Luckily, hubby surprised me with a rather powerful stick blender one day. Bought at takealot.com of course. This means that I can make almond flower in two ticks and a tock whenever I need it. Pretty nifty, right? With the obvious benefit of being much cheaper than buying almond flour. Baking banting friendly bread at home seemed like the obvious next step.
My first attempt went south pretty quickly. The bread had been in the oven for about 10 minutes or so when suddenly load-shedding happened. Now I always check the schedule before I begin any baking preparations. Despite that minor setback, the first attempt was still unbelievably delicious - it just took a bit more effort to get it cooked all the way through than I had expected. Now, I give you my almost foolproof adapted version: Seed muffins.
Using a muffin pan works best for me for 2 reasons: baking time is less and portion control is much more straightforward.
100 ml flax seeds
100 ml sunflower seeds
250 ml almond flour
30 pysilium husk
250 ml butter milk (you can also use Greek yogurt or sour cream, depending on your preference)
10 ml baking powder
5 ml salt
This makes 6 large muffins or one small loaf.
I like to add pumpkin seeds and chopped macadamia nuts to the batter, it really is all about your love of crunch.
Start by grinding the seeds - a coffee or spice grinder works best, if you don't have a stick blender. Grind your almond flour separately (if you don't want to buy almond flour) and be careful not to over manipulate it as it can turn into butter. Yummy, but not appropriate in this case. Besides, having a few larger pieces of almond will only make the muffins more delicious and crunchy. Combine all of the ingredients. Pour in to muffin pan and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top. Bake at 180*C for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Just check before you take it out of the oven that the muffins are cooked all the way through. You and your oven will have to negotiate the terms.
The only danger is that you will eat all of them in one go, they really are that yummy. A happy, healthy breakfast alternative, snack or even bunny-chow if you feel like it.
Go wild, food is meant to be enjoyed!
Ps. I bought set of silicone pans to try out and I have to admit, I am impressed. And am wondering why I didn't get it sooner. Anyway, the pans are a bit smaller than my old metal ones, so the muffins and the small loaf came out PERFECT. The crust was just the way I like and everything was cooked all the way through. So, if you've been struggling with this recipe then try smaller pans and maybe more dry ingredients. Play around a little, it's more fun that way.