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Delicious and Nutritious: Ultimate Gluten Free, High Protein Bread Recipe

Welcome to a culinary journey where health meets taste, and every bite is a testament to the principles of organic farming. In today's fast-paced world, finding a bread recipe that's not only gluten-free but also high in protein, and adheres to the strict criteria of being organic, plant-based, and free from soy, gluten, corn, dairy, and eggs can be challenging. Yet, it's entirely possible, and we're here to guide you through making this wholesome goodness a staple in your kitchen. Don't forget to check out our guide to gluten free bread for everything from ingredients to watch out for when shopping for bread!

Why Gluten-Free, High-Protein Bread?

Before we embark on the journey of baking our nutritious bread, it's important to shed light on the significance of the ingredients and dietary choices embodied in this recipe. Gluten-free diets, once a necessity for individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, have transcended their initial purpose to become widely recognized for their health benefits. These benefits range from improved gut health to heightened energy levels, reduced inflammation and even normalizing overactive immune systems. This widespread acceptance is not just a testament to its health advantages but also to the growing awareness and inclusivity in dietary preferences.

The inclusion of high protein content in this bread recipe isn't merely a choice; it's a deliberate effort to enhance the nutritional profile of our daily bread consumption. Protein plays a pivotal role in satiety, helping us feel fuller for longer, while also supporting muscle repair and contributing to the overall functionality of our bodies. Protein is crucial for neurotransmitters in our body which contribute to an array of health promoting benefits. When these elements are combined with the steadfast principles of organic farming—ensuring that every ingredient is free from harmful pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—we pave the way for a loaf that's not only wholesome and nutritious but also environmentally conscious, contributing to the ideology of One Health. This recipe is a celebration of what it means to eat well, both for ourselves and for the planet.

Ingredients: The Foundation of Wholesome Bread

To start, you'll need the following organic, should you choose, and plant-based ingredients:

  • 2 cups of almond flour: A gluten-free powerhouse that's also rich in protein.
  • 1 cup of organic tapioca flour: Gives the bread a slight chewiness, mimicking traditional bread textures.
  • 1/2 cup of organic coconut flour: Adds fiber and texture without overwhelming the bread with coconut flavor.
  • 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed: A great source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, acting as a binder in the absence of eggs.
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder: Ensure it's gluten-free to keep the recipe aligned with dietary needs.
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt: For flavor enhancement.
  • 1/4 cup of organic olive oil: Adds moisture and heart-healthy fats.
  • 1 1/2 cups of water: The amount may vary slightly depending on the absorbency of your coconut flour.
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar: Reacts with the baking powder to help the bread rise.

Optional ingredients for added protein and flavor:

  • 1/2 cup of hemp seeds: For a nutty flavor and a protein boost.
  • 1/2 cup of chia seeds: To increase the bread's protein and fiber content.

Step-by-Step Guide to Gluten-Free, High-Protein Bread

  1. Prep Your Ingredients: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a bread pan with parchment paper or lightly grease it with a bit of olive oil.
  2. Mix the Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour, ground flaxseed, baking powder, and sea salt. Ensure that the mixture is well combined to prevent clumping.
  3. Add the Wet Ingredients: Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the olive oil, water, and apple cider vinegar. Stir until just combined; avoid overmixing to keep the bread from becoming too dense.
  4. Fold in Optional Ingredients: If you're adding hemp or chia seeds, now is the time to fold them gently into the batter. This step is optional but recommended for an extra boost of protein and texture.
  5. Bake to Perfection: Pour the batter into your prepared bread pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Place in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool and Enjoy: Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely. This patience ensures that the bread sets properly and makes slicing easier.

This gluten-free, high-protein bread is versatile. Enjoy it toasted with a spread of avocado for a quick, nutritious breakfast, or use it as the base for an open-faced sandwich loaded with your favorite plant-based toppings like our Pharmer Cheese. The options are endless, and the health benefits are immense.

Crafting a gluten-free, high-protein bread that aligns with the principles of organic farming is not only satisfying but also a step towards a healthier lifestyle. This recipe proves that dietary restrictions don't mean compromising on flavor or nutrition. By choosing organic, plant-based ingredients, you're not only nourishing your body but also supporting sustainable agricultural practices. Happy baking!


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