Lately, I’ve been playing with flaxseed again.
Why? For one, I never stop playing with flours, measuring out 100 grams of a new flour in an old recipe, just to see how it works. Thank goodness, we have a flour company now. I have a place besides cookbooks and blog posts to put this strange habit into practical action. (Update on the All-Purpose flour this week. Hint: available for sale soon!)
For years, I measured out my flaxseed in teaspoons, thinking of it as a replacement for xanthan or guar gum. But a couple of months ago, I started thinking of it instead as a flour. Good things have come of this.
You might have heard of this Life-Changing Bread from the wonderful website My New Roots. A couple of years ago, this bread seemed to be on every Pinterest board ever made. It’s marvelous, based on a traditional Danish recipe, a dense bread made mostly of nuts and seeds, held together by psyllium husks. I’m a fan.
I’m crazy about Elisabeth Prueitt’s Flax Muffins. Elisabeth is one of the owners of Tartine Bakery, which is definitively not a gluten-free bakery. But these muffins are gluten-free, as Elisabeth has celiac. They’re hearty and moist, and with the grated apple and raisins, these taste a little like bran muffins. We use our grain-free blend and flaxseed meal to make these.
Here’s a list of recipes from Elana’s Pantry’s that use flaxseed meal, including her multi-“grain” crackers. Elana has been grain-free for decades now, to heal her MS and celiac. Her recipes are always inspiring in their simplicity.
Flaxseed has been used as a medicinal food for thousands of years. It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, so important for brain and heart function. It contains lignans, which are high in antioxidants. And flaxseed meal contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. There are a lot of benefits to this little brown seed.
(Also, let’s be honest. I’m a woman in her late 40s. Flaxseed has some great qualities for hormonal discombobulation. I’ll leave it at that.)
As you might know, Bob’s Red Mill is one of our long-term sponsors. We have been working together for years now. So we’re happy to share that the Bob’s Red Mill flaxseed meal is great: robust and nutty, ground fine enough to use as a flour, and packaged in an opaque package to keep the nutritious qualities in the flaxseed. It’s also made in their gluten-free facility, so there’s no worries of cross-contamination. We’ve been using it around here lately, quite a lot. We’re fans.
Bob’s Red Mill would like to give away a bag of their flaxseed meal to three readers of this site. Leave a comment letting us know why you would like to win this. Winners will be chosen at random and selected on Friday, January 30th, then notified by email.
Update: the winners have been chosen and notified. Thank you for your participation.