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Harvest bread (gluten free/vegan with grain free option) and an explanation of the “vata” dosha

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This is the perfect bread for fall! My kids can’t get enough of this stuff! You can make it using only raw buckwheat flour if you want grain free. Buckwheat is excellent for balancing your blood sugar and it is a good source of magnesium. It is also good for helping to dry dampness in the body (mucas, infections, sluggish digestion).  It can also increase “vata” which can be overly drying especially in individuals with a more “vata” type constitution. You can figure out your dominant dosha by taking a quiz here: http://doshaquiz.chopra.com/?gclid=CNPlvZuG4LkCFUpBQgodNAgAmg

Vata types tend to be very energetic, have difficulty focusing, artistic,anxious,nervous,dry skin and usually very thin body frames. Fall is a vata season so everyone will naturally have an increase of vata in the fall. So if you do have an excess of vata in your body I would recommend using gluten free oat flour instead of buckwheat. Oats are calming and nourishing and would be a great soothing food for vata types.

Harvest bread

1/4 cup coconut flour (ground coconut shreds)

3/4 cup raw buckwheat groat flour or oat flour(or half of each)

1/2 cup walnut flour

3 tablespoons tapioca flour

1/2 cup cooked butternut squash

3 tablespoons melted earth balance butter (or grassfed butter)

1 tablespoon coconut milk

3 tablespoons orange juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

zest of 1 small lemon

4 tablespoons maple/honey

4 packets stevia (or more as needed)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup of each: raisins,dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon ground flax seeds mixed with 1/4 cup of warm water

2 tablespoon cinnamon powder

large pinch of allspice

large pinch of sea salt

*Combine the ground flax seeds and warm water and let sit for a few minutes.

*Grind your “flours” and mix ingredients together.

* Pour into a greased loaf pan and cook at 350 for about 30 minutes or until slightly firm.

* Let cool and enjoy! Makes about 8 servings

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2 thoughts on “Harvest bread (gluten free/vegan with grain free option) and an explanation of the “vata” dosha

  1. I was wondering if you can substitute yam for butternut squash and what are acceptable substitutes for stevia. I don’t care for the taste of stevia and trying to use what I have on hand.

    • I haven’t tried yam but I’m sure it work just fine! You can just add a few more tablespoons of honey or maple if you don’t like stevia. Since you would be adding more liquid I would also add a little more of the oat/buckwheat flour also:)

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