Goodie Bread - Gluten Free Nut and Seed Bread
Updated: Feb 12
Of all the giving up gluten challenges, giving up bread in our western diet may be the toughest. There are a wide range of shop bought gluten free options available, the challenge being they are so high in carbohydrates, highly refined ingredients and additives that they earn a well deserved, "Thanks but, no thanks!".
And seriously who wants to face life without smashed avo on toast, or a side of buttery toast with a warming soup? Me neither! Personally, I love a heavy, dark pumpernickel style bread so here is my take on a satisfying staple which is at the same time gluten free, yeast free, filling, tasty and stores well.
This is a very flexible recipe in that you can add and improvise based on what is in the pantry. Its a treat for us, not an everyday food, so we slice the loaf into 18 pieces and freeze it in baggies to thaw as needed.
The aim is to end up with 8 cups of dry ingredients in whatever blend and texture you prefer. I tend to mill some in the food processor and roughly chop the rest, but each loaf is different. The loaf in the photo was all blitzed in the food processor givng a heavy but finer textured loaf.
1 cup of flax seeds
1 cup of chia seed
Mill or blitz finely:
1 cup of almonds
1 cup of sunflower seeds
1 cup flax seeds
1 cup of almonds
1 cup of walnuts
1 cup of pepitas
Sesame or poppy seeds to top
2 tsp carraway seed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp carb soda
2 tbs molasses or natural honey or 1 tbs rapadura or coconut palm sugar
2 tbs coconut oil or olive oil
2 cups of black coffee - room temp
Mill the various ingredients to the desired texture.
Soak the flax and chia with the carraway seeds in cool black coffee, adding enough liquid to make a thick paste, keep the remainder aside to use if your mix becomes too dry. Soak for up to 30 minutes.
Blend all of the ingredients in a bowl, you are looking for a thick batter, not runny. If its too runny you can add either a couple of spoons of arrowroot or besan flour, psyllium or coconut flour. It's not an exact science as the ingredients vary.
Line a loaf pan and top with seeds, bake at 180C for 45 minutes. When a skewer comes out clean and the top taps a nice hollow sound you are done. Remove from the pan and cool on a rack.
I cut into slices once cool, bag it and freeze it - well except the end pieces, they're MINE with butter!!!
Suggestions and Options:
Substitute the liquid for bone broth to increase protein and gut healing collagen and elastin.
Slice thinly and put through the toaster twice for tasty dipping bites.
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