Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sunflower and Flax Seed Bread

I have a new best friend, yes I do!!

It's name is Excalibur. It's a dehydrator and I am sooo totally in love with the thing! I am incredibly lucky that a charming nice lady (Hi Kathie :0)) thought it would be a good idea to give it to me since she had no use for it. Well, I think it was a fabulous idea!!

I have used it already a whole bunch. Actually, it's constantly running. Right now, I am dehydrating some bananas, pears, mangoes and a mango roll. Yesterday, I did this fabulous bread that you see in the picture (above) as well as a pie crust with dates and coconut flakes. Before that, I did some beautiful crackers with almond flour and I also made some beef jerky for James. What I love about the dehydrator is that you can make bread, pizza dough, pie crust, tortillas, crackers etc. with veggies, nuts and grains and because it dehydrates at very low temperature all the nutrients and vitamins remain intact.
It just makes me feel so good to know that when I eat a piece of bread, no only it's delicious but it fills my blood stream with all sorts of antioxidants and vitamins that will boost my immune system and take me to a maximum level of health. Yeah baby!! ;0)

The recipe for this bread comes from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen. She says in her book that if you don't have a dehydrator, as a last resort, (and if you really, really want to try this recipe), you could use your oven. Turn it on to the lowest setting, and let it begin to get warm. The bread should dehydrate at no more than 105 degrees, which is just warm to the touch. Once warm, turn it off. Place your bread in the oven until the oven cools off. Keep turning the heat back on and off when it gets warm. Keep repeating until food is dry.

I realize that it might not be a practical recipe for most of you but my goal is to introduce you to different methods of preparing super healthy foods.

You can only lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink ;)
1 cup of ground flax seeds
1/3 cup whole flax seeds
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp yellow onion, chopped
1 tbsp of fresh rosemary (my addition), chopped
1 1/3 cups water
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup black sesame seeds

Mix ground and whole flax seeds, salt, garlic, onion, and water. Add sunflower and sesame seeds and mix well. Use the back of a spoon to spread batter evenly on one dehydrator tray (or baking sheet if using the oven). Dry at 104 degree F for 4 hours. Flip and score bread into nine slices to make it easy to break in straight lines. Dehydrate another hour before serving.

1 comment:

food dehydrator said...

I always enjoy making fruit leather.