Easy Grain Free Bread

by HEAB on October 19, 2010

I can’t believe this bread recipe actually worked. I mean, Alex had pictures of it on her blog, but I was really skeptical that the ingredients she listed would turn into such an amazing loaf of yumminess. Alex – you’re a genius, and I’m so sorry I ever doubted you.

I followed her exact recipe subbing Naturally Nutty vanilla peanut butter for the almond butter, and in less than 24 hours, the entire loaf is gone! What can I say? The HEABlet really liked it. πŸ™‚

Before baking…


Fresh from the oven…


After 15 minutes of pure torture while waiting for bread to cool, finally dove in…


Finished off the last of it at 4 AM this morning with homemade chocolate coconut butter


So good! Thanks again Alex.

You must try the recipe! The only ingredients are pumpkin, nut butter, flax and chia seeds, eggs, salt, and vanilla/spices. No regular flour of fancy expensive gluten free flours required. I’m in love and can’t wait to make more…I’m thinking kabocha bread!

I‘m going to try and go back to sleep for a bit now as I’ve been up since 3:30 AM, but before I go, I wanted to tell you that Katie, founder and president of Naturally Nutty Food Inc., was so grateful for everyone who participated in the nut butter giveaway in memory of her father-in-law. The time you put into your dad stories really meant a lot to her and her family. So, many thanks from both of us. πŸ™‚


Anna March 9, 2013 at 1:40 am

What temperature CΒ° did you cook this at and for how long?

HEAB March 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

Hi Anna,
Alex’s recipe calls for 1 hour at 350℉. So, about 177℃. Enjoy!

Laura December 22, 2012 at 4:30 am

Hi there!

I found your site a while back and bookmarked several of your recipes. I planned to try your chocolate rice bread recipe now, but then I followed a few of your links and came to your mention of the grain-free pumpkin bread. I’ve been wanting to make some new treat with pumpkin for a while now, so this had me psyched! But when I clicked on the link to Alex’s recipe, I only got banana bread πŸ™ I’m sure it’s tasty, but I have banana bread plenty, so I was really excited to try the pumpkin bread instead. Can you help me out? THANKS!

HEAB December 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

Hey Laura,
Sorry about that. I recently edited this post to reflect changes in Alex’s blog and linked to the WRONG recipe. So glad you caught it. Here is the link to her grain free pumpkin bread: http://www.spoonfulofsugarfree.com/2010/10/18/a-grain-free-bread/. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Laura December 22, 2012 at 11:17 am

Thanks SO much for your super-speedy reply, Heather! I had tried to help myself by searching Alex’s site for “pumpkin bread” but came up empty, so thank you for the correct link.

I made some soft banana-oatmeal cookies already this evening, so I’ll definitely give the pumpkin bread a try in the next couple of days. I need to pick up a pumpkin first anyway. Luckily they’re cheap and available year-round here in the UAE. (I always prefer to make my own pumpkin puree.) Thanks again!!

Beth December 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Hello! I am super interested in trying this bread recipe, but when I clicked the link to it, it said that the blog had been deleted…is there anywhere else I would be able to find it? Thanks so much for your time!

HEAB December 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Sorry about that Beth. Alex switched over to self-hosting and is no longer blogging at her old Wordpress blog. Here is the link to the recipe: http://www.spoonfulofsugarfree.com/2012/02/23/flourless-banana-bread/. Enjoy and thanks for letting me know the link in this post was no longer working. I’ll update it. πŸ™‚

HEAB December 22, 2012 at 8:45 am

Hey Beth,
Just realized I sent you the link to Alex’s grain free banana bread instead of pumpkin. Sorry about that. Here is the correct link: http://www.spoonfulofsugarfree.com/2010/10/18/a-grain-free-bread/. Happy Holidays!

angie October 25, 2010 at 9:07 am

I love this bread! it is soooooo delish and amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a question for everyone, any other ideas for using chia seeds??? I have a bunch of them and id like the put them to good use! Let me know! Thanks.

