A delicious slice of fresh homemade bread doesn’t have to be full of gluten and carbs. This paleo and gluten free Coconut Flour Bread proves it.
I’ve had a fascination with coconut flour for over 3 years now. The main reason being that everyone said it was difficult to work with, but then I made these amazing Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins.
But almost everything else I attempted to bake with coconut flour flopped. So I decided to focus in on those 3 and wrote an eCookbook all about Coconut Flour Muffins, Pancakes & Mug Cakes.
–> You can check it out HERE!
This doesn’t mean I completely gave up on trying anything else made with coconut flour. I’ve been testing bread recipes with coconut flour for probably close to 6 months now.
Why Gluten Free Bread?
You may wonder why. Because I don’t eat gluten free and this is not an exclusively gluten free blog. Why not just enjoy hearty clean eating whole grain breads (like this awesome Spelt Bread)?
Well, it turns out my husband can’t enjoy the pleasures of gluten (anymore). He had some allergy testing done during a general health check-up at the beginning of the year.
We always suspected he was dairy/lactose intolerant, but this test showed he is also moderately allergic to gluten.
Now I am no expert on allergies and food sensitivities, but I knew my husband would have an incredibly hard time giving up bread. But since learning about these results, he has realized that whenever he ends up eating gluten – especially white bread – he is noticing the negative effects on his body almost right away.
I’ve heard about this theory that sourdough bread – due to the fermentation process – may be tolerable for him and I am experimenting with that too. But until I’ve perfected my sourdough starter and bread making techniques, this gluten free bread with coconut flour is carrying us (him) through.
How to make Bread with Coconut Flour
I started out with trying a few coconut flour bread recipes I found online. Some ended up dry, gritty, or eggy, while others tasted great but the process was overly involved or the batter ended up overflowing and baking onto my oven floor.
So I came up with this recipe that is super easy to prepare, fits my 8×4-inch loaf pan perfectly, and results in a great loaf of (low carb) coconut flour bread.
It’s literally as easy as putting all the ingredients into a blender (I love my Vitamix for this), then pouring the batter into a parchment lined loaf pan. Since this is a gluten free recipe there is no danger of ‘over-developing’ the gluten in the blender.
If you don’t have or don’t want to use a blender, you can also mix the batter for this bread with coconut flour by hand with a wooden spoon or your handheld mixer.
So far I have stuck to muffins in terms of quick breads made with coconut flour. But now that I have figured out this coconut flour bread loaf, I want to try my hand again at coconut flour banana bread. Even a coconut flour zucchini bread would be perfect for the season.
How To Store Coconut Flour Bread
Store this loaf of coconut flour sandwich bread tightly wrapped and in the fridge.
I’ve tried storing bread made with coconut flour at room temperature, but unwrapped it dried out in no time and wrapped it spoiled within 2 days. Probably due to the high egg and moisture content.
Now I hope you don’t have illusions that by making this bread with coconut flour you’ll end up with something exactly like fluffy white Wonderbread.
This paleo bread substitute is indeed a substitute, but it is delicious and holds up well to your favorite toppings (we are very partial to almond butter) and can even make a great sandwich.
And because I recommend storing this paleo coconut flour bread in the fridge, I also highly recommend lightly toasting the bread slices. This way you won’t be eating cold bread and add a lovely lightly crunchy texture.
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ⅓ cup ground flax (flax meal)
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder/tapioca flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder*
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup flavorless oil (I use avocado oil)
- ⅓ cup dairy free milk (unsweetened almond milk, coconut, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup)
- sesame seeds
- ground flax
- Preheat your oven to 375° F. Line a 8x4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- The easiest way to whip up the batter is by simply combining all ingredients in a blender. Pulse or blend on low speed until everything is fully combined.
- Alternatively, whisk together dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Then add the dry to the wet mixture and stir together with a wooden spoon or hand mixer.
- Fill the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle sesame seeds and a little ground flax over the top. Bake the Coconut Flour Bread for about 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool fully.
- Store refrigerated for up to 1 week. Lightly toasting the bread slices is highly recommended.