What’s a chia egg?

If you’re looking to get into vegan baking, you should know what a chia egg is and how to use it!

It’s simple – just 1 Tbsp chia seeds + 2.5 Tbsp water = a chia egg. But then what? So many uses!

You can use a chia egg (or flax egg) as an egg substitute in many dishes, like quick breads, waffles, cookies, and more!


Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins

Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Egg Substitute
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
Serves: 1 chia egg


  • 1 Tbsp (13 g) chia seeds
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp (37 ml) water


  1. Add chia seeds to a small dish and top with water. Stir and let rest for 5 minute to thicken. It should be gel-like and thick.
  2. It’s not an exact 1:1 substitution in every recipe because it doesn’t bind and stiffen during baking quite like an egg does. But, similar to a flax egg, it works well in pancakes, quick breads, muffins, cookies, and many other baked recipes. Chia seeds also make a delicious chia pudding, like Chocolate Chia Pudding and PB&J Chia Pudding!


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 chia egg.
*This is not my original recipe, but one I discovered on many vegan baking blogs and have since adapted for my own use.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 chia egg Calories: 65 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: .5 g Carbohydrates: 5 g Sugar: 0 g Sodium: 0 g Fiber: 4 g Protein: 3 g