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Two of my favorite foods are bread and nuts. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that this recipe is a fave of mine. It’s bread in that it’s baked in a loaf pan and sliced, but it’s not the kind you’re most familiar with. It has no wheat flour or yeast, and doesn’t produce a “dough” in any kind of traditional sense. Instead, it’s hearty and dense, and full of fiber and nutrients from a combination of nuts, seeds, and psyllium seed.
If you’ve never heard of psyllium seed, you’re not alone. Psyllium seed is basically just a plant based fiber that can be used as a binder in recipes like this. In fact, it’s the only ingredient in this recipe that you don’t want to swap or leave out.
You may have seen this recipe elsewhere, as there are lots of different variations out there, probably because it’s so versatile that you can use pretty much whatever nuts and seeds you like or have. This version uses almonds, sunflower seeds, and hemp. But I’ve used flax and hazelnuts with the same success. Just keep the measurements to about the same texture/size, and you should be fine. If you want it to be gluten-free, make sure the oats you use are certified. You can/should toast the nuts, or buy roasted and salted — but if you use salted, cut back a bit on the salt.
This bread is super easy to put together: Just mix the ingredients, pack into a loaf pan, let sit for awhile, and bake. The hardest part comes when it comes out of the oven — you want to let it cool. Like completely. It needs to be totally cool in order to come together nicely; otherwise you will end up with a crumbly mess. How do I know this? You can probably guess. As easy as it is, don’t plan starting this bread in the morning to have for lunch. It takes patience.
As to how to eat this bread? Well, it’s delicious on its own, but is best very well toasted, and slathered with butter and jam, or smashed avocado or hummus. I would say you could even spread it with your favorite nut butter, but that might be nut overload, even for me.
Gluten-Free Nut and Seed Bread
Hearty and full of fiber, this easy to make bread is perfect for snacking or a quick lunch.