HEAB October 25, 2010 at 9:42 am
Kelly October 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I made this yesterday….so good!!! My husband and I both loved and we both loved that it didn’t have any flour in it! Sweet! Another score from HEAB (and Alex) THANKS!

HEAB October 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm

So happy to hear both you and your husband enjoyed it. CD didn’t get any when I made it as HEABlet and I ate the WHOLE loaf! πŸ™‚

Mandy October 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Just baked it. Can’t wait to taste it! I subbed coconut butter for almond butter…what could be bad about that? xoxo

HEAB October 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Absolutely Nothing! Enjoy. πŸ™‚

Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 20, 2010 at 12:04 am

I’m glad you made this bread and liked it. I’ve been eyeing this recipe too and wanted to make it. I was thinking avocado bread could also work πŸ™‚

Thanks Heather

HEAB October 20, 2010 at 7:50 am

Lea, I think it would work quite well. πŸ™‚

Ingrid October 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I love the smell of fresh bread when it’s cooking! Can’t wait to try it!

HEAB October 20, 2010 at 7:51 am

This bread smelled amazing. Whole house smelled like pumpkin pie spice and PB – Mmmm! πŸ™‚

Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Looks yummy!! I love that it’s grain free but doesn’t look like it. I’ll have to try it out πŸ™‚

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I hope you do. I couldn’t believe how simple the bread was to make, and quite tasty as well. πŸ™‚

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan October 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Wow, yum! I’m flummoxed, thoughβ€”normally I’d replace eggs with flax, but with that many eggs, and the fact that it already contains flax, I may be outta luck. =(

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Hmm, have you ever tried Ener-G egg replacer. I haven’t, but I know a lot of vegans really like it. It might work in this recipe, or you could try adding a bit more nut butter. πŸ™‚

Scott in Ohio October 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Hey HEABS (and HEABlet)!

Do you think if you subbed seltzer water (like in your pancakes) it would help fluff it up?

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Hmm, forgot about the seltzer water in the pancakes. Yeah, might work. Let me know if you try it. πŸ™‚

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

My give away that Im running w/ Naturally Nutty & Katie ends tomorrow and so far the entries that I’ve received, the stories, I have been crying (happy tears!). The stories everyone has told me about their dads have just blown me away.

The bread…looks awesome. I just clicked over…it’s totally an allergy-friendly bread. NICE!!! And a new-to-me blog. Fun!

Have a great day; I know you’re sleep deprived and out of it. It just means the end is near and mother nature is trying to teach you how to function on no sleep. God I feel for you. Hugs!!!


Heather J October 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I saw your teaser post on Twitter yesterday and I couldn’t wait to hear how this bread turned out for you. I have my loaf in the oven as I’m typing! I used peanut butter & pumpkin seed butter (which I don’t really care for on its own but I don’t want to waste it and I’m sure it will be great paired with the pumpkin puree.)


HEAB October 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Heather J,
Hope you enjoy. I want more! πŸ™‚

Casey October 19, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hi Heather! This looks awesome…think I will try it tonight! Do you think I could sub anything for the flax seeds? I have chia, but I don’t really like flax…thanks!!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

You could probably sub rolled oats or any flour – at least 1/4 cup. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Namaste Gurl October 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

Yum– yet another easy and grain-free bread I want to try! Oh Heather, you get me every time πŸ™‚ It may be the nut butter smothered pics you post, I’m not sure. But I want some now πŸ™‚

Enjoy your day and rest well! xx

Katie October 19, 2010 at 11:06 am

What with my pumpkin surplus, I have a feeling this will be made soon.

Paula October 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

I am wasting no time and immediately clicking over to that recipe! Thanks!

