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NOTE: Can’t eat seeds? Try using gelatin for egg replacement. It’s easy! Click here to learn how to use grass-fed gelatin for egg replacement.

I have been egg free off and on for about a year now, as I work through various food allergies and try to determine what I am truly sensitive to and what I’m not. I seem to be having some slight reactions to eggs — nothing serious, but enough to make me think I need to keep them out of my diet a little longer before I re-test them again. Oh the joys of the health journey, eh?

Using Chia or Flax For Egg Replacements

Eliminating eggs is rough when it comes to some recipes. Thankfully, there are some well-known and trusted egg replacements that don’t come in a weird carton at the grocery store (yeah, please don’t buy that stuff). Chia and flax are the most common replacements for using these “eggs” in baking.

The general rule for using chia seeds or flax seeds as an egg substitute is:

1 tablespoon ground chia or ground flax to 3 tablespoons water = one egg

I personally prefer the chia over the flax. I think the chia egg gets more gelatinous than the flax does, but both work equally as well.

A couple important notes:

  • If possible, grind your seeds right before use. I avoid buying them already ground, as the oils in the ground seeds go rancid very quickly. Fresh ground is best. If I do grind extra, I make sure I store it in an air-tight container in the freezer.
  • Using chia or flax eggs will generally work in recipes that call for 1-2 eggs. Maybe 3. More than that and you’ll start running into issues. These “eggs” don’t add the fluffiness and texture that you get from real eggs, so therefore, recipes using more than 2-3 eggs may not turn out well with the egg replacement.
  • Use golden flax seeds or white chia seeds for lighter baked goods if you want to avoid any darker specs showing up in your finished product. The dark seeds look like little poppy seeds in lighter baked items. It doesn’t bother me, but just thought I’d throw that out there. 🙂
  • Don’t have chia or flax? Some people use psyllium husks and find that to work well, though I have not personally tried it.

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NOTE: Can’t eat seeds? Try using gelatin for egg replacement. It’s easy! Click here to learn how to use grass-fed gelatin for egg replacement.

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