Grain-free Sandwich Bread (Paleo)

Since discovering this bread from www.againstallgrain.com I have made this bread twice.  It tastes great and although it may be pricier to make than other breads most people eat, it’s certainly a whole lot healthier.  I used cashew butter on its own the first time I made it and used 1/2 cup cashew butter + 1/2 cup macadamia butter the second time.  It was excellent both times.  We used it for breakfast as toast and throughout the day as a snack with a nut butter and maybe a little honey. I ran out before we had a chance to use it in a sandwich.

Grain-free Sandwich Bread (Paleo and SCD)

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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.

We’ve been having a bit of bread overload in our house lately. I’ve made this loaf 6 or 7 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.

 

 

Ingredients (makes 1 8.5×4.5 loaf)

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

Directions

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

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.

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.

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.

Combine the dry ingredients in another small bowl. Sorry for all of the dishes!

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.

Pour the beaten egg whites into the cashew butter mixture, mixing until just combined. 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.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and beat until combined. This will result in more of a wet batter than a dough.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, then immediately put it into the oven.

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.

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.

 

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!

 

9 thoughts on “Grain-free Sandwich Bread (Paleo)

  1. I would like to try this recipe. Just wondering, does it only take 1/4 cup of flour. That doesn’t seem like it would be enough for a bread?

  2. Yes surprisingly very little coconut flour is required in most of the breads that use this flour. It works, trust me, I’ve made it a couple of times already and once again tonight. The cahsew butter acts like a flour in this recipe as well. Hard to get used to when we’re used to baking with other flours. Hope you enjoy it when you do make it! Cindy

      • Hi Cindy, Finally got around to making the bread and it is delicious. I find it very moist and quite light compared to the GF breads I have had in the past. It is very satisfying as well. I had a couple slices for breakfast this morning and I was actually not even hungry at lunch time. I will definitely make it again.

        I also tried the choc. chip cookies and they are great as well. Keep the recipes coming, I love them.

  3. I made this loaf just yesterday and it was simply delightful! Moist, nutty and incredibly light and fluffy for a grain-free bread. I cannot thank you enough for this beautiful recipe and I am definitely going to make this again!

  4. I have been looking for a grain free sandwich bread recipe! Thank you! Just curious, did you make your own almond milk or purchase it? I know there is a difference in consistency which can mke a great deal of difference in recipes.

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