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May

Grain-free Sandwich Bread (Paleo and SCD)

Grain-Free Paleo Bread

Here’s the moment you have all been waiting patiently (and some not so patiently!) for. And because I ♥ my readers, I’m giving it to you a week earlier than planned: Grain-free, yeast-free, dairy-free sandwich bread. It’s moist on the inside with a slight crust on the outside, has an amazing texture and taste when toasted, and can also be used straight from the fridge with some almond butter and jam.

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To achieve the moist white bread texture that you often miss with the use of almond flour or almond butter, I used raw organic cashew butter and beat the egg whites separately. Obviously, baking grain-free is much pricier than regular baking, but you can make a loaf of this bread for about $8.50. If you don’t care about using all organic products, you can make it for even cheaper by making your own cashew butter. The price you pay for health!

We’ve been having a bit of bread overload in our house lately. I’ve made this loaf about 10 times now, changing tidbits here and there until I had it perfected and ready to share with you. Of course, we had to try it out with all of our former beloved bread recipes like paninis, french toast, and fried egg sandwiches first. I also plan to make an egg strada with this and probably even a bread pudding. But most of all, we just like to eat a slice toasted with homemade blueberry jam in the morning with our eggs.

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Grain-free Sandwich Bread (Paleo and SCD)

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: makes 1 8.5×4.5 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup smooth raw cashew butter at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, separated (mine weighed about 9 ounces in their shells)
  • ½ to 2 tablespoons honey (use 2tbl if you plan to use if for sweeter dishes like french toast)
  • 2.5 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. For a white colored loaf as in the photo, place a small dish of water on the bottom rack.
  2. Line the bottom of an 8.5×4.5 glass loaf pan with parchment paper, then spread a very thin coating of coconut oil on the sides of the pan.
  3. Beat the cashew butter with the egg yolks, then add the honey, vinegar, and milk. I’ve done this with both electric hand beaters and a stand mixer and both seem to work equally as well. I would not try to make this by hand due to the stickiness of the butter.
  4. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until peaks form. I used an electric hand mixer, but if you want a bicep workout, you can also do it by hand.
  5. Combine the dry ingredients in another small bowl. Sorry for all of the dishes!
  6. Make sure your oven is completely preheated before adding the egg whites and the dry ingredients to the cashew butter mixture. You don’t want your whites to fall, and the baking soda will activate once it hits the eggs and vinegar.
  7. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and beat until combined. This will result in more of a wet batter than a dough. Make sure to get all of the sticky butter mixture off of the bottom of the bowl so you don’t end up with clumps.
  8. Pour the beaten egg whites into the cashew butter mixture, beating again until just combined. You don’t have to be gentle with this, but don’t over mix.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, then immediately put it into the oven.
  10. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Don’t be tempted to open the oven door anytime before 40 minutes, as this will allow the steam to escape and you will not get a properly risen loaf.
  11. Remove from the oven, then let cool for 15-20 minutes. Use a knife to free the sides from the loaf pan, then flip it upside down and release the loaf onto a cooling rack. Cool right-side up for an hour before serving.
  12. Wrap the loaf up tightly and store in the fridge for 1 week. I actually think the loaf gets better as the days go on.

A couple of notes

So far, the only way I’ve used this bread cold and not toasted is with an AB&J, and it was delicious! It is definitely on the more dense side compared to your breads with gluten and yeast, but it’s much lighter than a lot of the gluten-free breads sold in the store that are made with rice or tapioca. The bread gets even lighter and somewhat flaky when toasted or grilled in the panini press, so that is the way I’ve preferred it.

As for the cashew butter – I love Artisana’s product. I could eat it by the spoonful. It’s pricy, but no more expensive than almond butter (and I just found out has the same fat and calorie content!).  You can make your own if you own a high-speed blender, but it takes some work. You may need to add a little coconut oil to get the extra smooth consistency that Artisana offers (I’ve used 1/4 cup oil with 1.5 cups raw cashews). If you have a lumpy cashew butter, this bread will not work. The loaf made with homemade cashew butter will also come out a little darker and a bit more moist due to the oil.

The loaf doesn’t stand very tall, so for larger slices of bread like the french toast below, slice it in half, then lengthwise.

And lastly, for all of you coconut-phobes out there- Not to fear – this bread tastes absolutely nothing like it despite the use of coconut flour!

 

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  • Kellie

    I just made this with flax “eggs” and it did not turn out well. It was flat and it tasted almost like a peanut butter cookie due to the mount of cashew butter.

  • LaVonne Bunt

    Made a loaf for the 1st time this morning (before seeing this post). It is fabulous! I had a pan of water beneath the loaf & that worked well. Your hints in this post are very helpful for the next baking session. There will be many more…thanks.

  • Debbie

    Danielle, My family is allergic to eggs (duck & Chicken). Is there any way to add “egg replacer powder in place of egg whites?

  • lemonpie

    Here’s the opinion of a European – aka someone from bread paradise. I tried this bread a couple days ago. Unfortunately, I threw away the last quarter today. First of all, this paleo bread turned out better than another one that I tried a couple months ago. I followed the recipe to a T, but apparently I didn’t mix the dough long enough or some heavier ingredients sunk to the bottom while baking it – the bread turned out a bit marbled. It also fell about after taking it out of the oven. So it didn’t look as pretty as on the pictures, but that was not that big of a problem for me. I toasted the bread and had it with honey and a second slice with just butter, salt and pepper. The bread falls apart very very easily – the gluten aka the glue is just missing. So the texture is okay, but I not very enjoyable. It’s more like a cake, too. My family described it as a cake, not bread. I was expecting that because American ‘breads’ are often more like cakes (best example: Banana BREAD). It didn’t work with savoury toppings at all. I was hoping to finally find a gluten free bread for my beloved avocado toast – but this is definitely not it. So you can make French toast with it, sure, or top with other sweet things – nut butters, jams, honey, all that would work. But a regular sandwich with this? No way.
    The taste was okay. It doesn’t taste like it’s ingredients, the apple cider vinegar kind of neutralizes everything. On the one hand that’s good – I was a bit sceptical of the cashew butter – but it doesn’t make the taste very exciting. The bread lives from its toppings.
    If I were allergic to gluten and dying for a PBJ sandwich or French toast, I’d probably make this bread again. But I can tolerate gluten in smaller, irregular amounts, so I will stick to the real thing for now. Btw if you are a passionate cook and just mildly to moderately sensitive to gluten, you should try a whole rye sourdough bread. It’s a classic bread in Germany, where I am from. Rye is much easier to digest than wheat, contains less gluten and the sourdough kind of pre-digests the bread. It takes several days to weeks to make, but it’s more than worth it. You can’t find this kind of bread in America unless you live close to Tartine in SF (I’ve lived in the US for a while, I missed nothing more than real bread – not toast!). Sure, that’s not paleo, but hey you only live once!
    To sum up, I won’t be making this bread again. If I were really allergic to gluten, it’d be a different, but for now I will stick to the real thing. Also, this bread is very expensive (more than $8.50) – I’m okay with expensive food, but it’s gotta taste accordingly.

    • Newtopaleo

      I have to agree with you, it’s more of a cake than bread. Although we say banana bread, this too is a cake, and we all know it. This is the first gluten-free bread recipe I try and I must say it’s good as toast for breakfast with sweet toppings (I had it with caramel, witch is not paleo at all! ) and probably as french toast too. It’s perfect for my son, who can only tolerate a little gluten. I’m curious to compare with other recipes now.

  • Caylin

    How long is the shelf life with this bread? What is the best way to store it?