Flaxseed is one of the best plant based sources of omega-3 fatty acids and almost all carbohydrates in flaxseed are fiber.
To get the nutritional goodness from flaxseed they need to be properly chewed or even better eaten in ground form. Our body cannot break down the seed and if you swallow the whole seeds it will come out in the same form as it came in.
That’s why it’s good to have ground flaxseed at hand. You can easily do that on your own in the blender. Just add a cup of flaxseed and blend until you reach flour like consistency. You might have to shake the blender few times to make sure all seeds get blended.
Just add a cup of flaxseed and blend until you reach flour like consistency. You might have to shake the blender few times to make sure all seeds get blended properly.
If you prefer to buy ready ground flaxseed please have a look below at our shopping recommendations.
Flaxseed absorb water and when mixed with a liquid create a gel-like substance which can bind ingredients. This binding property makes ground flaxseed useful when substitution for an egg is needed. You can make chia egg by mixing 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water. Leave the mixture for 15 minutes and then it’s ready to use.
Ground flaxseed are great in cookies, cakes, porridge, flatbread, pancakes, waffles, bread and smoothies.
Ground flaxseed will keep in a closed container in a dry and cool place for few months. In the ground form the oil in flaxseed are exposed to oxidation which makes them prone to spoilage. I store ground flaxseed in my cupboard and never had a case of spoiled ground flaxseed. But to prevent that from happening and prolong the shelf life It’s an idea to store ground flaxseed in the fridge.
Golden linseed is another variety of flaxseed. Nutritionally they are almost the same. So use whichever you prefer or is easier to buy.