Gluten Free Seeded Quinoa and Chia Bread
From Saskia Gregson-Williams, Naturally Sassy
makes 1 loaf
‘Quinoa when cooked properly is delicious and seriously good for you, hence its superfood status. Quinoa is a gluten-free grain, containing all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein and a fantastic way to boost your protein intake. Chia seeds are a great source of skin-loving omega-3 as well as fibre and bone building calcium. Chia seeds in this recipe act as the binder, they really make the thickness of the loaf and add to the bountiful amounts of goodness a slice of this bread delivers.’
- 2 cups quinoa
- 3/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup mixed pumpkin, sunflower & linseeds
- 3 tbsp lemon Juice
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp agave syrup
- 60 ml extra virgin olive oil
Step 1: The night before you plan on baking the bread you need to soak the quinoa & chia seeds. Measure out the quinoa and chia seeds and place in two separate bowls. Cover the chia seeds with 1 cup of water, and the quinoa with enough water to cover well. Place both in fridge overnight.
Step 2: Preheat the oven to 160 degrees-Celsius. In a blender, add all ingredients other than the mixed seeds. Blend until the mixture is smooth, but you can still see lots of whole quinoa. (It is very important not to over blend as you will get a very sticky bread!). Then add the mixed seeds. Pour the mixture into a bread tin lined with parchment paper. Bake for 70 minutes.
Tip: This bread is best either toasted, or sliced and baked in the oven. The ways of eating this bread are endless – favourite topping combinations include: almond butter, frozen banana slices and chopped medjool dates; almond butter with crushed raspberries and bee pollen; crushed raspberries, coconut yoghurt and chia seeds; hummus, avocado, pomegranate seeds and lemon juice; avocado, minced red onion, chopped tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and lemon juice
About the author...
As a ballet dancer Saskia Gregson-Williams knows the importance of eating a healthy plant-based diet. Visit her blog naturallysassy.co.uk for vegan, gluten & sugar free recipes or check out her E-book In the Hip & Healthy Kitchen. You’ll also find her on Instgram @NaturallySassy_