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2-Ingredient Flax Sandwich Bread {vegan, keto, grain-free}

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! (Updated 5.25.22)

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.

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 an 8-inch (20 cm) long rounded baguette shape.

Make 4 diagonal slashes through the top of each loaf (about 1/4-inch deep).

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!

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Yield: 3 loaves (9 servings)

2-Ingredient Flax Sandwich Bread {updated recipe)

2 ingredient flax bread loaves on a wire cooling rack

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! Updated 5.25.22. For the original recipe, see the notes section of this recipe card.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

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 food processor 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 equl portions, With wet hands, shape each piece into an 8-inch (20 cm) long baguette style loaf. Space the loaes at least 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Using a sharp knife, make 4 diagonal slashes (1/4-inch deep) 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.

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.

ORIGINAL 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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Kindra

Monday 23rd of January 2023

The bread puffs up beautifully in the oven, but sinks when removed from the oven. Do I need to cook it longer (removed at 45min)? Or is this inevitable?

Love this bread for my epileptic daughter on the MAD.

Kindra

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

@Camilla, I did do the revised recipe, but will try again. Thank you so much for your reply and creating this awesome recipe!

Camilla

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

Hi Brenda, Did you make my revised version (with the three smaller loves and the extra-finely ground flaxseed meal)? They should not collapse post-bake. If using the original bread recipe--some people reported problems with the bread falling, which is why I revised the recipe. It sounds like you may have done the original since you refer to the bread in the singular (one loaf).

Claudia

Friday 6th of January 2023

Wonderful recipe! I really love it! It has a slightly fishy smell, but that's from all the omega-3s in the flax seeds. And remember to drink lots of liquids with this bread because the high fiber content can possibly cause constipation

Camilla

Sunday 15th of January 2023

So glad you like the bread, Claudia! And thank you for the tip to all re: drinking lots of water when you eat this bread :)

Masha

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

This turned out great! I was especially surprised by how delicious the crust was, just crispy, nicely toasted bread crust! Thank you :)

Camilla

Sunday 15th of January 2023

You are so welcome, Masha!

Tuyet

Friday 2nd of December 2022

Thank you Camila ,❤️ for sharing your the flaxseed bread. I make it today in convention oven turn out good 😊👍 Snow.

Camilla

Thursday 8th of December 2022

So glad to hear the bread was a success, Snow! Thank you for sharing it , too :)

Chels

Wednesday 16th of November 2022

Okay tried to make the updated version and my bread came out a beautiful golden brown and crispy on the outside. Let it cool and cut into it but the middle was still gooey. Any tips?? I miss bread so much.

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