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2-Ingredient Flax Sandwich Bread (V, GF, K)

Delicious and easy 2-ingredient flax sandwich bread made with flaxseed meal & baking powder (plus water and optional salt)–that’s all! It is naturally vegan, keto, paleo, oil-free, grain-free, nut-free and sugar free (zero grams). You will love it!

2 ingredient flax bread loaves on a wire cooling rack

This bread. THIS BREAD! I cannot get enough this bread! Easy! Delicious! Nutritious! Filling! I may run out of exclamation points before this post is finished!!!

It is my 2-ingredient Flax Sandwich Bread. Flaxseed meal is the star of the show, acting as flour,  eggs, and oil, all in one fell swoop.

a stack of 3 loaves of flax bread on a cutting board

Recipe Benefits

  • Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Oil-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Paleo-friendly
  • Keto-friendly
  • Easy to make
  • 2 ingredients (plus water and optional salt)

Ingredients for the Bread

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

You will also need some regular tap water. I like to add some salt, but it is entirely optional.

ingredients for flaxseed meal sandwich bread

Best Type of Flaxseed Meal for the Bread

Flaxseed meal is typically available in dark and golden varieties. The former is simply labeled “flaxseed meal,” while the latter is specially labeled as “golden flaxseed meal.”

I strongly recommend using golden flaxseed meal for this bread. The darker flaxseed meal works just as well, but the flavor of the golden flaxseed meal is much milder than the dark.

Whichever option you choose, just make sure the flaxseed meal is fresh. The high contention of natural oils in flax can go rancid (and fishy-tasting) if not stored properly. Flaxseed meal should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer once the bag is opened.

Important: Do Not Use Defatted Flaxseed Meal. If the package of flaxseed meal does not state that it is defatted, look at the nutrition label on the back of the package. If the calories for the flaxseed meal are zero, it is defatted meal.

How to Make 2-Ingredient Flax Sandwich Bread

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

Step One: Preheat the Oven and Prepare Baking Pan

Preheat the oven to 400 F (200C) degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step Two: Grind the Flaxseed Meal into a Fine Flour

This is a very important step. Using a blender or a clean coffee mill, grind the flaxseed meal into a very fine flour. This affects how the texture and rise of the bread.

golden flaxseed in two glass bowls, one ground into fine flour

Step Three: Combine the Dry Ingredients in a Bowl

In a large bowl, whisk together the finely ground flaxseed meal, baking powder, and the (optional) salt.

dry ingredients for flax bread in a glass bowl, a whisk inserted

Step Four: Add the Water

Next, stir in water. It will come together together into a thick, moist dough.

water added to the dry ingredients for flax bread

It may not look like enough water, but it is. Do not add more water. The dough will appear somewhat gooey.

mixed dough for flax bread in a glass bowl

Step Five: Shape the Loaves

Divide the dough into three equal portions. With damp hands, shape each into a baguette shape that is about 8-inches (20 cm) long . Flatten slightly with hands.

Make 4 deep diagonal slashes through the top of each loaf.

flax bread dough shaped into 3 loaves

Step Six: Bake

Bake the loaves in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes until risen and puffed, and the slashes on top have opened out.

baked flax loaves on a parchment lined baking sheet

Step Seven: Cool the Bread

Transfer the loaves to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Hello, beautiful bread.

2 ingredient flax bread loaves on a wire cooling rack

This bread goes with…everything. Really.

FAQ

Is this a high-rising bread?

No, but it is light and fluffy, not gooey.

cross section of flax sandwich bread

How do I use the bread for sandwiches?

Slice the bread lengthwise for wonderful sandwiches. One third, or half of one loaf, sliced lengthwise is perfect for a sandwich.

sandwich made with flaxseed bread

I liked the original version of this bread. Is it still available?

Yes! It is in the notes of the recipe card.

Happy baking!

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

2 ingredient flax bread loaves on a wire cooling rack

2-Ingredient Flax Sandwich Bread (V, K, GF)

Yield: 3 loaves (9 servings)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Delicious 2-ingredient flax bread made with flaxseed meal & baking powder (plus water and optional salt)--that's all! It is naturally vegan, keto, paleo, oil-free, grain-free, nut-free and sugar free. You will love it!

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups (260 g) flaxseed meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/3 cups (315 mL) water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a blender or clean coffee grinder, grind the flaxseed meal into a very fine flour. This is a very important step, do not skip it.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together the flaxseed meal, baking powder and (optional) salt. Add the water, stirring until completely combined (the dough will look thick and somewhat gooey).
  4. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions, With wet hands, shape each piece into a 8-inch (20 cm) long baguette style loaf. Space the loaves at least 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten the loaves slightly.
  5. Using a sharp knife, make 4 deep diagonal slashes into the top of each loaf.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes until risen and browned; the slashes will open up and the loaves will widen. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before slicing.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled bread in an airtight container at (cool) room temperature for 3 days, the refrigerator for 2 weeks, or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Flaxseed Meal Tips: I think that golden flaxseed meal works best for this bread. For best results, be sure to use fresh flaxseed meal; flaxseed meal can develop "off" flavors if it is old and/or improperly stored.

