Incredibly nutritious and bursting with plant protein, this bread, both grain-free and vegan approved, adapted from The Healthy Chef, is simply made with quinoa which is naturally gluten free and gives a light and slightly crunchy texture with a lovely nutty flavours. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein. Chia seeds, a great source of skin-loving omega-3 as well as fiber and calcium, work as a binder which helps hold all the ingredients together.
- Soak quinoa in plenty of cold water overnight in the fridge. Soak chia seeds in 125ml of water until gel like. It can be done overnight too.
- Drain soaked quinoa and rinse well through a sieve. Drain thoroughly and place in a food processor. Add in chia gel, remaining water, applesauce, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice. Process for 3 minutes. The bread mix should resemble a batter consistency with some whole quinoa still left in the mix.
- Spoon the batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the top with pumpkin seeds if desired. Or you can divide the batter into 12 silicon muffin cups.
- Bake the loaf for 60-70 minutes at 180C/350F, 40 minutes for the muffins, until firm to touch and bounces back when pressed with your finger. Remove and cool for 30 minutes in the pan, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack. Store wrapped in the fridge for up to 1 week.