• Packed with protein, healthy fats and flavour, this bread is a revelation! It’s wonderfully filling and incredibly delicious – you’ll only need a slice or two to keep hunger at bay for a couple of hours. Make a loaf, slice it thinly and freeze for breakfasts and lunches on the run. Add nutritious toppings like smashed avo with a squeeze of lemon juice or pan-fried spinach with a poached egg.

    Recipe and styling by Claire Ferrandi

    Photograph by Annalize Nel

    Dietary advice by Maryke Gallagher, RD SA (BSC Diet, MNUTR) 

    Baby marrow, seed and herb no-grain bread

    Serves: Makes 1 loaf (15 slices)
    Cooking Time: 1 hr 15 mins


    • 190g whole flaxseeds/linseeds
    • 60g ground almonds
    • 3 extra large eggs
    • 30ml (2 tbsp) canola/olive oil + extra, to grease
    • 7,5ml (1½ tsp) bicarbonate of soda
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • 7,5ml (1½ tsp) fennel/caraway seeds (optional)
    • 85ml water
    • 2,5ml (½ tsp) fine salt
    • 80ml ( cup) sesame seeds
    • 60ml (4 tbsp) sunflower seeds
    • 260g baby marrow, finely grated
    • ½ garlic clove, peeled and minced (optional)
    • large handful chives, finely sliced



    Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease a 21,6cm x 11,4cm x 6,35cm loaf tin (1L capacity) with a little oil. Line the base and sides of the loaf tin with baking paper.


    Add the flaxseeds or linseeds to a blender and blitz, about 1 minute. Depending on the strength of your blender, the seeds may or may not become fine – roughly chopped is what you’re aiming for and if your blender doesn’t blitz them at all, that is fine too.


    Add the ground almonds, eggs, canola or olive oil, bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice, fennel or caraway seeds, if desired, water and salt to a blender. Blitz until well combined, about 3 minutes, and allow to absorb and thicken, about 10 minutes.


    Stir in the remaining ingredients and combine well, then pour into the prepared loaf tin. Smooth the top of the batter with a spatula.


    Bake in the preheated oven, 50 – 60 minutes or until firm but springy to the touch. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack, before turning out (using a sharp knife to release it from the tin, if needed). Slice either to serve or slice the whole loaf and freeze for on-the-run snacks. Serve the baby marrow, seed and herb no-grain bread either fresh or toasted.

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