300 g (10½ oz / 1¾ cups) whole uncooked quinoa seed
60 g (2 fl oz / ¼ cup) whole chia seed
250 ml / 1 cup water (use half to soak chia seeds and the other half to combine in the food processor)
60 ml ( 2 fl oz / ¼ cup ) olive oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
juice from ½ lemon
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
½ cup black or Kalamata olives, sliced
Preheat oven to 160 C / 320 F. fan forced oven.
Soak quinoa in plenty of cold water overnight in the fridge.
Soak chia seed in ½ cup water until gel like – this can be done overnight as well, but just give it a few stirs at the beginning.
Drain the quinoa and rinse really well through a sieve. Make sure the water is fully drained from your sieve.
Place the quinoa into a food processor.
Add chia gel, ½ cup of water, olive oil, baking soda, sea salt and lemon juice.
Mix in a food processor for 3 minutes. Add rosemary and olives and stir. The bread mix should resemble a batter consistency with some whole quinoa still left in the mix.
Spoon into a loaf tin lined with baking paper on all sides and the base.
Bake for 1 ½ hours until firm to touch and bounces back when pressed with your fingers. Mine took 1½ hours – oven temps can vary slightly – but the bread needs the time to cook and for the quinoa to become tender.
Remove from the oven and cool for 30 minutes in the tin…then remove from the tin and cool completely on a rack or board. The bread should be slightly moist in the middle and crisp on the outside. Cool completely before eating.
Serve delicate slices only when cold with a serrated knife.
Store wrapped in the fridge for up to 1 week.(yes this can be frozen for up to 3 months)
Delicious lightly toasted on a pan.
Serves 12 – and best served lightly toasted in a pan until golden on both sides.
Notes + Inspiration
Serve topped with macadamia nut butter.
Pump up the protein and add 2 tablespoons of Pure Pea Protein before baking
Sprinkle with sunflower seeds before baking.
The whole seed must be used – please don’t use rolled quinoa or the flour.
Hulled millet can be used in place of quinoa in this recipe