To most minds breads and paleo may not seem to work together at all since grains are an absolute no-no on the paleo plan and most of our traditional breads are all grain based. Does this actually mean that you have to go totally devoid of bread at breakfast and stray away from sandwiches at mealtimes? Not really! In fact now paleo eating options can find healthy substitutes for almost all kinds of forbidden foods and you can still savor the delight of including these meal options into your paleo eating regimen, including breads!
While traditional breads are baked using white or whole wheat flours, paleo approved breads can be made just as easily by using the very popular paleo ingredient; almond flour. Using this option, the bread naturally becomes gluten free and by adding flax meal to its list of ingredients makes it whole hearty. Other standard ingredients like sugar are substituted with honey or agave nectar while traditional vegetable oil can be replaced with the healthier and paleo approved coconut oil.
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Paleo breakfast bread
Taking a mix of 1 ½ cups of blanched almond flour and 2 tbsp coconut flour, mix with ¼ cup flaxseed meal, ¼ tsp sea salt and 1 ½ tsp baking soda. Put all ingredients in food processor and mix well. Add in 5 eggs, ¼ cup coconut oil, 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar. Once again pulse ingredients until well mixed.
Pour the batter in a greased bread pan and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for half an hour. Let bread cool and then cut and serve.
For a slightly different take on this bread recipe, try making the recipe given below which uses almond butter as its main ingredient:
Working with ½ cup of almond butter at room temperature, mix until the butter turns creamy. Then add in 2 eggs, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla and ¼ tsp stevia. Finally add in ¼ tsp sea salt, ¼ tsp baking soda and 1 tbsp of cinnamon powder. Mixing with hand, blend well till the mixture comes together. Pour bread mixture into a greased baking dish and bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
The resulting bread turns out think and quick and can be served for a fancy occasion. You can also dress it up with fruit on top and serve as a dessert with a generous dose of paleo coconut whipped topping.
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Paleo flaxseed bread
Flaxseed provides excellent nutritional value along with a nutty flavor in paleo baked recipes. This version of the paleo flaxseed bread is a good source of omega 3s, protein, potassium as well as folic and linoleic acids.
Take 2/3 cups of flax meal, 1/3 cup of almond meal, 1 ½ tsp baking powder with salt and pepper to taste. Mix these dry ingredients well together. Separately beat 2 eggs and add to dry ingredients. Then add 3 tsp olive oil or coconut oil. Mix till ingredients come together and pour bread mixture into greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and let bread cool before cutting.
Paleo pumpkin bread
For an exciting twist on sweet breads, try this paleo pumpkin bread that offers the nutritional benefits of pumpkin including omega 3s and lots of antioxidants. Eggs provide the protein content while the addition of nuts like almonds adds a delightful crunch.
Make the most of your seasonal pumpkin by using 3 cups of grated raw pumpkin. Mix it in with 4 eggs, ½ tsp sea salt, a pinch of nutmeg, ¼ cup of paleo approved oil. You can choose from olive, macadamia or coconut oil. Add in 3 cups of fine almond meal and ¾ tsp baking soda. When all ingredients are mixed together, pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin and decorate with pumpkin seeds on top. Place in preheated oven at 350 degrees and bake for about one hour. Allow the bread to cool completely before cutting and serving. The bread can be enjoyed with your favorite soup or topped with any paleo spread.