Natural and Thrifty in 365: #94 Substitute Flax for Oils and Eggs

Brown Sugar Oat Muffins (With Flaxseed)

Here’s a great way to save some money and get some added Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Next time you’re baking up something delicious, try substituting ground flax seed for your oil or your eggs (don’t do both).

  • 1 egg = 1 TB ground flax mixed with 3 TB of cold water. Let the mixture of flax rest for ten minutes, and then add it into your recipe at the time you would add your egg.
  • 1 TB oil or butter = 3 TB ground flax

Tip: Don’t use flax as a substitute for baked goods that rely heavily on eggs or butter for their structure, or have a high fat or sugar ratio. For example, you wouldn’t want to do this with brownies. You could of course add flax for added nutrients, but don’t use it as a substitute for eggs or oils.

Places to buy flaxseed:

Photo courtesy of jamieanne.

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10 Comments:
  1. I saw these substitution recommendations on my package of ground flax and was a bit skeptical. I do want to try it, I’m just hesitant to risk a whole batch of some tasty baked good to do it!

  2. I just did this a couple days ago with the ricotta (& other cheeses) for my lasagna! I got the idea from the package of Bob’s Red Mill gluten free pizza dough. WAlso, when I was doing the Fat Flush Plan, part of that included adding flax seed to cranberry water – keeps you satiated as well adding the omega 3′s!

  3. I just did this a couple days ago with the ricotta (& other cheeses) for my lasagna! I got the idea from the package of Bob’s Red Mill gluten free pizza dough. WAlso, when I was doing the Fat Flush Plan, part of that included adding flax seed to cranberry water – keeps you satiated as well adding the omega 3′s!

  4. Crystal, I didn’t mean to post with the link to my last blog post. Can you remove that (and this one?) so sorry!!

  5. Great tip!! I have been doing this for years to sub eggs for my daughter’s egg allergy. Egg substitutions work well for up to two eggs.

  6. I do this often when baking! It’s cheaper to buy the flax seed and grind it yourself. I grind small amounts at a time and store in the fridge. I like to add a tablespoon to my oatmeal!

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