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paleo bread, grain-free bread

Dear bread,
Sometimes I miss you.

After years of having something in my life and being able to just cut it out… there is a sense of pride in that. But sometimes the longing for a special something doesn’t always have to do with the flavor, it has to do with the memories. While I am not trying to be dramatic, the nostalgia that goes along with eating bread, for instance, hits me every time we are at a family meal and a bread basket arrives, or when we go on road trips and wonder what to pack for lunch (no peanut butter and jelly anymore?), or wondering what to eat for breakfast and remembering all those times my Dad had to make “toast” pictures in order to get me to eat.

For my health and well being, I made a huge effort to lower my intake of grains in my life and I’m not going back. But every so often, I just want a darn sandwich!

This recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, and paleo. Also delicious.


Makes 1 loaf

1 3/4 cup almond flour
1 1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
2 tablespoons of tomato sauce
small handful of fresh basil (or 1 tablespoon of dried basil)
1 cup zucchini
1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your bread pan (use either olive oil, butter, or coconut oil).

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside (almond flour, baking soda, salt)

Put eggs, banana, honey, and coconut oil in a food processor and pulse until completely combined. Alternatively, you can mash the banana and use an electric mixer to combine ingredients. If you are using a food processor, chop the zucchini and basil, and add it into the wet mix. If you are not using one, grate the zucchini, finely chop the basil and add to the wet mix.

Slowly add in the dry ingredients and stir a minute. Pour batter into the bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Check at 35 minutes, stick a fork or toothpick in and make sure it comes out clean.

The bread is SUPER moist and flavorful and will make great sandwiches! Or toast it and add your favorite spread for an appetizer. And as you can see, YES, I eat the bread “butts”! GASP!

Paleo bread recipe

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