Homemade LSA

December 02, 2014

Homemade LSA

I have been eating and making LSA for well over a decade now.  My Mum first introduced it to us as a sprinkle to add on our banana toast for extra protein. LSA is simply a mix of ground up linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds. You can buy LSA in the health food section of most supermarkets or at your local health food store. However, I wanted to share this recipe with you because it is so quick and easy to make at home. That way you can be assured of its freshness and the quality of the ingredients you use. Freshly ground Homemade LSA is just that extra bit special.

You will need to use a good blender, a food processor that can grind up nuts or your Thermomix for this recipe. I also love using organic raw nuts and seeds to make my Homemade LSA. That way I know I am not adding any nasties to our food in the form of pesticides or insecticides. A spoonful of your Homemade LSA really will be a sprinkle of yummy goodness on your food.

So, why do I use LSA? Many of us know about the health benefits of using nuts and seeds. My kids and I eat almonds almost every day as they are a good source of plant-based calcium. They contain vitamin E, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, copper, niacin (vitamin B3) and our good friend fibre. Like almonds, sunflower seeds are a great source of Vitamin E, magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamins B1, B3 and B6. Lastly, linseeds (or flax seeds) also contain calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, and are a great source of vitamin B1. There’s lots of information out there on various health and wellness websites if you want to learn more about the health benefits of almonds, sunflower seeds and linseeds.

I use small quantities of linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds when making my Homemade LSA. I think it’s important to make smaller quantities of LSA at a time because the nuts and seeds can go rancid after a week or two once they have been ground up. To prevent this from happening, you will need to keep your Homemade LSA in an air tight container in the fridge. This will enable you to keep them for longer. This recipe makes 200g of Homemade LSA.

Homemade LSA

Ingredients

  • 100g raw almonds
  • 50g raw sunflower seeds
  • 50g raw linseeds (flax seeds)

Method

Place all of the ingredients in your Thermomix, food processor or blender.

If using a blender or a hand held food processor, grind the ingredients until they look like breadcrumbs. This may take around 30 seconds.

If using a Thermomix, place all of the ingredients in the Thermomix bowl and grind on speed 8 for 10 seconds.

Place your Homemade LSA in an air tight container. I like to use recycled glass jars. Store in the fridge for up to 1 or 2 months.

There are lots of different ways that you can use your Homemade LSA. It is delicious sprinkled on top of some banana toast, drizzled with some raw honey or rice malt syrup. Add a tablespoon or two to your smoothies each day. Sprinkle some on top of your homemade Gluten Free Toasted Muesli or your Paleo Muesli with Dates and Nuts. If you’re having a bowl of coconut yoghurt and fruit, sprinkle a tablespoon of Homemade LSA on top to add good fats and extra nutrients to your snack. It’s also lovely sprinkled on top of some avocado toast that has some freshly ground black pepper and Himalayan salt sprinkled on top.

Once you start adding LSA to your meals and snacks regularly, it will become habit and then you’ll find your own ways of eating it. Give it a try and start experimenting!




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