High protein (7 g per serving), delicious and easy 2-ingredient chia bread made with chia seeds & baking powder (plus water and optional salt). This wonderful bread is vegan, keto, paleo, oil-free, grain-free, nut-free and sugar free (zero grams).
I have been meaning to experiment with a chia seed version of 2-ingredient flax sandwich bread for some time. Ever since I began creating chia flour (ground chia seed) recipes last year (like these chia breakfast cookies and 3-ingredient chia oat rolls), I suspected that I could make it work.
I finally made the time and got to testing, and…my suspicions were correct! It only took about a dozen trials, but I made it work. Hurrah!
A fabulous bonus of using chia seeds for this bread: each serving has 7 grams of protein!
Introducing my 2-ingredient Chia Bread. It is 100% chia seeds (no other flours or starches) and it is nutty, delicious, and easy to make.
- Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
- High fiber (14 grams per serving)
- High protein (7 grams per serving)
- 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 optional/adjustable according to your needs.
Tip for Ready-to-Use Chia Flour
My recipe calls for grinding chia seeds into a fine flour. This is simple to do in a blender (high speed or regular) or a small coffee mill.
If you prefer, you can skip the grinding and use ready-to-use chia flour. You will need to use an equal weight of chia flour to replace the chia seeds.
Second, be sure that it is finely ground chia (flour consistency) as opposed to chia meal (coarsely ground chia seeds). In order for this recipe to work, the seeds must be finely ground into a flour.
If you have a package of chia meal, not flour, place it in a blender and pulse until it is a fine flour.
How to Make 2-Ingredient Chia Bread
Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.
Step One: Preheat the Oven and Prepare Baking Pan
Step Two: Grind the Chia Seeds into a Fine Flour
This is a very important step. Using a blender or a clean coffee mill, grind the chia seeds into a fine flour. A fine consistency is critical for the texture and rise of the bread.
Step Three: Combine the Dry Ingredients in a Bowl
Step Four: Add the Water
Next, stir in water. It will come together together into a thick, somewhat gooey dough (note: the dough will become less gooey in 1 to 2 minutes as the chia seeds absorb the water).
Step Five: Shape the Loaves
Divide the dough into three equal portions. With damp hands, shape each into a flattened 8-inch (20 cm) long log.
Make 4 deep diagonal slashes through the top of each loaf.
Step Six: Bake
Bake the loaves in the preheated oven for roughly 55 to 60 minutes until risen slightly, the slashes on top have opened up some, and the surface of the loaves appears dry. The loaves will be deep brown in color.
The crust of the bread should be hard (great-crustiness).
Step Seven: Cool the Bread
Transfer the loaves to a cooling rack and cool completely.
How Should I Store the Bread?
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.
Is this a High-Rising Bread?
No. It does rise some, and puffs out a small amount (you will see a separation of the deep cuts once fully baked).
The bread has a pleasant crust and a fluffy interior.
How Do I use the Bread for Sandwiches?
Slice the bread lengthwise for wonderful sandwiches. One half of one loaf, sliced lengthwise is perfect for a sandwich.
My Bread is Gooey Inside. Why?
The bread should not be gooey inside, at all. If your bread comes out gooey in the middle, it is most likely due to one or more of the following reasons:
- The loaves were made too short and/or thick. The loaves should be about 8-inches in length, and flattened approximately 3/4 to 1 inch thickness, maximum.
- Slashes were not made, or were not made deep enough.
- The bread was not baked long enough. The bread may look done before 55 to 60 minutes have passed. That does not mean that it is cooked on the inside. Bake for the entire 55 to 60 minutes.
- The bread was not cooled before slicing.
- Inaccurate measurement of ingredients. With minimal breads such as this one, accuracy of measurements is critical. I strongly suggest using a kitchen scale for measuring the chia seeds.