

      Adding flax to our diet is a smart move. I, too, was surprised by the news that ground flax seed could be used as an egg substitute, thus this hub. Glad you found it interesting. Thanks much for visiting this hub and commenting!

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      I add flax-seed into my diet and baking because of the great nutrition values. However, I had no idea flax-seeds could be used as an egg substitute. Amazing news. Very interesting!

      Thanks for this very healthy and fascinating hub.

      Rated up!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Chuck March:

      You are welcome--thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      If you are new to using flax seed for your health you might like to check out my other flax hub linked above this comments section.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Simone Smith:

      And healthy--thanks for stopping in!

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      Chuck March 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Good article with info on everything I need to start trying it. Thanks.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I've never heard of this substitution before. How fascinating!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      anglnwu:

      It's a great option for a wide variety of people who want to replace eggs with a substitute. Thanks very much for your visit and input!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I've heard flax seed is good for you and now another reason to use it--as an egg substitute. I think that's a really good substitute. Thanks for the wonderful health hub and rated up.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      DonnaCosmato:

      So glad this was of interest to you. Thanks for stopping by with your input! The news that ground flax seed could be used as an egg substitute was a surprise to me, as well, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with it in variety of baked goods...stay tuned! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Om Paramapoonya:

      Thank you for stopping in and letting me hear from you on using flax seed!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Snurre:

      Thanks much! I'm looking forward to taking more time to experiment with this egg replacement. Let us know if you come up with a special recipe!

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      I like adding ground flaxseed to my cereal and some baking recipes just for extra fiber, but have never used it as an egg substitute. I guess I'll have to give it a try sometime. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      What an interesting idea! I use ground flax seed to replace some of the flour in a recipe when I'm baking, but I was not aware I could use it as an egg substitute. Thanks...and voted up.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Victoria Lynn:

      Sorry about being so slow to answer comments on this hub. Thanks much for coming by and for letting me know you found the hub helpful. It would be great to hear how you use this egg replacement in recipes!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      techygran:

      I'll have to look for you to post your favorite recipe using flax seed and link it to one of mine. :) Thanks for visiting this hub and for leaving your comment!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      The Dirt Farmer:

      The taste of most oils by themselves is not very good, but there are many ways to get the benefits of flax seed, both raw and cooked. Glad this egg substitution will help you get better nutrition for your health.

      Thank you for coming by with your input!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Victoria Lynn:

      Hey, thanks for the funny vote on the photo! :) Yes, I think many agree with us, eggs are a fabulous food, but in moderation. Using this substitution in recipes is going to be a healthy choice!

      I do hope to develop and post some recipes using this egg replacement in baked goods, but I also hope to read some from other hubbers...maybe yours? :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Seeker7:

      Many thanks to you for stopping in with your input! You and I cast the same vote for eggs, so I was also glad to find this recipe for a substitution. Maybe we'll get to read about your first experience using this egg replacement!

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      Snurre 5 years ago

      Never thought flax seed can replace eggs in cooking. This hub is especially good for vegetarians who like baking. Voted up and interesting.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      MsDora:

      Lovely to have this confirming comment from a voice of experience! :) Thanks a million for stopping by to add your knowledge of using the replacement to this dialogue!

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Great informative hub! I prefer to use the golden flaxseed myself because, yes, it doesn't have that strong taste and the golden flax meal goes nicely in baking... can hardly tell its there! Voted you up!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Left a message earlier today but it didn't show up, so I thought I'd try from the feed page. Great hub. Didn't know flax seed could replace eggs in baked eggs. I love eggs but would be willing to replace them in that way. Great information in this hub.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      eye say:

      So glad you found this substitution interesting and helpful. Thanks much for letting me know!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      GoodLady :

      Wow, you really are getting the flax benefits into your diet. So glad to hear that you are taking care to have good nutrition. Too many cancer patients ignore this need, as well as too many every other kind of person. So glad you found this helpful. I appreciate your visit and your addition to this discussion!

