Flaxseed Meal Can Be Used to Replace Oil or Egg

How to use Flaxseed Meal as a substitute for oil or eggs

You can use flaxseed meal to replace either oil or eggs in a recipe. Whether you are cooking for someone who needs to avoid these items or you just ran out of one of them and don’t with to run to the store, use the tips below to substitute flaxseed meal for oil and eggs in recipes.

Flaxseed Meal as an Alternative for Oil

You can use flaxseed meal to replace up to 1/4 cup of oil in recipes. You use it in a 3 to 1 ratio. If your recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of oil, you use 3 tablespoons of flaxseed meal. If your recipe calls for 1/4 cup of oil you use 3/4 cup flax meal. If your recipe calls for more than 1/4 cup of oil, you can replace part of it with flaxseed meal and make up the difference with unsweetened applesauce if you don’t want to use oil.

Flaxseed Meal as an Alternative to Egg
You can also use flaxseed meal to replace an egg. Use 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal and 3 tablespoons water. You can replace up to two eggs in a recipe in this manner, but do not use flaxseed meal as an egg replacement if you are already using it as an oil replacement.

Flaxseed has many health benefits. I enjoy using flaxseed in recipes and I add some to my morning bowl of oatmeal.

Recipes Using Flaxseed:

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars


Oatmeal Scotchies and other cookies.

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  1. Becky says

    I love using flax seed in baked things. I have also found that adding about 1/4 cup to breads, cakes, biscuits made with whole wheat instead of white flour maked them a bit more moist.

  2. The Book Lady Online says

    I did not know it could be an egg replacement. What a wonderful tip. I'll make a point of keeping it in the pantry for when we run out of eggs before we go to the grocery. Thanks!!

  3. Steady Plodder... says

    Thanks for the tips! I knew it could be used to replace eggs, but didn't know it could replace oil. I'm making muffins today and want to use it to replace either the oil or eggs. I wonder which it's a better/tastier replacement for…eggs or oil? Do you know?

  4. Sheila says

    Thanks for the tip. I have never used flaxseed but you post sure makes me want to. I will be looking for some on my next shopping trip.

  5. Alea says

    Becky-That is a great tip! do you reference it in a post, so I can add a link to that information in my post?

    Steady Plodder- I prefer to use it to replace the oil (or at least some of it) when baking. I only use it as an egg substitute if I have run out of eggs.

  6. Steady Plodder... says

    update…Made blueberry muffins today and used your tip! I substituted 1/3 oil with 1c ground flax meal. Kept the 3 eggs it called for. Delicious! It changed the color of the muffin, but made it look like it was whole wheat flour instead of white flour!

  7. Alea says

    Steady Plodder- I am glad that you liked it. It does turn the batter a darker color, I forgot to mention that.

  8. says

    I don’t use flax seeds often but I do use them as an egg replacer in gluten free Christmas Cake and puddings as well as scones. I also add bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar to help the baked goods rise.

    Great article!

  9. says

    Thanks for sharing this information. I never knew that you could use flaxseed as an alternative to eggs and oil. It certainly will come in handy

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