Raw bread = yum! And so easy to make. This is the only bread I’ve been eating at home lately.
You’ll need a temperature-adjustable dehydrator or a very-low-heat-capable oven for this one! I find a spice/coffee mill to be another good tool for making this bread as well – freshly ground seeds make a much better flavour and texture. Old flaxmeal develops a bitter taste as the plant oils begin to break down. Keep your flaxmeal in the freezer and your flaxseeds in the fridge so you don’t miss out on a better flavour and those valuable omega oils!
3 cups ground flax seeds (linseeds)
4 cups water
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup seeds – your favourites! I use a mix of pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, & poppy
1 tbsp dried herbs – I usually go for Italian herbs like oregano and thyme, & a bit of crushed garlic is nice occasionally, too.
In a large bowl, mix together the ground flax seeds, water, and salt until well combined. If you let the mix sit a few minutes while you get out the rest of the ingredients it will begin to thicken.
Stir through your favourite seeds and mixed herbs. Spread the batter evenly on to dehydrator trays – in an Excalibur dehydrator you’ll use 3 trays, and in a smaller circular dehydrator you’ll use around 5 trays (don’t forget to line the trays with parchment/baking paper if you don’t have other tray inserts to use on top of the mesh!). Use the back of a spoon to smooth the mixture out.
Dry at 40ºC/104ºF to 45ºC/113ºF for approximately 4 hours. Flip the bread over and score it into slices – approx. 9 square slices on each Excalibur dehydrator tray, and 6-8 wedge slices on the round trays – the lines will make it easy to break the bread into slices. Continue to dehydrate until desired texture/dryness is reached – for at least another hour.
Store the yummy seedy flax flatbread in the fridge. When fully dry, it can last 6-8 weeks at least! If you are going to use the bread immediately or within a week or two, under-dehydrate it a little and serve it warm straight out of the dehydrator – retaining a little extra moisture makes the bread more flexible.
Coming up soon: easy instructions on how to make your own Excalibur-sized dehydrator for around $50! As soon as my handy engineer-type husband gets around to putting it all together…