A super N U T R I E N T dense, gluten free, grain free, paleo friendly bread 🙂
This loaf is right up your alley if you’re looking to ramp up your daily nutrition intake. Just one slice of this high fibre, protein packed, omega rich, gut loving goodness and you’re well on your way to feeling you’re best. Because let’s be honest, we all want to feel GOOOOODDD right??
Simo Says – Hells to the y-e-a-h baby!!!
The hero of this pimped out bread is totes the golden flax seeds. These gems are truly nougats of golden wisdom, providing many health benefits. Some stunning facts about the flax are:
1. High in Fibre: Flax seeds contain high amounts of a gel-forming fibre called Mucilage, which supports colon detoxification, fat loss and reduces sugar cravings (bring on the high fibre flush).
2. Healthy Skin and Hair: The plant based omega-3-fatty acids (ALA) in flax seeds give your skin and hair that sun-kissed glow. They provide essential fats and B Vitamins that reduce dryness, flakiness and inflammation, whilst improving and soothing symptoms such as acne and eczema.
Simo Says – For a super-glow skin moisturiser, mix 1 tablespoon of flax oil with a few drops of carrot seed essential oil (to enhance a gorgeous looking tan). Rub all over your beautiful body (avoiding face) and go get your glow on !!
You could also experiment with other healing essential oils such as frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, rose, geranium or lavender. All amazing options to add to your fab flax base.
3. High in Antioxidants: Lignans found in flax are unique polyphenols that provide us with antioxidant benefits for anti-aging, cancer fighting and cellular health. Their anti-viral and antibacterial properties also increase immunity (goodbye colds and flu), plus the polyphenols support the growth of probiotics in the gut, helping to eliminate yeast and candida in the body.
4. Hormone Health: These same lignans have also been shown to assist menopause, fertility and help with maintaining cycle regularity (this is SO what I need right now, more flax please ha ha)
Go flax crazy and boost your hormones by adding 1 – 2 tablespoons of flax meal to smoothie’s, and / or use flax oil as a delicious salad dressing (note: heat will destroy it’s superpowers so cold food only y’all).
5. Lowers Cholesterol: Regular intake of flax can decrease the amount of LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase the HDL (good cholesterol). Research also suggests that a diet high in fibre (flax tick), omega-3 fatty acids (flax tick) and antioxidants (flax tick) play a huge role in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes, through a healthy blood lipid profile (triple tick, the flax wins again).
Soooooo now that we all love and adore the humble flax seed, let’s suss out this recipe…..
Carrot & Flax Savoury Loaf
Gluten Free // Grain Free // Refined Sugar Free // Paleo // Nutrient Dense
*makes one beautiful size loaf to last a week
*always use organic ingredients where possible (to nourish ourselves and protect Mama Nature )
1/2 cup golden flax meal
1/4 cup golden (whole) flax seeds + 1 tablespoon for topping
2 cups almond meal (or L.S.A meal)
1/2 cup arrowroot (sifted). or tapioca starch
1 large carrot, grated
6 organic, pasture raised eggs
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, stems removed (or 1 teaspoon dried) + extra for topping
A handful of freshly chopped chives (I used garlic chives from my garden)
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons bi carb soda (or baking soda), sifted
60ml olive oil (or macadamia oil)
1/3 cup boiling water
Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
2. Soak flax seeds in 1/4 cup boiling water for 10 minutes.
3. Sift arrowroot and bicarb soda into a bowl. Add golden flax meal and almond meal. Use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients to help break up lumps and distribute ingredients evenly.
4. Add eggs, grated carrot, soaked flax seeds, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Whisk until there are no lumps. Stir through freshly chopped rosemary, chives, sea salt and black pepper.
*Don’t be tempted to add any liquid – the mix is meant to be thick!!
5. Pour mix into a baking tin lined with non-stick baking paper. (I used a small loaf tin) or alternatively you could use a silicon bread mould lightly oiled with olive oil. Sprinkle a few extra flax seeds and fresh / dried rosemary on top for that WOW factor.
6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the bread is firm to touch, golden on top and bounces back when lightly pressed. Remove bread from the oven and turn out onto a cooling rack.
7. Enjoy this ridiculously nutrient dense, high fibre loaf for breakfast, lunch and tea 🙂
*Because this loaf is so nutrient dense, one (or two slices max) is plenty.
*My favourite toppings are ghee, avocado and sauerkraut ( for the featured image I used Gutsy’s Carrot, Ginger & Turmeric Kraut) YUM! But honestly plain ghee or butter (if tolerated) with salt is all you need.
*You could also turn this mix into savoury muffins for a quick and healthy snack option
*Can be served fresh or toasted. I prefer to bake a fresh loaf on a Sunday, slice and store in the freezer for the week ahead (organisation is key for a happy, healthy life)
*A special note from Simoooooo….this mix will stick to a normal baking tray that has just been oiled…you really do need to use non stick baking paper or a lightly oiled silicon mould 🙂
Still to this day, my ultimate go-to daily bread is without doubt World Famous Almond Chia Seed Bread. An absolute life-saver in our household and I truly believe it is probably the most baked loaf across the globe – woo!! If you haven’t already baked it, you MUST get amongst it.
And from here, you can experiment with adding in the endless nature foods like the golden flax, herbs, spices, olives, tomato, fetta, veggies – so much fun and flavour combining to be had.