When it comes to bread there is, for me, nothing better than a wholesome, dark, grainy slice of dense Scandinavian rye bread. Being from Denmark, I grew up on this stuff and don’t think any other bread come even to close to being half as good as the original Danish versions, which are left in cooling rooms for days before being baked to perfection.
Full of a variety of different nuts & seeds and rich in healthy fiber without any refined flours or yeast, this bread is healthy and wholesome. The psyllium husks are very fibrous and absorb around ten times their own weight, which is why they are typically sold and referred to as a food supplement. Psyllium effectively improves bowel function & regularity as it helps expel waste matter from the body. In this recipe the psyllium helps hold the dough together and add a ton of great fiber, making every slice very filling. If you want something gluten and wheat free, check out this bread, which is very similar in taste but completely free of grains, wheat & gluten!
|Healthy Nut & Seed Bread|| || |
- ¼ cup (60 ml) uncooked white quinoa
- ¼ cup (60 ml) uncooked wholegrain wheat kernels (wheat berries)
- ½ cup (120 ml) sunflower seeds
- ½ cup (120 ml) pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup (120 ml) flax seeds
- ¼ cup (60 ml) oats
- ½ cup (120 ml) halved hazelnuts (or almonds)
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup (120 ml) sesame seeds
- 6 tbsp whole psyllium husks
- ¼ cup (30 gm) organic unrefined whole grain spelt flour
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 organic free range eggs
- ½ cup (120 ml) water
- 2 tsp raw honey (unpasteurized)
- 2 tsp coarse sea salt
- Cover quinoa and wheat grain kernels in boiling water. Cover and leave to soak for 2 hours to soften.
- Combine soaked quinoa & whole grain wheat kernels with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, oats, hazelnuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, spelt flour, salt & psyllium husk and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, water, honey & olive oil
- Combine wet & dry until a thick wet dough forms.
- Leave the dough to set in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. This allows the psyllium husks and chia seeds to absorb all the moisture, leaving the dough nice and firm.
- Place dough in a bread form and drizzle with sunflower seeds (or any other nuts/seeds if you prefer) while pressing the seeds into the dough as best possible.
- Bake the bread in a preheated oven set to 150C / 300F for 45-55 minutes on the lowest ridge.
- When done baking, remove the bread from the form and leave to cool completely before cutting into it. The cooling is very important as it will help prevent excess moisture in bread.
- Serve with your favorite spread & enjoy