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Chickpea Flour Sandwich Bread {Grain-Free, Vegan, 5 Ingredients}

Delicious, versatile, 5-ingredient chickpea flour sandwich bread ! Made in minutes, it is naturally grain-free and vegan.
5-ingredient chickpea flour sandwich bread that is vegan, grain-free, and gluten-free

I love sharing recipes that require minimal explanation.

Also, minimal ingredients.

Minimal steps, too.

And minimal effort.

Case in point, my latest creation, Chickpea Flour Sandwich Bread!

5-ingredient chickpea flour sandwich bread that is vegan, grain-free, and gluten-free

Benefits of Chickpea Flour Sandwich Bread

This wonderful loaf is:

  • Vegan
  • Grain-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Made with 5 humble ingredients (plus optional salt)
  • Ridiculously easy to make
  • Ready, from start to finish, in under an hour
  • Perfect for slicing (think sandwiches, toast, all around nibbling/snacking)
  • SCRUMPTIOUS!!!

Ingredients for the Bread

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

Here’s what you need from the pantry:

Salt is optional, so follow my lead with the recommended amount, or adjust to suit your particular tastes and needs.

Ingredients for 5-ingredient chickpea flour sandwich bread that is vegan, grain-free, and gluten-free

Options for the Ingredients

I used olive oil for the recipe, but you can use any oil that you prefer.

The same holds true with the sweetener. I stuck with natural cane sugar (I use 1-1/2 tablespoons in the recipe), but you can use any sweetener. If you use a liquid sweetener (e.g., maple syrup), simply add it along with the other wet ingredients. If you are wondering why the bread has sweetener, it is to (1) promote browning; (2) balance the savory flavor of the chickpea flour, and (3) enhance the rise of the bread.

Seltzer (or club soda) and  baking soda are primarily responsible for the bread’s great rise, as well as it’s light, tender, sandwich-bread texture. I strongly recommend using a fresh can of seltzer; if measuring from a bottle, make sure that it is a brand new bottle (so that there is maximum carbonation).

How to Make the Bread

Forget any and all difficulties you may have ascribed to bread-making; the assembly here could not be easier.

Step One: Preheat the Oven & Prep the Pan

Preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Line a 9×5-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray the exposed sides with nonstick cooking spray.

Step Two: Whisk the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the chickpea flour, sugar, baking soda, and optional salt.

Step Three: Add the Wet Ingredients

Add the seltzer water and oil to the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir slowly so that all of the bubbles are not stirred out (the bubbles help the bread rise).

Step Four: Pour the Batter into the Prepared Pan

Pour the batter into a prepared baking pan. No loaf-shaping required!

5-ingredient chickpea flour sandwich bread that is vegan, grain-free, and gluten-free

Step Five: Bake the Bread

Slide the pan into the preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the loaf is risen, browned and a tester inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

You’ve got bread!

5-ingredient chickpea flour sandwich bread that is vegan, grain-free, and gluten-free

I’ve calculated the nutrition for this bread using the guideline of 12 thick slices per loaf. However, this bread slices beautifully, without crumbling, so feel free to slice it as thin as you like!

5-ingredient chickpea flour sandwich bread that is vegan, grain-free, and gluten-free

How to Serve Chickpea Flour Sandwich Bread

As the name implies, this wholesome loaf is great for making sandwiches of all kinds!

Pair the bread with sweet or savory fillings and spreads, it is delicious with everything! It also toasts like a dream.

How Should I Store the Bread?

Store the cooled bread in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, in the refrigerator for 1 week, or tightly wrapped in freezer for up to 6 months.

Can I Use Other Sweeteners? Or Can I Leave Out the Sweetener Altogether?

Yes and yes.

Use any granulated sugar you prefer (e.g., coconut sugar, sucanat). or an equal amount of liquid sweetener such as maple syrup (add with the other wet ingredients). If you do not want sweetener in the recipe, leave it out entirely.

What is a Good Way to Test the Bread for Doneness?

An uncooked piece of spaghetti can be used as a tester (instead of a skewer) for determining if the center is set. Slide it into the middle of the loaf; it should come out clean when the bread is done.

5-ingredient chickpea flour sandwich bread that is vegan, grain-free, and gluten-free

Prepare to commit this recipe to memory, as I am confident you will want to make it often.

Happy baking (and eating!).

