Having recently switched from being a vegetarian to a vegan, I have realized how many of my recipes were egg based.
I have never been a big egg-eater but have always found them useful in preparing other recipes, especially for baking gluten-free cakes, bread, and pizza. Eggs are useful for baking with gluten free flour. Lacking gluten (from Latin, “glue”, is a protein that gives bread its airy and fluffy texture and dough its stickiness), gluten free flours are more difficult to handle.
Technically speaking, eggs should be a nutritious food, full of noble proteins and low in calories, but unfortunately eggs are no longer eggs. When you eat eggs you ingest hormones and antibiotics. The definition of “organic eggs” is controversial. (I will tackle this subject in a future blog).
Hoping to get rid of the annoying hormonal skin breakouts I was having, I cut eggs from my diet (which had wonderful results on my skin) and realized that renouncing my cauliflower pizza, quinoa and buckwheat balls, Brazilian bread, chocolate and orange cake, and more would have been too tough.
While researching alternatives to eggs, I found an amazing option, which works great when baking, and which also has important nutritious qualities:
1 table spoon of flaxseeds meal + 3 spoons of water = 1 egg
True! I substituted eggs with organic flaxseeds according to the formula above and it worked in all of my recipes. The results were amazing. The vegan mix creates a crunchier texture than eggs and flaxseeds contain a wealth of nutrients.
Flax has been used since ancient times. Hippocrates prescribed it to patients with intestinal problems. King Charlemagne was so convinced of its benefits that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume flaxseeds. Today nutritional data confirm the wisdom of the ancients: 2 tablespoons offer more than 2000 mg of omega-3s plus fibers and proteins.
I recommend you choose an organic brand because in order to maintain the integrity of the wholesome nutrients in flaxseed oil the seeds must be milled with great care.
So to enjoy the vegan version of every Firefly Chi recipe found on this website, replace each egg with 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal and 3 tablespoons of water. Let the mix sit for 5 minutes and then add to the recipe.
Francesca Serraino Fiory is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Holistic Health Practitioner. Contact her at https://fireflychi.com/contact-me/