- Gerber flax seed, $11/2 pounds on Amazon.com = $5.50 / pound uncooked
- Columbia County pre-made stuff, $25 / 42 oz on Amazon.com = $9.53 / pound cooked
- Bulk flax seed at Earth Fare, $2.49 / pound uncooked
Ways to prepare
- First time making it – laborious, tastes nasty
- Add fruits, nuts, and dark chocolate chips, tastes better
- Add honey – first by drizzling on, then by soaking it in honey, tastes amazing
Store bought prepared stuff:
Its pretty good because
- You don’t have to make it
- It’s cooked in molasses so it’s sweet.
- It comes in little ball shapes instead of flat bark broken up making it feel more like cereal
- Mostly, because you don’t have to cook / bake it (see number 1) so you just pour it out of a bag
Poor Joe is a trooper the first few times we make this. We carefully measure out water and soak the seeds as directed.
We bake it and get this.
The flax clumps together and according to Joe looks like little bugs. Ack! The stuff that makes it stick together is a mucous that Lyn-Genet says cleans out your digestive system. Ugh only because it’s so true.
So we doctor it up. We add sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, small bits of cut up pears. The pears make the flax mixture soggy. Eventually, we add dark chocolate chips which helps but it’s still kind of bland.
We finally try the store bought stuff. See my list of four reasons above for why it’s better yes, reasons 1 and 2 are the same!
The store bought stuff is pricey – four times the cost in fact. Again, see reasons 1-4 to see if it’s worth it for you!
Here’s the ball shaped that makes it more cereal like.
In the end, we finally find an awesome place to buy the flax for SO MUCH LESS. Buying in bulk at Earth Fare (and maybe Whole Foods and other places too?) is the way to go!
We also discover that adding honey makes the flax seed taste so much better. The catch is that you have to bake it a bit longer to get it crispy.
I hope my evolution of flax seed helps! Trust me, the first few times will be NASTY but then you’ll find your way and then all of a sudden want it every morning. She says this in the book that sounds ludicrous but it’s true. Anne told me she liked it so much that she took it on vacation with her. That sounds crazy but now, I would consider it too.
By the way, I really enjoy slightly sweetened coconut milk, the 80 calories per serving version, with this. I hear (from T) that you can get flax milk (what?), cashew milk, almond, and soy but for low reactivity, coconut milk is preferred. I love it!
Take some time to experiment with your flax granola before starting the Plan. If budget is a concern, take my pro tip and buy it in bulk at your local hipster trendy healthy Whole Foods whole paycheck grocery store : ) so you won’t feel wasteful in your tests. And add honey!