Focaccia-Style Flax Bread

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Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 161
Fat 9g
Carbs 13g
Protein 5g
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Total Time 35 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 20 min
Servings 12 (1 piece each)

This recipe is called "focaccia" because it is baked in that style—flat on a sheet pan, and then cut up into whatever sized pieces you want. Focaccia is delicious as toast, for sandwiches, and is always a favorite in the bread basket. This focaccia-style bread is "rough" in texture like heavy whole grain breads, but since it isn't made with wheat, it doesn't have the same kind of grain as wheat breads. The carbohydrate in flax, however, is almost all fiber. Flax has many amazing health benefits, such as its significant fiber and thiamin content, as well as being high in antioxidants. Flax also makes this bread gluten-free. But flax seed isn't all about nutrition—it also brings a delicious nutty flavor to this focaccia bread.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flax seed meal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a pan (10x15-inch pan with sides works best) with oiled parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flax seed meal, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. Add the beaten eggs, water, and oil to the dry ingredients and combine well. Make sure there aren't obvious strings of egg white hanging out in the batter.
  4. Let batter set for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken up some (but don't leave it too long so it gets past the point where it's easy to spread.)
  1. Pour batter onto the prepared pan. Because it's going to tend to mound in the middle, you'll get a more even thickness if you spread it away from the center somewhat, in roughly a rectangle 1 or 2 inches from the sides of the pan (you can go all the way to the edge, but it will be thinner).
  2. Bake for about 24 to 28 minutes, until it springs back when you touch the top and/or is visibly browning.
  3. Let cool and then cut into whatever size slices you want. You don't need a sharp knife—a spatula will do.

Flax Seed: A Nutritional Powerhouse

Besides containing a lot of fiber, flax seed is also high in antioxidants. Flax has a high content of protein and omega-3 acids, which assist in reducing inflammation. Research has shown that flax also can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and stabilize blood sugar levels, which is good for diabetics. 

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 (1 piece each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 161
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 342mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g  
Includes 1g Added Sugars 2%
Protein 5g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 90mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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