Sandwich Bread that is Healthy, Vegan, and Grain-Free
This wonderful loaf is:
*Vegan *Grain-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!!!
Here’s what you need from the pantry: chickpea flour, baking soda, granulated cane sugar, a 12-ounce can of seltzer water or club soda, and a small amount of oil. Salt is optional, so follow my lead with the recommended amount, or adjust to suit your particular tastes and needs,
The Ingredients for Chickpea Flour Sandwich Bread
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).
Make the Bread (it’s Easy!)
Forget any and all difficulties you may have ascribed to bread-making; the assembly here could not be easier. (1) Whisk the dry ingredients; (2) stir in the seltzer water and oil; and (3) pour the batter into a parchment-lined baking pan. It will require about 3 minutes of your time.
Slide the pan into the oven and bake, at 375F, 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!
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!
Pair the bread with sweet or savory fillings and spreads, it is delicious with everything! It also toasts like a dream.
Prepare to commit this recipe to memory, as I am confident you will want to make it often. Happy baking (and eating!).
Hi! Is it ok to substitute baking powder for the baking soda? I don't like the flavour baking soda gives when I use it in recipes... Thank you, this looks like such a great & easy recipe!
Saturday 3rd of April 2021
Didn’t have seltzer water so I used a can of ginger ale and didn’t add any sweetner. It was amazing.
Saturday 27th of March 2021
Just made this. It’s brilliant! I added sunflower seeds and the batter supported it well. Still nice light texture and doesn’t crumble. Pleasantly surprised. Also added some paprika and cumin. Yummy! Thanks for another great recipe
Monday 8th of March 2021
Wow, I was really impressed with this recipe. I was a little sceptical that a loaf could rise without proofing, minimal ingredients or lots of elbow grease(!) I followed the recipe exactly and found it to be spot on. The result was a nutty taste and nice outer crust with a soft inner texture. It makes a lovely gluten free alternative; thank you so much for this recipe!
Monday 15th of February 2021
This is the best gluten-free vegan bread I've made yet. I added a teaspoon of oregano to the batter because I have found chickpea flour to be too bland for my taste in the past, but this recipe would be just as good without. I'll definitely be making this bread again and again. Thank you for the recipe!