Flaxseed Bread (Keto, Vegan)
This easy Flaxseed Bread Recipe is a low-carb, gluten-free, egg-free bread recipe made from simple ingredients.
It’s a dense earthy bread with a crusty outside and perfects if you have a low-carb bread with an Artisan bread-like texture.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s crusty bread with an earthy flavor, like the German bread I used to eat as a kid.
Why You’ll Love This Bread
This flaxseed bread is an egg-free crusty low-carb bread that is also naturally:
- Vegan – egg-free and dairy-free
- Easy to bake – no loaf pan needed
How To Make Flaxseed Bread
There are many ways to play with flaxseed and make bread from it. Most recipes call for eggs, egg whites, or wholewheat flour.
However, I didn’t find eggs beneficial with a flaxseed meal. The bread won’t rise anyway since it’s gluten-free. So here’s how I enjoy flax meal bread.
All you need to make this simple bread with flaxseed meal are:
- Golden Flaxseed Meal – You must use fresh golden flaxseed, unroasted and grind them just before making the bread. Too often I hear that people have difficulties baking egg-free keto bread and most of the times it’s because their high fiber flours like flaxmeal are not fresh. In fact, flaxmeal lose it’s properties after 4 days at room temperature and 2 weeks in the fridge. So keep the seed and grind just before baking bread.
- Almond Flour – You can’t use coconut flour instead.
- Baking Powder
- Lukewarm Water – Think bath temperature, not too hot, just warm enough to activate the fiber in the flaxmeal.
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder – To make sweet bread, swap the garlic powder for 1/4 cup of allulose or erythritol. Flaxseed flavors can be strong and not enjoyable without.
You must make a fresh, ground golden flaxseed meal just before making the bread for the best result.
First, look for golden flaxseeds, not brown flaxseeds that have a strong fishy flavor.
The golden flaxseeds are earthy, too, but more like a nutty flavor. Then, look for unroasted seeds so their fat properties stay intact.
Next, ground in a blender into a thin powder.
I don’t recommend using a food processor as it’s not powerful enough. Finally, measure the amount called by the recipe.
Ground Flaxseeds Storage
If you ground too much, the flax meal stays fresh in an airtight container for about:
- 3 days at room temperature
- 3 weeks in the fridge
- 3 months in the freezer
Making The Bread Dough
In a large mixing bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together: flax meal, baking powder, almond flour, salt, garlic powder, and oregano.
Then, make a well in the center of the dry batter and pour the lukewarm water and olive oil. Stir with a spatula until it forms a soft dough ball, not liquid, slightly wet but that holds well together into a ball.
If too wet, add an additional 1 or 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal, stir and set aside for 10 minutes at room temperature until the fiber absorbs the liquid.
Forming The Bread
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil it with olive oil.
Generously oil your hands with olive oil, grab the dough, and place the dough ball on the parchment paper.
Rub and shape the dough into an oval or round shape, and press to flatten it to about 1.5 inches in height (3.5 cm).
Don’t shape the bread thicker. It won’t bake well in the center.
This bread won’t rise! It will keep the shape you give it before baking.
Don’t be shy with olive oil, grease the ball to look smooth.
Finally, score the top of the bread if you like with a sharp knife.
I didn’t add any seeds on top of my bread but feel free to sprinkle some:
- Sesame seeds
- Bagel seasoning
- Pumpkins seeds
Baking Flaxmeal Bread
Bake the bread on the baking sheet on the center rack of the oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown at 400°F (200°C).
The cooking time can vary with your oven and how thick you make the loaf. Insert a toothpick in the center of the bread and if it comes out clean, it’s ready to remove from the oven.
Let the bread cool down on a wire rack for 3 hours before slicing.
Store the flax meal bread at room temperature for up to 5 days, wrapped in a clean kitchen towel, and slice it just before serving.
You can freeze bread slices for up to 3 months in zip-lock bags and thaw them the day before at room temperature.
Four Reasons To Make Flaxseed Bread
You are probably wondering why would adding so much flax meal to your bread be good for you. Let me give you four reasons why you should eat more flaxseed on your keto diet.
One slice of flaxseed bread contains 8.4 grams of fiber.
Flaxseeds are high in fiber that is good for weight loss because they keep you full and satisfied for longer.
Plus, fiber supports healthy guts and stabilizes blood sugar slowing down the speed at which the food is absorbed.
Once slice contains only 1.7 grams of net carbs
Most of the carbs in flaxseed are fiber, which means they are not counted as net carbs because your body won’t assimilate these carbs.
100 grams of flaxseed contains 29 grams of carbs of which 27 grams are fiber, leaving only 2 grams of net carbs.
The fiber in flaxseed helps with many of health factors like reducing appetite, lowering cholesterol, and decreasing sugar cravings.
One slice of flax bread is packed with 6.9 grams of proteins
Flaxseeds are packed with 18% proteins. It’s almost a complete protein like soybeans, except for lysine. They are a great source of protein for low-carb vegetarian or low-carb vegan eaters.
#4 High In Polyunsaturated Fat
One slice of flaxseed bread contains 7.8 grams of polyunsaturated fat.
The polyunsaturated fat in flaxseed helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and heart disease risk.
Since you need fat on a low-carb diet, focusing on good omega-3 fatty acids brings you many health benefits.
- Olive Oil can be replaced with melted butter, melted coconut oil, or avocado oil.
- Almond Flour can’t be replaced with coconut flour
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Use Brown Flaxmeal?
I don’t recommend using brown flax meal in this recipe because its fishy smell makes the bread flavor very weird.
Can I Skip The Savory Flavoring?
You can, but you must replace it with some sweet flavoring, like one teaspoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup of erythritol. I add spices to flax meal bread to cover the earthy flavor of the seeds and make the bread taste better.
Why Is My Bread Not Rising?
This bread has no gluten or yeast, so it won’t rise.
Why Is My Bread Too Wet?
There are many reasons why this could happen. It means your flaxseed meal is too old and the fiber doesn’t absorb the liquid enough, or you underbaked the bread, or you shaped it too tall.
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