Fab Frugal Friday: Flaxseed Meal

I love it when this happens: Here’s a tip that is not only frugal, but has health benefits as well.

Did you know that when making simple baked goods, you can easily substitute flaxseed meal for eggs? Well, now you do! It’s an easy way to make many recipes vegan, if that’s what you’re going for, or simply to add both fiber and precious omega-3 fatty acids to your diet . . . AND the cost comparison is really impressive.

Bobs Red Mill Flaxseed Meal

Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed Meal

A one pound bag at my local supermarket currently rings up for $4.19, while a dozen eggs (not even the good free-range ones, either) goes for $2.20. The substitution is one tablespoon for every egg  in a given recipe. Let’s go ahead and double the eggs, so the price is almost exactly the same. In that one pound bag, there are 64 tablespoons of flaxmeal  – compare that with 24 eggs for the same price. Amazing, eh?

So here’s how to do it – it’s very easy, but you don’t want to just dump it into the recipe dry. For every egg, as I mentioned, you’ll use one tablespoon of flaxmeal. Combine that with 3 tablespoons of warm water, stir it with a fork, and let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens and becomes slighty tacky. Then add the the recipe just as you would your egg! This will work, as I said, with any simple baked goods, like cakes, breads, muffins, quickbreads, cookies and so forth – obviously this is not going to work in a meringue or in any delicate pastry situation.

Give it a try! I’m a big fan of Bob’s Red Mill; their whole product line is terrific, including an impressive array of gluten-free goods, but any flaxseeds will do.

— posted by Anne

Comments

  1. Go ahead and Click says

    I like that flax seed is a plant based source of Omega 3s, that combined with natural anti-inflammatories are superb for the cardiovascular system.

  2. says

    I had purchase two bags of flaxseed over a week ago, because my mother said it was healthy. I was gonna put it in home made granola to see how it goes. But to use it to replace eggs, I had no idea. Eggs are expensive. You bet I’m gonna try this. Thanks!

  3. Angie says

    Who knew? And to think I once scoffed at your culinary habits. Ashley eats all my eggs before I can use them for anything else – this will allow me to thwart her.

  4. says

    I did not know that! Thank you for teaching me something new…I found your blog through the Hive and am looking forward to reading your posts!

  5. says

    Oh, most definitely! I eat it on my yogurt every morning. Or when I have oatmeal every once in a while, I mix it in there, too; and when I used to eat cereal regularly, I did the same. Those are actually perfect uses for it!

    Thanks for pointing that out! I was focusing on how it could save you money in place of eggs (and lasts much longer, too) but I should have mentioned how many other uses it has, too.

  6. karlee says

    can you also put flaxseed meal in anything else you’d like? sprinkle it on cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, etc? or would that be gross.

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