This breakfast is not only tasty, but also incredibly healthy! The apples each contain 5 grams of fiber, including pectin, which is very beneficial for cleansing the gallbladder. Flax is one of the highest sources of soluble fiber, which cleanses the colon and reduces cholesterol. Flax seeds contain up to 800 times more active lignans (plant estrogens found in the outer husk) than other plant sources. Studies have shown that these powerful antioxidants may reduce the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers, such as breast and prostate cancers. Slippery elm bark powder is an exceptionally healing herb that soothes inflammation in the stomach and small intestine. It has a slightly sweet taste and a smooth, silky texture.
Note: If you choose to grind your own flax seeds in a coffee grinder, set it to extra fine for a smooth result. Occasionally, I like to replace the flax seeds in this recipe with ground chia seeds for variety.
3 medium apples (unpeeled), cored and diced
1⁄2 cup water
2 tbsp flax protein powder or finely ground flax seeds
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp slippery elm bark powder + 2 tbsp filtered water
1 tbsp chopped almonds
1 tbsp shredded coconut
to taste unsweetened almond milk (for serving)
1. cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes until the apples are soft and mushy. If you plan to use slippery elm bark powder as a topping, add an extra 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of water before cooking apples.
2. Remove from heat; mix in the flax protein powder or flax seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon until smooth.
3. Portion into a breakfast bowl (or two). Top with slippery elm bark powder, chopped almonds and/or shredded coconut, and almond milk.
Makes 2 small servings or 1 very large serving.