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Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices)

Chickpea Flour Sandwich Bread {grain-free, vegan, 5 ingredients}

Chickpea Flour Sandwich Bread {grain-free, vegan, 5 ingredients}

Delicious, versatile, 5-ingredient sandwich bread made in minutes with chickpea flour! It is naturally grain-free and vegan.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups (300 g) chickpea flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cane sugar (or sugar/sweetener of choice)
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 12-ounce (355 mL) can unflavored seltzer, sparkling water, club soda
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or oil of choice)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line a 9x5-inch (22.5 x 12.5 cm) loaf pan with parchment paper; grease or spray the exposed sides.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Slowly pour the seltzer down the side of the bowl (to prevent a lot of foaming); add the olive oil and stir until combined. Immediately pour into prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes until risen, golden brown and a skewer inserted near the center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled bread in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, in the refrigerator for 1 week, or tightly wrapped in freezer for up to 6 months.

Sweetener Options: Use any granulated sugar you prefer (e.g., coconut sugar, sucanat). or an equal amount of liquid sweetener such as maple syrup (add with the other wet ingredients)

Tip: An uncooked piece of spaghetti can be used as a tester (instead of a skewer) for determining if the center is set!

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 slice (1/12 of loaf)

Amount Per Serving Calories 100Total Fat 3.5gSaturated Fat 0.5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 191.8mgCarbohydrates 12.6gFiber 2.1gSugar 3.7gProtein 4.4g

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Grace

Thursday 6th of October 2022

I've just made this bread and it came out so crumbly and funny tasting (I love chick pea flour pancakes - Korean). I don't know what went wrong as I followed all instructions.

Camilla

Friday 7th of October 2022

Hi Grace, Oh no, I am sorry to hear it turned out strangely. It definitely should not be crumbly, so I am not sure how to trouble shoot what went wrong. The bread does have a nutty chickpea flour flavor, since it is made with chickpea flour, but I am not sure what you mean by "funny tasting"

Patricia

Tuesday 6th of September 2022

I made this and it is falling apart when I slice it. Very crumbly. Would adding an egg help keep it together?

Henrietta

Saturday 3rd of September 2022

Can it be made with another gluten free flower? Also can oil be omitted or substituted with applesauce? Thanks

Camilla

Sunday 4th of September 2022

Hi Henrietta! This recipe is definitely specific to chickpea flour, so no direct substitute. But I have lots and lots of very simple loaf bread recipes on my site using other flours, including buckwheat, coconut, brown rice, oats, almond flour, lentils, and millet. So if you like, type in the type of flour you wish to use along with “bread” in the search function to get the recipes.

As for the oil: yes, you can sub the oil with some applesauce, nondairy milk, or water.

Correne

Monday 29th of August 2022

Holy wow!!! This bread is AMAZING! I’m in disbelief! My husband doesn’t like bread generally - but even he was impressed with it! My girls and I are grain-free and this bread is a legit game changer. I used honey instead of the cane sugar, and melted ghee in place of the olive oil! I’m so grateful - thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Camilla

Tuesday 30th of August 2022

Wow, thanks Correne, I'm so glad you love this one (it is one of my all time favorite breads--I love chickpea flour ❤️). I am just thrilled that this suits the WHOLE family, I know what a challenge that can be--so extra YAY!

V. Swiki

Saturday 13th of August 2022

Hi, I made your chickpea bread recipe using gram weight for the chickpea flour & it required much more of the sparkling water to make a scoopable thick batter. I wonder if it's because I'm using a precooked flour (Just About Foods brand). Does your chickpea flour say precooked on the package? It was very inconspicuously placed & only in 1 spot on my package. Thank you.

Camilla

Thursday 18th of August 2022

Hi V! I had never heard of precooked chickpea flour, so I looked up the Just About Foods brand to take a look. They mention, as you noted, that they use "precooked" chickpeas but do not provide information about how they are "pre-cooked." They may just mean that the dried chickpeas are toasted before grinding (the toasting reduces bitterness), and should not make any difference. The nutritional info on the package is in Spanish, so the precooked may be a bad translation of "toasted."

Anyhoo...is there any chance that your can of sparkling water was less than 12 ounces? I make this recipe often, and the batter is not very thick (it should be pourable--the unbaked batter in the pan photo gives a sense of how loose it is).

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