Bread used to be a major part of the everyday diet. However, there has been a shift. With gluten intolerances and an increased desire to stay away from processed foods, people are doing whatever they can to stay away from bread. Even so-called healthy breads such as whole grain or whole wheat aren’t considered better options anymore. Bread is also higher in carbs, so it’s not a common food for those following a lower carb diet.
Regardless of what diet or nutritional plan you are on, I am sure you are like me and crave a good ol’ piece of bread from time to time. There is nothing like a fresh and delicious sandwich piled high with all your favorite ingredients! The good news is that there is no reason why you can’t still indulge in a warm piece of fresh bread or your craving for a sandwich— it is about finding ways to still enjoy the foods you love by finding and creating recipes that work for your specific dietary needs. There are so many alternatives that taste just as good as regular bread, if not better, and don’t cause a spike in blood sugar or contain gluten. Not to mention, so many options offer more protein, fiber and good fats than your typical slice of everyday bread!
For a healthy alternative, check out my Gluten-Free Flax Bread that only contains 1 gram of net carbs, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per slice. This recipe is a great base for any type of bread you are craving! You can add any spices or herbs to create whatever type of bread you are in the mood for— if you want more of a savory flavor, add a tablespoon of rosemary or Italian herbs. If you are in the mood for more of a sweeter bread, add cinnamon and a bit more stevia for a yummy treat. Adding bananas or berries to the mix also adds great flavor and freshness!
Don’t worry— you can still have your bread AND reach your goals! Give my Gluten-free Flax Bread a try and let me know what you think.
Gluten-free Flax Bread
2 cups flax seed meal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons stevia
5 beaten eggs
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup coconut oil
Makes about 12 slices
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pan with non-stick coconut oil (a 10×15 pan works great).
1. Mix dry ingredients well.
2. Separate egg whites from yolks, mix egg whites until they become frothy, best to use a hand held mixer.
3. Add wet to dry and combine well.
4. Let batter set for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken up some.
5. Pour batter onto pan, spreading it evenly.
6. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown.
7. Cool and cut into 12 slices.
Nutritional Breakdown (per slice)
Fat: 13 grams
Saturated Fat: 6 grams
Carbohydrates: 6 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Net carbs: 1 gram
Protein: 6 grams