• Lucy Francis

Maple & Choc-Nut Flax Bowl

Updated: Sep 19, 2020

I started experimenting with flax seed pudding a few weeks ago and, well I am hooked. There’s something rather luxurious about it and it packs heaps of nutrition in to start your day off right.

Fibre? Check. Protein? Check. Healthy fats? Check. Flavonoids/cool stuff? Check!

Similarly to chia seeds, flax seeds or linseeds (same thing), are a fantastic source of soluble fibre, meaning they dissolve in water and turn into a gel-like consistency, enabling slow gut transitioning which helps keep you fuller for longer whilst creating fuel for our friendly microbes along the way.

As well as being an excellent source of fibre, flax seeds contain beneficial omega 3 and monounsaturated fatty acids, the minerals magnesium and iron, plus they are a potent source of lignans; a plant compound with suggested cancer-protective effects. Randomised controlled trials have found that flax seed consumption may reduce the risk of breast cancer and other oestrogen associated cancers (however more human trials are needed and are currently being further explored). These little seeds really are nutrient powerhouses nonetheless.


This brekkie bowl is super easy to make and scrumptious! Similar to ‘chia pudding’ but I just think the texture of this guy is a winner.


Ingredients (serves 1):

Base:

2 tbsp/30g milled flaxseeds

6 tbsp milk of choice/water

1 tbsp peanut flour (or coconut/almond flour)

2 tsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp maple syrup or stevia


Berry layer:

85g frozen berries of choice

splash of water


Method:

In a bowl or mason jar, add the flax seeds and liquid of choice and stir until combined

Add the remaining base ingredients and mix once again, you may need a drop more water to bind it together a little more

Pop in the fridge for your base to begin thickening up whilst you make the berry layer

In a saucepan, add the frozen berries and a splash of water and simmer on a low heat until a sauce forms (you can also do the same with apples and make applesauce – equally delicious and works well).

Let the sauce cool and then pour onto the base layer

Top with raw cacao nibs/crushed nuts/desiccated coconut – whichever you like best and store in the fridge overnight ready to tuck into come the morning.

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