Budwig Cream no saturated fat

Budwig cream -saturated fat free high in omega-3 with fruit

Healthier alternative to whipped cream

It looks like cream, tastes like just about like cream (actually I prefer it to cream now) and there’s no saturated fat but lots of omega-3.

Zesty, Seedy Breakfast/Dessert Bowl with Lime – vegan and paleo

There are some lovely unwaxed limes in shops now and I love lime, especially added to fresh ginger and  other fruits such as orange or papaya.  I don’t use milk and don’t like the alternative “milks” when I read about how they are made, so a simpler breakfast of fruit and seeds seems a better idea.  As I am not a fan of oats for every every day it is also cereal-free, no oats even, so gluten-free and with plenty of ground linseed it’s a good breakfast for a healthy digestion.   The cold-pressed Flax Farm Linseed Oil adds richness and lots of healthy omega-3.  This breakfast tastes fresh and fabulous. Of course you can adapt it to the fruits, seeds and nuts you have to hand.

Simple, sticky, 2 ingredient molasses flax bars

Treacle flax bars

Molasses: tasty, healthy and natural sweetening

I love molasses almost as much as chocolate in baking. It is a healthy sweetener with almost half the sugar of other sugars but loads of healthful minerals and masses of glorious flavour.   There are just two ingredients so these bars are very easy to make.  I enjoy these healthy bars for breakfast, not too sweet and a great start to the day,. They are also delcious with a cup of coffee or packed in lunchboxes or rucksacks for walking and cycling.

Every day I love these bars more and more until they are finished. They are intensely flavoursome and relatively low in sugar,, which is made even healhtier by the high fibre of the linseed which slows down the rate you digest sugars thereby protecting you from sugar spikes and the droopiness that follows foods made with refined sugars and starches.

Healthy ground linseed bars

With almost 14g of ground linseed in each bar it means a whopping 5.5g omega-3 and 6g fibre but only 12 g sugar and no wheat and gluten-free. Which makes these really healthy bars and a great way to eat your daily linseed.

Traditional buckwheat and flax drop-scones, gluten-free, vegan, saturated fat-free

I often cook without eggs so that it is a fat-free and healthier option. I use chickpea flour with buckwheat flakes (or flour) and ground flax as a more nutritious alternative to wheat flour, eggs and all that stuff. I use a coarse ground chickpea flour called maghaj but gram flour works just as well.

I use coarse gound chickpea flour and buckwheat flakes because they are lower GI than finer flours and make breads and baking more chewy, substantial and satisfying.

“Cheesy” buckwheat & flax drop-scones (gluten-free, vegan, no added fat)

Cheesy bread drop scones

When I don’t have any eggs to hand I am pleased to revert to a fat-free healthier option and use chickpea flour as an alternative. I use a coarse ground chickpea flour called maghaj but gram flour works just as well.

I love nutritional yeast, it’s very tasty and low calorie. It is fat-free, full of vitamins, high in fibre. has lots of protein and it has a lovely cheesy flavour. It also has a long shelf life so you can always have some in the cupboard as a standby for recipes like this, Nutritional yeast and real Parmesan or grated cheddar work equally well.

 

Malt loaf, gooey, squidgy and gluten-free

Gluten-free flax and buckwheat maltloaf

Luscious gooey malt loaf

One of the things I miss most being wheat-free, cereal-free and gluten-free is the gorgeous Soreen malt loaf; but now I have made my own and it’s just right.  I love the flavour combination of slightly, burnt raisins and malt. All squidgy and gooey served with a good spread of best butter; it’s worth the calories.   Just the thing with a cup of tea in the afternoon, elevenses or whenever you need some malty sustenance. So scrummy after all these years without malt loaf.

Loaf or traybake

If you don’t have a loaf-tin no matter, just use a baking tray.  I find the traybake an excellent option as it doesn’t cry out for butter like the loaf. 😉

Gluten-free maltloaf
Gluten-free malt loaf

Superior sports energy

Malt is an amazing and technically superior sports food because unlike other sugars which break down into glucose and fructose, which is what gets stored as fat, malt breaks down only into glucose which is used for energy, Ideal during endurance sport – or hard work in the garden – when fuel reserves are low. Add to that omega-3 from the ground flaxseed and vitamin b from the buckwheat it’s a lot of superfood in a cake.  I take it out as an energy top up on long walks or runs.

