Last week I was massively craving bread. Since I am trying to focus on listening to, and respecting my body, I began my search for a decent gluten free bread recipe. One that didn’t require 100 eggs of 5 tubs of nut butter (I ain’t made of money!).
After scouring the internet I found this recipe from Goop.com.
Before I made this, I think the last time I had homemade bread was last Christmas, when I was still eating gluten.
With a few tweaks, I present my paleo sandwich bread. Yep it’s gluten, dairy, and refined everything free. Moreover, it actually tastes like bread; light, soft pillowy bite and satisfying slicing.
Paleo Sandwich Bread
Makes ½ a small loaf approx 9cm (3.5”) by 11cm (4.3”)
[I was only making it for me, you might want to double the quantities]
½ cup almond flour/ finely ground almonds*
¼ buckwheat flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1/8 cup flaxseed meal
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
Pinch Himalayan pink salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 ½ eggs (medium sized)*
1/8 cup coconut oil
½ tbsp honey
½ tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
*the original recipe stated almond flour but that can be pricey so I used ground almond that picked up in the £ shop and it worked perfectly.
*add the other half of the egg if the mixture looks a little dry. I find a slightly wetter mixture makes a lighter bread.
1. Blend all the dry ingredients to a food processor and pulse.
2. Add the wet ingredients and pulse again.
3. Pour the batter into a greased small tin. [I had to fold up some foil to pad out my tin because I didn’t have a small enough tin].
4. Bake at 180 for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and the crust is golden brown.
Hmmm. You know what would go great with this bread and make the perfect lunch: garlic and smashed avocado.
Garlic is a medicinal member of the onion family. For thousands of years it has been used as an antibiotic to eliminate bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. Apparently using garlic as a mouth wash helps ward off bacterial cavities. Don’t know about you but I prefer my breath minty.
It’s the sulphur-containing compound, Allicin, which provides garlic with its antibiotic properties. These mighty little bulbs also act as a prebiotic which provides food for gut bacteria.
I’ve been integrating a lot of garlic into my diet because I swear my digestion has not been the same since I went to Bali and got the worst travellers sickness ever.
Due to garlics vitamin and mineral content it great for boosting the immune system and warding off colds. Plus, garlic aids blood purification (maybe that’s why vampires hate it) which may help fight the root cause of acne.
Garlic is best consumed raw and works well in salsas, pestos, dips, salads and on toast.
Avocado is a staple of my diet whether it’s smashed, sliced or made into guacamole. Avocados are nutrient dense, a great source of healthy fat and fill me up without making me feel overly full or bloated.
Garlic Bread with Smashed Avocado
2 slices gluten free bread*
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 garlic clove
Pinch Himalayan pink salt
Pinch black pepper
Pinch chilli flakes
*See above. Or if using shop brought gf bread, check the ingredients. Often it’ll be white/corn based with an ingredients list longer than my arm.
1. Put a pan on a medium heat.
2. Melt the coconut oil in a bowl and add the minced garlic clove.
3. Evenly coat one side of the bread with the oil and garlic.
4. Add the bread to the pan, garlic side down.
5. Fry until bread toasts and the garlic is golden.
6. Turn the bread and toast the other side (optional).
7. Remove from the heat and place on a plate. Top with ½ an avocado smashed with a fork (or spread with a butter which I do).
8. Season with pepper, salt and chilli. Serve and enjoy.
*To receive maximum medicinal power from the garlic, you could simply spread the oil and garlic on the bread/toast and consume it raw.
Poached egg and pan fried mushrooms.
Or maybe scrambled egg, smoked salmon, wilted spinach, pan fried mushrooms and grilled tomatoes.
Or make it cheesy with a drizzle of creamy cashew cheese.
I give this recipe a big gar-tick, go on avo go at it.
FYI I loaf you dough much for reading my blog x