I have been playing around with ingredients for breads recently. The main goal was trying to re-create the tastiness and nourishment of a loaf without flour.
That is not only suitable for breakfast, but can side soups, be a delicious addition to mezze of cheese plates as well as freezer friendly. Well after a bit of tinkering with seeds I have come up with a perfect solution.
A seedy bread that you will want to make again and again. Made from all natural and whole ingredients, can be made paleo, vegan and gluten free friendly.
There are a few ingredients which you might not have to hand in the cupboard, so stock up as they are reasonable. You can make this loaf for under $5. It will take just under 3 hours which included sitting and baking time. So probably best to try this bad seedy boy on the weekend.
Why is it good for you:
Sesame seeds are natures richest source of calcium. If you are paleo, vegan or a strict vegetarian. These little seeds should be incorporated into your diet. They will help keep your bones strong and structured as well as protecting against hypertension. They are also a good source of magnesium which has many roles in the body, some include; building of protein, normal muscle contractions, strong teeth and the immune system.
Pumpkin (pepitas) and sunflower seeds are high in magnesium, potassium and vitamin E which are essential for health nerve function, circulatory system, your skin and boosts you with energy.
Buckwheat carries a really fabulous nutty flavour, it is gluten free and has a low GI (great for people with diabetes), it is high in fibre (great for you digestion) and also a good source of potassium and magnesium to help nourish the nervous system. Buckwheat is also known to help with the cardiovascular system (the buckwheat seed also look like little hearts) by helping blood vessels harden.
Flaxseeds are awesome too (although don’t consume too many), they are high in omega 3 (if you are veggie or vegan get incorporating these into your diet), helping lower cholesterol, maintains brain health and helps increase the process of making serotonin (happy drug!). They also contain lignans (chemical compound found in plants) which contain phytoestrogens this has been known to help regulate our natural oestrogen production which can aid with maintaining a steady weight.
Psyllium Husks are a good source of fibre making it great for digestion. Be sure to drink lots of water when you are incorporating them into your diet.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fibre, protein and antioxidants. They are a rich plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids (which is a good anti-inflammatory and good for immunity) known to help with joint pain, aids with weight loss (making you feel more full), known to help improve energy levels and is good to have whilst exercising. Finally research has been carried out that it helps with diabetes and heart disease.
Enjoy this little number. I loved it smothered with tahini, topped with fresh sliced tomatoes and mint.