Root veg & seed loaf
What a well behaved robust alternative loaf this makes. Great for cold winter days when you fancy something different. Freezes beautifully.
- 300g well-cooked root veg of your choice, I used parsnip & butternut squash ( you can use up to 400g, depending on the water content / density of the root veg)
- 120g ground flax (linseed)
- 2 tbsp coconut flour (can be swapped for 4 tbsp oat flour)
- 40g ground psyllium husks
- 60g whole sunflower seeds
- 50g whole pumpkin seeds
- 4 eggs (organic if possible)
- 1 heaped tsp each baking powder & bicarb
- 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- Any herbs you wish to add—I used dried sage & fresh parsley
- Cook the root veg until soft in the best way to suit you. I roasted mine in the oven, skins on, with rapeseed oil, when cooking another meal. Then I chilled it until needed.
- Turn the oven to 180 / 160 fan and line or grease a large loaf tin.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs to the root veg and whizz with a hand blender until there are no lumps left.
- Then add all the other ingredients and beat well.
- Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then turn out into the loaf tin
- Bake for about an hour BUT check after about 20 mins to see if you need to cover the top (if going to brown)
- It is cooked when a skewer comes out clean.
- Leave to cool in the tin. Slice when cold, and then chill or freeze.
1 hr 15 mins (when veg is pre-cooked)
Breakfasts & lunches
Parsnips are probably the sweetest of all root vegetables, I love them roasted simply in coconut oil with a few chopped chestnuts, they are almost like dessert then! Their woody stems mean they are a great source of fibre as well as Vitamin C, manganese & folate.
Pumpkin seeds— particularly high in zinc & magnesium, & a great source of fibre & healthy fats. These seeds are thought to help reduce inflammation, improve focus & boost immunity. Also 1 of the best sources of tryptophan, which converts to serotonin in the body to help with boosting moods, good sleep, and appetite. A great source of magnesium, & Vitamins C & E.
Linseeds (flaxseeds) are 1 of the worlds oldest crops are can be either golden or dark brown. An amazing little seed, providing omega 3, fibre, B Vitamins, calcium, & magnesium. The highest source of lignins of any plants, research shows this help slower the risk of hormone related cancers & improve general health. Great for women in mid life when oestrogen levels change.