Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap: Frugal Flax Solutions

Ever since switching to a gluten-free diet, I have found countless recipes calling for Xanthan Gum.  (This helps keep baked goods from crumbling, in place of gluten.)  However, I was stunned by the price of a bag of xanthan gum at my local grocery stores (around $11 for a package!).

I knew there had to be a more frugal solution (without eating sandy-textured foods!), and quickly began my search.
I stumbled across this delicious waffle recipe, which contained the answer: ground flax seeds!  Packages of ground flax seed also suggest using flax seeds as an egg substitute, as well, with the ratio of 1 Tbl. flax + 3 Tbl. water per egg, in baking recipes.  
**UPDATE**: I am now using chia seeds instead of flax seeds. See this post for a recent explanation. 
I have successfully used a few teaspoons of ground flax seeds in all of my baked goods, without any problem.  I simply add the flax into a measuring cup of the recipe’s liquid ingredients, in order for them to begin soaking, while I mix together the dry ingredients.  By the time I pour everything together, the flax seeds have begun to “gel.”  Perfect! 
An added bonus is the nutritional benefits of flax seeds.  They are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids!  
I purchase the local Bob’s Red Mill brand of flax seeds, which they have guaranteed to be gluten-free. I’ve also discovered that a local grocery store (Win-Co), offers their ground flax seeds in bulk! Most grocery stores offer flax seeds in their baking or cereal sections. 
(And, if you’re so inclined, I have heard that this flax seed gel also works as a natural hair gel substitute.  Let me know if you try it!)  
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2 comments to Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap: Frugal Flax Solutions

  • […] 1/4 Cup Organic Sugar (or Honey; reduce liquid slightly) 2 tsp. Baking Powder 1 tsp. Xanthan Gum (or ground flaxseed or chia seeds; soak seeds in liquid ingredients) 1 tsp. Sea […]

  • Savannah

    I have been using flax seed gel as my hair gel for the last week, and it works wonderfully.
    I put in a saucepan 1/2 cup water, bring it to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of whole flax seeds, turn it down to a low simmer, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring semi-frequently. Then I strain the mix with cheesecloth into a container that I keep in the fridge. It is still quite hot, so wait until it cools to really squeeze the rest of the gel out. Let it cool, and keep it in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
    It has a hold strong enough to keep my curls from losing their bounce until evening. Add a few drops of essential oil for smell; it has no significant scent of its own.

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