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Old 07-09-2010, 11:05 AM
Eloriel Eloriel is offline
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Substitute ingredient for psyllium husks?

Hi, everyone.

Our local paper had a feature on raw food not long ago and I clipped the recipes. I'm about to make 2 of them this afternoon.

BUT, I'm really not lovin' the psyllium husks in this recipe for "Raw Lemon-Pineapple Squares" --

It has a cashew nut crust and then the filling:

3 C frozen pineapple (two 10-oz. packages)
1/2 C fresh lemon juice
1 C raw agave nectar
3/4 C psyllium seed husks
1/4 C finely shredded coconut (to sprinkle on top)

You just process the first 3 ingredients, then add in the psyllium and pulse to combine, then pour over crust, sprinkle with coconut. Refrigerate so the filling will congeal.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 07-10-2010, 05:52 PM
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Princess Elaine Princess Elaine is offline
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Hmmm, I'm wondering if chia seeds would work???

I'm gonna keep checking back and see what others would use,.

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Old 07-11-2010, 12:28 PM
joliepolie joliepolie is offline
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though I haven't made this particular recipe....I have had success grinding the chia seeds to a powder and then incorporating them into my liquid portion of recipes for firming up.
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:33 PM
Leon Leon is offline
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psyllium substitute

psyllium husk powder is a soluable fiber so any of the following could possibly be substituted:

Oat/Oat bran
Dried beans and peas
Flax seed

However, am not sure how the flavor would be affected.
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:39 AM
marykays1 marykays1 is offline
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Hi Patricia,

I know you only asked about the psyllium, but I just have to open my big mouth about other stuff too! LOL Here goes:

re the pineapple: Use fresh instead. I think they're in season now anyway.

And that sounds like a LOT of lemon, and a lot of sweetener to "counter" all the lemon and WOW, 3/4 c seems like a ton of psyllium to me too!

My ideas are to use a little ground flax maybe , or whole chia seeds to "sop up" some of the excess liquid. (I just don't like ground chia seeds --brings out a bitter flavor, IMO) as well as some extra dried organic coconut.

Re the coconut, you must use organic or they can use some bad stuff in drying. And even if it is organic, it's probably heated to about 175---

And now, mind you, I've not tried this recipe, so I'm only guessing! But here's another idea: I think it's Cafe Gratitude who makes a similar raw pie from pineapple, dried coconut, and apricots on a cashew nut crust. I don't believe they use any flax or psyllium - the coconut and dried apricots sop up the liquid. You could try winging it, by dicing your pineapple, and putting a little in a blender, then soaking some cut up apricots in that blended pineapple juice for a couple hours. Then combining all with handfuls of coconut, a squeeze of lemon and then sweeten to taste. A pinch of salt and the seeds from a vanilla bean would add some good flavor/bring out the sweetness.

Then pour over your crust, sprinkle on a little coconut.

My thoughts anyway!

Mary Kay
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:13 AM
psyllium psyllium is offline
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Very informative and interesting article to be read...thanks for sharing it
psyllium husk
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:46 AM
marykays1 marykays1 is offline
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So Patricia, It's been a long time since you posted, but whatever became of it - er, if you even remember?!

Mary Kay
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