It’s called the “Sunflower-Oat Loaf”:
This concoction doesn’t use any flour – you read right: NO flour! While that might be cause to jump for joy for some, we still wouldn’t be comfortable to call it officially “gluten-free”. We do use a lot of gluten-containing products in the bakery, so there’s always a tiny chance of cross-contamination, but if you are just concerned about your gluten intake and are not actually allergic to it, this might be worth a try:
This bread contains Rolled Oats, Sunflower Seeds, Flaxseed, Whole Almonds, Psyllium Seed Husks, Chia Seed and a little bit of Olive Oil, Maple Syrup and Salt.
You might ask yourself: “What in the world are Psyllium Seed Husks?” – and you wouldn’t be alone. We here at the bakery had also never heard of this powerful ingredient before – until now that is.
“Psyllium seed husks, also known as ispaghula, isabgol, or psyllium, are portions of the seeds of the plant Plantago ovata, (genus Plantago), a native of India and Pakistan. They are hygroscopic, which allows them to expand and become mucilaginous.
Psyllium seed husk are indigestible and are a source of soluble dietary fiber. They are used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea. They are also used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI transit. The inert bulk of the husks helps provide a constant volume of solid material irrespective of other aspects of the diet or any disease condition of the gut. Some recent research is also showing them to be promising in lowering cholesterol and controlling diabetes.
Other uses include gluten-free baking, where ground psyllium seed husks bind moisture and help make breads less crumbly.”
So, we now have a bread that has as little gluten as possible in it (traces from the rolled oats and possibly the bakery) that at the same time is about as packed with fiber and digestive-tract-helping ingredients as it could be. The best part: it’s DELICIOUS! The first bite is quite surprising – the outside crust is only slightly crunchy, while the rest of the slice is superbly moist and melts in your mouth. Top it with a little butter, some Cream Cheese, Jam or whatever else you like – you KNOW it’s good for you!