What About Bread?

Posted on July 6, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Since having read Dr. William Davis’ book, Wheat Belly, I have shunned wheat.  I buy his argument that wheat has been so drastically altered in the past 50 years that it has become virtual poison to the human body.  Dr. Davis goes really far, however, suggesting that pretty much all grains and even fruit need to be severely restricted.  Well, I don’t have diabetes or heart disease and so I’m not going to worry about gluten per se, like that found in buckwheat and rye.  But bread is a hard one to get without any wheat.  The gluten free bread in the store is filled with rice flour, tapioca starch, and potato starch all ingredients which are definitely more harmful than helpful to the human body.

So, I put together this really easy recipe I found using almond flour and coconut flour.  It is really close to the recipe in Dr. Davis’ book, Wheat Belly Cookbook.   I didn’t really believe that it would be very bread-like, but I must say it made a delicious bread!  It has much more flavor than traditional wheat bread.  The loaf didn’t get very tall so next time I’m going to slice it lengthwise to get pieces that are more like the usual size of a piece of bread, or else I’m going to try to double the recipe.  Also, next time I’m going to fiddle with the flours, using some corn, millet and oat flours and also possibly some fresh chopped rosemary which I love in bread.  I will report on my progress.

If you try this and find ways to improve it let me know please!

Wheatless Bread

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1 1/4 Cups Almond Flour
1/4 Cup Ground Chia Seeds or Flaxseeds
5 Eggs
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

(This recipe makes a smaller loaf of bread, in order to have larger pieces of bread you may want to double the recipe or cut loaf lengthwise)

Instructions:

1. Blend all dry ingredients in bowl and all wet ingredients in separate bowl.
2. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
3. Plop into a greased 7.5 “x 3.5″ loaf pan and smooth the top.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.
5. Let cool before slicing.

Adapted from Healthextremist.com

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I’ve always thought of wheat as healthful, but recently I’ve heard the argument that you brought up here. I was toying with the idea of giving up wheat, but not sure about it. Then I read an article that going gluten free may help with my allergies. I decided to try this for three weeks to see if it helped. It seemed like I was getting better, but then I pigged out on bread and cookies at a 4th of July potluck. I felt ill for two days after this. So now I’m back to gluten free, but I miss bread!! I might try this recipe using flax seeds in place of eggs. Thanks for sharing this! Celeste 🙂

Hey Celeste, I will be interested to hear how the flax works because this is a lot of eggs to bind it. I think you are wise to listen to your body telling you that wheat isn’t appreciated! Of course, the pigging out on a lot of anything isn’t going to feel good LOL! I’m curious why you are a vegan. Is it also for health reasons? And have you become healthier since becoming vegan, or have you always eaten that way?
Mary

I am a little nervous about using flax because that’s a lot of eggs, but I do plan to try it. What’s the worst that can happen? I’ll let you know how that goes.

Anyway, my original reason for going vegan was purely for health. My husband had high blood pressure and high cholesterol and was concerned that he was going to end up with lots of health issues like his dad. I suggested that we go to a healthy cooking class at Whole Foods Market to see if eating healthier would help with his issues. I had no idea that the class was going to promote a plant-based diet. We were blown away with the research that was presented about how unhealthy meat and dairy are and how a plant-based diet can prevent numerous diseases. We did more research and decided to go for it. It was a real challenge at first, but it got easier over time and now we love eating this way. It’s made a dramatic impact on our health. My husband’s cholesterol and blood pressure are now normal and we’ve both lost weight. I also used to get bronchitis and colds a lot, but I haven’t been sick at all since going plant-based. Unfortunately, however; it hasn’t helped with my allergies so I’m still trying to figure out what triggers these. After we were eating plant-based for awhile, we watched the movie Vegucated. This movie opened our eyes to the horrible suffering and mistreatment animals receive on factory farms. It was after watching this movie that we decided that we also wanted to abstain from using animal products like leather so that we don’t contribute to animal abuse.

Thanks for asking about my veganism and if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.

Celeste 🙂

Hey Celeste,
That’s a very interesting story, somewhat similar to mine except I never went vegan and I have resumed eating meat. I was vegetarian for about 5 years and I have now added back into our diets these groups because I can now find humanely raised livestock which I have found out also offers completely different and healthy nutrition than the factory farmed animal products in the store. So I say, whatever works for you! I wonder what you would think of the book, “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith. The author was a vegan for about 20 years and she claims her health deteriorated to a point where she will now have some problems because of that diet for the rest of her life. Maybe take a look and let me know your reaction. I was really amazed by her research and presentation of the arguments against veganism/vegetarianism both from an animal abuse/environmental standpoint as well as from a health standpoint. Anyway, be well! Mary

Thanks for telling me about “The Vegetarian Myth”. I looked it up on Amazon and it looked like Keith put a lot of time and passion into the book, so I ordered it. I doubt that she will convince me that meat and dairy are healthful, but I won’t know until I read what she says. I like her perspective on growing our own food, I certainly can’t argue with that. Anyway, I respect that you choose humanely raised livestock. Hope you’re having a wonderful week! Celeste 🙂

Oh, great! I will be very interested in your reaction to the book. Thanks for your respect about humane livestock. It really is appalling what is happening in this country with the factory farm situation for the animals, the plants, the soil/air, and the workers! I think most people who just go to the store and buy whatever would be sickened if they knew.


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