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.

Olive oil vs flax oil

Flax Farm fresh cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil for omega-3

Q: Isn’t olive oil as healthy as linseed (flax) oil?

A: Olive oil isn’t a good source of omega-3

Extra virgin olive oil is a good traditional food, rich in poly-phenols and antioxidants.  Its fatty acid profile is mainly omega-9, a significant amount of omega-6, and very little or no omega-3.

Linseed (flax) oil a good source of omega-3

Beneficial ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 shows why Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil is anti-inflammatory and can help re-balance the other fats in our diet.
Beneficial ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 shows why Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil is anti-inflammatory and can help re-balance the other fats in our diet.

Linseed oil is mainly omega-3 which is the essential fat most of us  need more of.  Adding linseed oil to your diet is an easy way to improve your omega-3 levels.

 

Linseed oil a good balance of omega-3 : omega-6

Balance of omega-3 to omega-6 is important.  No matter how much olive oil you consume it won’t contribute to a healthy omega-3 : omega-6 balance.

Because linseed oil contains far more omega-3 than omega-6 you don’t need very much of it to re-balance your diet.

Try adding Flax Farm linseed oil to olive oil in equal quantities to give you a good balance of omega-3 and 6.

Linolenic acid, Linoleic acid, Oleic acid,

Omega-3, 6 and 9 are the fatty acids most commonly spoken of. Omega-3 and 6 are essential, your body can’t make them. However your body makes Omega-9, oleic acid from other foods when needed; so omega-9 isn’t called essential.

High protein fruity linseed (flax) and skyr breakfast bowl

High protein low carb linseed breakfast bowl.

High protein, unsweetened, low carb

Skyr low fat - high protein low carb breakfast or dessert
Skyr low fat – high protein low carb breakfast or dessert

Skyr is a relatively new food on the supermarket shelves. It is similar to strained Greek yoghurt, high protein but low almost no fat. It blends really well with our cold-pressed linseed oil to make a tasty, luxurious breakfast.

It is ideal for high protein, low carb breakfasts,  You make it even more low cab by selecting lower carb fruits such as grapefruit, peaches or melon. If you are looking for low carb nuts choose macadamia or Brazil nuts.

Great low carb dessert, no dairy fat, no saturated fat

Use just low carb fruit, stevia to sweeten and you have yourself a rare commodity, a lovely rich low carb dessert virtually free from saturated fat.

Slow release, fuller for longer

Ground linseed is an excellent low carb choice with less than half a gram of carbohydrate in a portion but more than 5g of protein and 7.5g fibre it’s satisfying  really helps to keep you feeling full for longer.

Quick and easy to make healthy breakfast

I have this sort of breakfast almost every morning. It is quicker and easier to make than read about, You use simple ingredients available at any supermarket and can vary as you want or leave out ingredients you don’t have or don’t fancy.

Black-gold Turmeric and Linseed Tea Recipe

Black-gold anti-inflammatory turmeric and linseed drink

 

Recipe: Black-gold Turmeric Anti-inflammatory Drink

Turmeric is a famous anti-inflammatory spice, this drink has the addition of other super-healthy ingredients to make my favorite hot drink. It’s caffeine-free and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

  • A good 1/2 -1 tsp ground turmeric
  • A generous tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 mugful boiling water
  • 1 tsp organic blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2-3 tsp coconut cream or 3 dessertspoons coconut, rice or soya milk
  • 1-2 tsp Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil

Instructions

  1. Place ginger, pepper and turmeric in a saucepan, and bring to the boil.
  2. Leave to simmer for 3 minutes
  3. Add honey, molasses and coconut cream or milk and linseed oil,
  4. Pour through fine strainer into mug
  5. Stir well and enjoy.

 

 

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.

Chocolate Mousse (Quick, Easy, Healthy & Delicious!)

Linseed chocolate mouse

I’m not sure whether the best thing about this recipe is that it’s so much quicker and easier to make than conventional mousse, full of good linseedy things like fibre and omega-3, it’s got no sugar and is low GI, it fills you up, got no naughty fats, amazingly delicious or just a great healthy way to get your chocolate fix! Despite the banana being the base it doesn’t taste particularly of strongly of banana. If you want a treat try this for breakfast; it’s a lot healthier than other chocolate breakfasts!

 

Chocolate Semifreddo Ice Cream with Flax (Sugar-free, Saturated fat-free) and Banana

Healthy chocolate ice cream -vegan sugar-free, saturated fat free. High in omega-3 dessert. Bowl of

Tastes so good and it’s good and healthy

Today, when I was out, I wanted chocolate ice cream so much, but I kept my willpower strong and made this for dessert when I got home; it was much nicer than I could have bought; I am glad I resisted earlier temptation.  This is a really good chocolate ice-cream fix and it’s healthy.  You hardly notice it is banana.  Using lovely Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil this dessert is rich in omega-3. The ground linseed provides fibre and even more linseed goodness. The ice cream is smoother without the ground linseed but adding it it makes the pud even more sustaining. No one will guess it is vegan, dairy free and no added sugar!

Rich in Omega-3

It’s an excellent way to add extra omega-3 into your diet (at least 7.5g per portion) and with ground linseed in there too it means lower GI and good for the digestion too.

Very quick and easy to make ice cream

It takes no longer to make than read the instructions! It’s all very approximate and seems to come out right whatever. Whether you make it because it’s healthy or just because you like it, it’s great as a last minute dessert to share with friends.  If you put the cold-pressed linseed oil in the freezer first it makes the dessert more frozen otherwise it is softer, more of a semifreddo, iced dessert type ice cream, almost a chocolate mouse but whichever it is pretty good when you are trying to eat healthily.

If you are not a complete dark chocolate addict you may want to put slightly less cocoa powder in to start.

Banana, Berries and Linseed Semifreddo “Ice Cream” (sugar-free)

Banana, berry and linseed ice cream. Healthy, omega-3, lower GI, no added sugar and delicious.

An amazingly delicious ice cream that’s healthy, sugar-free, dairy-free, saturated fat-free

Never mind the healthy it is unbelievably delicious; rich creamy, fruity and gorgeous. However because we use our lovely Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil it is rich in omega-3, ground linseed provides fibre and general linseed goodness plus at least two of your 5 a day fruits – who’d have thought an ice cream could be this healthy. No one will guess it is vegan, dairy free and no added sugar!

Rich in Omega-3

It’s an excellent way to add extra omega-3 into your diet (at least 7.5g per portion) and with ground linseed in there too it means lower GI and good for the digestion too.

Your choice of berries

Use whatever berries you fancy: strawberries, blueberries, mixed; fresh or frozen. We liked the version we made with frozen raspberries best.

Very quick and easy to make ice cream

It takes no longer to make than read the instructions! It’s all very approximate and seems to come out right whatever. Whether you make it because it’s healthy or just because you like it, it’s great as a last minute dessert to share with friends.

Anti-inflammatory drink: golden turmeric milk

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Turmeric tea and milk: delicious, healthy, potent and amazing

You may have heard about the amazing benefits of turmeric and curcumin. Probably like most people you want whole foods not supplements. Turmeric tea or golden turmeric milk gives you all the anti-inflammatory benefits from this amazing spice and is boosted Continue reading