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Fluffy Red Lentil Bread {Grain-Free, Vegan}

Fluffy red lentil bread , made in minutes with red lentils &coconut flour! It is vegan, grain-free, sugar-free, & super-easy to make.

fluffy red lenil sandwich bread, cut into squares, on a white plate

Tender Bread Made from Red Lentils

I started the week with some “wow.” Let’s keep it going.

No. Let’s amp it up. After all, it’s Friday.

Ready?

Introducing a brand new bread, one you have never seen before: Fluffy Red Lentil Bread.

You can eat it any which way you like, but it is especially excellent as a sandwich bread, because–I kid you not–it tastes a lot like tender, old-fashioned, fine-crumb white bread.

It’s not “wow.” It’s “WOW!!!!!!”

fluffy red lentil bread sliced and used in a sandwich with spinach and hummus

 

Red Lentils + Coconut Flour = Wow-Worthy Bread

I was so jazzed by my lentil tortilla recipe success that I decided to see what else I could conjure with soaked, pureed lentils. It’s true; a blender full of lentil mush gets my creative juices flowing.

My first thought was to try another form of flatbread, perhaps something similar to a focaccia. I know that coconut flour works well in combination with chickpea flour, so I added a few tablespoons, along with salt and some oil. I made that first batch free-form on a baking sheet, slid it into the oven, and waited.

About 18 minutes later, I had a smooth, risen flatbread. It was too uniform and dense to be focaccia, but, after a taste test (and a big glass of water; it was dry), I knew I was on the right track. It was already tasting like a smooth white bread, but I had added far too much coconut flour and too little oil and baking powder.

I kept trying. And then I got it right. My final product is crazy good, ridiculously easy, inexpensive, and all-around wonderful on so many levels. I am thrilled to share it with all of you!

Benefits of Fluffy Red Lentil Bread

Before the how-to, here’s what you need to know about this bread. It is:

  • grain-free
  • gluten-free
  • vegan
  • sugar-free
  • nut-free
  • requires only 4 ingredients (other than water & salt)
  • frugal
  • high-fiber
  • takes about 5 minutes to make & 20 minutes to bake

How to Make the Bread Batter

Ok, the 5 minutes prep time is, admittedly, a bit misleading. You will also need to set aside 30 seconds the night before to combine 1 cup of split red lentils with 2 cups water. Cover and let them sit at least 6 hours, until they are plumped up, like this:

When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F, and line a 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Go ahead and lightly spray or grease the exposed sides of the pan, too. While the freeform test loaf was ok, the bread rises more evenly when baked in a pan. It’s also easier. I like easy.

Now, the batter: add the lentils & their soaking water to a blender and blend on high speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the remaining ingredients (coconut flour, oil, baking powder & salt) and blend until combined.

Bake the Bread

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top, and bake! In about 20 minutes, you’ve got WONDER BREAD.

You can slice the bread into 16 squares (it is quite filling!), but for longer pieces (sandwich style), cut the bread into 4 quarters, then cut each quarter in half. Slice each rectangle in half, horizontally.

Split pieces–squares or oblongs–are also perfect for toast. Yes, TOAST! This is great toasting bread, so cue the spreads, jams, and jellies.

Get those lentils soaking, and give this bread a try, everyone! If you have a mom in your life (yourself included) who is going grain-free, this would be a much welcome gift on Sunday!

Happy baking, and here’s to Fridays with plenty of wow!

