Deciding to go Paleo was a long and painful decision for me. After all, it’s really hard to avoid grains and dairy, partly because they’re everywhere, and partly because how can you not want to eat bread and cheese for every meal? But once I came to the slow realization that two of my favorite things were not only making me feel gross, but giving me acne, I pulled the trigger on making a permanent change in my diet.
Obviously it didn’t take long for me to start frantically googling “paleo bread recipes”. Sandwiches used to be my go-to meal of choice when I was in a pinch, but all of a sudden I didn’t have that luxury, and it was killing me. Gluten free bread from the grocery store wasn’t good enough anymore, so eventually I found this recipe and made my own bread. How adult is that?
PALEO “WHOLE WHEAT” BREAD
1 1/2 Cup Arrowroot Powder
1 Cup Flaxseed Meal
4 Whole Eggs
4 Egg Whites
4 Tbsp Walnut Oil
1 1/2 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
4 Tsp Baking Powder
2 Tsp Coconut Vinegar (or Apple Cider Vinegar)
Coconut Oil (to coat the loaf pan)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl, and the dry ingredients in another.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine.
- Coat a loaf pan with coconut oil and pour the “dough” into the pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
I can’t tell you how useful Bob’s Red Mill has been when shopping for all the alternative flours/bulk ingredients that exist in the paleo/gluten free aisle of the grocery store, or on Amazon. If you find a recipe that calls for an ingredient you wouldn’t normally find (like arrowroot powder or flax meal), they probably sell it. If you live in New England, then you’ll be able to find them slightly discounted at Ocean State Job Lot, too.
The dough itself is pretty runny, so don’t be alarmed when you don’t need to knead it (heh heh, see what I did there?). Regardless of pre-baking texture, the final result is light and airy like actual bread. And the smell… guys, the smell. You’ll want to do some deep breathing exercises in your kitchen.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate that the prep for this recipe is relatively simple. Yes, there are more ingredients than normal bread, but all you need to do is mix them together and pop it in the oven. And then try not to eat it all in one sitting.
Now take one more moment to appreciate the fluffy goodness: