• 1

    Loaf

  • Prep Time 2 hrs

  • Total Time 3 hrs

  • No refined sugar

  • Vegan

Gluten-free nut bread with hemp and chia recipe

  • 1

    Loaf

  • Prep Time 2 hrs

  • Total Time 3 hrs

  • No refined sugar

  • Vegan

This recipe is for all my gluten-free bread lovers. I have perfected this loaf to be moist and dense at the same time. The bread is packed with nuts and seeds, making it extremely satisfying. I took everything I loved about a good loaf of bread and re-created a healthy and naturally gluten-free version. I like something loaded with flavour, texture and beneficial nutrients.

I am often reluctant to buy bread because I typically cannot eat it all while it is still fresh. I do not like freezing it either since it never quite retains its consistency. What I love about this recipe is that there is absolutely nothing but real ingredients, so it keeps well in the fridge. It is slightly nutty and goes with just about anything. It is incredible on its own, both cold or warmed up. I also love to enjoy a slice with jam, nut butter or avocado.

This bread is officially my new favourite snack, great for before a workout, too! Although compact, a slice of this bread is satisfying, it has everything my body needs for optimal functioning. The nuts and seeds are packed with protein and fibre. The Erbology Organic Hemp Seed Powder and Erbology Organic Chia Powder add good fats, more protein, and fibre!

There is a little work involved here, but it is definitely well-rewarded. Before you can even start, you need to hydrate the seeds and nuts for at least 2-3 hours. This becomes the nut and seed mixture to which you add the remaining ingredients. Eventually, this will also be what helps to keep the dough together.

The baking process is relatively simple, it just takes longer than regular bread. Halfway through the bake time, you will take the loaf out of the tray so that it can finish baking on a baking sheet. Even if it appears to rise, it will eventually return back to its compact size. This bread is similar to the German rye bread in that it does not need to rise, it is moist and dense!

I must warn you, this bread is a bit addictive. You will probably want to double this recipe (maybe even triple) because everyone will ask for a second slice. All your meals will be served with a side of bread from now on, but for a very good reason!

Hemp vs. chia

A lot of people want an answer as to which seed is the healthiest. However, nutrition is not that simple. Seeds are important to our diets because of the minerals, fatty acids, fibre, and phytonutrients they provide. All of these nutrients provide essential health benefits and therefore different seeds are not better or worse than one another but are better at providing certain nutrients.

Hemp and chia seeds are common in a plant-based diet as they provide dietary fibre and protein. People may gravitate towards hemp seeds for their mineral content, particularly iron and magnesium. Those who need to introduce more fibre may go with chia seeds. Chia seeds are recognized for their soluble fiber and omega-3 content. Like any dietary choice, you need to find what works for your body. Ideally, you eat a variety of seeds so that you are fulfilling nutrient recommendations from an array of foods.

Written By: Danielle Bear

 

(Singh, B. “Https://Www.shape.com/Healthy-Eating/Diet-Tips/Ask-Diet-Doctor-Should-i-Eat-Flaxseeds-Chia-Seeds-and-Hemp-Seeds.” International Journal of Pharmaceutics., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 4 Apr. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17329047.

“Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS).” NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ods.od.nih.gov/.

Rose, Teri. “Difference Between Flax, Chia, and Hemp Seeds.” Perfectly Produce, 20 July 2017, www.perfectlyproduce.com/differences-flax-chia-hemp/.

Ingredients

Here's how you do it

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl adding water and stirring really well.
  2. Leave to rest for at least 2 hours to absorb all the liquid and hydrate.
  3. When you are ready to bake the bread, preheat the oven to 350º F.
  4. Prepare a bread tray with parchment paper.
  5. Pour the mix into the tray and even it out using a spatula.
  6. Bake for 40 mins then take out of tray and bake again for 30 mins on a baking sheet or directly on oven rack.
  7. Take out of the oven and let it cool down before slicing.
  8. Once cooled down, keep in the fridge. Enjoy!

Tags

  • Bread
  • Energy
  • Fiber
  • Gluten-free
  • Omega 3
  • Omega 6
  • Protein
  • Vitamin D

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