More Easy, Grain-Free & Vegan Breads to Love:

2-Ingredient Lentil-Flax Bread

Chickpea Flour Beer Bread (3 ingredients, oil-free)

Coconut Flour Bread (4 ingredients, oil-free)

Almond Flour Soda Bread (oil-free)

3-Ingredient Vegan Almond Bread

5-Ingredient Lentil Sandwich Bread

2-Ingredient Flax Sandwich Bread

Chickpea Flour Sandwich Bread

Yield: 16 squares

Fluffy Red Lentil Bread {vegan, grain-free}

Fluffy Red Lentil Bread {vegan, grain-free}

Fluffy red lentil bread , made in minutes with red lentils &coconut flour! It is vegan, grain-free, sugar-free, & super-easy to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (140 g) split red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (500 mL) water
  • 1/4 cup (28 g)  coconut flour (lightly spoon to measure; do not pack)
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) oil (I used avocado; use what you prefer)
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons (10 g) baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the rinsed lentils and water in a medium bowl or other container; loosely cover. Let stand, at room temperature, for at least 6 hours or up to 12 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper; spray or grease exposed sides.
  3. Do not drain lentils.
  4. Add the entire contents of bowl (soaked lentils and remaining water) and salt to a blender. Blend on HIGH speed until completely smooth (no tiny bumps) stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of container.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender; blend until combined, stopping to scrape down once or twice. Spoon and spread into prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 19 to 23 minutes or until bread is risen, appears dry on the surface, and a toothpick inserted near center of bread comes out clean.
  7. Cool bread in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Use parchment to remove bread from pan and cool completely, or serve warm. Cut into 16 squares or 8 larger rectangles (for sandwich-size pieces).

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled bread in a covered container at room temperature for 1 day, the refrigerator for 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Serving tip: Although the bread is still good when cold, it is most delicious when warmed a little bit. 8-10 seconds in the microwave is perfect.

Tip: Split red lentils have become widely available in recent years. You can find them in most grocery stores, shelved alongside other dry beans and legumes. They are not expensive, either (about $2.50 for a 1-piound bag, depending on where you live).

Tip: Be sure to use split, not whole red lentils for this recipe. It should not be a problem as split red lentils are far more common (whole red lentils tend to be available in Southeast Asian markets, or, occasionally, in bulk food sections of very well stocked natural foods stores.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 square, 1/16 of recipe

Amount Per Serving Calories 80Total Fat 3.1gSaturated Fat 0.4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 116.3mgCarbohydrates 9.2gFiber 4.1gSugar 0.4gProtein 3.5g

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Abby

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

This is so versatile with a very neutral flavor. For a variation I added one overripe banana and reduced the water 1/4 cup and made muffins - they were delicious. I'm going to try blueberries next.

Camilla

Thursday 21st of April 2022

I am so glad that you like the bread, Abby! How clever to make muffins!

mjoo joo

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

Sorry for my earlier comment about the baking powder. I've just found it. Thank u💐

Camilla

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

Hi Mjoo Joo,

I am sorry that you could not see it. It is in the recipe card. Every post has the recipe card at the bottom. You can use the “jump to recipe” button at the top if the post to go directly to the recipe. Cheers.

mjoo joo

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

I read the whole article only to know how much baking power to put, but you have now mentioned it at all!!

Kimberly

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Unfortunately this didn’t work at all for me:( Hoping 2nd try will work. I mistakingly emptied the lentil water it was soaking in. So just added the 2 cups of water, however my bread is super dense and heavy and ultimately inedible. Also I noticed a couple comments said 1 cup of coconut flour. Is the recipe correct with 1/4 cup coconut flour? Really hope it works out when I try it again tonight. Thankyou.

Camilla

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Hi Kimberly,

Oh no, sorry it did not work out. I do hope that you give it another try (without drawing the lentils). I looked through the comments to see the reference to one cup of coconut flour. The question appears to be about what one cup of coconut flour equals in grams, but no, this recipe does not use a full cup of flour it is only 1/4 cup. I’m 100% sure of that :-)

Amber

Monday 21st of March 2022

I'm excited to try your lentil recipes! I'm dealing with very low ferritin (iron) so I've been making a lot of lentil muffins. I found you on my search for variety lol. Question though, why don't you list the Iron content in the nutrition? That's the first thing I look for these days. And as long as I pop a vitamin C while eating a lentil treat, I get the best of tge nutrition 😁

Camilla

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Hi Amber! My apologies regarding no iron content listed. The nutrition calculator I use does not calculate iron content. I’m sorry.

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