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Flourless Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread

Recipe characteristics

  • Quick and easy to make
  • Requires only a few ingredients
  • Flourless
  • Healthy alternative to a classic white bread
  • High in fiber
  • Dietary requirements: vegan (dairy-free, egg-free), gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free.

Notes on ingredients

You can find a complete list of ingredients with exact amounts and instructions in the recipe card below.
  • Buckwheat: To make the buckwheat bread, soak the buckwheat in enough water to cover, for 4-5 hours.
  • Rice milk: Substitute it with soy milk, oat milk or almond milk. 
  • Instant dry yeast: There is no need to activate the instant yeast. The yeast will become active soon after coming in contact with the moisture from the wet ingredients.
  • Flaxseeds: You’ll need ground flaxseeds for this recipe.
  • Seeds: Topping bread dough with seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower,  cumin seeds is a simple and effective way to increase the nutrition and flavor.

Flourless Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread

Buckwheat: a highly nutritious pseudograin

Despite its deceiving name, buckwheat is neither wheat nor grain—it’s a seed. Here is why you should include it in your daily diet:

  • It is highly nutritious, easy to prepare, and inexpensive.
  • It has a nutty, toasty flavor and a soft texture.
  • Its glycemic index is between 30 and 35 (depending on the origin of the buckwheat) so it doesn’t cause unhealthy spikes in blood sugar levels.
  • It is a good source of plant compounds called rutin and quercetin, which have protective antioxidant properties.
  • Buckwheat is also an excellent source of protein and fiber. One cup of cooked buckwheat has approx. 6 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fiber. 
  • It is naturally gluten-free and generally safe to eat for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. 

Flourless Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread

How to make it

You can find a complete list of ingredients with exact amounts and instructions in the recipe card below.
  • Soak buckwheat groats in water for approx. 4 hours. 
  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a loaf pan (20 x 10 cm) with parchment paper.
  • Once soaked, rinse buckwheat well and let it drain. Place the groats into a food processor or a blender, along with milk, ground flaxseeds, instant dry yeast, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, and salt, and blend until all is well combined and the batter is relatively smooth. 
  • Stir in sunflower and pumpkin seeds into the batter (optional).
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with seeds. Let it rise at room temperature for 30-45 minutes until it almost doubles in size.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. After 20-25 minutes, loosely cover the bread with a sheet of aluminum foil to prevent the top of the bread from burning.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a bit before removing it from the pan.
  • Let it cool completely before slicing.

Quick tips

Allow the bread to rise away from a heat source

If the area is too warm, bread will rise too fast. Then, when placed to bake in the oven, it might result in large air pockets forming inside the dough. By leaving it at room temperature in a draught-free place, you’re allowing it to rise evenly and at its own rate.

Problems with high temperatures in your dough

High temperatures in your dough can result in big uneven holes in your bread. These high temperatures can originate from a couple of different things:

  • Milk is too warm: Milk should be at room temperature. This is especially important when baking during summer months. If the milk temperature or your environment is too warm, the bread will rise too fast resulting in large air pockets forming inside the dough.
  • Over mixing or mixing at high speeds: If you are using a blender or a food processor, both can raise the temperature of your dough. Try not mix at high speeds to avoid raising the temperature of your dough too much.
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Flourless Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread

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Flourless Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread

Flourless Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread

Nensi Beram
Flourless Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread is a great alternative to a classic white bread. It's quick and easy to make and requires only a few ingredients.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Cuisine Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings 12
Calories 97 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g buckwheat groats soak in water for 4-5 hours
  • 100 ml rice milk at room temperature
  • 5 g instant dry yeast
  • 20 g ground flaxseeds
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds optional
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds optional

Topping

  • sunflower, pumpkin, cumin seeds optional

Instructions
 

  • Soak buckwheat groats in water for approx. 4 hours. 
  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a loaf pan (20 x 10 cm) with parchment paper.
  • Once soaked, rinse buckwheat well and let it drain. Place the groats into a food processor or a blender, along with milk, ground flaxseeds, instant dry yeast, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, and salt, and blend until all is well combined and the batter is relatively smooth. 
  • Stir in sunflower and pumpkin seeds into the batter (optional).
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with seeds. Let it rise at room temperature for 30-45 minutes until it almost doubles in size.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. After 20-25 minutes, loosely cover the bread with a sheet of aluminum foil to prevent the top of the bread from burning.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a bit before removing it from the pan.
  • Let it cool completely before slicing.

