Vegan oil-free coconut flour bread, loaded with nuts and seeds! Made with 4 ingredients, it is also grain-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free.
Grain-Free Vegan Power Bread
You asked, so I answered: might it be possible to make my 4-ingredient Power Bread (easily one of my favorite recipes, and featuring oats, nuts and/or seeds, and flaxseed meal) be made into a keto bread or Paleo bread?
While updating the photos the other week, specifically while measuring ingredients, I had had the same thought.
However, my original recipe calls for a considerable measure of oats. Specifically, 1 and 1/2 cups of rolled oats. The oats provide critical structure to the original recipe, perhaps with the right permutation of grain-free alternatives, I could create a tasty (and still sturdy) twist on my favorite bread.
You know me. I love a challenge. Especially an alternative, healthy baking challenge. Bring it on!
I hope you are as excited about my new bread as I am, because it is all-around amazing.
It’s Vegan Oil-Free Coconut Flour Bread!
Here’s the beauty of this bread: it is every bit as easy as the original. And delicious. And awesome. The texture is very close to the oat version, and yet…even better. Yup. Especially when toasted. It is:
- Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
- High fiber
- Very easy to make
When I first started experimenting with a grain-free option for the bread, I changed the proportions of psyllium, flax and water from the original. Further, I tried combining several grain-free flours. The batches were close, but still off, so I kept testing.
My test loaves with (some) coconut flour showed the most promise, hence I added more coconut flour (I’m smart that way :)). The results were better still. Perhaps all coconut flour? I was in the home stretch, I just needed a few more adjustments. So I returned to my original proportions (of the other ingredients) plus coconut flour in place of he oats.
YES!!! In no time I had the ratios just right.
Ingredients for the Bread
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Coconut flour
- Flaxseed meal
- Nuts or seeds (or a combination)
- Whole psyllium husks
You will need some water, too, as well as (optional/adjustable) salt.
You can go with one type of seed or nut (e.g., 100% pepitas or 100% almonds) or round up whatever combination you like or have on hand.
If you have the time and inclination, toast what you gather (approximately 10 minutes at 350F/175C). Nothing wrong with adding some toasty flavor, anytime :).
It’s time to grab a bowl and get started, without delay.
Step by Step Instructions
Step One: Combine the Dry Ingredients
Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Surprise bonus: no chopping of the nuts or seeds required. Yay! This is my kind of breadmaking.
Step Two: Add the Water
Add the water to the dry ingredients and stir. The mixture looks loose with the first turns of the spoon, but in a matter of seconds, the coconut flour, flaxseed meal and psyllium soak up the water. The result (in under a minute) is a thick, stiff, yet slightly moist dough.
Step Three: Press Dough into Pan
Press the dough into a sprayed or greased 9×5-inch loaf pan, smoothing and shaping the surface into an even loaf.
I lined the loaf pan in my original power bread recipe, but not with this version. The coconut flour version browns better when baked directly in the pan.
I left out a few seeds and nuts from the mix in order to press into the top (I was thinking of my photo ops). If you are not planning to photograph your loaf, you certainly do not need to follow my lead in this regard.
Step Four: Preheat the Oven
Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Let the loaf stand while preheating as it allows for additional water absorption, as well as solidification of the loaf, before baking.
Step Five: Bake
Once the oven is heated, bake the loaf for 55 to 65 minutes. The bread is ready when browned, the surface appears dry, and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped near the center.
Cool the Bread
Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
The bread is not high, but it is mighty!
One completely cooled, the bread can be sliced thick, thin, or anywhere in between. I like mine about 1/4-inch (generous 1/4 inch) thick, which yields about 20 slices per loaf.
Toast it, top it sandwich it, or gnosh it plain!
How Should I Store the Vegan Oil-Free Coconut Flour Bread?
Store the bread in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 2 days, in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 6 months.
What is the Best Way to Measure Coconut Flour?
For the most accurate results, weigh the coconut flour to measure (you will need 49 grams). If measuring by tablespoon, lightly spoon the flour to measure , as it is easy to overpack otherwise.
