Flax is very good for vegan/ vegetarian health. I have listed the many benefits of flax in previous posts. For more info, do check out Buttery flax cookie, Vegan flax cookies and flax truffles.
Ok, here is more anecdotal evidence, an interesting one…. A Mahatma Gandhi quote regarding flax seeds – “Wherever flaxseed becomes a regular food item among the people, there will be better health.”
Pretty cool, eh??!!
This recipe is super simple!! Just 2 ingredients really!! and tastes fantastic. I would strongly recommend you to try it out.
2-Ingredient Easy Flax Bar / Flax Burfi / Flax Squares
- 1 cup Flaxmeal (I used golden, brown is fine too)
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Water
- Elaichi powder (for flavoring)
- Neutral Oil (for greasing the plate)
Add water and sugar to pan, bring to boil.
Once the big bubbles break off and just small bubbles remain (single string consistency), add the flax meal and vigorously stir.
Continue stirring on heat, until the flax move together in 1 lump. They will not stick to the sides of the pan anymore. Empty the mixture to a greased plate
Flatten with damp hand, score immediately. Let it cool, then remove the pieces. Serve!!
Tip ->> If you have whole flax, grind 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp whole flax to get 1 cup flax meal.
2 ways you could mess up the recipe:
- If you let the water-sugar mixture get too hot and too crystalline, then the flax will not dissolve into the syrup, it will become a powdery mix. No way to save it…but it makes for a delicious oatmeal/ dry cereal topper. A useful by-product, just not the bar you were looking for.
- If you pour out the flax mix too early, it will not set on the plate. If that happens, pour it back into the pan, continue to stir until it curls up like a ball into itself. It is now ready. Pour it out and shape.
Step by Step Pics
To get started, all you need (other than love:)) is…
Now for the sugar syrup…
Now for the flax…
Pour into a molding plate. Cut into pieces. Cool and serve
I have given the notes for bloopers in the recipe above.
Don’t get the sugar solution too hot, dry and crystalline, or you will end up with this:
Don’t pour out the flax bar too early, or you will end with a gooey-sweet liquid like this…
Don’t let these bloopers prevent you from making this wonderful treat. If you are ready with greased plate, tongs and medium observation skills, it will be alright!! 🙂
My younger daughter, who is the hardest to get approval from, highly recommends this recipe :). She volunteered to pose for it as a reward for her appreciation.
She also posed holding the bar to show how strong and solid it is :)…
You can easily carry it in a ziploc in your purse for a post-workout snack or a delicious after-school snack. It will not break and is quite shelf-stable from all the sugar.
The original credit for this recipe goes to Manjula’s kitchen, where she made a flax bar with various nut/ nut flours including flax. I decided to brave it out, exclude the other nuts and just go with plain flax. We loved it!! Try out one, either or both style recipes!!
I hope you give this recipe a try. Please post your comments below. I look forward to hearing them.
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