How a Loaf of Bread Changed my Life

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It has been almost two years now since I stopped eating bread. And in that time I have had a few relapses. The fact that I bake bread sometimes almost daily for the 7mouths I feed does not help. As you know fresh bread smells divine and tastes great with real butter! And I have a good friend who I enjoy swapping new and innovative recipes with to make ‘real’ bread.
If you have been reading along for awhile you will know that I love sourdough and have played the whole artisan bread making game. And I love it.
But this very precious ‘bread’ recipe has opened up a whole new world for me: The Life Changing Loaf of Bread. Sarah Britton, a holistic nutritionist has a real passion for encouraging healthy eating and her blog My New Roots is fabulous. Sarah is not a newbie as she has been blogging since 2007 and you may have seen her on Pinterest.

What I love about this bread is that it uses NO flour and is comprised of mainly seeds, nuts and oats. In the blog Q&A Sarah suggests if you have a nut allergy you can use more seeds instead. I have played with the recipe (see below) and double the quantity, use oat bran in addition to the ingredients suggested and substitute extra virgin olive oil for the coconut oil. I have also found that a standard pan works just as well as a silicone (I have never used one with much success!)

This bread is fabulous toasted and really hits the spot when you are going ‘bread free’. It has changed my life.

The Life-Changing Loaf of BreadMakes 1 loaf

1 cup / 135g sunflower seeds
½ cup / 90g flax seeds
½ cup / 65g hazelnuts or almonds
1 ½ cups / 145g rolled oats
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
4 Tbsp. psyllium seed husks (3 Tbsp. if using psyllium husk powder)
1 tsp. fine grain sea salt (add ½ tsp. if using coarse salt)
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (for sugar-free diets, use a pinch of stevia)
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or ghee
1 ½ cups / 350ml water
1. In a flexible, silicon loaf pan combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup, oil and water together in a measuring cup. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very thick (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough is manageable). Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Let sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours, or all day or overnight. To ensure the dough is ready, it should retain its shape even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it it.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.
3. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing (difficult, but important).
4. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well too – slice before freezing for quick and easy toast!

6 thoughts on “How a Loaf of Bread Changed my Life”

  1. I have been making this, too! It's the best sort of bread, regardless of what it has or doesn't have in it, don't you think? I think I would love it even if it was really bad for me. Seedy and dense, but somehow also light, and it makes sensational toast!
    Glad you're blogging again – I'd stopped checking, and now I find I've suddenly fallen behind! lots to read and think about – welcome back! xx

  2. Thanks Honor! It is good to be back. Good to have had a rest from blogging.
    I agree with you that this 'bread' is good regardless of what it does or does not have in it. And toast….sensational!

  3. This bread looks great. My daughter and I have been on the FODMAP journey this year to assist our “irritable bowels”. I'm not really keen to go gluten free but think low gluten is a good idea, so I will give this recipe a go.
    And its good to see you blogging again. I'm reading through all your recent posts in one sitting. 🙂

  4. Hi Meredith, Great to hear from you again. I would love to know more about FODMAP. I seem to be surrounded by people who are in constant conversation about food, for a range of health, fitness and allergy reasons. The My New Roots website has a range of great ideas you may enjoy too! S x

  5. Totally loving it!
    It's the deeply satisfying, warm (straight out of the oven) filling thing that I've been missing since quiting bread.

  6. 3 Researches PROVE Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually get rid of fat by eating coconut fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from major medicinal magazines are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!

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