As a paleo dieter, bread is out. Grains are the enemy, and "eat meat, not wheat" is our battle cry. However, I have found a bread to fill the void. It is one that I actually prefer over all but the most crusty and homemade of breads. Rival to naan in its simplicity, versatility, and delectability. I give you Flaxbread!
2 cups ground flaxseeds (store these in the freezer since they go rancid easily) 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (see NOTE)
4 eggs (room temperature is best, so put out early or warm in a warm water bath)
1/2 C water or chicken broth
1/3 C olive oil with Italian Seasoning Mix mixture leftover from Roasted Turkey Breast
Italian Seasoning Mix:
3 sun dried tomatoes (chopped), 1T each of rosemary (crushed), oregano, basil, kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder/chopped dried onion, 1tsp each of pepper, red pepper flakes
(NOTE: make more of this seasoning than you need, add olive oil, and store in the refrigerator for other uses like salad dressing and Roasted Turkey Breast seasoning)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and combine the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry in the other. Mix each well. Add the wet to the dry and mix to evenly incorporate the ingredients. Using a baking sheet lined with parchment or silpat, scoop out the batter and distribute over the sheet. Using a spatula, try to make a nice even layer without holes. This is difficult since the batter is sticky! Wack it in the oven for about 20 minutes and see where it is around 15 minutes in. You are looking for browning on the bottom of the edges and a more golden look to the surface of the bread. Once finished, cut into slices, cool on a rack, and then store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Sandwich bread--this flavorful bread beats wheat bread hands down
Bread to accompany spaghetti night or curry night (try using an Indian spice mix instead of Italian)
Since this is nearly ALL fat, try to use it with meals that don't have any other fat or when you are splurging paleo style. Making your meat without using fat such as on the grill or searing in a pan will allow you more leeway with fats in other parts of the meal, such as this bread. This is definitely worth the indulgence!
NOTE: The original recipe from the paleo cookbook called for baking powder. Baking powder is not technically paleo since it is made from corn. Another alternative to using baking soda and cream of tartar is to whip the eggs into stiff peaks and fold them into the batter, or add baking soda and an acid to make it work, perhaps a honey bread, cocoa bread, or lemon bread. The first picture is from an experiment in that realm using coconut milk. I think this would make a great sweet application, so more experimentation is needed.
CrossFitter, CrossFit Trainer, and paleo-afficionado, I am following my dreams in Santa Cruz, CA. Through CrossFit and this blog, I want to pass on some of the insight I have found through trial and error to help make more people happy, healthy, and functionally fit.
NOTE: This website is my opinion, NOT medical advice.
Synthesizing what I have learned from studying the Paleo Diet, Zone Diet, CrossFit nutritional guidelines, and Primal Diet, here are my own dietary guidelines:
EAT MEAT (preferably grass-fed, pastured, and organic) AND VEGETABLES (preferably fresh, seasonal, and local), HEALTHY FAT (like nuts and seeds [not in excess], avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, and pastured butter), SOME FRUIT (preferably fresh, seasonal, and local), LITTLE STARCH, LITTLE TO NO PROCESSED FOODS, and LITTLE TO NO DAIRY (this is a point of contention, so use your gut as your guide and go raw and grass-fed if you do partake), NO GRAINS OF ANY KIND (yes that means quinoa), NO SUGAR (avoid added sweeteners of any kind as much as you can), and NO LEGUMES (otherwise known as beans, and yes, this includes peanuts).
Seriously, don't get hung up on the "NO's." There is more I CAN have than that I CAN'T, so I am NOT starving myself or getting malnourished! This is not some crazy fad diet; this is a lifestyle with a healthy diet catering to health and longevity crafted by looking at the foods we, as humans, were designed to eat and which we have eaten over thousands of years. I have chosen foods that nourish and aid health, not harm. I am eating quite well, as my food blog will attest!