Bread….let me tell you a little something about me and bread. It was necessity in my diet before walking down the Paleo road. It was something I had to have at every meal…so embarrassed to say that but so very true. Growing up on our typical dinner plate there was always a basket of bread and was considered one of our side dishes. I couldn’t wait for that part of the meal! I would keep the “bread” on my plate and eat it last….save the best for last was my motto. My mom didn’t know any better because everything pointed you in the direction that “grains” are good. The USDA has skewed all Americans into believing we should consume 6 to 11 servings of grains a day (most of it due to cheap production and government marketing to help aid commerce)! Talk about a lot of empty calories! No wonder you are always eating when you consume grains, they aren’t nutrient-rich! Does it make sense why the government encourages such a high level of grain intake in your diet? You spend more!! For a very long time I thought this was the right road too. You’ll even find recipes on here that I made prior to going Paleo that are in that “whole grain” direction (which I’ve considered deleting). This was of course before I was introduced to the wonderful thing called Paleo and it changed my life….and my health! I now know that “grains” are not essential and in all honesty not the best form of a whole food. Grains, a food group that we didn’t eat for 97% of our human existence, aren’t good for most mammals as they cannot be digested properly! Grains contain gluten (aka grain lectin) and phylates. Lectins are resistant to stomach digestion and cause gut inflammation as they destroy the gut lining leading to small “microperforations” or tiny holes in your intestinal lining! These holes allow toxic substances to enter into your bloodstream and can lead to many autoimmune conditions.
Grains are also full of carbohydrates and elevate insulin levels. Processed grains when broken down turn into glucose (blood sugar) quickly. When this process occurs the body responds by releasing insulin to lower the blood sugar. If there is too much blood sugar in the system, your body runs out of places to store it as useful energy, and will store any excess as body fat. If there is too much insulin is in your system, your cells become desensitized and the pancreas is prompted to release even more insulin when your body doesn’t need it. Summary: Grains (aka carbs) are making everyone fat and diabetic!
Wow, that was a little much…sorry. Now, this bread doesn’t have all those things that I just got done talking about. This Paleo Herb Bread recipe is Paleo friendly meaning grain-free, but full of taste. I’m in love with it because yes there are times where I miss bread but don’t want all the negatives that my body has when consuming bread. So have a slice and enjoy!
Paleo Herb Bread
1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
2 tablespoons golden flaxseed meal
2 tablespoons fresh herbs of choice (I used rosemary and thyme), chopped
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a standard loaf pan. Set aside.
Place almond flour, coconut flour, flax, herbs of choice, salt, baking soda in a food processor and pulse together to combine. Pulse in eggs, oil, and vinegar.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. If the top is getting to brown place a piece of aluminum foil over the top to allow the top from over browning.
Cool and slice and top with raw grass-fed butter….or nothing at all.
NOTE: If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand you can use dried herbs but just use less of them. Maybe ½ to 1 teaspoon each of the dried herb of choice. I have used my favorite pizza seasoning and dried oregano before too which gives you a pizza like bread….great for those that are missing their pizza on a paleo diet.
Recipe adapted from Elana’s Pantry, Paleo Bread Recipe