Although 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!
1 ½ c Milk, Almond Milk, or coconut milk
¼ c olive oil (if using coconut milk or whole milk omit oil)
1 3/4c of my grain free flour blend *
1 Tablespoon yeast
2 ½ teaspoons xanthum gum
1t baking powder
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,