Mallory October 19, 2010 at 10:56 am

this looks yum… i hope peopel take this i sent them here b/c everyone keeps asking for bread recipes. i dont make bread i am literaly to lazy and have nothing to do with it but it seems to be the wanted food!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:10 am

Thanks for spreading the bread love. πŸ™‚

nicole October 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

Oh I am ALLL OVER that bread…

Cindy October 19, 2010 at 10:01 am

OH I knew you were going to make that after the comment you left Alex yesterday!

I have that recipe printed and waiting for the weekend. (I don’t get a lot of on the spot cooking done when I am away from home…boo)

yours looked like it turned out fabulous!

I think too, that even if you can tolerate gluten and whatnot, that it never hurts your body to vary what you feed it.

I can’t wait to try it and I have a huge jar of almond butter too! woo hoo.

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:09 am

“I think too, that even if you can tolerate gluten and whatnot, that it never hurts your body to vary what you feed it.” I could not agree more!

Alyssa October 19, 2010 at 9:59 am

Tried and True! I will have to give it a shot πŸ™‚ I need you to do promos for me!! Alex is going to be famous πŸ™‚

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:08 am

I think you’ll love the bread! πŸ™‚

S @ extremebalance.net/blog October 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

Wow—up early *and* blogging? Hard core! How will it all change when HEABlet arrives?! πŸ™‚

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:07 am

Not sure, although I have a feeling there may be more middle of the night blogging…as well as middle of the night bread eating. πŸ˜‰

LizLivingVegan October 19, 2010 at 9:31 am

I definitely want to try that bread!

Dorry October 19, 2010 at 9:13 am

I just read the ingredients for this bread to Billy and he said to make it ASAP! He avoids gluten, especially while we’re training for this race coming up. Thanks for sharing this perfect, seasonal gluten-free, EASY recipe – win! πŸ™‚

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:07 am

Hope both you and Billy enjoy! πŸ™‚

Ana October 19, 2010 at 9:13 am

Wow, looks delicious Heather! I see why you were skeptical, the ingredients are different, and I am glad it turned out good as I want to try it too!!
How’s the texture, sort of pudding like?
It really sounds good, I like the use of chia and flax, I love those little seeds!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:05 am

Yes, the bread was more pudding-like cake. Quite tasty and not too sweet. I loved it. πŸ™‚

Natalia - a side of simple October 19, 2010 at 9:07 am

I’m always looking for gluten-free bread recipes so this is beyond amazing. Thanks for sharing Alex’s recipe, Heather!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:04 am

You’re welcome. Hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

Emily Elizabeth October 19, 2010 at 9:00 am

Oh my goodness, I am definitely going to make that bread! I have 6 pumpkins waiting to be carved (we had a little too much fun going to a farm and picking them right out of the pumpkin patch) so as soon as Halloween arrives I’ll be making this for sure!

I finally got my blog up and running! It’s called Kisses for Breakfast. My first post talks about why have decided to blog and then lists my Marathon Mud Pie Parfait recipe which you tried recently. I plan to post about the Oat Bran soon, my new blender and definitely will try making gluten free coconut pancakes! You have been a huge inspiration to do this and I’m really excited about it. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! πŸ™‚

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:04 am

You’re so welcome, and I’m so excited for you. What’ the URL to your blog?

Emily Elizabeth - Kisses for Breakfast October 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Whoops! Thanks for asking! It is http://www.kissesforbreakfast.com.

eatmovelove October 19, 2010 at 8:30 am

Holy smokes that looks good! And, seriously? With those ingredients?

I don’t have chia seeds…any suggestions to try??

