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Trying to maintain a low-carb, gluten-free, or "clean" diet can be difficult to maintain. Since bread is a common staple in many cultures, finding an palatable alternative is no easy task.
However, we have found a replacement...and my kids LOVE it! In fact, it has become their favorite snack and meal accompaniment. Not only is this bread incredibly healthy...but it is so easy to make!
Flax Meal Bread Recipe
2 Cups flaxseed meal
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
1-2 tablespoon equivalent of sugar replacement (coconut sugar, Stevia, or xlitol)
5 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup grapeseed or coconut oil
If you would prefer your bread to have a little more flavor, I highly recommend the following additions :
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper (this will allow for easy removal from the pan).
Mix dry ingredients (including the cinnamon and nutmeg if you choose to use them) until combined. Add all other ingredients, mixing until incorporated and let batter thicken for 2-3 minutes.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let the loaf cool before slicing.
This bread is incredibly versatile, it can be used for sandwich bread or you can top your slices with your choice of nut butters or cream cheese and fruit.
So, you may be wondering "why is flax meal so important?". Well, according to Victoria Maizes, MD and various health care professionals, flax contains 3 health benefits :
"First, flax is a great source of fiber. Most Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular. Because of all the fiber, be sure to start slow (say, with a half-teaspoon) and build up. Otherwise, you may experience bloating.
Second, flax is a plant source of omega-3. Once again, most Americans are short on their omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids ("essential" meaning they must be consumed because our bodies don’t make them) play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Flax contains the shorter chain omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Thus, it is not a replacement for fish or fish oil supplements that contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (ecosapentaenoic acid.)
Third, flax contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.
As if this wasn’t enough, flax has been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons. And flax can normalize the menstrual cycle by supporting the second phase (the luteal phase)." - 3 Benefits from Flax, Feb. 2, 2011
I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!
Be sure to check out my other recipes for other healthy meal