Pumpkin Seed Bread

Pumpkin Seed Bread

April 20, 2022

Author - Arena Walton

Makes 1 loaf (10 slices), 1hr 45 minutes

1 ½ cups Filtered water

3 TblSp Extra virgin olive oil

1 TblSp Maple syrup

1 TblSp Apple cider vinegar

2 TblSp Chia seeds

½ cup Almonds*

¾ cup pepitas*, plus extra for topping the loaf

¼ cup Pine nuts

½ cup GF plain baking flour

½ cup Buckwheat flour

¾ tsp Mixed spice

¾ tsp Bi-carb soda

¾ tsp Sea salt

¼ cup Cranberries, roughly chopped

¼ Sesame seeds

*We reccomend either using activated nuts & seeds or rinsing & presoaking/sprouting them yourself.

Pre-heat a fan forced oven to 150 degrees. Line a baking loaf tin with a little olive oil and parchment paper.

Measure filtered water into a jug with olive oil, maple, apple cider vinegar and chia seeds. Whisk to combine and set aside. Lightly toast the almonds in a fry pan over medium heat until browned on both sides. Remove to cool on a chopping board and roughly chop. Lightly toast the pepitas and pine nuts in the same pan and set aside. In a separate bowl, place the flours, mixed spice, bi-carb, sea salt, cranberries, sesame seeds, chopped toasted almonds, toasted pepitas and pine nuts. Mix to combine. Pour the wet chia mix into the dry mix and stir to combine. Let it rest for 15mins so the chia mix (egg replacement) gets a chance to activate, the mixture will thicken slightly looking more like a cake mix.

Pour mixture into the prepared line loaf tin, sprinkle with extra pepitas. Bake in pre-heated oven for 55-60 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

Let the loaf cool down completely before cutting with e serrated bread knife.

Serve this bread with savoury or sweet toppings, it’s very versatile!

Ideas include - avocado and sauerkraut, quark/cream cheese , nut butter and banana, and a great way to eat raw honey.

Nutrition Advice by Naturopath Manon Bocquet from The Naturopath's Corner

Zinc - Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds) - Zinc has to be one of my favourite nutrients, as it is needed in so many aspects of our health from immune function, metabolism, digestion, mood regulation and tissue healing just to name a few.

It is found in high amounts in meat, liver, eggs and seafood but is also present in plant foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes, wholegrains, mushrooms and soy.

Note that seeds (like pepitas) contain phytates which can reduce zinc absorption, soaking/rinsing or sprouting are ways to reduce phytates and therefore increase zinc absorption.

Disclaimer: This is general advice only, it is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your qualified health professional with questions you may have regarding your personal health or a medical condition.

Raw Honey - Honey is one of these ancient remedies that has been used in many different cultures throughout history.

The medicinal properties of honey vary greatly according to the composition of the nectar and quality of the flowers it originated from.

It is particularly useful in reducing the severity of nocturnal cough in people with upper respiratory tract infections and is also used to sooth an irritated throat.

Please note that honey should not be given to children under 12 months of age.