This week’s spotlight ingredient is ground flaxseed (also known as linseed). You can purchase it in its un-ground version but also pre-ground – which is perfect for the lazy amongst us or those who don’t have any suitable equipment to grind it up (me!) A coffee grinder can do this apparently. I came across ground flaxseed as a listed ingredient in a few baking and pancake recipes, so decided to take the plunge and experiment with a packet. It’s amazing stuff and has so many healthy qualities it’s untrue. High protein, full of good omega fats, high fibre, etc! I use it to make pancakes, wraps, to bulk out my mini quiches. A good spoonful of it is wondrous in a smoothie. It’s also excellent in baking combined with other paleo flours (e.g. ground almonds, coconut flour etc). I’ve never even heard of this 6 months ago and now I stick it in everything!
It’s very easy to get hold of and you can even buy it in some larger supermarkets (such as Sainsbury’s and Waitrose) as well as health food shops such as Holland and Barrett, Whole Foods, Planet Organic etc.
I have used both products above. The Linwood’s version is ground slightly finer that the Virginia Harvest version, other than that there are the same. Has a lovely nutty taste.
Some quick recipes
- MIM (muffin in a minute)
Put 2 tablepsoons of flax in a large mug with an egg. Whisk together. Cook in microwave for between 30 seconds and 1 minute. Et voila un muffin. It should easily pop out of mug – slice and spread with nut butter. You can add other ingredients to the mix too (such as cinnamon, black pepper, herbs etc).
Take 1 egg white (or the whole egg) and whisk with 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed and 2 tablespoons of water. Add herbs/black pepper. Cook on a steaming hot oiled frying pan, flipping half way. Cool. Fill with a ‘sandwich’ filling, wrap and consume. Just like a Tortilla wrap!
- Pre/post workout breakfast smoothie
Around 250mls of Kara coconut milk, blended with some frozen banana, blueberries, scoop of protein powder (currently using True Whey Vanilla or Sun Warrior) + 1 Tablespoon of ground flaxseeds.
There are some flax-bread foccacia recipes out there and I’ll be trying one of them soon too – watch this space….