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Gluten free breads can be a real culinary challenge. They seem to fall into two categories; the first is a sort of odd bread meets cake meets 65 different forms of chemicals to imitate flour (that are probably just as harmful to you) OR a loaf that seems to instantaneously crumble at a mere glance. This Fashion Fitness Food tried and (very heavily tested) seed loaf is a gluten free/paleo/dairy free/fodmap snack to redeem them all.

Slices of this gorgeously filling number neither resemble your grandmas 4 day old baking, and they hold together perfectly. I usually toast mine and pair with a smothering of almond butter and a mashed banana, the boy tops his with a smashed avo and a fist full of freshly chopped tomatoes.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 125g almond meal
  • 65g arrowroot
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 80g pecans, roughly chopped
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp golden linseeds
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary + extra for topping (can use finely diced fresh rosemary)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 Preheat your oven to 180c fan (200c non-fan).

2 Prepare a loaf tin (we use a 9” one) by greasing with some coconut oil, or lining with baking paper.

3 Grab a nice big bowl and mix all of your dry ingredients together.

4 In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and apple cider vinegar.

5 Once there is a nice amount of air in your mixture, add the eggs and apple cider vinegar with the coconut oil and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix it all  up – well!

6 Put your seed loaf mixture into the (pre lined/greased) tin, and sprinkle some extra rosemary on top. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes (or until a knife comes out clean).

7 Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out and leaving to cool further.

8 Slice up and enjoy with a topping of your choice (or try chucking it under the grill for a perfect piece of paleo toast).

NB; The nuts and herbs I’ve used can be easily substituted with any of your favourites. 

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