While some people think that a paleo diet is healthier for them, it isn’t always easy to stick with it if you love bread and baked goods. This is because these typically contain grains of some type, which are forbidden on this type of diet. However, paleo fans who still have cravings for baked goods have found some substitutions that can help make it possible to still eat some bread and baked goods.
The first step in any paleo bread is to find a substitute for the wheat flour that’s typically used to make bread. There are a number of alternatives out there, including coconut flour, almond flour, chestnut flour, tapioca flour and ground flaxseed. In some breads, sweet potatoes replace the flour. It isn’t typically possible to substitute just the flour in a recipe and have it come out perfectly, as these flours act differently than grain-based flours. Some recipes use a small amount of arrowroot flour to help improve the texture of the bread. However, there are lots of recipes for paleo breads available on the internet that you can use when you’re just getting started on the diet. After a time, you may be able to alter your old favorite recipes so they turn out well and still fit the paleo diet requirements.
Another thing sometimes found in bread recipes is butter or milk. Substitute coconut oil for the butter and use either almond or coconut milk to keep the recipe paleo-friendly. Soy milk, oat milk and rice milk aren’t allowed on the paleo diet, so don’t use those, although you should be able to use cashew milk. Even then, you should read the labels of milk substitutes to find the one with the least junk added to it or, even better, make your own.
Paleo Bread Considerations
Paleo bread isn’t always exactly like regular wheat-based breads. It can be heavier, denser, harder to slice or have a very different texture. Quick breads may be more like the wheat-based versions than sandwich breads, so it may take some experimenting to find a recipe that works well for you. The ingredients can also be more expensive than regular bread ingredients, so you may want to make these breads a sometime thing rather than an everyday thing.