Turmeric, cauliflower & linseed bread

Cauliflower turmeric linseed bread slices
Cauliflower ingredient for gluten-free bread
Cauliflower ingredient for gluten-free bread

This is very easy to make.

Lots of wonderful nutritious stuff going on in a delicious savoury bread.  Full of all the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, polyphenol power of linseed, turmeric & cauliflower and no gluten of starch in sight!  You can make sandwiches with it or just have it in the fridge for something tasty and  healthy to take the edge off your appetite when come home ravenous. It’s savoury and nice on it’s own, add it to your lunch-box, it’s a great way to increase your vegetable and dietary fibre intake.

All ingredients are super low GI and starch free so suitable for weight loss and diabetic diets. Linseed also gives you a helping of omega-3 for good measure.

Turmeric has a great reputation for being anti-inflammatory, it needs both black pepper and oil to get the best from it.  This recipe provides both, the ground linseed proves the necessary oil.

Baba Ganoush Aubergine Meze Dip

Aubergines for baba ganoush recipe.

Traditional dip

Baba ganoush is a delicious traditional Middle Eastern aubergine dish made with  olive oil. I have made the recipe with with linseed oil, olive oil and a mixture of the two and I have to say I think I prefer the cold-pressed linseed oil and mixed oil versions.  Baba ganoush is a dip, a side dish for salads or cooked meals, a sauce for pasta or spread generously on pitta bread, toast or rice crackers – it goes particularly well with buckwheat crackers and flax crackers, see recipe or ladled onto flax bread muffins, see recipe.

Healthier version

Made with fresh veggies, herbs and spices this is a healthy dish to start. Making the recipe with Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil is a great way to up the omega-3 content of the meal and make it even healthier.

Baba ganoush with linseed flax oil
Baba ganoush with linseed flax oil

Three tips for great Baba Ganoush

Well made baba ganoush is sublime. The one you will enjoy best comes about through trial until you get the balance of flavours you enjoy. You can’t be too precise with ingredients as the aubergines are never quite the same size or flavour. Feel free to vary the addition of spices, herbs and tahini to taste or what you have available .

The three top tips to making baba ganoush well are:

  1. Really blacken the skin of the aubergine. Whether you cook it over the gas, on the barbecue or under the grill cook it past the point where you think it must be done!
  2. Squeeze/drain water out thoroughly
  3. Add a generous amount of chopped fresh herbs, either mint, parsley or both.

Dairy-Free Flax Oil Butter 1, Simple spread

Cold pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil makes a great alternative to butter for bread or crackers.

Dairy-free & Vegan; spread as butter

We love using our cold-pressed linseed oil – including high lignan – as delicious easy butter alternative. If you need a dairy-free, vegan butter try Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil.  It’s great on crackers, bread, toast and even wheat-free breads.  It’s lovely as a dipping oil too, really good with spelt and traditionally made artisan breads or cooked veg and potatoes.

Small children especially seem to love dipping bread into the mild-buttery flavour of Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil as an alternative to butter.

Healthy Butter Alternative

Using our linseed oil as a healthy butter alternative means no saturated fat, no cholesterol, no animal fats and no milk protein.

Fewer calories per slice too!

Another advantage is you tend to use less oil because it is liquid, a few drops and far fewer calories go a long way. Helps keep you slim.

Omega-3 too

Probably the main reason you have a bottle of Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil for omega-3.  Use it as a spread instead of butter on your bread and you will be making a good addition to your daily omega-3 intake. It’s lovely with marmalade or savoury foods.

Dairy-Free Flax Oil Butter 2.

Healthy dairy free butter spreads from the fridge

Dairy-free and Vegan Butter

This looks almost just like ordinary butter and spreads from the fridge; this version is best for savoury use. It’s really easy to make.  Great on bread, crackers toast or veg. Good in any baking but don’t grill or fry with it.

Healthy Butter Alternative

This is a really healthy alternative to butter, no hydrogenated fats, no cholesterol, no animal fats and no milk protein, no additives, no anti-biotic residues and GMO-free.

Omega-3 too

As a bonus it has Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil which is an great source of essential omega-3 fatty acid.