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Grain-Free Almond Bread


We've had some busy times around here the last few weeks and in amongst all of that, my husband and I decided it was also the perfect time to take on a little spring cleaning- starting with our bods. I'd be hard-pressed to call this a cleanse, as I suppose our normal diet being dairy-free, gluten-free and void of any processed ingredients is pretty clean to start with.

The biggest change for us was eliminating all grains and sugars like honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar and avoiding juiced fruits in our green juices. Oh, and we have eliminated grains so bye-bye bread- even the gluten-free variety.

We took on a few more regular cleansing practices like infrared saunas, enemas, skin brushing, yoga that focused more on stretching, twisting and breathing, meditating daily and semi-successful attempts to go to sleep earlier.

The result? Turns out we're those weirdo health food people.

All those things I've been saying for the last seven years about how our tastes change? Well, it's true. Like seriously true. I haven't missed sugar one bit. For an evening snack we've become those people who love a fresh orange or sliced apple with cinnamon- where previously we'd nerdily each enjoy a square of chocolate.

What saved us through all of this, I believe, is this most awesome grain-free almond bread.

When we think of bread, we usually think white-flour, water, yeast, and salt. Now if we were to take all those things away and create a moist, nutrient dense, high protein, low allergenic, sandwich friendly bread, well, we might just have a solution.

We all like bread. It is a filler, it is a serving vehicle for all the good things we put on it, it is easy to grab, easy to eat, and easy to transport. There was a guy I went to high school with who regularly brought an entire loaf of spongy sliced Wonderbread to school for lunch.

Really good bread, however, is not meant to stick to the roof of your mouth or essentially dissolve without having to chew it. Really good bread should be full of good, whole ingredients.

This almond bread recipe is grain-free and yeast-free so great for those on restricted carbohydrate diets due to Diabetes (type one and two), those with grain intolerance, candidiasis or dysbiosis, IBS and IBD. This bread is as moist, delicious and as spongey as wholesome, healthy, seed packed bread can be. Rumour has it, this bread also makes great French toast.

Gluten-free amond bread recipe

I have been loving this bread with pretty much everything on it. Pictured above is a simple bruschetta mix with chopped heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, some minced garlic, olive oil and sea salt.

At last, however, I think this is the winning formulation. Enjoy!

Grain-Free Almond Bread


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Yield: 1 loaf

A simple grain-free almond bread that will replace your favourite bread.

  • ½ cup cashew cream*, coconut kefir or organic yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2½ cups whole raw almonds
  • 1/ 4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch
  • 2¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs, or 2 servings of chia paste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbs coconut syrup (optional)
  • 2 TBS sesame seeds (sprinkled on top)
  • 1 Tsp rock salt (sprinkled on top)
*Cashew Cream- blend 1 part soaked cashews with 2 parts water

Make It Like So
  1. Preheat the oven to 325. Grease and dust a loaf pan.
  2. Mix together cashew cream and cider vinegar and set aside.
  3. Grind almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds in a food processor, coffee grinder or high speed blender until you have a fine meal.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and stir in starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients - eggs/chia paste, cashew cream, oil, and coconut syrup.
  6. Mix wet and dry together until there are no lumps, but don’t over-mix. Pour into the pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and rock salt.
  7. Bake for about 45-50 minutes – until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and feels firm when you press down. Allow bread to sit for about 5 minutes before removing it to a cooling rack.
  8. Best stored wrapped in the fridge.

I have a feeling you're going to want to make this bread. It's such a winner. If you do- please share your creation with me on Instagram (you can follow me here) and let me know what you are topping your bread with!

As for my spring cleansing- the next thing I'm going to be tackling is, well, my closet. Time to put the winter stuff away, donate the gems I'm done with, and bring out the light and fresh spring T's and dresses.

Do you have any spring cleansing rituals?

65 Responses to “Grain-Free Almond Bread”

  1. Mary-Jo said…
    I made this bread for my friend that was just diagnosed with many things and has to eliminate many foods from her diet. Big changes for her. My family and my friend loved the bread. My friend's husband lives on peanut butter and jam sandwiches and he even liked it! Actually, I just had a piece with coconut butter on it with my tea. Delish!!!!
  2. MJ said…
    I've been grain-free for two years, and this is the best thing I've made! Easy, foolproof, and delicious. It will be a staple in my kitchen from now on.
  3. Barb said…
    OMG! This bread is amazing!! Why did I wait so long to try it?!?!
  4. Tammy said…
    ❤️ Love this bread! I have made it three time and it works like a dream each time. Great recipe Meghan. Have you tried it with any nuts other than almonds?
  5. Carrie said…
    This recipe is a diet changer! I'm so impressed with how my Greek yogurt and egg variation came out today. Can't wait to try the chia paste. Thank you!
  6. LINDA said…
    Hey Meghan, can't wait to try your almond bread! I just read a great book for decluttering. "The life changing magic of tidying up. " All about keeping only things that give you joy! Today I started on my closet. Good luck with yours cousin:)
  7. Lisa Annetta said…
    I just saw your twitter post and my mouth immediately started to water. I didn't get a chance to make this bread in the CNE class, but I'll definitely be making it soon!! (the bruschetta version looks so good....)
  8. Kasia said…
    Just made this bread today - and it was seriously the best grain free bread ever!! (and I've made a few in my day) ... only thing is, do you think I could skip the arrowroot?! Trying to keep things as no starch as possible ...
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hi Kasia, thank you for your message! The arrowroot starch is what binds the mix together, so it may not hold very well without it. Give it a try and let me know!
  9. janice said…
    Can i substitute raw almond with roasted almond?
  10. Caroline said…
    Made this bread tonight and it was delicious! Definitely a winner and will now be a staple in our kitchen.

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