Fast and friendly gluten-free breakfast bread

JBI_BioPicToday I have a wonderful post and gulten-free bread recipe to share with you courtesy of new Live To Eat guest blogger Jay Belle Isle, Jay W. Belle Isle is a long-time foodie who had his first subscription to Bon Appétit before his first driver’s license. When not in the kitchen adding “a pinch of this” and “a dash of that” in the history of his grandmothers, he is found at his keyboard working as a freelance writer. Of the two, his favorite is cooking but writing is a close second. Many of Jay’s original recipes were finally committed to paper courtesy of his mother who loved his cooking and was disappointed if he forgot how to make a favorite dish.

Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ~ Hippocrates

While no one can argue that the man knew what he was talking about, he didn’t have to face alarm clocks, getting kids off to school, rush hour traffic and clock-watching bosses. How does one manage a proper, nutritious breakfast under these circumstances? I have at least one answer and it comes in the form of grain-free protein bread.

Before you start thinking, “Oh, no, not another gluten-free, tasteless-as-paste dry bread!” I want to tell you that you wouldn’t even know it was gluten-free by taste alone. This easy breakfast (or anytime snack!) bread is so moist and flavorful it will shock your taste buds! Not to mention the fact that it’s good for your body with a full 6.4 grams of protein per 36 gram slice and all the power of flaxseed.

I found this delightful recipe after doing a unique program called Whole30 (full-disclosure: I am NOT an affiliate of the program, merely a fan). While that experience is worthy of a post of its own, I shan’t digress further. After completing my thirty-day experiment, I discovered that reintroducing many of the eliminated foods proved… unpleasant. Let’s leave it at gluten is not my friend.

However, staying on the Whole30 program looked a lot like basic, healthy eating so I stayed on it. No bread? Really? Really. On a search for something to satisfy my bread lust, I found this beauty. Which, of course, brings us back to this recipe. It’s really quite simple and takes maybe thirty minutes from prep to indulgence.

There are only a few ingredients, though I do like to tinker so I’ve added some (my additions are in italics):

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds or almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbsp water
  • Saigon cinnamon (to taste; I use approximately one-two teaspoons depending on my mood)
  • Ground nutmeg (also to taste; I use roughly one-half to one full teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • The zest of one orange

The directions are equally simple:

  1. Preheat oven to 204°C (400ºF). Spray a medium loaf pan (I prefer a pie pan. I find the slices easy to handle on the move and it makes me feel like I’m “cheating” with a coffee cake!)
  2. Beat the eggs and water in a small bowl.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour the batter into your pan and back for 20-25 minutes. It’s done when firm to the touch.

I mentioned health benefits earlier. If you’re interested in improving your heart and digestive health, controlling your weight and fighting cancer (specifically of the breast and colon), this bread is for you. Flaxseed is high in most of the B vitamins as well as magnesium and manganese. It also delivers a powerful dose of antioxidants in the form of lignans. Flaxseed is about fifty percent alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) making it a mega-source of omega-3. You’re getting soluble and insoluble fiber, too.

The fiber helps lower cholesterol and improves cardiac health. It also expands, giving you a feeling of fullness in addition to providing “regularity” for those who have issues. That said if one has Crohn’s Disease, one should probably not eat this bread. Some studies suggest that flaxseed may not be appropriate for pregnant/breastfeeding women and men with a higher risk of prostate cancer.

So, it’s delicious and good for you! How does it hold up for eating on the run? I was surprised that it left as few crumbs as it did. If I’m in a hurry, I grab a slice and go. If I have time, I’ll take it and cut it in half lengthwise. Add a dollop of your favorite preserve (no-sugar-added peach here), some cut up fruit (pear or apple are wonderful matches) and enjoy!

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