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Grain free bread making

IMG_0297 - CopyAlthough man cannot live by bread alone, it’s pretty tough to live without it!  It would be great if I could just stop at the grocery store and pick up some grain free bread, but I haven’t found any nearby.  There is a company in California that will ship you bread, but it’s a bit pricy and paying $10 for a loaf of bread is way out of my price range.  I felt like I had no choice but to make my own.  I started with the gluten free recipes that came with my bread maker.  I thought that I might just be able to substitute grain free flour and boom I’d have bread.

I was wrong!

After almost 5 months of baking bricks, doorstops, and crumbly loaves, I think I’ve got a recipe that I can live with.

My Guidelines for Grain Free bread:

  • Must be able to slice into ½ inch slices
  • Must resemble grain based bread in appearance and taste
  • Must stand up to the grilled cheese test, toaster test, and French toast test.
  • Must be a recipe I can make in my bread maker
  • Should not use too much almond flour (bad for autoimmune diseases like endometriosis & arthritis)
  • Should not taste too “beany”, “almondy”, or “coconutty”
  • Should absorb liquid like grain based bread so I can use it for bread crumbs and stuffing
  • Should use ingredients that require minimal prep.  No use of extra appliances to prepare ingredients.
  • Should cost less than $3 per loaf to make.

 

Yes, I want it all!  I want grain free bread that I don’t know is grain free!  I want to feel normal!  I’ve been working like crazy for the last 5 months, adapting recipes, trying different flours, and I did it!  This week I cracked the recipe for grain free bread that meets nearly all of the above criteria!

Ingredients:

1 ½ c Milk,  Almond Milk, or coconut milk

¼ c olive oil (if using coconut milk or whole milk omit oil)

4 eggs

1/4c honey

1 3/4c of my grain free flour blend *

1 Tablespoon yeast

2 ½ teaspoons xanthum gum

1t baking powder

1tbaking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Directions:  Add wet ingredients to pan.  Top with dry ingredients, sprinkling yeast on top.  Use gluten free course on bread machine.  Bread is ready in 2 ½ hours!

*my grain free flour blend: 1 c coconut flour, 1c almond flour, 1c tapioca flour, 1c white bean flour,

Scoring Grain Free Recipes on Pinterest!

 

pinterest pic I needed help finding recipes.  I wasn’t looking to buy another cookbook, and I wasn’t even sure if they made cookbooks for folks looking to eat a diet free of grains.  I decided to try pinterest.  Oh my!  I scored great recipes!  I was astounded that other people had the same struggle as I.  Most importantly, other people had already done the work to make everyday foods like bread, pudding, and pie grain free!  Oh, I was overjoyed!

Then reality hit!  I guess it was pretty foolish of me to think that it would be that easy.  Recipes called for ingredients that I had never heard of, others included way too much work, or just sounded weird.  My goal was to find recipes that used grain free ingredients to mimic grain based foods.  I set a goal of making one new recipe each week, that way I wouldn’t go broke and wouldn’t have to change my entire life overnight.

If you’ve ever tried to live grain free then you’re aware of the price difference between grain based and grain free foods.  My husband and I agreed to a one-time $50 expense to stock our pantry with staples such as chia seeds, almond flour, coconut flour, grain free bullion, potato starch, arrowroot starch, white bean flour, and almond butter.  To stretch our funds as far as possible I purchased most of these staples from vitacost.com, a website that offers these items at about 50% off their retail price.  I referred a few friends and had $20 in coupons to add to my purchase.  The end result was about $130 in grain free staples for $50.

I’d really like it if you’d join me in this challenge by posting grain free recipes that you find.  My plan is to devote one blog post each week to a new recipe no matter how right or wrong it goes.  I plan to cook my recipes on the weekend and post recipes and pics on Mondays.  Please post your suggestions in the comment section after this post.