Is there ever a day where I’m not trying to dream up a delicious bread recipe that agrees with my body? The answer to that would be, NO. There’s always a solution, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to create it! I’m not the person that has to have bread every day, but I definitely enjoy it and would like to have something on hand that I can grab when I get the craving. It also has to be healthy, full of nutrients, and without any adverse side effects.
Much of the breads people consume aren’t made from organic ingredients and are just empty calories packed with chemicals. Modern yeast and the way it’s being commercially used isn’t doing our guts any favors either. It is now super fast acting and grows in minutes thanks to the addition of additives instead of being slowly risen for hours and even days like it used to be when our great grandparents made bread. It may taste good, but by the time it begins digesting, it’s causing gut issues and inflammation that last long after that initial indulgence.
This Buckwheat Chia bread is yeast free, egg free, gluten free, grain free (buckwheat is not a grain!), dairy free, organic, packed with fiber, protein, manganese, calcium, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, niacin, folate, B6, zinc, omega-3, beta carotene, and is fantastic for the gut. You can even make it completely vegan by exchanging the raw honey for maple syrup. It has a lovely little crunch from the pumpkin and chia seeds and the flavor is fantastic! I ate it plain as a snack yesterday and this morning I made an open faced sandwich for breakfast by toasting it, spreading it with a homemade thick coconut kefir, and layered it with english cucumber, poached chicken, fresh parsley, oregano, and a pinch of sea salt. Delicious! (You can go to my Instagram to see the photo.)
Buckwheat Chia Bread
1 1/4 Cups of Organic Raw Hulled Buckwheat Groats
1/4 Cup of Organic Chia Seeds
3 Tablespoons of Organic Coconut Flour
1 teaspoon of Double Acting Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons of Organic Psyllium Husk Powder
1 1/2 Cups of Filtered Water
1/4 Cup of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons of Local Raw Honey
1/2 Cup of Filtered Water
1/4 Cup of Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons of Organic Chia Seeds
Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt
*Preheat oven to 325 degrees (See note at bottom of instructions) and prepare an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 (inside measurement) pan with non stick spray or oil and line with a piece of parchment that covers the bottom and goes up the two longest sides with an overlap to lift out the bread.
NOTE** I use convection for all of my baking and cooking. If you have a conventional oven you can either raise the temperature to 350 degrees and keep an eye on the baking time, or you can keep it at 325 degrees and it may take as much as 10-15 minutes more baking time. Keep an eye on it!