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Whole Grain Flapjacks with Flaxseed Meal
Recently BlogHer Editor Amygeekgrl wrote about the importance of getting enough omega-3 fatty acids, and mentioned flax seeds and hemp seeds as being vegetarian-friendly sources of this important nutrient. Amy's post reminded me that even though I've been experimenting a bit with flaxseed meal, I can do better when it comes to using both of these nutritious ingredients. I decided to get serious about flax seeds, since I already had a bag of flax seed meal hanging out in my freezer.

Ground flax seeds (also called flax seed meal or flaxseed meal) are high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytochemicals are more nutritious than flax seed oil. Whole flax seeds are likely to pass through the body undigested, so ground flax seeds are preferred, but if you buy pre-ground flax seeds, they need to be stored in the freezer to prevent them from quickly going rancid.

Flax seed meal is easy to mix into things like yogurt and cereal, and it can be added in small amounts to almost any recipe for breads, cakes, cookies, or pancakes. I've had good results with using flax seed meal to replace bread crumbs in meatloaf or meatballs, and adding flax seed meal to cookies. It seems like lots of people are discovering the joys of flax seeds, but the one thing I didn't find much agreement on was whether it should be spelled flax seed meal or flaxseed meal. But however you decide to spell it, here are more tasty ways to use flax seed meal.

Bread or Muffins with Flax Seeds
Banana-Date Flaxseed Bread from Sugar Rush
Gluten-Free Multigrain Miracle Bread from I Am Gluten Free
Whole Wheat Orange Spice Muffins from Pinch My Salt
Almost Unforgettable Whole Wheat Blueberry Bread from Hogwash
Oatmeal Knots from The Kitchen Sink
Honey and Toasted Pistachio Muffins from Culinary in the Country
Golden Honey Oat Bread from Real Baking with Rose Levy Beranbaum
Millet Oatmeal Bread from Gluten Free Mommy
Hearty Heart-Loving Muffins from A Veggie Venture
Flax Seed Wheat Bread from The Fresh Loaf
Half Baked Flax Seed Crackers from In Mol Araan
Rustic Flax Seed Currant Bread from Wild Yeast

Breakfast Options with Flax Seeds
Heart Healthy Mini Pancakes from Christine Cooks
Stovetop Granola with Dried Cherries, Pepitas, and Flaxseed from Enlightened Cooking
Cravin' Oatmeal from Do Better
Pancakes with a Purpose from Hogwash (Jess' Whole Grain Flapjacks are in the photo above)
Ginger Carrot Morning Cookies from 28 Cooks
Buttermilk and Flaxseed Pancakes from Little Spatula
Gluten Free Almond Waffles from FamilyStyle Food
Home-Mixed Cereal with Cranberries, Walnuts, and Pecans from Cookthink
Banana Cardamom Breakfast Cake from Cookworm

Cakes or Cookies with Flax Seeds
Light and Luscious Lemon Flaxseed Cake from Blue Kitchen
Farmland Flax Cookies from The Canadian Baker
Gluten Free Tiger Cookies from Gluten a Go-Go
Sesame Nut Cookies from 28 Cooks
Nina's Better Than Wheat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies from Gluten Free Girl

Savory Dishes with Flax Seed
Super Crispy Buttermilk Baked Chicken from Sugar Rush
Swedish Turkey Balls from The Allergic Kid
Caesar Dressing with Flaxseed from The Savory Notebook
Jessica Seinfeld's Chicken Nuggets from La Vie in English
Breaded Tilapia with Flax from Dani Spies

More About Using Flax Seeds
Flax Seeds as an Egg Substitute for Vegan Cooking from One Hot Stove
Grinding Your Own Flax Seeds from Veg Blog
Vegan Baking and Flax Seeds from The Baking Fairy
Using Flaxseeds in Gluten-Free Baked Goods from Gluten a Go-Go
Spotlight on Flax Seeds from Mighty Foods
The World's Healthiest Foods: Flaxseeds
Flax Seed: The Low Carb Whole Grain from About.com

BlogHer Food Editor Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen where she plans to keep experimenting with flaxseed meal.

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