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Today I am sharing one of my favourite gluten free quick bread recipes! Vitamix Recipe #24: Gluten Free Basil & Sun Dried Tomato Flaxseed Focaccia Bread. This gluten free flax bread recipe is so quick, easy, and delicious it will ROCK your world! I can't claim credit for this recipe. I got this recipe from my friend Lois, who made it for one of our girly lunches with Dr Elaine Carter and Sharon. Those of you who have been following me for a while would remember these fabulous ladies from the fiesta verde soup post, raw key lime mousse post, cream of spinach soup post, and many others. They are my fellow passionate whole foodies and kindred spirit friends. Anyway, I was so taken with this recipe that I asked where it was from. Lois said she found it from a video on You Tube. I found variations of this fantastic recipe all over the internet and traced it's origins back to Laura Dolson in her Low Carb column at About.Com. If you don't know about this fabulous resource, check it out. She has some wonderful information and recipes for people following a low carb diet.
Since discovering this recipe, we have all made countless flavourful variations of this original recipe with spectacular results. We have made olive and parsley, roasted garlic and caramellized onion, potato and rosemary, maple banana, pumpkin spice, apple, raisin and cinnamon, and the list goes on. But my favourite way to serve this bread is with basil and rosemary, so this is the one I am posting today. But you get the idea - you really can add anything you like. I love to serve this with soup or salad, serve it as an appetizer with olives and olive oil, or just cut it open for a snack with some vegan spread or nut butter. Oh, show me the way to piggy heaven!
A lot of people make this flax bread in a rectangle baking tray or dish. But I prefer to make a round mound and cut it into triangles like a pizza. It looks gorgeous and is easy to serve. I use a silpat or baking paper to avoid sticking and the bread comes out perfectly every single time. I mix my wet ingredients in my Vitamix. But you can just whisk them by hand if you don't have a blender. Just make sure you only let the mixture set and thicken for a couple of minutes or it will be become very difficult to spread into shape. I make my mound about 1 inch high and when the bread rises a little in the oven, it comes out beautifully. If you are vegan, check out the chickpea socca bread and allergy friendly vegan rosemary and chilli cornbread. They are super quick and delicious too!
Trust me, this super quick flax bread will change your life. It is ridiculously easy and absolutely scrumptious. YUMMO!