Hazelnut Bread; Healthy and Gluten Free

by Marjan
You must understand, I hesitate putting the word healthy in the title post. Even though my meals generally gravitate towards eating healthy, I personally scrimmage at recipes that claim to be healthy because either they tend to lack flavor or are simply unpalatable. For years, I have boasted never having been on a diet. Just the word diet alone gives me a sinking feeling in my stomach and I don't like to torture myself to look a certain way.











Everyday, I make conscious decisions about foods I consume and really try to make balanced choices so that I never deprive myself of anything.  That is why I am really excited about my recipe for hazelnut bread! I couldn't wait to share it with you! In this recipe, yeast and sugar have been omitted. Honey, flax seeds and hazelnuts provide a sweet crunchy bite that is delicious and nutritious. Best part of all, from start to finish, it will only take you an hour and half to make this loaf of bread!  This bread is a complete sweet bite which can be enjoyed in the morning with your favorite cup of tea or coffee.





Ingredients

2 cups Bob's Red Mill gluten free all purpose flour (or any brand of your choice; even regular all purpose flour may be used)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups crushed toasted hazelnuts
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk (or soy milk)








Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm coconut oil and whisk in honey, vanilla extract and milk until all ingredients all well incorporated but not simmering hot. Set aside and cool slightly.
Sift together flour, salt, cinnamon (if using), baking powder and soda in a large bowl. Slowly add milk mixture to flour mix and stir ingredients together with a wooden spoon (use minimum strokes to incorporate all ingredients).  Pour batter into a oiled loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted renders clean.
Cool bread in pan.  Later transfer to a wire rack and cover with kitchen towel. Slice bread and enjoy with tea or coffee. Enjoy.

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