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Quinoa Flour Almond Flour Soda Bread {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Nutritious and delicious quinoa flour almond flour soda bread, made with only 8 ingredients! It is vegan, oil-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, yeast-free, and easy to make.
a loaf of quinoa flour and almond flour soda bread, cooling on a wire cooling rack
Hi everyone! Apologies for not posting sooner; we have house guests, so I’ve been (slowly) playing catch-up with, well, just about everything the past few days. It’s good to have some time to sit down and compose a post.

It was actually (finally!) a cool autumn morning, so I decided to bake bread to celebrate the seasonal shift.

My choice? A quinoa flour and almond flour soda bread.

What is Soda Bread?

Soda bread is a quick bread made without yeast. It gets its name because it uses baking soda in combination with soured milk (e.g., buttermilk or yogurt). The acid in the soured milk reacts with the baking, causing a chemical reaction that makes the bread rise.

Some of the most basic recipes require no more than flour, baking soda, soured milk and salt. But fancier versions are enriched with oil or butter, citrus zest, seeds (caraway seeds are a classic option for Irish soda bread), and dried fruit (such as dried currants or golden raisins).

Soda bread made with quinoa flor and almond meal, cooling on a wire rack, sliced to reveal interior texture

Gluten-Free Soda Bread Made with Quinoa Flour & Almond Flour

I wanted to make a gluten-free version of soda bread, but I did not want to rely on a (mostly white rice flour) GF flour blend. Instead, I turned to one of the most nutritious flours around: quinoa flour,

I love quinoa flour; it has an earthy quality that works in a variety of baked goods. It is especially fine in savory baking.

I tried making an all quinoa flour soda bread, but the flavor was too sharp, even for me (and I love bitter foods). It needed tempering with another flour. I decided on almond flour. In addition to its versatile and delicious flavor, it is packed with natural oils–just what I needed to keep this bread tender, but oil-free.

I also added flaxseed meal, both for rustic flavor and texture (I even sprinkled a bit on top before baking). I love the result.

baked quinoa and almond soda bread in a metal baking tin, cooling on a wire cooling rack.

Recipe Benefits

  • Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
  • Gluten-free
  • Oil-free
  • High in fiber
  • Good source of protein
  • Added sugar-free
  • Yeast-free
  • Easy to make and bake

Ingredients

The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Steps to make Quinoa Flour Almond Flour Soda Bread

Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180C). Grease or spray a 9×5-inch (22.5×12.5 cm) loaf pan (or line with parchment paper).
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk and vinegar. Let stand for 3 to 5 minute to curdle slightly.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the quinoa flour, almond flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.Add the milk mixture and stir until blended.
  • Spread evenly in prepared pan (optional: sprinkle top with a bit of flaxseed meal).
  • Bake 60 to 65 minutes until risen, browned, and a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.Let cool in pan for 30 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on racks.
aslice of quinoa and almond soda bread topped with chocolate hazelnut spread and banana slices

The bread received unanimous thumbs up from my husband and our visitors. My son gobbled his slice in minutes (admittedly, I smeared it with Nutella and topped it off with sliced bananas; I had a slice the same way. YUM!).

Soda bread is such a great go-to bread, so play around with add-ins or make the bread in different sizes (e.g., muffins, mini muffins).

What is the Taste & Texture of the Bread?

The texture is wonderful–more tender than wheat flour soda bread. The flavor is reminiscent of Irish brown bread (a whole wheat variation of soda bread). The subtle sweetness of the almond flour plus the faint bitterness of the quinoa flour results in a mellow, wholesome loaf.

How Should I Store the Bread?

Store the cooled bread in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 1week, or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Happy baking!

loaf of quinoa and almond soda bread on a wire cooling rack

More Easy, Gluten-Free & Vegan Breads to Try:

a loaf of quinoa flour and almond flour soda bread, cooling on a wire cooling rack

Quinoa Flour Almond Flour Soda Bread (V, GF, oil-free)

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Nutritious and delicious quinoa flour almond flour soda bread, made with only 8 ingredients! It is vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, yeast-free, and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500 mL) nondairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) cider or white vinegar
  • 2 and 1/2 cups (315 g) quinoa flour (here's how to Make Your Own!)

Make Your Own

  • 1 and 1/4 cups (130 g) almond flour or almond meal
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180C). Grease or spray a 9x5-inch (22.5x12.5 cm) loaf pan (or line with parchmetn paper).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk and vinegar. Let stand for 3 to 5 minute to curdle slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the quinoa flour, almond flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add the milk mixture and stir until blended. Spread evenly in prepared pan (optional: sprinkle top with a bit of flaxseed meal).
  5. Bake 60 to 65 minutes until risen, browned, and a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  6. Let cool in pan for 30 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on racks.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled bread in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 1week, or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 191Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 0mgSodium 237mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 7g

The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although powerhungry.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands and optional ingredients can change the nutritional information in any given recipe.

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Kasey

Monday 6th of March 2023

This bread was very simple and it's so versatile. The entire loaf comes out to 2,285 calories, so for 12 slices, you'll be eating about 190 calories a slice. Very dense bread that is delicious toasted and topped with a nut butter and fruit! Thank you for experimenting a solid quick bread with a tough to bake with flour!

Camilla

Monday 6th of March 2023

You are so very welcome, Kasey! I am very happy to know that you had success with the bread and , even more, that you like it! :)

Lee

Saturday 21st of August 2021

can I use regular buttermilk (not worried about vegan)?

Camilla

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Hi Lee, yes!

Serena

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

Camille, thank you so much for this recipe! I've made this bread 6 times now with great results each time. I like to sprinkle a layer of sesame seeds on the top before baking. The last 2 times I have replaced some of the quinoa flour with sorghum and millet flour (1.5 cups quinoa, 0.5 cup sorghum, 0.5 cup millet) and I like what this has done to the overall taste of the bread. I only found your recipe because my local health food store stopped carrying the quinoa bread that I've been eating for the last 2 years. (By the way, it took me a while to acquire a taste for bread made with quinoa flour but I am glad that I have because it feels like a healthier alternative to regular gf based breads made with flours from rice, casava, potato, etc.)

Sylvia

Monday 28th of December 2020

Does the Quinoa and almond flour soda bread hold together without Xantham Gum? I will be leaving the flaxseeds out so intend to use just a little less milk. Do you have anyway to describe or show in a picture how moist the dough should be be please?

Laura

Monday 7th of August 2023

@Camilla, I am so happy to see you talk about "volume" When I need 1 cup sugar for a recipe, I use 1/4 to 1/2 cup Greek-type thicker yogurt + I use Stevia Leaf Extract powder by Organics to make up for the volume of the sugar. Thank you.

Camilla

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Hi Sylvia, The flaxseed meal works as a binder in the recipe (vegan eggs) so you will definitely need to make up for that with something else, as well as make up for the lost volume (1/3 cup of the meal, which expands when liquid is added).

Johnny McClendon

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

can you use yeast to make this bread rise?

Camilla

Monday 28th of December 2020

Hi Johnny,

Alas, no, that will not work.

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