Flax seed flour, also called ground flax seed, offers some benefits over whole flax seed. Whole flax passes through your system undigested, causing your body to miss out on the health benefits. Flax is full of fiber, which aids in relieving constipation, and the omega-3 fatty acids in flax reduce cholesterol and provide protection against heart disease. Replace some of the flour or all of the fat or eggs called for in the recipe with ground flax seed when baking.
Replace 1/2 to 1 cup of the flour called for in the recipe with ground flax seed. Substitute each egg with 1 tbsp. of flax and 3 tbsp. of water mixed together, or replace 3 tbsp. of ground flax seed for every 1 tbsp. of margarine, butter or oil called for in the recipe. When mixing the flax with water, let it sit for about two minutes.
Mix all the wet ingredients called for in the recipe together in one bowl.
Mix all the dry ingredients called for in the recipe in a separate bowl.
Follow the preparation and baking directions for the recipe, but watch the food carefully as it bakes since flax seed can cause food to brown quicker.
Things You Will Need
2 medium mixing bowls
Substituting flax for eggs or fat in recipes may make the food chewier and flatter.
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