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Gluten Free Buckwheat and Amaranth Bread

gf-breadThis bread is hearty with a nice bite, something that is hard to achieve when baking gluten free bread varieties.  Great as a compliment to dinner, as a grilled sandwich, or toasted with grass fed butter and homemade jam, this is a recipe that I encourage you to try if you are gluten free.  Buckwheat flour makes up the majority in this bread recipe followed by amaranth flour, both of which are full of nutrition.  Buckwheat is not wheat, it is a groat or seed that is usually toasted before being ground into a flour.  Different varieties have been around since 5300 BC, but have probably been eaten by humans even longer.  It is a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, and fiber.  Amaranth, as well, is nutrient dense containing a good amount of protein, fiber, calcium, and some vitamin C.  This recipe yields two short loaves, but you could put all of the dough in one loaf pan for a larger loaf and cook longer, 60-70 minutes.  The bread is thoroughly cooked when you can flick the top of the bread, it feels solid and thuds with a hollow sound remitting back.  Here is the recipe:

Dry Ingredients
1  1/2 c. buckwheat flour plus more for dusting
1 c. amaranth flour
1/2 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. arrowroot flour
1/4 c. almond flour
1/4 c. ground psyllium husk
1  1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt

Wet Ingredients
 2  1/2 - 3 c. water
 3 T grass fed or organic butter
 1 T chia seeds
 1 T gelatin
 1 T molasses

Warm 2 1/2 c. water over medium-low heat.  Add butter, chia, molasses, turn heat to low and stir well.  Sprinkle gelatin lightly and evenly over warmed mixture and let stand to dissolve.  If all of the gelatin does not dissolve, then gelly balls will end up in the final product, so try to remove any gelatinous bits that do not dissolve well.

In a large separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk together to incorporate well.  Whisk wet ingredients until they are coherent and butter is melted.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir.  The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl and stick to itself making a dough ball, but will remain slightly tacky.  Divide dough into two halves.  Use some more buckwheat flour for dusting over the top, sides, and your hands to help navigate the dough into a pan.  Press into two loaves pans that have been greased with coconut oil or butter.  Cut a shallow groove lengthwise down the center to encourage even baking.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 – 50 minutes.  The bread is cooked, when you can flick the top of the bread, it feels solid and thuds with a hollow sound remitting back.  Cool slightly before removing loaves from pan to a cooling rack.  Let the bread cool completely before slicing, or else it will be gummy.  It will keep longer stored in the fridge.  Enjoy.

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Zucchini Bread

This bread is gluten free, dairy free, and egg free.  It is only slightly sweet, just how I like it, and is given flavor from the buckwheat, almond, flax, zucchini, and apple butter that are included in the dough.  It is excellent toasted, topped with almond butter, grass fed butter, jam, or a little pesto.

2 c. grated zucchini, lightly pressed with a paper towel to remove some moisture
1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
1/4 c. apple butter
1 T. gelatin dissolved into 1/4 c. water
1 T. molasses
1/2 c. buckwheat flour
1/4 c. coconut flour
1/4 c. flax seed meal
1/4 c. arrowroot powder
1/4 c. almond flour
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease a loaf pan with a little bit of coconut oil.  In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients first: zucchini, apple butter, coconut oil, dissolved gelatin, and molasses.  Mix to thoroughly combine.  Now, add all other ingredients, the dry ones.  Stir until dough is mixed and well incorporated, the dough will be quite thick, this is what you want because as the zucchini bakes, it will release moisture.  Press dough into the greased pan and smooth out the top.  Bake for 47-50 minutes.  You must let it cool completely before cutting.  If you cut into it too soon, it will be very gooey, so best to bake a day in advance.