Toast Up Some Flax Seeds For A Versatile, Crunchy Topping

Flax seeds are not only one of the world's oldest crops, but they are also packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and cancer-fighting lignans. Flax seeds can be used as a kind of egg substitute, adding both a protein boost and a nutty taste to an assortment of baked goods recipes such as pancakes, brownies, cookies, bread, and pancakes.

While ground flaxseeds are recommended to be scooped into smoothies or blended into recipes for optimum digestion, whole flaxseeds also carry significant nutritional value. And it isn't only nutrition these tiny morsels carry: Flax seeds add a gratifying texture to crusty loaves of bread and warm bowls of oatmeal. Delivering a mild taste, the smooth seeds can also complement savory dishes like soups and casseroles. But to really kick your recipes up a notch, consider toasting flax seeds for added flavor and texture that can be easily incorporated into an assortment of dishes.

A healthy crunch

Toasted flax seeds are aromatic and crisp, the perfect addition to yogurt parfaits or to serve as a dip for freshly cut fruit. To toast a batch of flax seeds, simply place the whole pieces into a pan and cook over high heat. Keep the seeds moving in the pan so they do not burn. Once you hear popping sounds — similar to the popping noise of popcorn kernels — turn off the flame and set the seeds to the side. The toasted seeds can be topped with your choice of seasonings and spices to complement your intended recipes.

Sprinkle toasted flax seeds on top of baked gluten-free flax muffins or add the toasted ingredient to your favorite homemade granola recipe to introduce both bite and nutrition to your culinary creations. The toasted topping is easy to use and can be quickly used as a salad mix-in to add crunch to your next meal.