I remember the reactions I got when I first went gluten free. Mild annoyance was the most common reaction but certain loved ones looked at me like I had shot them through the heart. These days not only am I gluten free but the amount of refined sugar I eat is practically nil, I barely touch red meat and I’ve upped my raw foods by a large margin. The eye rolls I endure are many but the bottom line is, I eat what makes me feel good. Period.
I do understand why some people have an aversion to health food. When not done properly, healthy often means bland, dry and boring. So this weekend when I offered my good friends my Raw Olive Bread, I wasn’t surprised when they were a bit skeptical. I’m sure the word ‘Raw’ immediately conjured up an image of flavorless cardboard. One bite is all it took to change their mind.
I had a hankering for some olive bread a month or so ago and decided that I would try to make my own raw version. I tried a recipe that I found online and I wasn’t crazy about the results. So I played with it quite a bit and came up with a version that I am super proud of and completely in love with. I now have this bread in my fridge at all times. It’s a wonderful texture, packed with flavor and is so high in fiber that your bowel movements will become more regular from eating just a slice or two a day. Hooray for pooping!
Raw Olive Bread
- 3 cups ground flax seed
- 1 cup ground sunflower seed
- 1 cup sun dried tomato
- 30 olives
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 large carrot chopped
- 1 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1/3 cup psyllium husk
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup water
- Grind flax seeds in coffee grinder
- Grind sunflower seeds in coffee grinder
- Add ground seeds together in a large bowl
- Combine all ingredients, except for a large handful of olives, to food processor (if you don’t own a food processor, a blender will work just fine) and process
- Transfer above mixture to bowl with seeds and stir until well combined
- Now add the handful of olives that you set aside earlier and gently mix everything together with your hands
- Allow mixture to thicken for 20 minutes or so
- Shape mixture into a loaf with your hands.
- Cut into slices and place in your dehydrator on 105.
- Dehydrate for 6 hours.