This breakfast loaf is absolutely loaded with healthy ingredients, so it’s perfect to have first thing in the morning for a nutritious breakfast. It tastes so delicious and it’s perfectly moist on the inside, and crisp on the outside. It’s filled with protein and fibre, which is ideal to have in the start of the day. A nice cup of warm tea, and a slice of this hearty loaf is sure to fill you up, and get you started!
The loaf contains three very important and healthy seeds, that everyone should learn to incorporate more of them into our diets. Chia seeds, flax seeds, and hemp seeds, are all very nutritious and special in their own way.
Chia seeds are certainly a ‘superfood,’ as they are packed with a profusion of beneficial properties. This ancient super seed contains similar nutritional content as flax seeds, however unlike flax seeds, it is not necessary to ground the seeds in order to reap the wonderful benefits. If flax seeds are not ground, it’s harder to digest, thus leading to insufficient absorption. Chia seeds contain a lot of fibre, magnesium, antioxidants, calcium, omega fatty acids and many other nutrients that are fundamental in maintaining proper health. These tiny seeds contain so many nutrients without having to worry about consuming an overload of calories. Chia seeds are a colons best friend, since they help keep the lining moist and ease the movement of food within the intestinal tracts. This prevents many diseases and disorders, such as diverticulitis/diverticulosis or colon cancer. One thing to remember about chia seeds, is that when they are mixed with a liquid, they form a jelly texture, so it’s great to add them to smoothies, jams, etc. This ‘chia gel’ is ideal for baking, since it allows you to omit or cut down the amount of butter, oil, and eggs used.
One unique benefit of hemp seeds, is that they contain all of the essential amino acids that our bodies require. This is important to keep in mind if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, since consuming plant-based protein sources normally don’t contain all of the amino acids. Hemp seeds are also high in protein, which help make this loaf excellent for breakfast.
- 1 and 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/4 cup steel cut and rolled oats (mixed)
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/3 cup sunflower and pumpkin seeds combined
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (can substitute for milk of choice)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat over to 350F. Combine all of the above ingredients. Mix thoroughly, until completely incorporated. Pour into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle rolled oats and hemp seeds over top for garnish, and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. When done, check by sticking a knife in the middle of the loaf and make sure it is clean when removed (this is an old, common trick to ensure the loaf is cooked). Set aside to cool, and enjoy with some tea/coffee.
This recipe is very simple, since all you have to do is toss all the ingredients into a large bowl, mix thoroughly, pour into a loaf pan, and bake!
Using natural maple syrup, helps to reduce the amount of sugar used, as it’s a natural sweetener.