It’s grain free and even vegan (if need be) to boot and is one of our family’s favorites. It’s a very forgiving recipe that you won’t even need my gluten-free baking tips for :).
And if you haven’t heard about how healthy flax is, then read on.
This focaccia bread is well, just great.
We’ve been eating flax seeds for years, but mainly in shakes and as a substitute for eggs in baking, but this bread is a great way to get the health benefits of flax into your family.
The Benefits of Flaxseed:
- high in omega-3 essential fatty acids
- high in fiber
- high in antioxidants
Sounds like a good idea to get you and your family to eat more of this wonderfood, right? Well here’s how!
I’ve shared this Focaccia Flax Bread with a number of folks, and everyone has asked for the recipe. It has a nice deep flavor and pleasing texture. And it’s a great bread alternative for those on gluten free diets. Gluten free folks need to take great care not to load up on refined starches for those do damage to their already compromised digestive systems. Alternatives like this are pleasing both to the palate and also healthy for your body.
If you’re not that familiar with flax seeds, there are two varieties–light and dark. The bread in the photo above was made with dark seeds. The light ones will (of course :-)) produce a lighter-colored bread, but from what I understand, there is no difference in nutritional value and we haven’t found there to be a taste difference either.
The light (golden) flax seeds are more expensive, so save your money (unless, of course, you really need the lighter variety for some reason) and buy the dark variety.
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Grain-Free Focaccia Flax Bread – Vegan Option
2 cups flax seed meal
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (I recommend Real Salt.)
1-2 Tbsps healthy sweetener (optional: Sucanat or coconut sugar would be good options. I use xylitol or 1 scoop stevia extract for a candida-friendly option.
5 beaten eggs (or equivalent alternative like Ener-G Egg Replacer.* See my Homemade Powdered Egg Replacer.)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (other healthy fats may be substituted)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease pans (coconut oil works great!). * See below for pan selection information.
2. Mix dry ingredients well — a whisk works well.
3. Add wets to dries and combine well. If using eggs, make sure there aren’t obvious strings of egg in the batter.
4. Let batter set for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken up some (leave it too long and it gets past the point where it’s easy to spread.)
5. Spoon batter into pan and spread out.
6. Bake for about 20 minutes, until it springs back when you touch the top and/or is visibly browned.
7. Cool and cut into whatever size slices you want.
- 4 cups of flax seeds yield about 6 – 6 1/2 cups flax meal. If you have extra after grinding, just store it in the fridge or freezer for adding to smoothies, etc.
- Eggs – If you are not a fan of eggs, using all 5 might be a bit much for you. You can try using 3-4 and substituting an egg alternative for the remaining eggs. Try Ener-G Egg Replacer for a good option. I’ll be sharing one you can make yourself soon!
Pan sizes and conversion info:
One recipe will fit well in a 10x 15 pan. To use 2 9×13 pans, make 1 1/2 recipes.
3 recipes covers 2 large circular baking stones.
If you really want to bake in bulk, make 4 1/2 recipes for 2 large size pizza stones and 2 9×13 pans (this is what I always do since we eat it up so quickly!)
Here are the measurements for 4 1/2 batches:
9 cups flax meal
4 1/2 T baking powder
4 1/2 t salt
4 1/2 T sweetener (using the lower measurement)
22 eggs, or equivalent
2 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups coconut oil
The baking stones really make clean up easy and there is no greasing necessary. No need to grease and clean up is a snap!
Notes on stevia:
Stevia is super sweet so you only need a tad. I bought these (the links are affiliate links) scoops and use the 2nd smallest as “1 scoop”, or 1/32 of a tsp.
Yes, it’s THAT sweet!
Hope you love it as much as we do.
Serving Ideas: Top / Serve This Great Gluten Free Bread with:
- Homemade Nut or Seed Butter (and jam if you like)
- Savory Hummus
- Homemade Egg-Free Mayo with cheese, veggies, shredded carrots, etc. Makes a great sandwich!
- Fried Egg and Cheese
- Nothing! Just eat it plain! I can barely keep my son out of it so this is how it mainly gets eaten in our home.
How about you? What would you serve this bread with?
Source: Web Md