There are plenty of opinions on using honey as plant-based eaters. We are rebels, though. Bees are crazy amazing and honey is called a superfood - full of nutrients and thought to be immunity-boosting and antibacterial. I love that it can be produced locally as opposed to some of the other natural sweeteners that are imported. On that note, we love local maple syrup as well!
Someone recently gave us a bottle of honey from their own beehive. How can you say no to a gift like that? Well, you can't. And before you get on me for using [local, gifted] honey and how horrid and unethical I am, just know that you can use agave or maple syrup instead :)
I decided to try a honey oat chia bread, and I love what came out!
I had not had much luck with baking bread in a loaf pan, so that is why I stuck with the super easy artisan bread that I made in my dutch oven, but last week I was inspired to try something new. I hadn't made bread for a bit and my husband really wanted some. The only problem with the bread I usually make was that I prep them the night before to be ready to bake the next day. Of course, I kept forgetting to do that, and when we finally ran out of bread, I knew I needed one to be done that day. So I tried and after a few tries, I finally got it just how I liked it, and am pleased to say that we have a new favourite quick-loaf.
I also have a loaf pan with 4 cavities, so I am going to try to make mini loaves for neighbours!
It's a perfectly sweet-ish bread that is great for sandwiches and your morning toast fix.
Related: Tomato Roasted Almond Spread
Honey Oat Chia Loaf
Yield: 2 loaves
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1/4 cup honey (or agave or maple syrup)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 TBSP ground flax
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- In a large bowl, mix water, yeast and honey. Let stand for 5 minutes until bubbly.
- Mix in olive oil, oats, ground flax and salt
- Mix in all-purpose flour.
- Mix in whole wheat flour 1/2 cup at a time. You might not need all the flour.
- Knead dough for 5 minutes. Dough should be tacky, but too sticky.
- Put dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let sit for at least one hour, until doubled.
- After it has doubled, gently deflate the dough by pressing your fist into the center of it.
- Divide the dough into two and shape into two loaves. Place loaves into greased bread pans. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees about 20 minutes in.
- Optional: Just before baking brush loaves with water, and sprinkle with oats and chia seeds.
- Place in oven and bake for 40 minutes.
- Once baked, allow the bread to rest and cool for about 5 minutes before removing it from the pan and cooling on wire rack.
Do you make your own bread? What's your favourite kind?
Let me know below - I always want to try something new!