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.

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.

 

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.

Raw Blackcurrant Ice-Cream with Linseed (dairy-free, sugar-free and no saturated fat)

Sugar-free, saturated-fat-free, dairy-free blackcurrant & banana ice-cream recipe.

Healthy Ice Cream Recipe

This recipe came about after going out for summer walk over the South Downs with a friend who decided to.restore herself with a blackcurrant ice cream; knowing her ice cream was laden with dairy, saturated fat and sugar didn’t make it any less tempting.  So as soon as I got home I made this recipe which is sugar-free, saturated-fat-free, dairy-free and low GI and much lower in calories. Since then I have been working on perfecting and find it makes and excellent breakfast during warm weather as well as satisfying dessert.

Having learnt how to make this sort of ice cream, healthy and delicious, brimming with all the goodness of fresh fruit and Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil and ground linseed (omega-3, soluble and insoluble fibre, antioxidants,lignans)  I am never going to buy conventional ice creams and sorbets ever again. Check out our recipes for other varieties to keep your healthy with these super treats that are somewhere between conventional ice creams, sorbet and semifreddo desserts.

Quick and Easy to Make Homemade Ice Cream

This healthy ice home made cream recipe has the added benefit of being incredibly quick and easy to make – useful when you need an emergency dessert!

For dinner parties dress it up with sweetened fruit coulis and toasted flaked almonds, your guests will love it.

 

Pineapple, Banana and Passionfruit Ice with Linseed (dairy-free, sugar-free and no-added saturated fat)

Healthy Sorbet Style Ice Cream Recipe

I think this is my favourite ice cream or sorbet of all time.  I first made it getting back after a ParkRun on a hot July morning; just the ticket!

Another benefit is it’s super quick and easy to make.  It’s really refreshing but much healthier than a sorbet and more satisfying. I love making my own ices this way, I can’t think I will ever want to buy them from shops again and these healthy ice creams and sorbets go down well even with those who are still adverse to eating healthily.

Breakfast Linseed Smoothie

Linseed smoothie with oil, fruit and veg

 

Linseed smoothie with fruit and veg
Linseed smoothie with fruit and veg

Nutrient dense

The breakfast smoothie should be made and consumed the same day. Use a food processor to make the smoothie. A food processor is used instead of a juicer so that whole goodness of the fruits and vegetables are eaten.

Fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants

This breakfast with veggies and fruits of lots of colours plus linseed makes for a very nutritious, satisfying meal.  Linseed in the smoothie adds protein, tummy-friendly fibre that helps keep the digestion working just the way it should and keeping you fuller for longer.  Linseed is rich in lignans, other powerful antioxidants and mineral – including zinc and magnesium.

Omega-3

Linseed oil with the addition of ground linseed provides lots of omega-3 which makes this smoothie an excellent source of omega-3.

Flax Farm Leafy Linseed Salad

Vegetable and salad ingredients growing in allotment.

Anti-inflammatory Ingedients

This salad contains lots of alkalising and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It is based on salad leaves with fruit, veggies and seeds all deliciously blended with plenty of herbs and spices and Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil.

Adaptable

You can make this salad your own; at Flax Farm we tend to just throw in the ingredients we have to hand. The important ingredients in this salad really are the linseed oil and leafy veg; the rest of recipe can be adapted to the ingredients you actually have in your fridge. So if there is something you don’t like or haven’t got just add a bit more of something else instead.