I’ve been looking for a healthy, filling bread to eat with soup or a fruit salad and today I stumbled upon just the thing in this post from mynewroots.org. I was a teensy bit worried because I once made the seed bread from The Happy Pear and it was so dreadful I had to bin it!
This one turned out brilliantly! I made a few adjustments in terms of ingredients and prep, so I give you my revised version here!
Super Healthy Seed-Nut Bread
- 2 TBS chia seeds
- 3 TBS psyllium husk powder
- 3 TBS almond milk
- 1 TBS date syrup
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 ½ cups boiling water
Let sit for a minute or two until the mixture becomes gelatinous. Next, add:
- 1 cup sunflower seeds (or other seeds)
- ½ cup flax seeds
- ½ cup almonds (or other nuts)
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats (or flaked quinoa)
Mix VERY well, and pour into a loaf pan. Let sit for an hour or so. It should feel super solid by the time you put it in the oven–almost like it’s already been baked!
Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30 – 40 minutes until it achieves an internal temperature of 207.
Wait until it cools to slice it.
I tried my first slice with roasted garlic spread on top–yummy!!
I tried my second slice with roasted-garlic hummus and kalamata olives–SUPER yummy!!
This bread is quite dense and with the oats, nuts, and seeds, will keep you full for a long time. Two slices will cost you seven WW points–a bit high, I know.
However, a couple of slices with a zero-point fruit salad for breakfast OR a couple of slices topped with roasted garlic or zero-point hummus for lunch with a bowl of zero-point lentil soup and you’ll be full for hours.
Oh, and speaking of roasted garlic, I roasted a huge batch of bulbs yesterday and am keeping them in a big jar in the fridge. I used two full bulbs in a batch of hummus yesterday and it was DELICIOUS!!
All you do is cut the tips off a bunch of garlic bulbs and place them face down for about 40 minutes at 375.
And the song of the day is “Precious Time” by Van Morrison. The song seems particularly appropriate to me because I visited my mum in her new assisted-living facility in Vancouver this week. As we sat and watched Cabaret on my laptop and sang along with Sally Bowles, I realized that there are so many small things my mum will never do again.
I’m not talking about big things like traveling to Singapore or smaller things like swimming in the ocean.
I’m thinking of the tiny daily things that gave her pleasure…things like having a luxurious bath in the morning or a vodka tonic when the sun was over the yardarm (what my parents always jokingly called their early evening cocktail hour).
One afternoon, we were sitting cozily in her lovely new room, listening to music, drinking cups of tea, and I asked my mum if there was anything else she wanted.
“What I’d really like,” she said, “is a DRINK.”
Anyway, I give you “Precious Time”: