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Rustic Grain-Free Bread #Paleo #GlutenFree

03/03/2013 - 18 comments

Every once in awhile, I kinda miss bread, and rather than wreck my gut by indulging in actual wheat filled bread, I’d rather try and come up with an alternative that helps me get through those days where I want some bread but without affecting my body in a negative way.

Rustic Grain-Free, Gluten-Free Paleo bread Recipe

I have been trying to find a grain-free bread recipe that doesn’t taste like coconut and doesn’t crumble. I don’t expect it to be anything like traditional bread as far as taste and texture go, but I do expect it to at least be something with a more neutral taste that I can actually slice. I love coconut but I don’t want my bread tasting like it.

After trying a few different recipes I found one for an artisan style grain-free bread in the book “Paleo Bread – Gluten-Free Bread Recipes for a Paleo Diet” by John Chatham.

The book is small but mighty with 28 grain-free bread recipes that include muffins, scones and pizza crust. The first half of the book gives a quick intro to Paleo for those who are interested but is a great resource even if you don’t define yourself as “paleo” but do follow a grain-free diet. And for those who are gluten-free, these recipes are all gluten-free as well. Some of the recipes use butter and raw honey which is something that some paleo folk frown upon, but I love my grass-fed butter, and I do treat myself to a bit of raw honey at times.

I wasn’t overly optimistic about the recipe, despite the fantastic book reviews, because I’ve had quite a few relative failures attempting grain-free breads. But I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

The rustic grain-free bread didn’t really rise, but most grain-free breads don’t, and the texture is quite dense but it has a very nice flavor and goes great with grass-fed butter or a poached egg on top.

Rustic Grain-Free, Gluten-Free Paleo bread Recipe

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Rustic Grain-Free Paleo Bread
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 cups almond meal or flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted, unsalted grass-fed butter
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp water
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix the flours and butter together in a large bowl until fully combined and then mix in the water.
  3. Beat eggs until fluffy.
  4. Mix eggs and honey with the flour mixture. Stir until fully combined.
  5. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes then stir again (you might need to add more water). Dough should a little bit sticky but not too wet.
  6. Wait another 5 minutes.
  7. Split the dough into 2 pieces and knead each one into a ball. To keep from sticking, you can use almond meal or flour on your hands and on the dough.
  8. Place the dough onto a lined cookie sheet or a pre-heated baking stone.
  9. Cut the tops with a knife and bake for approx. 30 minutes (you might need more or less depending upon your oven).
  10. Loaves should be very brown but not burnt.
  11. Allow to cool, slice and serve.


Rustic Grain-Free, Gluten-Free Paleo bread Recipe

I feel like I indulge when I eat this so it satisfies the emotional part of me that wants bread but gives me the satisfaction of knowing that none of the ingredients are going to cause my body to react the way a traditional bread would.

Have you tried any grain-free bread recipes?

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  • Reply Jennifer 03/06/2014 at 10:11 pm

    Do you have any info on the carbs I this bread?

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  • Reply Kelly 07/11/2013 at 11:43 pm

    I love your recipes!.

  • Reply Abby 05/25/2013 at 12:10 am

    Has anyone tried this with almond flour instead of meal? I don’t have any almond meal!!

  • Reply Jeanelle 05/16/2013 at 12:23 am

    this was delicious! one concern though- I halved the portion to make one loaf, using just one cup of almond flour, 2 tbsp of coconut flour etc. but the batter ended up forming a dough a little bigger than my fist- and the resulting bread was alot smaller than appeared in your pictures. am i just measuring off??

    • Reply Kim 05/17/2013 at 8:48 pm

      I think maybe they look bigger in the picture than they are. They really were just a bit bigger than my fist.

  • Reply gidget 03/12/2013 at 4:15 pm

    AMAZING! My first bite reminded me of a shortbread cookie! It turned out perfect! Can’t wait for breakfast to have it toasted with a little almond butter! Thank you!!!

    • Reply Kim 03/12/2013 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!!!

  • Reply Heather 03/07/2013 at 9:27 pm

    I haven’t tried almond flour yet – will have to pick some up and give this a shot!

  • Reply Kailie 03/06/2013 at 3:56 pm

    YUM! I am going to try this asap! I sure hope its easy for the grain free newbie. Thank you!

  • Reply McKel | Nutrition Stripped 03/05/2013 at 9:50 am

    This looks like an amazing paleo bread! On my list of recipes to try this weekend. Thanks for sharing!! :)

  • Reply Danielle 03/04/2013 at 6:40 pm

    This looks delicious! Do you think it would make a difference if I replaced the almond meal with hazelnut meal? Almonds make me feel like my throat swells up…eep!

    • Reply Kim 03/04/2013 at 6:54 pm

      Hmmmm I would think it would be fine, the almond doesn’t really rise so I can’t imagine the hazelnuts would be any different. I bet it would taste yummy too.

  • Reply pam 03/04/2013 at 12:56 pm

    Wish I hadn’t just shopped because I don’t have almond or coconut flour… didn’t even go down that aisle at WF! I will try this, though, looks wonderful!

    • Reply Kim 03/04/2013 at 12:57 pm

      I has more of a cake-like texture but it absolutely satisfied my bread craving.

  • Reply Nichol 03/04/2013 at 12:31 pm

    I love the minimum ingredients of the bread, and it does look great!

    • Reply Kim 03/04/2013 at 12:56 pm

      I toasted it this morning and it worked out great!