Humans love bread. Let’s face it. It’s amazing. The warmth…the softness…the texture….the versatility. We have been eating bread for thousands of years and I truly believe that when our cavemen ancestors were looking up at the stars at night they pondered “When will bread be invented!” All joking aside, our ancestors truly missed out on the bliss of bread. But it was probably better for their gut they didn’t have it. But there is a merger of the best of two worlds. Let’s talk about our Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread.
Now before we talk about our Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread. My penchant for certain breads. I don’t ever eat sliced bread. I never eat hot dog bread. The only bread that I truly adore is naan, or Middle Easter/South Asian bread. I can eat that stuff up! Love dipping it in a curry or in olive oil depending on where it’s from. Or in some fantastic garlic hummus. (Check out our Hummus recipe.)
Why do we need a gluten-free bread? Well, the title of this recipe, Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread, should give you an idea. Wheat flour has issues. First of all, wheat flour is very nutrient-deprived meaning it doesn’t pack a lot of nutrition. Most nut flours don’t but wheat flour is very low. Since it is milled wheat, we aren’t getting any discernible fiber. So it’s just loads of calories and that’s about it.
The main issue with wheat flour is gluten, that clingy protein. As most of you know gluten is at the worst, an element that can seriously debilitate you; at the least it can cause you minor ailments. Some people don’t have appreciable or slightly detectable issues with gluten, but that is a minority group.
Celiac Disease is a auto-immune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the microvilli cells in the gut. These cells are responsible for the absorption of nutrients. While Celiac is very rare (maybe 2% of the population), for those who have it they could suffer a life of malabsorption and even life-threatening problems.
Most people have gluten sensitivity issues. Perhaps up to 60% of the population may have this ailment. The classic symptoms are bloating, stinky flatulence, joint pain, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and “brain fog” (lack of concentration). They may also have “leaky gut” or dysbiosis issues with their microbiome. (Click HERE to learn more about the microbiome or listen to a Holistic Health News episode on it.)
The issue is that some form of humans have been around for tens of millions of years. They didn’t have bread. The agricultural revolution occurred about 10 thousand years ago. Now while this seems like a long time, it is only a drop in the bucket of human existence. As such we are not evolutionary-equipped to handle a large amount of bread (and dairy for that matter). Due to this, many of us suffer from gluten sensitivity.
If you suffer from the aforementioned maladies, try an elimination diet. If done properly you will be able to detect which food allergen is causing the symptoms. Click HERE to learn how to do it.
One way to avoid gluten issues is to avoid wheat products altogether. Good luck on that. Removing pastries, cookies, crackers, breakfast items, granola bars, bread, pasta, and alike is quite difficult. The Paleo adherents do it and it is possible to do it.
The other issue is to continue eating these foods but replace the wheat flour with an alternate flour. Here at Naturopathic Earth, we have a very popular Review of non-Wheat Flours article on podcast episode. Check it out! We review almond, coconut, macadamia, and other flours and tell you which is the best. It is certainly possible to eat cookies, brownies, and alike but just use these flours.
Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread.
For this Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread we are opting for a lesser known flour: buckwheat flour. Normally, we use almond or coconut flour for the other popular bread recipes on the site, but buckwheat has its advantages. It is rather nutrient-dense, but most importantly, it makes this particular Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread taste the best.
This recipe is relatively easy. Just get the buckwheat flour and throw in any seeds you like. We are opting solely for sliced almonds, but you can throw in sesame seeds, cranberries, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and pretty much any nut. I would recommend raw versions of these nuts to avoid the industrial-grade vegetable oils in which they are fried but that is your choice.
The nuts will bring much needed nutrients, especially beneficial fats, minerals, and fiber. Mix and match which you prefer based on how crunch you want your nut bread to be.
Check out these other gluten-free bread recipes.
The beauty of this Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread is that it is versatile. If you want it to be a morning or dessert bread, you can throw in some sugar and sweet berries into it. If you want it as a snacking bread to dip in olive oil, you can add some rosemary, thyme, and oregano. Do what you want with it. This Gluten-Free Paleo Nut Bread is the base recipe. Add to it what you like to adjust to your preferences.
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Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease baking tin wrapped in foil. Mix the flour, chia seeds, sea salt and baking soda in large mixing bowl. Heat medium pan with olive oil. Toast sliced almonds for a few minutes until lightly browned. In a small mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients thoroughly. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and let sit for about 30 minutes to give chia seeds time to swell up. Pour into tin. Bake for an hour. Poke center near end to see when no longer wet.
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Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease baking tin wrapped in foil.
Mix the flour, chia seeds, sea salt and baking soda in large mixing bowl.
Heat medium pan with olive oil. Toast sliced almonds for a few minutes until lightly browned.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients thoroughly. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and let sit for about 30 minutes to give chia seeds time to swell up.
Pour into tin. Bake for an hour. Poke center near end to see when no longer wet.