Small bowl of chia seeds and water for an vegan egg substitute

How to Make a Chia Egg

An easy 1-ingredient chia egg! The perfect egg substitute in vegan recipes like pancakes, waffles, quick breads, cakes, and more!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 (chia egg)
Category: Egg Substitute
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? No



  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 this Chocolate Chia Pudding and PB&J Chia Pudding!


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

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 1 chia eggs)