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.

2 Minute Flax Bread, gluten-free and wheat-free

2 minute flax muffin - quick bread

Like real bread but gluten-free and wheat-free

These muffins are more like bread, really tasty and work well for toasting or sandwiches. Much better than wheat-free breads you buy in shops and without any of those strange ingredients.

2 minute flax muffin - quick bread
2 minute flax muffin – quick bread

This is a gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free (if you use an alternative milk) high protein, high fibre, high omega-3, low GI muffin or bread that can be toasted.

Thanks for this recipe was given to one of our regular customers at our stall Borough Market.  Tastes in the UK and American differ; she advised us to make it slightly differently to the original: “In fact I omit the stevia & cinnamon & vanilla which is just as tasty. Its best toasted and slathered with butter or cream cheese…”

Personally I use linseed-coconut butter, Oleolux or just a little drizzle of Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil for making (the two things I miss most being wheat-free) a tomato sandwich or Marmite and lettuce sandwich.

Quick Linseed Pizza !

Linseed Pizza Free-from most things!

This pizza linseed Pizza is “free-from” most things but delicious. It is super healthy, I use little or no salt, it can be free from saturated fat and vegan, of course low GI, gluten-free and completely paleo. Everyone eats this as happily as the “real” thing seemingly oblivious to it being über healthy and free from. It is properly sustaining but not bloating like wheat based pizza and works better and tastier than bought pizza bases.