I chose this particular recipe because one, it’s high in protein and two, I have plenty of Quinoa! I made my own toasted quinoa flour in the blender. I chose to toast the quinoa before I made it into flour, but you can make the flour and then bake it in the oven for several hours(not my idea of fun!) So, I toasted it in a dry skillet on the stove until it was fragrant and turning brownish, placed in bender until it was a flour consistency ~ There, now you have toasted quinoa flour! I found this recipe on the web from a blogger in NYC, her name is Alyssa Rimmer and her site is called SimplyQuinoa.com and it is a wonderful site! A site all about Quinoa, which is a great protein, and full of fiber with 8 gr of protein and 5 gr of fiber per serving! Alyssa sends me emails every one to 3 days with tips on cooking, and, like todays email, all about getting in your greens without having another salad. Although, I can eat a salad everyday, some people would rather not eat a salad at all. Anyway, back to the bread. Most have trouble the first time they make gluten-free anything, so I went with someone who has already made the mistakes.
I made this for the first time today, and it is, I must say, very good! I forgot to put in the salt!!!! (I guess you have to make at least one mistake before it’s all good) So, I had to dump the dough back into the mixer and add salt and place new parchment paper in the loaf pan, poured back into the pan and placed in the window! Within 10 minutes I could see that it was going to work. It started to rise and I did the happy dance!! It did not double in size, but I equate that to the whole forgetting the salt thing. I love the sunflower seeds and even the whole quinoa, but I was skeptical about the poppy seeds. Maegan likes it, I like it, Darrell likes it. Devin… well, Devin’s still getting used to the idea of going gluten-free, and not really happy about it. With poppy seeds aside, the whole family will eat this bread. It is not like the cardboard gluten-free bread that you will buy at the super market. It is, in fact, very much like homemade bread like when I was a kid, only not with whole wheat flour. I had two pieces (yellows for the day, haha!) to make a turkey sandwich with spinach and 1/2 slice cheese on one piece of bread, toast. Both were very good, the sandwich not only held up, but tasted very wholesome! And the toast was also the bomb! Afterwards, no tummy problems. Just sayin’! Alyssa says that she is going to try turning this into cinnamon raisin bread. I’m sure to go back for that recipe! Enjoy!