This bread has all the beneficial properties you need to be ready for the Autumn
The fall is coming and it’s time to adapt to the natural rhythm of nature. It is During this time of the year that I start to introduce in my diet seasonal products such as seeds and nuts. First of all because of that nutty flavour that grounds me a lot and takes me back to my centre after the rackless summer and also because being so dense calories they help me to keep my body warmer and energized.
Ayurveda medicine, which is one of the most ancient knowledge of humanity says a lot about how important it is to keep a right balance in life. That happens with what we do, we think, and also what we eat. Some people have a natural constitution, and according to that there are certain foods to prefer to keep a natural balance of the mind, body and spirit. Because I tent to be very ungrounded with my mind (and that’s part of my type of dosha according to ayurveda medicine) as well as a cold body during the winter, having nuts and seeds can help me a lot to heat up my body and ground my mind. Ayurveda is a really fascinating ancient science and I recommend everyone to get into it. I cured myself from many emotional and even physical disease just by following some ayurvedic advice.
For all of those who want to have a warming slice of bread during a cold autumn day here I am to show you this amazing recipe which includes a mixture of nuts and seeds together with really beneficial properties. Loaded with omega 3 and 6, healthy fatty acids and many vitamins they help to lower the bad cholesterol and keep us energized fighting against the cold weather. I love to have a slice of this bread with some hazelnut spread or just maple syrup topped with fresh blueberries.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup flax seeds
- ½ cup hazelnuts or almonds
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 4 Tbsp psyllium seed husk
- 1 tsp Hymalayan salt
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup (pr agave syrup)
- 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 ½ cups
WHAT TO DO
In a food processor blend all the dried ingredients together (except water, oil and syrup) until a chunky consistency. Transfert to a bowl and add the rest of the wet ingredients. Mix well and put inside of a plum cake mold (remember to line with parchment paper) and let to sit for about 1 hour. In the meantime heat the oven at 175 C. You will see the mixture getting thicker and harder. This is because psyllium husk together with chia release a gelatin with binding properties that is also good for cleaning the digestive tract and all the intestines. At this stage bake the bread in the oven for around 20 min, then take it out from the mold and cook again for other 30-40 mins flipped upside down. This will help to dry the loaf homogeneously. Take it out and let to cool down at room temperature, then put in the fridge for at least a couple of hours so it gets easier to cut into slices. At this point you can toast every single slice and top with anything you like. Remember to keep it stored in a dry place. You can also freeze it so it will last longer.
There you have you nutty bread. I personally suggest not to have too much of it because being so packed with seeds it can be quite heavy for the system to process, but if eaten in the right quantities it will bring so many benefits to your body you can’t even imagine of! Despite their small size, chia seeds are full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium. Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke!
Since I was young I approached to a plant-based diet for healty reasons, realizing soon that what we eat can really make a difference. Being aware of this, I started a personal research by attending nutrition courses, and being passionated about the art of cooking, i decided to move to London to work in the best raw vegan restaurants of the city. After a few years, I came back to Italy to raise awareness there by spreading healthy eating and lifestyle knowledge, organising and taking part in events and meetings.