Bread sticks are the most appealing appetizer when settling for Italian cuisine. I love to munch on bread sticks endlessly and then it struck me I should opt for some healthy version of bread sticks so that I can avoid the unwanted calories and fat in my diet. While trying to create this Quinoa Almond Herbed Bread Sticks my main concern was that I wanted this recipe to be friendly for all especially for those who do not eat eggs or follow a vegan diet. I tried both and the results were amazing. Can’t ask for more healthier and versatile bread sticks.
Quinoa Almond Herbed Bread Sticks [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- 1 cup quinoa (cooked & cooled)
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal
- ¾ cup water
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp garlic (chopped)
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 tsp mixed herbs
- ½ tsp crushed pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tbsp. maple syrup
- ½ tbsp. olive oil
- Preheat oven at 400 degree Fahrenheit. Prepare a cookie sheet with a liner and grease it well.
- Grind the cooked quinoa just up to it starts to form lumps.
- Soak flaxseed meal in the water for 10 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients.
- Now pour all the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix vigorously. Make sure there are no lumps. I prefer using my hands to make sure there are no lumps.
- Spoon the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet and spread it into a rectangular/oblong shape with your hands gently without breaking the batter.
- Put the sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the tester comes out clean and the sides starts browning.
- Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely or else it will break. Now cut into desired shape.
- Drizzle some olive oil and serve with marinara sauce/cheese dip. Can be toasted for crisper version and if desired sprinkle some shredded mozzarella cheese and then toast it.
This recipe is vegan and gluten free and hence will not be super crispy. It will definitely satisfy your cravings for bread sticks in a healthier version. For mixed herbs I used a mixture of parsley, basil, oregano and rosemary (dried). Feel free to use any dried/fresh herbs of your choice.