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 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.

Dairy-Free Flax Oil Butter 3, Savoury Butter

Healthy dairy free butter

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 savoury 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.

Flax Farm Simple (Omega-3) Linseed Vinaigrette

cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil

 Flax Farm Cold-Pressed Linseed (Flaxseed) Oil makes Delicious Salad Dressing

Our cold-pressed linseed oil has a lovely mild nutty flavour that is great on its own and goes well with other ingredients.  It makes a  lovely dressing with balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. I love using apple cider vinegar and really believe in its health properties; I find olive oil has too strong a flavour for ACV but our linseed oil and ACV work beautifully together.

Keep It Simple

Just Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil and lemon juice or vinegar of your choice drizzled over salad leaves is salad dressing. You don’t even have to mix them first! I usually don’t even add salt. Traditionally vinaigrette  is about three parts oil to one part vinegar or lemon juice but with the linseed oil I often use them fifty-fifty especially when there are lots of other ingredients.

Dress it Up

Add in other seasoning and ingredients you fancy.  Start with a pinch of salt and pepper, then a pinch of dried herbs or handful of chopped fresh herbs. Try some sunflower seeds or chopped nuts.  Chopped tomatoes or red peppers and/or chillies adds colour and flavour.  Special spices such as turmeric can be anti-inflammatory and herbs like dandelion or nettle  are alkalising but don’t overdo them as their flavour can be too powerful.  A clove of crushed garlic is great if you like it – don’t forget to let it rest for five minutes before adding to let the full health benefits develop. Then try anchovies, chopped gherkins (cornichons) and/or capers.

Blend with Other Oils

Our Linseed oil is great on its own but for a salad dressing with extra flavour try using it 50/50 with a really robust olive oil or try a few drops of walnut, hazelnut or toasted sesame seed oil to add a whole new dimension to your salad dressing.

Getting Enough Omega-3

When you use Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil in salad dressing it’s easy; you know you are getting approximately 6 ml of omega-3 in every dessertspoon of oil you use.

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.