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Flax Seed Flour / Meal

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flax-seed-flour2Flax seeds… touted for their amazing nutrients, are also known as the “holy binder” of raw foods.  So what makes them so magical when it comes to using them in recipes? For being such a tiny, itty bitty seed, it has an outer hull consisting of five layers.

The outermost layer, called the epiderm, contains the mucilaginous material that is activated in the presence of liquid.  Give it a stir and a little time to relax and bam  (!) you have a slimy material known as mucilage, or gel.

Flax seeds contain both the soluble and insoluble types and can be very bulk forming in the colon.   This process can be a real blessing for those who suffer constipation but it can also hinder movement when you don’t drink enough water with them.

To get the best bang for your buck in nutrition, grinding the seeds is the way to go.  You can even just blitz them in a spice grinder, cracking the seeds… making it possible to benefit from the core nutrition of the seed.  There is some benefit to just soaking the seeds in water and obtaining the mucilage.   That mucilage  is known to help to prevent toxic build-up in the bowel during fasting or a healing diet.  Only you can feel your body’s response to individual foods, so pay attention. :)

Taste wise, flax seeds don’t have an overpowering taste so it won’t alter the flavor of your foods, unless you use too much.  They can add a delightful nuttiness to just about any recipe.  Some of you may be sensitive to the taste or don’t care for it.  If this is you, chia seeds can often be used as a substitution or just be cautious in the volume you use in a recipe.  For a standard, family-sized recipe, you don’t want to add more than about 3 Tbsp of flax flour to it if you are sensitive to the taste.

Ingredients: yields 1 1/3 cup flax flour / meal


  1. Place the flax seeds in a dry blender grain container, Bullet, coffee or spice grinder.
  2. Grind until it resembles a flakey flour.
  3. Use right away.  Store left overs in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

flax-seeds1Whole flax:

Ground flax:


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