Is there ANY real paleo altenative to bread?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Is there any truly healthy substitute for bread? I've seen almond and coconut breads before, they look the same, but I've never tried them.

It would be great to be able to make sandwiches again.





on March 20, 2013
at 08:22 PM

I used to eat Ezekiel 4:9 bread daily when I was a v*gan. I can say with authority: that bread still has problems breaking when used in a sandwich - less so, if toasted first.



on March 20, 2013
at 07:37 PM

In Boston Whole Food sometimes sells a "bread" baked fresh from almond meal, egg whites, xanthan gum, and a few other ingredients.



on March 20, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Try Ezekiel, it is not Paleo, but it is Weston Price.

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on March 20, 2013
at 06:26 PM

I would have emphasized this as "Is there any paleo altenative to REAL bread?"

... 'cause the answer is 'no', and I think that's what you're truly asking.

There are plenty of side cases where substitutes work really well -- thick almond flour or coconut breads for toast, starchy (potato or cassava) rolls for dinner come to mind, or crackers from any sort of flour for fruits or cheese. But, when it comes to sandwiches, the only paleo advice is to stick to wraps. Wraps can be green lettuce leaves or faileo / paleo-ified processed foods, like "Pure Wraps."

The real problem with the faux breads is that the don't "give" like real, gluten-y, wheat flour breads give. This usually ends up with the faux bread being crumbly, or faux bread that "breaks" when trying to use it as a sandwich.



on March 20, 2013
at 09:21 PM

If I just need something to hold together sandwich stuff, or have a taco night, I definitely go with the lettuce wraps and sometimes rice wraps if I can find them.

But if I want to substitute the taste or feeling of something awesome like bread or pizza, I know it just won't happen and probably make me long for the real thing even more. So what I do is make whatever it is, like, if I want pizza, I make a meat sauce or sauce with meatballs, bunch of veggies like zucchini such, and bake it in the oven with cheeses so it's like pizza, but in a dish. So I basically try to find a way to get the tastes I want, even if I can't get the texture, like chewy crusty awesomeness of pizza.

I found that trying attempt to recreate an old favorite just never works for me. For others, it does, but paleo baking can be a pain to learn how to get through with the different flours. I tried coconut flour a few times and couldn't make anything work and gave up kind of quickly on it. I only occasionally make the French macaron, which has been around for hundreds of years and is an almond flour based cookie, and one of my favorite things ever, so I lucked out there.


on March 20, 2013
at 08:45 PM

Portobello Mushrooms.



on March 21, 2013
at 12:09 AM

I haven't tried it yet bc I haven't been jonesing for breadz, but these sound like a good basic recipe that you may like: Oopsies http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf You will have to scroll close to half way down the page. It's mostly eggs and cream cheese. I suppose they would work with sweeter type things including making mini pizzas out of them.



on March 20, 2013
at 11:57 PM

Richard Nikoley has a few paleo-bread recipes on freetheanimal.com


on March 20, 2013
at 08:18 PM

Eating Paleo has been a paradigm shift for me, so no bread. I guess if I were desparate I'd use lettuce wraps, rice wrappers, or nixtamalized corn tortillas. I sympathize with you how difficult it is to get used to not eating bread at first, but I have found that the desire for it lessens with time. I rarely miss it now.

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