Bread. It’s one of the top reasons a lot of people won’t even consider switching to a real food diet. For some reason this one food invention is impossible for people to consider giving up. Personally, I attribute this to the addictive properties of wheat, but I think it also comes down to other factors. Bread is cheap, easy (and most people are lazy), it is a vehicle for all sorts of other tasty foods, and sometimes it does taste very good.
However, it is not real food. In order to make bread, wheat (which is genetically modified, nowadays, to a franken-grain version of what it used to be) has to be processed to within an inch of its gut-irritating life – yes, even “whole-wheat”. And this is just to make it edible. To make it remotely digestible, wheat needs to then be soaked, fermented and sprouted – old processes that traditional societies partook in, but which very few people really do nowadays. And even when they do, it is still a very poor source of nutrients compared with whole, unprocessed meat and vegetables.
So why am I posting a “bread” recipe then, you ask? Well, since it is so often such a deal-breaker for people feeling able to change their eating habits, it is sometimes useful to be able make that transition with healthier versions of foods they “just can’t live without”.
This recipe is made with very simple, whole-food ingredients that will not irritate the gut (unless you have a nut allergy). It is also SUPER easy and quick to make and is delicious. And you only need a small amount since it is so filling.
I often make this for guests who can’t fathom not being served bread at mealtimes, and it always goes down a treat!
It is adapted from a recipe on this awesome blog.
- 2 3/4 cups almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup chopped dates or raisons
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- pinch of dried rosemary
- 1. Preheat oven to 350F
- 2. In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
- 3. In a smaller bowl combine eggs, honey and apple cider vinegar
- 4. Mix wet ingredients into dry - the dough will be quite sticky
- 5. Add chopped nuts and dates/raisons
- 6. Place dough on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and form into a large, flat circle (or any shape you prefer) that is about 1 1/2 inches high
- 6. Sprinkle top of bread with rosemary
- 7. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn off oven and leave bread in the oven for an additional 10 minutes
- 8. Cool bread for 1/2 hour then slice and serve