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8 Fantastic, Fiber-Packed Ways to Cook With Ground Flaxseed

Flaxseed

What


We’re big fans of keeping a bag of flaxseed meal in our pantries to blend into smoothies and boost our AM bowls of oatmeal. But it seems like no matter how many spoonfuls of the stuff we use on the regular, it’s almost impossible to go through our supply before its expiration date. Happily, there are many ways to use up this nutty flour and plenty of reasons to make a point of it. From baked goods to pancakes — and even some treats for our four-legged friends — the good eats below are sure to pack the flavor and protein and keep you full for hours.

Why

Flax seeds are not only high in omega-3s, but they also pack a healthy amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber for just pennies. (That’s a whole lotta wins, right?) Touting a reputation for lowering your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, these teeny seeds sure pack quite a healthy punch.

There’s just one catch: Flax seeds really need to be milled in order for our bodies to take advantage of all they have to offer. Grinding them up yourself as needed is certainly your best bet (kind of like how it works with freshly ground coffee beans), but having a bag of the factory-ground stuff all ready to go is even more convenient. If you go the latter route, take care when choosing which bag to bring home from the store. Some brands remove the outer hull, which happens to deliver the bulk of the nutritional benefits, so you’ll want to find a reputable source (Bob’s Red Mill is one) that’ll give you the most bang for your buck.

How

To keep your flax seeds — whether whole or ground — fresher longer, be sure to store them in a cool, dry place. The freezer is a great choice in order to prevent the naturally occurring oils in the seeds from going rancid. If you’re into experimenting with recipes, you can even play around with swapping out a mix of flaxseed meal and water for eggs — a terrific vegan baking trick that everyone can enjoy. Scroll on down for our fave, must-try flaxseed meal eats.

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1. Salted Double Chocolate Flax Cookies: Soft and fudgy, these brownie-like cookies sneak in a little flaxseed action and whole grains into every gooey bite. (via Wholesomely Homemade)

Creamy Almond Butter With Flaxseeds

2. Creamy Maple Roasted Almond Butter With Flax Seeds: A custom blend of maple-syrup-roasted almonds and flax seeds makes every spoonful of this DIY nut butter waaaay better than any you can buy at the store. (via Veggie and the Beast Feast)

Roasted Eggplant and Walnut Pesto with Flaxseed Bread

3. Roasted Eggplant and Walnut Pesto With Flaxseed Bread: Toasted slices of this nutty, naturally gluten-free flaxseed bread pair wonderfully with the roasted eggplant and walnut pesto spooned over top. The loaf is made primarily of flaxseed meal and eggs, making it higher in both fiber and protein than most. (via Tasse D’Amour)

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4. Mocha Coconut Flax Cake With Mocha Coconut Frosting: Coffee and chocolate fans will swoon over this frosted pound cake. We’d definitely be tempted to sneak a slice at breakfast to pair with our morning cup of joe. (via Healthy Sweet Eats)

Flaxseed Porridge

5. Flaxseed Porridge: You don’t even need to light the stove to make a bowlful of this creamy banana, chia and flaxseed porridge; just stir everything together the night before and let time work its magic. (via Delicious Blog Lucie)

Flaxseed Pancakes

6. Six-Ingredient Flax Protein Pancakes: Scaled to make just a single serving, this short stack feels even more indulgent. Even better, they’re high in protein to keep you satisfied for hours. (via Everything Needs Salt)

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

7. Key Lime Pie Cupcakes: Why should pie have all the fun with tangy key limes? Go the unexpected route with these personal-sized cakes made without eggs, dairy or gluten. (via Food52)

Flaxseed Dog Biscuits

8. Spinach Flaxseed Dog Treats: Even our pooches can benefit from flax seeds! This nutritional powerhouse helps keep their fur, skin and joints healthy. A few spoonfuls of bacon grease mixed into these biscuits ensure they’ll be gobbled right up. (via Vanessa Baked)

What are some of your favorite ways to use flaxseed meal? Do you have a hard time using up a full bag before it goes bad? Let’s chat in the comments!

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*