A couple of weeks ago I quit eating sugar and pastry flour, i.e. “white” flour which does not come from the whole grain. The reason is the due date of my second son in June and I am convinced that the abstinence of the above mentioned aliments is not just healthy for myself, but above all, for my child. I have practiced this already before the birth of my first son and I really felt better and healthier with the additional effect, that my son has not become too heavy and the birth was quite quick and uncomplicated.
At the same time I started looking for healthy recipes with whole grain and for ways to satisfy my appetite for sweets (which is in fact becoming less and less) without using plain sugar and just a minimum of fructose. I am surprised and enthusiastic about the variety of alternatives to sweeten my food without using sugar, of great ideas, recipes and healthy blogs which offer a lot of inspiration and motivation. The recipe I would like to present to you today, comes from the blog www.1akitchen.com. I found this blog as a reference from another blog, one of my favourites (besides ours, of course;-)) which is called www.carrotsforclaire.com. This blog has already impacted my whole way of eating and cooking and you can even say, it is a new part of my current life! Thanks to Veronika, who initialized the blog, I introduced unripe spelt grain, coconut oil, chia seeds, “milk” from grain and nuts and a lot more to my repertoire. I love this kind of cooking and What is even better: My husband and my son like it too and I found a way to make my child eat healthy food (or at least a little healthier than before) without forcing him to ingest things he refuses. (Everyone of you with small kids, knows that it is impossible anyway, to convince children to eat something they don’t like..!)
One of my main successes is the healthy breakfast mush (thank you Veronika, again!), consisting of vegetables like celery, carrots, cucumber but also sweet fruits and rolled oats, which my son loves!
I would love to go on about numerous, delicious and extremely healthy dishes, but be patient and have a look into our blog from time to time where you won’t only find the fine dishes my sisters are creating regularly but you will also read about all my healthy stuff;-) !
For the beginning, this is a fantastic recipe of a flour-free bread with a lot of seeds and nuts. A real booster of nutrients! The nuts offer a lot of omega-6 fatty acids as the chia seeds as well, who belong to the so-called “super foods” with their high amount of healthy nutrients and also the important omega-3 fatty acids. Coconut oil is a healthy oil which can even be heated.
- For one cake tin you need:
- 150 g of sunflower seeds
- 100 g of hazelnuts or almonds, slightly roasted in advance
- 70 gm of grinded linseed
- 150 g of rolled oats, buckwheat flakes or spelt flakes (or a mixture)
- 3 level tbsp of psyllium husks
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds (if you like=
- 1-1,5 tsp of fine salt (I prefer 1,5, but try yourself.)
- 1 tbsp of maple syrup or honey (I would recommend maple syrup as the healthy ingredients of honey disappear when heating it over 40 degree celsius)
- 3 tbsp carefully melted coconut oil
- Roast the nuts and sunflower seeds slightly in a pan and let them cool down
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a cake tin lined with baking paper.
- Melt the coconut oil very carefully and mix it with 350 ml of warm water
- Put the liquid over the mixed ingredients and stir carefully, but thoroughly with a spattle or wooden spoon.
- Now the mass has to settle for at least 2 hours or over night (it has to swell and become stable and firm)
- Preheat the oven to 175°C and put in the bread for 20 minutes. After that time, remove it from the cake tin and bake it for further 40-50 minutes until it sounds hollow when knocking on it.
- Let it cool down completely before cutting it and enjoy with some butter or whatever you like!
The psyllium husks are essential for the recipe as they replace the flour and make the bread stable. Please note that they have a great swelling power and you should drink enough when eating more than one slice of the bread.
Concerning the other ingredients you can vary it according to your preferences, e.g. with dried fruits or other kinds of nuts. The recommendation to put the slices into a toaster before eating them is really a good one!