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Flax: A Little Seed With Big Health Benefits
Flaxseed is a major plant source of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, which your body converts into essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3s have anti-aging benefits, help regulate hormone production, and protect heart function by reducing blood clotting and preventing irregular heartbeat.
Omega-3s are also thought to reduce arthritis symptoms and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Bundt Cake
Makes 16 servings
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, or walnuts
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/3 cup whole flaxseeds, ground
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup rice bran oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup prune puree, prune pie filling or Sunsweet Lighter Bake
1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate, or chocolate chips
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.
Spread nuts in a small baking pan and bake until golden and fragrant, 5-7 minutes.
Transfer to a plate to cool.
Whisk flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Add buttermilk, brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
Mix hot water and prune puree in a measuring cup; add to the batter and whisk until incorporated.
Fold in chocolate and the nuts with a rubber spatula.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.
Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-55 minutes.
Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Turn out onto the rack to cool completely.
Dust with confectioners’ sugar.
Per serving: 266 calories, 10 g total fat (2 g saturated), 27 mg cholesterol, 342 mg sodium, 44 g total carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.
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from Flavor First by Cheryl Forberg, RD