This week is an odd one as there are two seemingly conflicting awareness weeks occurring. It’s The Real Bread Week – celebrating with T-shirts which state “I love gluten”! and Coeliacs Awareness Week who’s focus this year suits my blog down to a T with #glutenfreevolution (for those of you who don’t know Coeliacs Disease is an auto-immune disease which requires a gluten-free diet). So I thought I would try to marry the two and share with your some of our favourite vegan gluten-free bread recipes which we have developed over the years. Just to prove that you can enjoy real bread even when you have to live with vegan and gluten-free diet.
We love experimenting with different gluten-free flours and seeing what works and what doesn’t. We are still on a journey exploring all the different properties and strengths and weaknesses of types of flour. So I am only sharing our tried and tested vegan gluten-free bread recipes today.
Many of the gluten-free breads available in the shops use egg to bind the flour together, we cannot do the same so we use a few different tricks to get the same result. If you want to play with flours and create your own recipes – these are the things we use in place of gluten and egg to bind our dough together: ground flaxseed, fresh lemon juice, coconut yoghurt, ground chia seeds, stewed apple. We also find that the gluten-free flours are often more dry and absorbing and need more oil added to the mix than standard wheat flours.
We make different vegan and gluten-free breads at different times of the year. In the autumn when the chestnuts are in season we go foraging and make our own chestnut flour from the scrummy chestnuts we gather.
In winter I tend to make flat breads from gram flour filled with fresh coriander and a little chilli to accompany our curries. Or our gorgeous vegan gluten-free bread buns to dunk in our winter warmer soups.
Now spring has finally sprung and our chives and spring onions are thriving in the garden and there is wild garlic a-plenty to be foraged I make really simple coconut yoghurt flatbreads with chopped fresh greens in the mix.
I hope that if you too are living with vegan and gluten-free diets you find a recipe you fancy below and get to enjoy real bread that is gluten-free as we celebrate both The Real Bread Week and Coeliacs Awareness Week here in the UK!
I’ve included our vegan gluten-free pizza dough recipe too as that is a type of jolly yummy bread you can smother with all your favourite seasonal toppings and enjoy any time of year.
Enjoy the sunshine and the rest of the week! If you’ve not signed up to our newsletter you can do so here! This week as the humus crisis continues I’m sharing how to make your own – it goes beautifully with todays flat breads ;P
peace and love,