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Dec 3, 2011 11:33 AM

Substitute Flax Seed with Ground Flax Seed (in Pumpkin Granola recipe)??

After acquiring all the materials to finally make Pumpkin Spice Granola, I realized the two bags of flax seed I have in the fridge are fine-milled ground flax seed (whereas the recipe calls for whole flax seeds). I need 1 cup of flax seeds (to be combined with 4 cups rolled oats among many other ingredients).. Is it possible to substitute the flax seeds with ground flax seeds? if so, what would be an appropriate conversion rate? Or would using ground flax seeds throw the moisture-texture-whatever ratio off completely?

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  1. Not sure, it would prob throw off the texture a bit... I would add some more moisture or binder, myself. I bet GHG would know.... (hint hint) :)

    1. It might be simpler to omit the flax. In my limited experience, flax seeds are pretty inert, looking and tasting the same after cooking as before.

      1. I tried to google various recipes for granolas with flax seeds for further clues. Only one reply to a recipe elsewhere on the web had a comment where the individual substituted ground flax for the original recipe's whole. And the person made no comments on any changes in measurements or changes in the result! (From that omission can we assume 1:1?) Although I am OK with my whole flax in my Uncle Sam breakfast cereal, I have known for a long time that the "whole" form just goes straight through the intestine and thus robs the body of several health benefits of using flaxseed. Ground flaxseed is the holy grail and if I was making the recipe, I would go with the ground and enjoy the result. Someone on one of the recipes mentioned the "nuttiness" quality of whole flaxseeds. I would sacrifice a little of the "nutty" texture if that was actually an issue, and enjoy increased health benefits: Omega 3s in their prime. If you have never made this recipe before, you will not know the difference re: how it is "supposed to be." One of the responders to your question suggested to omit the flaxseed altogether. Obviously, that would not be my recommendation. The stuff is just too healthy!

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        1. re: Florida Hound

          Ground flax seed might be healthier, but would it work in a granola? It hardly looks appetizing when people sprinkle it on everything, trying to counter some constipating medication.

          1. re: paulj

            You're right, "it hardly looks appetizing..." But let's try it (not speaking for MsJunsu or anything). Since MsJunsu says there are many ingredients anyway, while the texture between whole and ground flaxseed is obviously different, I don't think the "appetizing" or "unappeitizing" will change all that much.

        2. Ground seeds are a completely different texture from whole seeds. Either replace with more of the other ingredients, or sub with sesame or sunflower seeds. Or... add more dried fruit?

          1. FWIW, I put ground flax in every batch of granola I make--maybe 1/4c. for a big double batch that uses ~8c. of oats. I actually think whole flax seed seems like a bad idea--I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that they don't get digested when eaten whole.
            I find that the ground flax actually helps with binding everything together and getting the granola to stay clumpy. You may need to add a couple extra tablespoons of liquid, but it's not like granola is the kind of thing that is going to be ruined if you don't follow the recipe exactly. Worst case, if it ends up too wet you just have to bake it a bit longer.

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            1. re: splatgirl

              Well the thing is.. I tried putting some (ground) flax seed in my drink (milk + ground nuts..? It's a korean ground mixture but not sure what it translates into..) and maybe it's because I got a little spoon-happy with the flax seeds with not enough liquid/milk, but my drink ended up with a mucusy, slimy consistency! It was like the ground flax absorbed the liquid and made it mucusy.. And so I'm sort of worried what the flax seeds might do when combined with the wet ingredients..

              Also, you say you use 1/4 cup ground flax seed for every 8 cup oats? That's rather a small amount o_o I was thinking about using maybe 1/2 cup ground flax for the 4 cup of oats the recipe calls for... but I'm completely new to this flax seeds business and am not sure what I'm doing -__-

              1. re: MsJunsu

                Flax is a good source of fiber, and that fiber is soluble, i.e. mucusy. It's supposed to combine with liquid in your gut and create that slime. :)

                1. re: paulj

                  Ooohhh that makes sense.. though it would be nice to have it get mucusy in my intestines and not in my mouth.

                  (I have powdered fiber (fiber one?) that you dissolve in liquids and it doesnt change the consistency of the liquid so I was rather alarmed when the ground flax did lol)