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Chickpea Flour Flax Sandwich Bread {vegan, grain-free, oil-free}

Wholesome chickpea flour flax sandwich bread that tastes like whole wheat! Made with 5 ingredients, it is vegan, grain-free, oil-free & easy to make.
overhed shot of slices of chickpea flour flax bread with a green pea spread

Grain-Free Bread that Tastes like Whole Wheat 

Your eyes are not deceiving you: the bread pictured above looks like whole wheat bread. It tastes like whole wheat bread, too. Yet it is 100%wheat-free and grain-free. Really and truly!

It gets even better. This wonderful bread is also:

  • Vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
  • Oil-free
  • Yeast-free
  • Fast to make (ready, start to finish, in under an hour)
  • Easy-peasy to make
  • Frugal 

It is perfect for sandwiches, toast, and all manner of random nibbling. Sweet spreads? Savory fillings? All are harmonious with slices of this, your new favorite loaf.

Introducing Chickpea Flour Flax Sandwich Bread (a.k.a., Wheat-Free Wheat Bread). 

overhead shot of slices of chickpea flour flax bread in a pie tin atop a colorful napkin

Ingredients for Wheat-Free Wheat Bread

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

The ingredients for this recipe are minimal: five, to be precise, plus water and optional salt.  They are inexpensive, as well, which is a very good thing, since you will want to make this bread over & over again. Here’s what you will need: 

  1. Chickpea flour
  2. Flaxseed meal
  3. Coconut sugar (or the sweetener of your choice)
  4. Baking soda
  5. Vinegar (any light-colored vinegar, such apple cider vinegar or white vinegar, or sub with lemon juice)
wooden bowl with the dry ingredients for chickpea flour flax sandwich bread

How to Make Chickpea Flour Flax Sandwich Bread

The hands-on time for making this bread is under 5 minutes (hooray for quick breads!). 5 ingredients & 5 minutes of work is my kind of bread recipe.

Step 1: Whisk the dry ingredients

Place the dry ingredients (the chickpea flour, flaxseed meal, coconut sugar, baking soda and optional salt) in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Break up any an all lumps and bumps, especially with the chickpea flour.

Step 2: Add the wet ingredients 

Combine the water and vinegar (in the measuring cup, or in a small bowl) and pour into the bowl of whisked dry ingredients.

collage of 4 photos showing how to mix the batter for chickpea flour flax sandwich bread

Step 3: Stir to combine

Use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to combine the wet and the dry until blended (no dry ingredients visible).

Definitely opt for a rubber spatula or wooden spoon here, not a whisk. The batter is thick and will glom onto the whisk like nobody’s business (I “tested” this so that you would not make the same mistake:)).

Step 4: Spread and smooth batter in pan

Working quickly (the baking soda will begin reacting with the vinegar straight away, so get this in the oven as soon as possible), spread the batter in a 9×5-inch loaf pan that has been greased or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Since the batter is thick, I like to dip the spatula or a butter knife in water to (more easily) smooth the top.

Step 5: Make a lengthwise slash in the loaf

overhead shot of chickpea flour flax bread with a slsh being made with knife down its length

I have one more (quick) step before the loaf goes into the oven: make a slash.

Take a sharp knife and run it through the top of the loaf (about 1/2 inch deep, no more), lengthwise. This helps release steam from the bread as it bakes, leading to an even, well-risen loaf.

Keep in mind that this is more of a batter than a dough, so the slash will not look significant. It may even close in on itself as soon as the slash is made. Not to worry, that’s exactly how it should look!

Step 6: Bake the Bread

Slide the bread into a preheated 375F oven for 45 to 50 minutes until it is risen, golden brown, and sounds hollow when gently tapped on top. Simple, yes?

It smells so good!

loaf of chickpea flour flax sandwich bread in a metal loaf pan atop a black cooling rack

Cool the Bread

Let the loaf cool in the pan, on top of a cooling rack, for 20 minutes. To remove the loaf, run a butter knife or other dull knife around the edges of the pan to loosen, and then invert the bread onto the cooling rack. Turn the bread right side up and let cool completely before slicing.

Hello, delicious.

a loaf of chickpea flour flax bread

Does this Bread Taste Like Chickpea Flour?

No! I know many of you were wondering as you read along. The bread has a very neutral, whole wheat flavor. So regardless of your feelings about chickpea flour (love, hate, somewhere in between), you will be pleased with the go-with-everything flavor of this bread.

