Saturday, February 9, 2013

Light & Fluffy Grain Free Bread & Sweet Variations


I pinned this recipe for Grain Free Almond Bread months ago & I tried it both ways, with coconut oil and with "butter" (I used soy free Earth Balance). With coconut oil, it was good but, heavy & you could taste the coconut; making the bread a little less versatile. And it was definitely not something I would spread an additional fat, such as butter, on. So I tried it with Soy Free Earth Balance and it was better as far as flavor but, it was still really heavy/greasy. So I decided to put my own spin on the recipe & replaced the fat with unsweetened applesauce. Perfection!!! It resulted in a lighter, fluffier, non-greasy grain free bread yet, still quite moist. The original recipe calls for 3-4 eggs. I have always used just 3 eggs with perfect results. I don't care for super eggy breads.

Since changing the recipe, I have lost track of how many times made it; it's THAT good! Even my daughter, who is ├╝ber picky, likes this bread. This bread is great on it's own, with soup/chili, or topped with a bit of soy free Earth Balance, apple butter, honey, my Honey Cinnamon Spread (link coming soon), my Carob Hazelnut Spread (link coming soon), Almond Butter etc. It also works well as sandwich bread for my daughters PB&J sandwiches. This bread is high in protein and quite filling. I just love it!

But, I made this bread so many times that, I started to get a bit bored with it. Thats when I started thinking up some variations. I have been having a love affair with cinnamon which started during my last pregnancy. I have always liked cinnamon but, I was never crazy for it. Now, I can't get enough of it. So, it's no wonder that my first variation would involve cinnamon. Enter: Grain Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread. I'm so excited with how this turned out. It's a delicious breakfast bread and paired with fresh fruit, one slice will leave you feeling satisfied for quite a while.

Yesterday, as I was making another batch of the Cinnamon Raisin variation, I was contemplating a plan for some overripe bananas wile snacking on some raw macadamia nuts. Suddenly I was inspired and so, Grain Free Banana Macadamia Bread was born. This is by far my most favorite variation thus far. It came out SO moist & the macadamia nuts add just a bit of crunch. It's really delicious when eaten warm out of the oven, cut in half and topped with just a bit of soy free Earth Balance.

And for those of you with a more savory tooth, stay tuned because I will have some tasty, savory variations coming soon as well as some seasonal ones.

For all variations, 1 recipe fits perfectly in an 8 x 8 pan. If you don't have one, I highly recommend that you invest in one. It has been my most used baking pan, by far. And you can get a great deal if you get yours at a craft store such as Jo-Anns or Michaels w/ a coupon.

If you make any (or all) of these recipes, be sure to come back & let me know what you think.

Light & Fluffy Grain Free Bread
(pictured above as a PB&J Sandwich)

2 C Almond Flour
1/4 c Flaxseed Meal (I use Golden)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
3 Eggs
1 Tbl.Sp. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 c Unsweetened Apple Sauce

Pre-heat the oven to 350

Lightly grease your pan. (I like to use Spectrum Organic Shortening).
Mix dry ingredients together.
Mix wet ingredients together.
Dump the dry into wet, mixing well.
Spread contents into pan.
Bake for 30 min.

Bread should be golden and spring back when touched gently. And of course, a toothpick should come out clean.


Grain Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread

2 C Almond Flour
1/4 c Flaxseed Meal (I use Golden)
1 1/2 Tbl.Sp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
3 Eggs
1 Tbl.Sp. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 c Honey
1/2 c Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1/2 c Raisins
Pre-heat the oven to 350

Lightly grease your pan. (I like to use Spectrum Organic Shortening).
Mix dry ingredients together.
Mix wet ingredients together.
Dump the dry into wet, mixing well.
Fold the raisins into the mixture.
Spread contents into pan.
Bake for 30 min.

Bread should be golden and spring back when touched gently. And of course, a toothpick should come out clean.



Grain Free Banana Macadamia Bread


2 C Almond Flour
1/4 c Flaxseed Meal (I use Golden)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
3 Eggs
1 Tbl.Sp. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 c Dark Amber Maple Syrup
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 C Mashed Bananas (apx. 2 large)
1/2 c Raw Macadamia Nuts, Coarsely Chopped

Pre-heat the oven to 350

Lightly grease your pan. (I like to use Spectrum Organic Shortening).

Use beaters to mash bananas until smooth (small lumps are okay)
Coarsely chop macadamia nuts in a food processor
Mix dry ingredients together.
Mix wet ingredients together.
Dump the dry into wet, mixing well.
Fold the macadamia nuts into the mixture.
Spread contents into pan.
Bake for 35-38 min.

Bread should be golden and spring back when touched gently. And of course, a toothpick should come out clean.

Enjoy!  :)

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