Difficulties: balanced meal / clean eating / delicious / gluten-free / healthy baking / healthy carbohydrates / vegan baking / vegan bread / vegan loaf
The much-anticipated, update to my original vegan loaf - I decided to re-jig this oldie to be a little more current and in line with what I am currently eating like and advocating for... a healthy relationship with carbohydrates. I have done quite a bit of vegan, gluten-free experimental baking in my time and I must admit, almond meal and coconut flour featured quite heavily as the base to most of my recipes. I'd then add in plenty of nuts, seeds or their butters, a flax/chia egg, and lather through the coconut oil. Maybe some almond/coconut milk too, depending on the occasion! For those of you who might not have caught on - every single one of these are predominantly a rich source of fat. What's more, most of the spreads or toppings would be fat-based - avocado smash, nut butter, coconut/cashew creame... Whilst this all sounds yum x 1000 it really was an aggressive attempt to limit carbohydrates. But what I've realised is firstly, gluten-free baking isn't, and shouldn't, be no grain or no carb baking... and secondly, choosing healthy carbohydrates at every meal is an essential component of a balanced diet.
So whilst I'll always keep the original Vegan Seed Loaf live, because, far be it from me to deprive you of another delicious loaf recipe - and it could work great for some of you trying higher-fat diets for personal health reasons - I bring to you this beautiful rustic staple vegan bread that now occupies my bread basket and freezer. It toasts perfectly and freezes well - so enjoy it slathered with whatever fatty or protein-rich spread you choose, hopefully a side of veg, and sit back in smugness, knowing you are having a well-balanced meal!