One of the biggest challenges of a gluten-free diet is finding a decent loaf of bread to eat. The store-bought loaves tend to be very expensive and not so tasty. For those brave souls who want to make their own gluten-free bread, it’s difficult to find a recipe that doesn’t contain at least 6 different types of flour in it. Who wants to buy all that flour? Also, the price of gluten-free flour is much higher than that of regular flour, which is discouraging. I know that some gluten-free folks give up on bread altogether because of these challenges.
I am someone who could never give up bread. The convenience of a sandwich is a comfort that I need in my life. After going gluten-free a couple years ago, I tried a few bread recipes, but none of them came out well. At the suggestion of a nutritionist, and against my frugal judgment, I started ordering millet flax bread from a bakery in Tampa, Florida called Sami’s. For gluten-free bread, they have really good stuff. If you live in the Tampa area, I highly recommend it. Their prices are fairly reasonable, with a loaf of bread going for $4.50. However, once you add in the shipping costs, you pay way too much for a loaf. After my last order to Sami’s, I decided it was time to figure out how to make a good loaf of gluten-free bread myself.
I’m happy to say that I’ve done it! I really like this millet flax gluten free bread recipe. It tastes wonderful right out of the oven, and it freezes well. I slice it before putting it in the freezer, and I freeze it in pairs of slices so I can take out just enough for a sandwich. For the millet flour, I buy millet from the bulk bins at Whole Foods and grind it into flour in a coffee grinder.
Millet Flax Gluten-Free Bread Recipe
- 2 tsp. active dry yeast
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 cup water heated to 115 degrees
- 1 cup millet flour
- 3/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 2 tsp. xanthan gum
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbs. olive oil
- 2 tbs. honey
Proof the yeast by mixing the first 3 ingredients together in a small bowl. It will begin to get frothy after several minutes.
Combine the millet flour, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, flax meal, xanthan gum, and salt in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, olive oil, and honey. Add the yeast/water mixture. Stir in the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined.
Transfer the dough to the greased loaf pan.
Cover the pan with a warm wet towel and let the dough rise. It should take between 45 and 90 minutes for the dough to reach the top of the pan (depending on the air temperature).
Preheat the oven t0 350 degrees and grease a 1 lb. loaf pan.
When the dough has risen to the top of the pan, bake it for 40-45 minutes. The loaf should rise some more while baking, and the top should be well-browned.
Cool completely before removing from the pan.
Millet Flax Gluten Free Bread Recipe Price Breakdown
The ingredients for this recipe cost a total of $3.07. This may sound a bit expensive to those who don’t eat gluten-free, but it isn’t. It is so liberating to be able to come up with an affordable, tasty loaf of gluten-free bread that I don’t have to order online.
Adapted from Food Refashionista.