Oh Boy I Miss Bread!
When you go gluten free, there are many favorite food items that are suddenly off the menu, amongst them bread and crackers. See my recipe for Gluten Free Almond Seed Crackers here.
If you’re normally a big sandwich eater, this can mean a major adjustment to your eating habits. After all, sandwiches make such a quick lunch, or snack, it’s just too easy to grab a couple of slices of bread, a roll or baguette and fill it with goodies you already have in the fridge.
Depending on the type of bread and the fillings you choose, a sandwich can be pretty healthy too. It’s quick, easy, requires minimal preparation and within a few minutes you have a meal or snack ready to eat. There’s something so comforting about a slab of bread.
Find An Alternative……………….
Nowadays there are quite a few commercial gluten free bread mixes available. However, I find many of them are pretty high in carbs and can be quite tasteless and dense in texture. A lot of them also contain yeast which I am sensitive to, and I try to avoid it wherever possible.
The recipe below is for a focaccia style bread which uses golden flax meal as the main ingredient. Low in carbs, it’s quick to make and turns out perfectly every time using gluten free baking powder as the raising agent.
With a light and open texture, the size of each focaccia slice makes it perfect for an open-faced sandwich. Personally I love it toasted, slathered with organic pastured butter and sprinkled with crunchy sea salt. Along with some eggs, this makes a perfect quick and healthy breakfast.
I use a generous quantity of fresh chopped oregano and rosemary in the recipe which definitely lifts the nutty flavor of the flax seed and gives it an extra depth of flavor. This recipe uses golden flax seeds as I prefer the flavor, but normal brown flax seeds can be used too.
Sometimes I spread the focaccia with sugar free apricot jam and strangely it goes really well with the more savory, herby flavor of the bread.
Why Use Flax Seeds?
Flax seeds are known as a super food. A great source of plant based omega 3 fatty acids called alpha – linolenic acid, antioxidants and fiber. They are low in carbs whilst being a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Gluten containing grains can be hard on the digestive system due to being difficult to digest. However, flax seeds are easy to metabolize and have an anti inflammatory effect.
Some great reasons to include flax seeds in your diet include:
- Gluten free.
- Antioxidant rich.
- Absorb liquid in your gut, making you feel fuller longer.
- Helps decrease menopausal symptoms like hot flushes.
- Beneficial to hair and skin health.
- Easily digested.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, please feel free to leave a comment.