Baking With Flaxseed - FlaxAsia
Photo courtesy Flax Council of Canada
Baking with Flaxseed:
Flaxseeds can be added when baking breads, buns, muffins, cakes, and cookies etc.
Make your baked goods healthier and tastier - turn them into Omega-3 and Lignan enriched baked products.
Many bread companies and bakeries in Japan, Canada, the U.S., and now Mexico have added flaxseeds to their line of baked products. The Bimbo Bread Company of Mexico recently began offering flax bread and it's proving to be very popular; Mexicans love it for its taste and nutritional properties. In Canada, bread companies have offered flax breads for several years now. Baking with flaxseeds allows retailers to advertise their products as a source of Omega 3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and as 'Heart Healthy'.
On the left are two examples of Nutrition Facts for flaxseed products from Canada; flax bread and flax bagels. Notice that along with all the nutrients listed, you can also see the omega-3 polyunsaturated levels. In Canada, strict guidelines are in place in order to maintain control of product claims on packaging, in other words; whatever the ingredients listed on the package, those same ingredients and nutrients must be contained in the product.
We brought along flax bread bags from Canada to the Philippines, in order to show to friends and customers some examples of flax products that are readily available in Canada.
Note: When flaxseed is listed as an ingredient, you will also have omega-3's in the product.
From the package of a '12 Grain Bread Loaf':
Fact: 100% Whole Grains Source Of Fiber - Whole grains contribute to good health and naturally contain more fiber and nutrients than refined grains.
Fact: Source Of Omega-3 - Omega-3 is an essential fat which contributes to good health, normal growth and development.
Fact: Low in saturated fat - no trans fat - A healthy diet low in saturated fats and trans fats may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Eat well - Visit us for more information on Omega-3 and Whole Grains.
Including 3 servings of whole grains and increasing Omega-3 in your diet is as easy as toasting a slice of our whole grain bread in the morning and making a sandwich for dinner or lunch!
From the package of a 'Multi-Grain Flax Loaf':
Source of Omega-3 Polyunsaturates
No hydrogenated oil
Source of Fiber
Source of 11 essential nutrients
0 trans fats
Here's an example of a 'junk food' (One that I particularily enjoy) being given a healthy makeover
by adding whole grains, including flaxseed:
Bite Size Rounds
One small step for chips, one giant scoop for dipping.
Now your favorite Tortilla Chip is being blended with a mixture of tasty whole grains!
This unique combination of whole crisp corn & grains creates a great tasting, fresh and crisp Tortilla Chip with the added benefit of being high in fiber!
Try it on its own or with your favorite Salsa!
I enjoy Tortilla chips and salsa very much; I'm able to find imported chips and salsa here, but not any with whole grain or flaxseed. Maybe it will be imported to the Philippines soon or perhaps some sharp business minded person will try and manufacture a less expensive and more fresh (because of not having to be shipped overseas) tortilla product.
Photo courtesy Flax Council of Canada
Photo courtesy Flax Council of Canada
T.J.’S FLAX BARS
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup ground flax seed
5 cups Rice Krispies
In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together the peanut butter, corn syrup and brown sugar. Microwave for about 3 minutes on high. Stir in ground flaxseed and vanilla, then pour the mixture over Rice Krispies and mix well. Coat a 9-by-13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, then spread mixture into the pan and press down to form a dense sheet. Let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes, until firmly set, then cut into bars. Makes 28 bars. Each bar contains approximately two-thirds tablespoon of flaxseed.
Per bar: carbohydrates 21 grams, protein 3.3 grams, and fiber 1.9 grams.
Source: Flax Your Way To Better Health, by Jane Reinhardt-Martin, RD
High Energy Homemade Food Bar
I’m not a big fan of food bars or “protein bars.” Most of them on the market today have a high sugar content, trans fats and other junk and simply don’t taste good. And one more thing, they are way over-priced.
So, I decided to take things in my own hands and create my own food bar. This way I can control which ingredients I use and know I am eating a healthier food bar. Yesterday I spent my evening creating my own recipe for a food bar with the help of my 5-year old daughter, Alicia.
The results were fantastic! My wife thought it was better than any other on the market. Give it a try! Here’s the recipe:
2 cups of raw oatmeal
1 cup of whey or soy protein powder
1/2 cup of flax seed
1/2 cup of wheat germ
2 cups of nuts (almonds are good)
1/2 cup of ground walnuts
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1 cup of honey
2 cups of peanut butter
3 ounces of soy milk
a few sprinkles of cinammon
Stir and mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Then, place in large plate and flatten and much as possible with a spatula. Cut into small pieces. Keep refrigerated. Enjoy!
Posted by Louis Moore, M.S.
Louis Moore, M.S.
With more than 15 years experience in fitness, recreation and sports as an administrator, personal trainer, coach, and athlete, Louis Moore is recognized as a leading authority on recreation and fitness. Moore has designed and led fitness and leisure programs for youth, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities. He has a M.S. in Physical Education and a B.S. in Recreation & Park Management from Old Dominion University and has several specialty certifications.
You may know flaxseed - the small brown seed that are full of fiber (and a good amount of oil as well). I was looking through some of the specialty flours at the store recently and came across something called flaxseed meal. It's basically ground up flasxseed. The neat thing about it is you can substitute it for oil or shortening in any baking recipe.
So far I've made some zucchini/carrot rolls that turned out great. But I'm really pleased with it in my weekly pizza. The crust turns out more crispy and tastes better than with olive oil. And each slice has about 1.5 grams extra fiber and 1 gram less fat, and 15 fewer calories. Not bad!
Photo courtesy Ameriflax
* Dish Prep: 15 minutes
* Dish Start to Finish: 1 hour, 15 minutes
* Dish Skill: I Know What I'm Doing
* Dish Cost: Budget Friendly
* Dish Serves: 6
Beer makes this quick bread simple to make while flax seed adds omega-3 fatty acids. And if you're worried about the brew—don't be; any alcohol will cook out in the baking.
* 1¾ cups whole wheat flour
* 1½ cups all-purpose flour
* ? cup brown sugar
* ¼ cup ground flax seed
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 large can (15 ounces) dark beer
Dish It Out:
1. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. 2. Stir first six ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
3. 3. Add beer and stir well.
4. 4. Place batter (it will be thick) into a greased large loaf pan.
5. 5. Bake for 55 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
FlaxAsia Trading International 2010
Flax Bread Recipe
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 3/4 cups warm water
1/8 cup sugar
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup ground flaxseed (grind in blender or food processor)
3 cups whole wheat flour
Dash of salt
Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Set aside for about 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, oil, ground flaxseed, yeast and half of the flour. Mix well. Continue adding the remaining flour until it makes a soft dough. Knead dough about 10 minutes, then place in a oiled pan. Shape into a loaf, cover, and let rise until doubled.
Bake at 350 degrees F about 40 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool about 5 minutes and then remove from pan.
Flax Seed Pudding
4 tbsp. flax seed, freshly ground
2 cups milk, nutmilk or water
2 tbsp. hazelnuts or filberts, ground
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 medium sized apple, grated
juice of 1 orange,
1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
1/2 cups whipped cream (optional)
kiwi, strawberries, blueberries or orange slices for decoration
Bring milk or water to a boil, add ground flax seed, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Let boil for approximately 2 minutes or until mixture starts to thicken. Let cool completely. Stir in nuts, fruit and honey. Chill and serve in glasses or fruit dishes decorated with whipped cream and pieces of fruit.
Flax seed pudding can be prepared in larger quantities and shelved in refrigerator for up to four days.
Source: Encyclopedia of Natural Healing by Siegfried Gursche and Zoltan Rona