Quick tips

  • Allow the bread to rise away from a heat source: If the area is too warm, bread will rise too fast. Then, when placed to bake in the oven, it might result in large air pockets forming inside the dough. By leaving it at room temperature in a draught-free place, you’re allowing it to rise evenly and at its own rate.
  • Problems with high temperatures in your dough: High temperatures in your dough can result in big uneven holes in your bread.
    These high temperatures can originate from a couple of different things:
    Milk is too warm: Milk should be at room temperature. This is especially important when baking during summer months. If the milk temperature or your environment is too warm, the bread will rise too fast resulting in large air pockets forming inside the dough.
    Over mixing or mixing at high speeds: If you are using a blender or a food processor, both can raise the temperature of your dough. Try not mix at high speeds to avoid raising the temperature of your dough too much.
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Nutrition facts

Nutrition Facts
Flourless Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread
Serving Size
 
12
Amount per Serving
Calories
97
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Sodium
 
4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%

* The nutritional information provided is calculated automatically and should be used as an estimate.

Keyword Buckwheat bread, flourless gluten-free baking, flourless gluten-free bread

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15 comments

Astrid June 24, 2022 - 5:47 pm

It sound delicious.
How long does the bread last for? What is the best way to store it?

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Nensi Beram June 26, 2022 - 11:35 am

Hi, Astrid! You can place the loaf in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Or you can wrap individual slices in a plastic wrap and freeze.

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Susan June 25, 2022 - 11:10 am

I follow Dr. Michael Greger’s way of eating, and thus don’t use processed grains. Can the batter just be stirred together? I would also leave out the sugar and salt! How do you think it will turn out? It looks so good! Thanks!

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Nensi Beram June 26, 2022 - 11:51 am

Hi, Susan! You can skip sugar and salt but you have to blend buckwheat, that’s a crucial step, you can’t just stir it. I am familiar with Dr. Michael Greger. I personally don’t think of blended buckwheat as processed food. Most of the time, whole foods go through some minor modifications such as cutting, blending, grating, or fermenting. I believe such modifications are allowed on a whole-foods plant-based diet.

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Susan Silbovitz June 26, 2022 - 4:15 pm

Thanks! Then I might just try it!

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Judy June 27, 2022 - 8:56 am

Can you use buckwheat flour instead of groats?

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Nensi Beram June 27, 2022 - 9:02 pm

Hi, Judy! I haven’t tried it but I think you’d probably need to adjust some measurements.

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Anna June 29, 2022 - 11:54 pm

Would soaking overnight cause any problems? Thanks.

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Nensi Beram June 30, 2022 - 4:02 pm

Hi, Anna! Try to keep the soak time to 7 hours max, or the buckwheat might become too mushy.

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Lorraine Q July 6, 2022 - 3:55 pm

Can you use another kind of plant milk?

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Nensi Beram July 7, 2022 - 4:37 pm

Hi, Lorraine! You can substitute it with soy, oat, or almond milk.

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Anita July 6, 2022 - 11:02 pm

I bought buckwheat flour. Not sure if it will work. Also the measurements are different then i use. Cups and teaspoons. ??? The recipe looks delicious. I would love to try.

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Nensi Beram July 7, 2022 - 4:46 pm

Hi, Anita! You need buckwheat groats for this recipe, not buckwheat flour.

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Adrienne September 4, 2022 - 11:01 am

This bread is delicious! It holds together well for sandwiches and has a lovely flavor. We made it for the first time yesterday and will definitely make it again.

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Nensi Beram September 5, 2022 - 12:15 pm

That is so awesome to hear Adrienne, thanks so much for your feedback!

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