Slice it Thick or Ultra-Thin

You can slice this bread whichever which way you like, it is not a crumbler! Slice it super thin for open-faced tartines, thick for toast, medium for sandwiches, or any which way that you please.

slices of chickpea flour flax bread with a green pea spread

Can I Leave out the Sugar?

Yes, the sugar cab be omitted without any affect on the structure of the bread.

Nevertheless, I strongly recommend adding it. I added the tablespoon-ful after several rounds of testing, and wow, it adds so much to the “whole wheat” flavor of the bread! to mimic the flavor of wheat bread. 

Happy baking & may this lead to many delicious sandwiches!

More Vegan & Grain-Free Bread Recipes to Try:

Yield: 1 loaf (14 slices)

Chickpea Flour Flax Sandwich Bread {vegan, grain-free, oil-free}

overhead shot of slices of chickpea flour flax bread in a pie tin atop a colorful napkin

Wholesome chickpea flour flax sandwich bread that tastes like whole wheat! Made with 5 ingredients, it is vegan, grain-free, oil-free & easy to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups (300 g) chickpea flour
  • 1/3 cup (35 g) flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional/ adjustable)
  • 1 and 2/3 cups (394 mL) water
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vinegar (or lemon juice)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Spray or grease a 9x5-inch (22.5x12.5 cm) loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the chickpea flour, flaxseed meal, coconut sugar, baking soda and salt until blended, breaking up any lumps in the chickpea flour.
  3. In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine the water and vinegar; pour into the chickpea flour mixture, stirring until combined (the batter will be thick).
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top (I dip a rubber spatula or knife in water to smooth the top).
  5. Using a sharp knife, make a lengthwise slash, about 1/2-inch (1.25 cm) deep, across the loaf.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes until risen, golden brown, and hollow soulding when gently tapped on top.
  7. Cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 20 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges to loosen the bread, and then invert loaf from pan. Turn right side up and cool completely on cooling rack.
  8. Slice it thick, ultra-thin, or anywhere in between!

Notes

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

Sugar Options: An equal amount of brown sugar or the granulated sugar of your choice canna be used in place of the coconut sugar. An equal amount of liquid sweetener (e.g., maple syrup, agave nectar) can also be used; add it along with the water-vinegar mixture.

Sugar-Free Option: The bread will work without the sugar (it is added for a flavor balance); if you need to leave it out, go right ahead.

Vinegar options: Any light-colored vinegar will work here (e.g., apple cider vinegar, white vinegar) or use an equal amount of lemon juice.

Nutrition Information

Yield

14

Serving Size

1 slice (1/14 of loaf)

Amount Per Serving Calories 74Total Fat 1.9gSaturated Fat 0.3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 205.2mgCarbohydrates 10.5gFiber 2.4gSugar 2.6gProtein 4.1g

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Gary y

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Followed recipe to the letter. Batter was way too runny had to add more flour but it was in no way thick. Are you sure the measurements are correct?

Camilla

Thursday 17th of March 2022

Hi Gary! Oh no, I am so sorry that the bread did not turn out. Yes, the amounts are correct--this bread is in my regular rotation of recipes at my house. The proportion of dry ingredients (2 and 1/2 cups flour + 1/3 cup cup flaxseed meal) to 1 and 2/3 cups water makes a thick batter which only becomes thicker as the flaxseed meal is combined with the water. I know that sometimes I think I have followed a recipe exactly, but was in fact distracted or misread ingredients. I hope you give it another try.

Tessa

Sunday 5th of December 2021

This chickpea flax bread is a revelation! Love it, thank you.

Camilla

Monday 6th of December 2021

Oh that’s wonderful, Tessa! So glad it was a success 😊

Gen

Friday 15th of October 2021

Hi there. I have just tried this recipe but my batter was super super watery and I followed the recipe to the T not sure why this has happened :( Hopefully the bread will turn out ok. I will just leave it in to cook for longer then to stand a little longer too x

Camilla

Thursday 11th of November 2021

Hi Gen,

Oh no, sorry that the batter appeared odd. The batter should definitely not be watery, it should be relatively thick (per the photos). I hope it turned out ok--it sounds like the measurements for either the dry ingredients or water were off.

Sandra

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Baked this gorgeous loaf this morning. Fits all our ‘intolerance’ requirements and hubby loved it so win win.

Camilla

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Yippee! I am pleased as punch to hear it, Sandra. Thank you for letting me know that it was a success :)

MJ

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

This was fabulous. Absolutely love the texture and flavor. This recipe is definitely a keeper for me.

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