Can Chia Seeds Be Used in Place of the Flaxseed Meal?
Yes, if you prefer to use chia seeds, you most definitely can, with a caveat: the chia seeds need to be ground into a meal. Grind the seeds in a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder and then use an equal amount of chia seed meal to replace the flaxseed meal.
Note that the color of the bread will be less brown (black chia seeds in place of brown flax). But it will still be 100% delicious!
Can I Omit the Psyllium from the Recipe?
No, psyllium is essential to the recipe. It is the super-binder that literally holds this bread together; the recipe will not work without it.
Can I Use Psyllium Powder in Place of Psyllium Husks?
Yes, psyllium husk powder can be used in place psyllium husks, but the quantity is different.
1 tablespoon whole psyllium husks = 1 teaspoon psyllium husk powder (each is 5 grams)
Friday 27th of May 2022
The receipe card doesn’t include the amount to Flaxseed. Or I can’t see?
Tuesday 7th of June 2022
Hi Sumeeta, Hmm, I just checked and it is there (just making sure you are scrolling or jumping all the way down to the recipe card itself, not the post). It is in the second line of ingredients : 3/4 cup (78 g) flaxseed meal. Cheers.
Friday 4th of February 2022
Good morning, I thought I'd share my experience. I followed the recipe exactly (I did briefly toast my nuts prior) by using the version with 3 tsps of psyllium husk powder. I added the water in portions and didn't end up using all of it. I held on to the extra in case the dough seemed to need it after I let it gel for a while, but it seemed good with the amount I used (maybe 1 1/2 cups?). I wanted to try this in my ninja foodi so I used a round 8 inch pan. I thought it might take less time but after turning it out after about 35 minutes I could tell the bottom and middle was still quite wet. I placed it back in the foodi upside down in the pan and baked for another 20 or so. I ended up taking it out of the pan entirely and placed some foil loosely over the top to prevent over browning and left it in the foodi for another 10 maybe. After cooling I sliced a pie wedge out. Still a little moisture in the middle but easily fixed by reheating/toasting in the foodi. What I found to be kind of nice is that I can take a pie wedge and cut in in half horizontally and I have either a nice thin slice of this bread or two halves to make a triangular sandwich of some kind. My favorite way to eat it? Spread with goat cheese and real blueberry jam on top. Num. I love the abundance of nuts and seeds. I refer to this as nuts held together with some coconut flour :)
Thursday 17th of February 2022
Umm, you are brilliant, Jeannie ?? I love the triangular wedges (scone-like). Goat cheese and blueberry jam???!!! ? Thank you so much for sharing your method with others, much appreciated.
Tuesday 25th of January 2022
Mine was like soup when I put it in the pan? I rechecked the Ingredients?? Not sure if it will ever completely set?
Tuesday 25th of January 2022
Oh no, Susie--I am sorry to hear, that is definitely not right. The mixture should be VERY thick dough (like the photo in the post, just after step three. You should have to shape it into a loaf to form it into the pan. It sounds like the ingredients were way off (perhaps teaspoons were used instead of tablespoons?). I still make this recipe so I know that the ingredient amounts are correct. I wish I knew what might have gone wrong.
Friday 3rd of December 2021
I tried this recipe and it worked out great! I put mine in an 8x4 inch bread pan that's made from parchment paper. I wish there's a way to bake this without the need for the nuts and seeds though.
Thursday 9th of December 2021
Excellent, Esther! Thanks for sharing your tip.
Have you seen my more recent Coconut Flour Flax Bread? It is my all-time favorite, took a while to develop. It is nut free, seed-free (except for the flaxseed meal) and oil-free. Super easy, too :) Here is the recipe link: Coconut Flour Flax Bread
Thursday 29th of July 2021
You have no rising agent in your recipe, how will it rise?
Wednesday 13th of October 2021
hi Coleen, it does not rise, the shape it starts out as is the shape it stays in.