I just made an Oatmeal Banana Bread that you might like too!! It’s easy and I guess it’s just the oats and oat flour. So moist and “gooey” :). No crazy added sugar either (yeah, unusual for me πŸ˜‰ ). You can check it if you like –


Now – get some sleep!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:03 am

Well, you could try doubling the flax or just add some rolled oats or another flour in place of the chia seeds and thanks for the recipe link! πŸ™‚

Marina October 19, 2010 at 8:22 am

bread looks great. I love eating in the middle of the night πŸ˜€

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:02 am

I have gotten really good at eating in the middle of the night. It’s quite fun rummaging through the fridge at 3 AM. πŸ˜‰

Kristina @ spabettie October 19, 2010 at 7:46 am

I am going to make this… TODAY ! πŸ˜€ I am So Freakin Excited.

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

StephORama - VegFortWorth October 19, 2010 at 7:45 am

Yum! It really is amazing that it comes out so well! Looks great!

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar free October 19, 2010 at 7:35 am

Hey! I am so glad you like it, Heather!! I am sure it can be made with so many different kinds of squash and nutbutters…I’m thinking a chocolate-peanut butter bread would be yummy!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:00 am

Thanks again for sharing the recipe Alex, and yes, you are right…chocolate-pb bread sounds amazing!

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 19, 2010 at 7:24 am

Pumpkin AND peanut butter, and gluten free? Sounds too good to be true!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 11:00 am

I thought the same thing, but it’s true! πŸ™‚

Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) October 19, 2010 at 7:12 am

looking at that ingredient list i never would have believed it either! looks awesome though!

Heather (Heather's Dish) October 19, 2010 at 7:11 am

um, yes please i will try this! it looks so delicious and moist!

Felicia October 19, 2010 at 7:09 am

This is great, just stopped by her blog and I am totally making this! Good thing I hoard AB and Pumpkin hahah!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 10:59 am

Yes, it’s recipes like these that make keeping 15 jars of TJ’s almond butter on hand at all times VERY important! πŸ™‚

Hands in Namaste October 19, 2010 at 6:44 am

Thanks for the recipe! I am gluten intolerant, so any ‘bread’ recipe that doesn’t involve expensive flour (or doesn’t turn out to be a rock) is good with me!

Though the pumpkin in Italy (the one can that I found) is almost 5 euro. I might have to splurge…

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 10:59 am

You could always sub baked sweet potato or any other winter squash. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama October 19, 2010 at 6:40 am

Wow! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for posting! Going to have to try that chocolate coconut butter, too. Yum.

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 10:58 am

Enjoy both! πŸ™‚

Kimberly October 19, 2010 at 6:38 am

Morning Heather!! Hope you got some more sleep πŸ˜‰
I used to make a bread similar to this one using squash and it was yummy!! I need to make this ASAP! Still haven’t forgotten the almond flour~life is just driving me in circles!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

No worries – I know you’re busy, BUT you must find time to make this bread! πŸ™‚

Carolyn October 19, 2010 at 6:34 am

It’s in the oven as we speak.. I did use less water…will report…

Used the TJ Almond Butter w/flax.. Not wanting to be wasteful i might have licked out the mixing bowl.. It tastes like bread for sure..

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

Licking the mixing bowl was the best part! πŸ™‚

Melissa October 19, 2010 at 6:21 am

Looks delicious ! I’ve become hooked on pumpkin this year, so I think I’m going to have to try this one. Thanks as always.

Marisa @ Loser for LIfe October 19, 2010 at 6:18 am

I saw that bread on Alex’s site and wondered how that was gonna work, too! Glad it did! She is a genius!

sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 19, 2010 at 6:17 am

Yay for grain free bread! I need to get some chia seeds. I have yet to try them. Get some rest Heather. I hope you have a good day!

Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun October 19, 2010 at 6:11 am

Mmmm. That bread sure looks good. I must try! Thanks!

Jessica @ How Sweet October 19, 2010 at 5:51 am

That bread sure does look delicious!

lindsay October 19, 2010 at 5:49 am

I was wondering how this post got in my google reader to early, haha. But I am glad it did. I am a HUGE fan tof this recipe. Can’t wait make it HEABS!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

It’s so good. Really moist and not too sweet. Perfect in my opinion. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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