Do Not Use Defatted Flaxseed Meal: Do Not Use Defatted Flaxseed Meal. If the package of flaxseed meal does not state that it is defatted, look at the nutrition label on the back of the package. If the calories for the flaxseed meal are zero, it is defatted meal.

Tip: For larger sandwich-style slices, cut the bread lengthwise. It is easier if you first cut the loaf in half, crosswise, then slice each half lengthwise.

My first version of this recipe: The ingredients are the same as above, but use 1 tablespoon of baking powder. (1) Preheat oven to 400F(200C). Grease or spray (with nonstick cooking spray) a 9x5-inch (22.5x12.5cm); line with parchment paper; (2) In a large bowl, whisk together the flaxseed meal, baking powder and (optional) salt. Add the water, stirring until completely combined (the dough will be very thick, but moist). (3) Scrape the dough into the prepared pan and press into place with your fingertips. Moisten your fingertips to smooth and flatten the surface of the dough. (4) Bake in the preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes until risen and browned (note: it is normal for the surface to feel quite hard; it softens as it cools). (5) Cool in the pan, on a wire rack, for 10 minutes. Use the parchment paper to removed the bread from the pan. Cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Information
Yield 9 Serving Size 1/3 of one loaf
Amount Per Serving Calories 155Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 0mgSodium 117mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 8gSugar 0gProtein 5g

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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Mike

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

I just made this bread and it turned out pretty good all things considered. Instead of 4 cuts I made 8 because I am familiar with flax seed mixes. I make crackers, cookies, Pizza crust etc. often. Been on Keto for ten years now because of early dementia signs. Keto reversed all the symptoms as per my wife. Thanks for the recipe.

Camilla

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

You are very welcome, Mike, and thank you for sharing your tips! I am so happy to know how changing your diet has improved you well-being --cheers to you, friend.

Jessica

Friday 13th of October 2023

I want to love this so much, but it won't cook through. I made 3 loaves, used the conventional oven setting, did the slits in the top and weighed the flax and water. I also preheated the oven before adding the water so I could get it in the oven quickly. I grind my own flax seed, sift and then store in the freezer. This batch was ground last week. My baking powder is good. Could it be that I used room temp water? My flax was cold (striaght put of the freezer)? Flax meal vs flax seed? Is there a weight difference between the meal and the seeds that could be the problem? It seems that if it is wet then it is too much water or not enough flax. My house smells amazing and I want to figure out how to fix the problem so it is edible.

Camilla

Thursday 26th of October 2023

Hi Jessica! I am so sorry that the recipe isn’t working for you. Here is my primary question, since you grind your own flax seeds: are you grinding the seeds into a very fine flour, as shown in the photos? That is, not a meal consistency? Take a look at my photos in the post showing the difference between flaxseed meal and flaxseed flour. Using very finely ground seeds that are flour consistency is key to successful loaves.

Stacey

Sunday 17th of September 2023

Hiii! I made the new version of this with 2 teaspoons of baking powder. The bread did rise some but the very center of the bread is gooey not fluffy. I even left it in the oven for an extra 20 minutes. Any suggestions ? Thanks for all you do!

Camilla

Monday 18th of September 2023

Hi Stacey,

So sorry to hear that the bread did not work as expected.

I do have a question that could easily explain the problem: you mention "bread" (singular) two times in your comment. The new version of the bread, as posted, has a very different method that makes THREE smaller loaves of bread that are shaped and given deep slashes. Did you make a single loaf instead? That would be the cause of the problem.

Odile

Saturday 16th of September 2023

The result was far below expectations from your description. Slimy texture and fishy aftertaste. I guess this is my taste but thought I’d put it out there. I hope my neighbor’s hens like it!

Camilla

Saturday 16th of September 2023

Hi Odile— so sorry you did not like the bread. It sounds like something went wrong-/ there definitely should not be a slimy texture, at all. Did you grind the flax meal into a fine flour, and make 3 loaves as directed? The bread will not turn out if the instructions are not followed closely. Golden flaxseed has a much milder flavor than dark flaxseed meal if you find the taste fishy. Flax can also taste fishy if if us old or not stored properly (the oils can go rancid quickly). All the best.

Annette

Thursday 6th of July 2023

I may have done something wrong...I used 2 and 1/2 cups ground flaxseed meal, 2 tsp baking powder, and 1 and 1/3 cups water. Baked at 400F for 50 minutes, and the outside is crispy, but inside is gooey. And it's kind of flat, not fluffy. The recipe only made 1 small loaf. Any suggestions? Do the ingredients need to be measured in grams?

Camilla

Friday 14th of July 2023

Hi Annette,

It sounds like you may have made the original version that is in the notes? But note that it calls for 1 tablespoon of baking powder and bakes for 60 to 65 minutes. The post and new recipe (in the recipe card), and all of the photos, are my revised version. It is quite different in how it is prepared and baked. The original version was more dense, this new version makes 3 loaves, as pictured, and is fluffy because the flax seed meal is ground in into a flour.

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