This almond flour bread recipe is one of my best recipes… ever!
This simple, grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free almond flour bread is super easy to prepare and tastes absolutely incredible. Even if it’s your first time, expect a professional look and taste.
One of the issues with most gluten-free breads is that they are highly processed and not much better for you than most wheat bread. Even taking out the gluten, these highly processed breads may still trigger inflammation or digestive distress.
Coconut flour bread is another popular option, but not everyone loves the taste of coconut flour and coconut oil.
I’ve been playing around with almond flour bread for a few weeks, and I’m really happy with this recipe. It’s similar to the texture of banana bread—thick, dense, and satisfying. (Minus the banana flavor, of course.)
Almond Flour Bread Ingredient Notes
Almond flour is dense. Keep in mind that two tablespoons of almond flour is about equal to a handful of almonds. The eggs in this bread make it even denser (but not too eggy).
Just a thin slice or two of this low-carb bread can make the perfect-sized snack.
Does almond flour rise with yeast? No, almond flour doesn’t rise with yeast because of its low carbohydrate count. In this recipe, the almond flour gets its quick bread rise from the baking soda and eggs, but without that eggy taste.
The almond flour bread recipe doesn’t use yeast because I don’t want you to waste your money. Yeast doesn’t really work well with low-carb flours like almond flour. Egg, baking powder, and baking soda make almond flour rise, though. Yeast would hardly affect anything but your wallet.
I’ve heard some people talk about almond flour being bad for you. Why could almond flour be bad for you? Almonds contain phytic acid, which may impair your zinc, iron, and calcium absorption. However, almond flour contains a lot less phytic acid than most flours, including wheat flour. The process of blanching almond flour gets rid of most of the phytic acid.
Feeling adventurous? You can even make your own almond flour from ground almonds.
I was so thrilled when I recently found well-priced organic almond flour at Costco. Thank goodness healthy ingredients are in demand more than ever before. Ask your local store to start carrying these ingredients if you have trouble locating them. You can also find them online.
If you want an easy recipe for plain almond flour bread that’s super versatile (like for sandwich bread), just leave the herbs out. Either way, you can put this bread in a toaster anytime you’re craving a toasty treat.
Herby variation: I’m in love with the combination of fresh thyme and fresh rosemary. They’re hearty herbs that stand up well to baking. Use any mixture of fresh herbs that you like, or leave them out if you prefer for a plain (but delicious!) loaf of almond flour bread.
I use a food processor to make quick work of mixing the dough, but you can mix it by hand if you prefer. Just mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then the wet ingredients in a separate mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Then, follow the recipe below, starting at step 5.
Almond Flour Bread With Chia Seed Jam
If you love this almond flour bread, I suggest trying it with my Homemade Chia Seed Jam. It’s a family favorite.
Other great spreads to use include:
Vegan cream cheese or regular cream cheese if you tolerate dairy
Vegan butter or regular butter if you tolerate dairy
Real maple syrup
Peanut butter or almond butter can also be nice, but since this bread is made of nuts, only use a nut or peanut spread if you want the extra energy
Delicious Herby-Bread Variation
Add 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves + 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped, to the food processor right after mixing and pulse 5-6 times to incorporate the herbs but not puree them into the dough. Bake as usual.
Keto-Friendly Almond Flour Bread
If you want to make this a paleo or keto bread recipe, the only ingredient you need to take out would be the honey.
A little bit of erythritol, stevia extract, or monk fruit should produce a similar sweetness with fewer carbs. Use one of these yummy alternative sweeteners to reduce your net carbs close to zero.
Doubling This Recipe
I tried to double this recipe. I filled the pan all the way up, but I couldn’t get it to properly cook all the way through. I say fill the pan halfway for a good 10 slices, and repeat the whole (quick) process if you need more.
Don’t Use Almond Meal
A common mistake when baking with almond flour is using almond meal instead of almond flour. Almond meal is typically a thicker grind than its “flour” counterpart. Almond meal is made of ground almonds with the skins left on, while almond flour is finely ground almonds that have been balanced to remove the skins. The texture will be much better with almond flour.
Use Flaxseed Meal
On the other hand, ground flaxseed is the same thing as flaxseed meal.
If you want to substitute ground flaxseed for something else, try psyllium husk powder. I just know more people are allergic to psyllium husk than to flaxseed.
Almond Flour Texture
Does almond flour get crispy? Because of the high fat content in almond flour, the texture of almond flour baked goods is typically more tender and cake-like, not crunchy or crispy.
Instead of the extra virgin olive oil, you could use grapeseed oil or avocado oil.
Replacing Flour With Almond Flour
Can I use almond flour instead of all-purpose flour? In many recipes, yes, you can use almond flour instead of all-purpose flour with minor adjustments. Replacing flour with almond flour is a 1:1 ratio.
Don’t use almond flour for yeast recipes. Almond flour usually requires more egg or binding agents and is too heavy to rise with yeast.