Grain-Free Breads

Grain-Free Breads
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Healthy Living Asia’s community group Healthy Living in HK enjoyed a few coffee and green juice meetings, with two of them highlighting paleo recipes for bread and crackers.  Here we review the best grain-free breads.

There are many great books and online resources to explore if you want to try the paleo lifestyle.  Paleo is mostly known for the absence of grains with the main objective of going back to eating a diet based on unprocessed whole foods and using the basic cooking methods.  It’s also a great resource if your family is gluten-free and dairy-free, as many recipes naturally fit both of those categories.  Natural sweeteners like raw honey, maple syrup, and dates are commonly allowed in small quantities.  This is a lifestyle that does require some planning, but there is a wide variety of options for easy meals and snacks.  Items like beef jerky, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, cut vegetables, nuts, dehydrated snacks and roasted seaweed are easy to take on the go.

Any kind of wheat alternative whether gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free or grain-free is most commonly known to produce dense breads with little flavour.  Fortunately, every recipe we tried had at least one nice quality that would be good depending on the occasion.  No particular option covered all purposes but some recipes looked and tasted better than others. All recipes can be found online here.

EVERYDAY SANDWICH BREAD

The clear winner was The Paleo Mom’s sandwich bread that was completely free of grains, nuts and gluten!  This excellent bread can be baked in the oven or bread maker and is quick to whip ingredients together.  It produced the best rise of all the breads tested.  You can find the recipe on The Paleo Mom’s website.  Ingredients include water, eggs, flaxmeal, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour, pumpkin seeds, apple cider vinegar, honey, active dried yeast, extra virgin olive oil and salt.

DINNER ROLLS

Only a single bread roll was tested, but it was a resounding success.  Made with a minimal number of ingredients, this roll has multiple uses.  At our meeting, we tried them with pesto, local honey and raw butter.  They have a nice outer shell and are warm and soft inside.   

This roll from Paleo Spirit is ideal to dip in soups, create your favourite mini-sandwich or burger or slather with your preferred spread!

 

GOURMET BREAD 

It was difficult to pick the best sample in this category but two clearly stood out.  As a fantastic accompaniment to cheeses, the herb bread was delightful (http://www.multiplydelicious.com/thefood/2012/03/paleo-herb-bread/). The under-tones of oregano, thyme and rosemary lusciously temped our noses and was packed full of flavour.  The 

cashew-based bread from Against All Grain was also a favourite with its lighter texture and more neutral flavor.

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