Flaxseed for Beginners: 7 Most Common Ways to Use Flax

There are endless ways to use milled flaxseed. Whether flaxseed is brand new to you or you’re a seasoned pro, don’t let this workhorse ingredient go underutilized!

Here are seven of the most common ways to use flaxseed. For more inspiration, take a look at our recipes page and Pinterest page.


Perhaps the simplest of them all, add two tablespoons to your favorite smoothie. Manitoba Milling Smooth Whole Milled Flaxseed offers a nutritional boost without the gritty texture thanks to our unique smooth milling process!


Add up to half a cup of flaxseed to your favorite baked good recipes. Add it to pancakes, muffins, breads, and more! These Gingerbread Flax Protein Pancakes are a seasonal favorite.


Flaxseed makes a great topping to your morning oats, and can help thicken overnight oats if you prefer a make-ahead breakfast option. This is a great way to boost the fiber content which will help keep you energized all morning long.

Energy Bites

Energy bites are the perfect portable snack and most recipes are five ingredients or less. Check out our Peanut Butter Flaxseed Energy Bites (includes a video!) for a quick tutorial and then make these as part of your weekend meal prep. 

Burgers & Veggie Burgers

Did you know that milled flaxseed acts as a binder when mixed with wet ingredients? Use it in your favorite burger patty to hold the mixture together. If you need inspiration, these Hawaiian Veggie Burgers are a great place to start. 

Egg Substitute

Flax eggs are useful for a variety of reasons. They work great in vegan baking and are also super convenient since flax is shelf stable.

Combine one tablespoon milled flaxseed with three tablespoons of water to make one ‘flax egg’. Use it as a binding agent in baking, burgers, or breaded recipes. Try these Strawberry Rhubarb Flax Muffins to give it a try.

Sauces, Dips and Spreads

Have a favorite sauce or dip? Flax is a fantastic natural thickener. Try mixing with natural nut and seed butters to cut down on the need to stir, or make this Dijon Flax Salad Dressing. It also works well in pestos, hummus or even tomato sauce!

Are you new to flax or have you been using it for awhile? What is your favorite way to use our Smooth Whole Milled Flaxseed?

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