Apple, nut and seed bread with chia jam
The title of this recipe may be slightly misleading as it doesn’t actually contain of the ordinary bread-making ingredients such as wheat, flour, milk or yeast.. However, in that it is rectangle shaped, beigeish and functions as a vessel for a many delicious things.. it warrants the title, so we’ll go with it. In my opinion this is seriously the healthiest bread you could ever make! The body of the bread is composed of protein packed nuts, seeds and oats, grated apple and raisins are added in for a touch of sweetness, and the whole thing is held together by a mixture of skin loving coconut oil, honey and psyllium husks. Psyllium husks sound a bit crazy but they’re easily found at all good health stores, and if not you can always order them online. They’re actually a bit of a miracle ingredient, providing an amazing form of soluble fibre which does wonders for your digestion. They have also been used to help lower cholesterol and promote overall heart health. Don’t be tempted to leave them out, in the absence of eggs the husks function as the binder which holds the bread together so they really are vital.
The chia jam has appeared on my blog previously in the recipe for Banana and Oat pancakes, it is seriously so quick to whip up and such a healthy alternative to normal sugar filled jams, I use it all the time on my toast, on pancakes or dolloped on top of porridge or muesli. It’s delicious here paired with almond butter. I’ve never had a peanut butter & jelly sandwich (lifelong peanut allergy, and.. well they always looked kind of gross), but I suppose you could call this a healthy version of the famous PB & J combo.
The bread is delicious as it is, but once toasted its taken to a whole new level! The nuts and seeds really release their flavour when heated and it just has the most perfect crunch. It also makes the slices sturdier and better for topping with your delicious nut butters and jams! You can leave out the apple and raisins and make a simple savoury version of the bread which is great with sliced avocado, houmous or any of your favourite savoury toppings. However the raisins give the bread only a very subtly sweet taste which I think is quite morroccan in flavour and therefore works well with houmous. Give it a try!
- 1 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 cup hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup flaxseeds/linseeds
- 1/2 cup seeds (I used a mixture of pumpkin and sunflower)
- 4 tbsp psyllium seed husks
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup grated red apple
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (approx 350ml)
- 2 cups frozen or fresh mixed berries
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- a squeeze of honey (optional)
- Start by preheating the oven to 180 degrees C.
- Add all the dry ingredients (oats, nuts, seeds & husks) to a large bowl and mixing together.
- Add the grated apple and raisins and stir well so the apple is evenly distributed.
- In a jug, whisk together the melted coconut oil, honey and warm water (the water really must be warm otherwise the coconut oil will solidify)
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir well with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Pour into a lined loaf tin and leave to sit for 2 hours.
- When its ready, bake for 45 minutes until golden brown on top.
- While the bread is baking make the jam.
- Put the berries into a saucepan with the chia seeds and honey (if using), heat over a very low flame, stirring regularly until the berries have broken down and combined with the seeds. Set aside. (Due to the soluble nature of the chia seeds, the jam will continue to thicken after cooking so don’t worry if it’s a bit runny when you take it off the heat.)
- When the bread has cooled down, slice it up, toast it and slather with almond butter and big dollops of your delicious chia seed jam.`Enjoy!