Flax has been around a long time. It's not a grain, but rather a seed from the versatile plant known as "linaceae." The seeds are similar in shape to apple seeds but smaller and are brown or golden in color. The thing that's most exciting about adding flax to gluten-free diets is its' nutritional value.
Flax is one of natures' richest plant sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids. "Essential" means your body needs this nutrient from your diet because it can't manufacture it on its' own. It's super important to add omega-3 fatty acids from cold water wild caught fish and flax to gluten-free diets.
My new recipe for gluten-free banana flax bread is made by replacing 25% of the gluten-free flours and starches in classic banana bread with freshly ground flax seeds. I use a coffee bean grinder reserved just for grinding gluten-free ingredients to make my flax meal. It's fast and very easy. This recipe is moist and full of traditional banana bread flavor with the added nutritional boost of of healthy omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and protein from flax.
More Gluten-Free Recipes with Flax:
- Gluten-Free Cherry Nut Flax Muffin Recipe
- French Meadow Gluten-Free Vanilla Flax French Toast
- Gluten-Free / Grain Free Parmesan Flax Crackers
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