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      Good information, RTalloni. I don't much care for the taste of flaxseed oil. Using the seeds in baked goods sounds like a great way to get the benefits while avoiding the taste. Thanks!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      vwriter:

      Hope you share some of your recipe experiments with us. Cooking can be such an adventure! Thanks very much for checking this hub out!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      vrajavala:

      Thanks much for sharing the other egg substitute. I can't use it because of an allergy to cow's milk, but many people may find it helpful. Appreciate that you stopped in!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I didn't know you could replace eggs with flax seed!! I love eggs but would be willing to replace them in baked recipes. This is great information. I even gave you a "funny" vote for the photo. That was cute. I'm going to bookmark this to remind myself. You're going to create more recipes with flax seed, I saw? I look forward to that!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Kris Heeter:

      Maybe you could let us know what recipes you use this egg substitution in..hint, hint. :) Appreciate your visit!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      sofs:

      Good for you! The kids won't recognize their flax in this substitution for baked goods. Hope you develop some recipes to share with us! Thanks much for coming by!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Great hub! I love eggs but obviously have to monitor just how many I eat over the week or month, so I'm always looking for substitutions especially in baking. I haven't heard of using the golden flax seeds and I'm really intrigued by using such a healthy subsitute.

      Many thanks for sharing + voted up!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      I recently started to substitute flax seed for eggs, and it works better than I thought possible. In my opinion, the flax dissolves like it isn't even there.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      wow - I had no idea, great info, a really useful hub, thanks.

      I'm keeping this one on file to reference again.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I grind 2 teaspoon flax seed in 2 tbs yogurt 2 teaspoon flaxseed oil, 2 tbs ground grain, half squeezed lemon and half a banana with some honey for breakfast. Very healthy! I had cancer so it is Important to take care of my diet and flaxseed is, as your informative hub points out, very nutritious. I'm bookmarking this thank you.

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      vwriter 5 years ago from US

      This is a very interesting substitute. I love to experiment. I'm going to try it on some of my recipes.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      This is very interesting. I use flax seeds regularly, try to disguise it in many ways so the kids don't complain.. Wow I need to try this..a substitute for egg...never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing such wonderful information!

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Very interesting substitution. I'll have to keep this one in mind the next time I'm baking!

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      vrajavala 5 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Another great replacement: purred tofu + yogurt+ milk. I made a great blueberry puns cake this week. Will get recipe.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Shelly McRae:

      Costco? Thanks! And thanks for stopping by!

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      Shelly McRae 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Milled flax seed is a staple in my house; I buy those big bags from Costco. Thanks for sharing, RTalloni.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      DzyMsLizzy:

      Well, the comments are for different perspectives, different needs, and, uh, different systems..., so not to worry. :) Appreciate your addition to the discussion because someone else may need to think that angle through before using flax seed as an egg substitute. Thanks!

      For many, though, this substitution will be good news. The anti-inflammatory properties of ground flax seed does the deal for me, but there are loads of reasons to incorporate it into our diets.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Actually, no--I saw the headline & commented from the Home Page....sorry--Have now watched video--as I suspect, it's promoted for a "specific problem" and my "problem" has always been the exact opposite. My system is hyper-senstive to fiber, ... and that's probably already "TMI." ;-)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      John Sarkis:

      All by itself, ground flax is about as appetizing as a spoon full of dry flour. Bleack. However, like flour, mix it with the right stuff and such, voila! Well, nearly. :)

      I wouldn't try to scramble up the flax mixed with water, but in a batch of cookies to replace the egg, definitely voila.

      You might like to check out my other flax hubs if you are interested in using flax seed. Thanks kindly for coming by with your input.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      DzyMsLizzy:

      I'm pretty sure a concentrated dose could work that way. Did you see the last video?

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      phdast7:

      Not me! 'Twas amazing news, and a handy bit of info if in a pinch I'm out of eggs since we keep flax as a shelf staple. Every time I think I'm done writing about flax some new bit of info on it surfaces!

      Thanks for stopping in--I thought we wouldn't hear from you until the new semester is over! :)

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I had no idea. My Mom eats flax seed on a regular basis and doesn't look appetizing to me. However, I think I can eat them in egg like form...

      Great hub - voted up

      John

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Ummmm.... isn't flax a laxative ingredient?????? Perhaps I am mistaken.....

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      LadyLyell:

      Thanks bunches for reading and for your input!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very interesting and useful. I had no idea that flax seed could be substituted for eggs. Who knew? :)

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      Read with great interest. Voted interesting!