We are now in what some call “baking season” most vegans or health conscious people are looking to substitute the old fashion egg in their recipes with best of friends in the seed family chia & flax seed. These two seeds seem to be inseparable in conversation, kind of like Batman & Robin, Salt & Pepper, Dean & Jerry, Dumb & Dumber, Sanford & Son or Jay Z & Beyonce…As a pair chia & flax are as popular as it gets in the kitchen, but for an egg replacement, they seem to work better on their own.
Incorporating chia and flax in your cooking is not just limited to baking though. There are a variety of different ways to use these seeds. Check into adding or substituting in some of your favorite recipes or smoothies.
Not the most sophisticated mixture, but who doesn’t like simple.
Replacing one traditional egg, with one Chia or Flax Egg
- 1 tablespoon of ground seed
- 3 tablespoons of water
Stir well, and allow the mixture to set for about 5-8 minutes, any longer won’t negatively effect the mix.
There are nutritional benefits as well
Chia seeds, which have a neutral flavor and a bit of a crunch, are native to Mexico and were a staple food of Mayan and Aztec cultures, who thought of them as an energy booster.
One of the health benefits of chia seeds is its power punch of fiber, at 8 grams of fiber in just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Most of the fiber is soluble, which helps decrease cholesterol, control blood sugars and regulate digestion. Chia seeds have healthy Omega-3 fatty acids that may decrease cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health. Chia seeds are also a good source of calcium and magnesium.
Flax seeds, which have a nutty flavor, were cultivated in ancient Egypt and China.
They are one of the best sources of an antioxidant called lignans, which may protect against cancer. Similar to chia seeds, flaxseeds also contains beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also a good source of phosphorus and magnesium.
Flaxseed can be purchased whole or ground, however, the seeds need to be eaten ground to absorb all their nutrients.
Because they are so similar, chia or flax “eggs” are interchangeably in recipes.
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