How to cook with flaxseeds - 5 simple recipes

In one of my last blog posts I wrote about the nutritional values and health benefits of flaxseeds. A lot of you asked me about my favourite recipes using flaxseeds. Of course, you can just sprinkle them over your oatmeal, yogurt with some fruits or in your morning smoothie. Or you could try something different and new.

You can buy flaxseeds whole or ground (or grind it by yourself).

Let me share my favourite flaxseed meals with you. Let's get right into it!

1. The best self made vegan seed bread

I really love this one and I'm making it not often enough. It's one of the things I really miss during my prep - the smell of a fresh, warm loaf of bread. Mouthwatering.

This bread is high in protein, unbelievable high in fiber and it's vegan. You know I love recipes that are quick and simple, and so is this.

Ingredients for 1 loaf
  • 135g sunflower seeds
  • 100g whole flax seeds
  • 50g almonds
  • 150g rolled oats (steel cut if possible)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp psyllium husk powder (you can buy this for example at Bulk Powders)
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil or ghee, melted
  • 350ml water

Mix together all dry ingredients in a loaf tin or something similar, if you don't have one (it has to be heat resistant).

In another smaller bowl whisk together the honey, oil or ghee and the water. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients in the tin and mix again until the dough is thick. Add a little bit more water if you feel like the dough is not smooth enough.

Let it sit for at least 2 hours. Better would be over night.

Preheat the oven to 175C/350F and bake for 20 minutes. Afterwards, remove the load from the tin, place it upside down directly on the oven rack and bake for another 30-40 minutes.

In an airtight container it will last for up to five days. If you want to freeze it, slice it before doing so.

2. 2 Minutes flaxseed muffins

These super fast gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo friendly muffins saved some hectic mornings. Yes, you read right. They only take 2 minutes!

Plus, you will most likely have all ingredients at home.

For one muffin you need:
  • 40g grounded flax seeds
  • 1 whole egg (or 1 egg white and extra water)
  • 2 tbsp soy milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt

Optional: You can add these ingredients if you want more sweeter muffins.

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • a few drops vanilla extract
  • small handful of blueberries

Mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until it's all smooth.
Transfer the batter to any suitable container. I often use just a mug, because it's quicker, but you can also use a microwave-safe bowl or muffin mould.

Put in the microwave on full power for 2 minutes. If you don't want to use the microwave place it in the oven for about 10 minutes at 180C/340F. After that, the muffin should be well risen and firm to touch.

Now, enjoy the muffin as it is or slice to use it as a sandwich or toast.

3. Flaxseed pizza base

This is my version of a healthier pizza base. It's really quick, simple and tasty. You should give it a try, especially if you are not a huge fan of the cauliflower pizza base versions, like I am.

Ingredients for one base:
  • 350g ground flax seeds
  • 100g rolled oats
  • 4 whole eggs (or 4 egg whites and a little extra water)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • small pinch salt

Mix all the ingredients together until it's a soft-ish dough. If you think it's too stiff, add a little bit more water and if it's too soft add more grounded flaxseeds or oats.

Place the dough on a large baking sheet on the oven tray. Spread out until it's no more than 1 cm thick. Finally, bake the pizza base for 10 minutes at 200C/390F until it's firm, but not hard.

Now top your pizza as you like and enjoy my version of a gluten-free pizza base.

4. Flaxseeds'N'Chocolatey cereal bars

These snack bars are perfect as an afternoon munch, with their chewy, crunchy deliciousness. We really love the flavour of dried cherries, but any chopped dried fruit will work in this recipe.

Ingredients for approx. 16 servings
  • 200g unsweetened puffed wheat cereal
  • 65g halved pecans
  • 50g salted pumpkin seeds (salted peanuts will work too)
  • 40g dried cherries, chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 150g honey
  • 90g finely chopped 85% cocoa chocolate

Preheat the oven to 150C/300F. Line a large baking tray with baking paper, but let it overhang on two opposite sides.

Mix together the cereal, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cherries, sesame seeds and ground flaxseeds in a bowl.

Next, combine honey and a tiny sprinkle of salt in a saucepan and warm it over medium heat. Stir until the honey is more fluid and the salt dissolved.

Pour the honey in the bowl with the mixture and stir until everything is mixed well and sticky. Let it cool down for 5 minutes. Now fold in the chopped chocolate and mix again until it's all evenly mixed.

Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking tray and spread evenly. Finally, just bake it about 35 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Let it cool down completely.

Use the ends of the baking paper to lift the bars from the tray and peel the paper off. Use a knife to cut it into approximately 16 bars. Enjoy your home made snack bars.

5. Flax-balls

You never go wrong by having some of these always with you. They are the perfect 'pick-me-up' snack between the meals, when you're lacking energy.

  • 100g oats
  • 125g peanut butter
  • 75g ground flaxseeds
  • 2 hand full of raising
  • 25g whey protein powder (vanilla is awesome!)
  • 100g honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • optional: grated coconut

Mix all the ingredients together. Towards the end it's much easier to mix it with your hands. Place the mixture in the fridge for about half an hour. Now just roll into balls and enjoy them.

Which one of those is your favourite recipe? Or do you have other recipes for me?

Please share them with me in the comment section below!

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