Seeded Mediterranean Herb Bread
This bread has a super nutritious line-up of ingredients, including 5 different kinds of seeds, and a mixture of savory Mediterranean herbs and warm, earthy spices.
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1½ cup (6 ounces) almond flour
- 1½ cups (7½ ounces) pepitas (raw no shell pumpkin seeds)
- 1½ cups (9 ounces) brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup (2½ ounces) unsalted dry roasted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup (48 grams) psyllium fiber powder
- 1/4 cup Za’atar seasoning blend (see notes #1)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2½ cups water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Fresh herbs (for top garnish)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a standard 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with olive oil cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients except the fresh herbs. Add the water, applesauce, and olive oil, and mix until everything is thoroughly combined. Transfer dough to the prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula or your hands, give the top surface of the dough a slight dome shape to resemble a loaf of bread made with yeast. (The dough is quite stiff and will hold its shape as it bakes.) Decorate the top of the dough with fresh herbs, pressing them gently into the dough.
Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 1 hour. Let cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting into thin slices. Store any bread you won’t eat within a day in the freezer (see notes #2).
1. Za’atar seasoning blends vary depending on the manufacturer. I used one that contains sumac, sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram, oregano, cumin, and sea salt.
2. If not eaten the same day it’s made, store this bread in the freezer. Lay the cut slices in single layers, separated by parchment paper, on a baking sheet and freeze. Once completely frozen, transfer to a freezer safe plastic bag or other storage container. You can toast the slices straight from the freezer or let them come to room temperature on their own – they defrost quickly, usually within 30 minutes depending on how thick they’re cut.
3. This bread is moist and dense (not light and fluffy like a regular loaf of bread) so it may appear a little raw, especially in the middle. This is normal and does not mean it’s undercooked. If you don’t like the texture as is simply toast the bread before eating.
Nutrition Information - Serving size: 1 slice, Calories: 115, Fat: 7g, Saturated fat: 1g, Unsaturated fat: 6g, Trans fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 8g, Sugar: 1g, Sodium: 135mg, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 4g, Cholesterol: 0mg