Healthy tomato bruschetta makes great gluten free snacks
I am crazy about bruschetta, but since making and loving the upgrade to a gluten free diet, I haven’t made it in a very long time. Recently I visited Spain, and after indulging in the local pan con tomate (which is essentially bruschetta without the basil), I got fired up about finding a healthy new way to make these gluten free snacks so I could get these marvellous flavours mingling on my tongue!
I think you’ll really love this dish. The rosemary chili cornbread is dense, savoury and moreish. Every time you make it, it’s highly likely it’ll be polished off in one day. You can cut the bread any way you want. I particularly love to cut it into little canapé sized rectangles that beg to be topped with yumminess. The bread holds it’s structure nicely and doesn’t crumble under the weight of toppings, which other gluten free snacks have a tendency to do.
While many toppings will go beautifully with this cornbread, the ultimate for me is juicy tomatoes cut into teeny pieces and swimming in their own juices along with garlic, olive oil and basil. Spoon it liberally overtop of the quick bread. The juice immediately soaks into the bread and the flavour that results is just wow!
Healthy Tomato Bruschetta - Rosemary Chili Cornbread Base
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup chickpeas
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 egg add 2 Tbsp additional chia seeds + ¼ cup water if omitting egg
- 1 Tbsp rosemary
- 2 tsp pink salt
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp chili powder
Preheat oven to 390F (200C)
Add everything into a blender and blend on high for about 15 seconds
Pour the batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet
Cook for 22-25 minutes. When browned take out of oven and let cool
Once cool, cut into rectangles the size of typical bruschetta (roughly 3 inches by 2 inches / 7.5 cm x 5 cm)
I have included two versions above: One that is vegan and one that includes an egg. The version with the egg is more dense and suitable to handheld eating. The version without the egg tastes virtually identical but is slightly less dense and my testers felt it works better when eaten off a plate.
Healthy Tomato Bruschetta - The Topping