Almond Flour Bread

I have a delicious new baking project for you: Almond Flour Bread. Lightly moist and springy, this tasty hybrid between a classic sandwich bread and a breakfast quick bread is high protein, low carb, and the kind of thing you’ll think about sneaking a bite of every second that it is on your counter.

A sliced loaf of Almond Flour Bread

Recently, for health reasons, one of my neighbors switched to a gluten free diet and mentioned that the thing she missed eating most was bread.

A deep appreciator of bread in all forms, be it slathered in almond butter, topped with avocado, or dunked into a bowl of soup (or big plate of olive oil), I imagined how sad I would be to bid bread good-bye.

I know that you can purchase gluten free bread, but it’s often pricey or—there is no delicate way to put this—tastes terrible.

Recipes for homemade gluten free bread I’d found had intimidatingly long ingredient lists and required multiple different specialty flours.

Not one to let a bread puzzle go unresolved, I set out to see if I could make a quick and easy gluten free bread with a reasonable ingredient list.

Ta-dah! Almond Flour Bread is it!

A sliced loaf of easy Almond Flour Bread

Baking the Best {QUICK!} Almond Flour Bread

This quick Almond Flour Bread has just one “specialty” flour (almond flour), which is found in most grocery stores or can be purchased online here. It’s the first and most important ingredient in this recipe.

About Almond Flour

Almond flour is just one simple ingredient—ground almonds—meaning it is healthy in the same wonderful ways that almonds are. Healthy fats, omega-3s, and amino acids abound.

  • Don’t want to buy almond flour? You can actually make it yourself from whole almonds. I’ve included directions in the recipe notes for you.

Even though I do eat gluten and wheat flour, I adore baking with almond flour. I love it for its health benefits, subtly nutty flavor, and the buttery texture it lends to baked goods.

Substituting Almond Flour

If you’re looking at this Almond Flour Bread recipe thinking, YES I want to bake with almond flour all the time, please note:

  • Almond flour cannot be substituted for bread flour or any other kind of flour.
  • The fat content, weight, amount of protein, and carbs makes every kind of flour unique, especially almond flour.
  • Instead, if you want to bake with almond flour, seek out recipes developed specifically for almond flour (like this Almond Flour Bread!).

A loaf of Almond Flour Bread

Almond Flour Bread—A Simple Recipe for All

Even though I do eat gluten, this Almond Flour Bread is absolutely a recipe that I will keep in my repertoire and make regularly. Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy it:

  • Warmed up for breakfast with a smear of almond butter, a topping that is just as appropriate and scrumptious here as it sounds.
  • Snitched in between meals for a fast snack (usually right out of the container).
  • Toasted in the oven and topped with avocado and an egg for a fast weeknight dinner.

Because Almond Flour Bread is high in protein and healthy fats, each slice is filling and sustaining.

This Almond Flour Bread is also a true quick bread. Quick breads are made without yeast and stirred together in a bowl. Banana bread, zucchini bread, and pumpkin bread are classic examples. Quick breads are my absolute favorite kind to make because they are so simple and yet so intrinsically satisfying.

No proofing of yeast or call for a bread machine here. You just need a bowl, a whisk, and a loaf pan.

(If you are looking for more Paleo/gluten free quick breads, check out my Paleo Pumpkin Bread, Paleo Banana Bread, and Paleo Zucchini Bread specifically).

This Almond Flour Bread is friendly to a number of diets, which is one—though I would argue not the most—compelling reason to make it.

Almond Flour Bread sliced and spread with almond butter

Yes, this Almond Flour Bread is low carb—almond flour has very few carbs, just 6 grams per 1/4 cup. Yes, it is gluten free. It is Paleo also. It might be a keto Almond Flour Bread too (I’m not an expert on that diet, but I think it could be with a few modifications).

The main, true reason I make this Almond Flour Bread though? Because it tastes wonderful.

This Almond Flour Bread is wholesome and very lightly sweet (the recipe calls for just 2 tablespoons of honey), so it’s at home on both the breakfast and dinner table. I also loved being able to share the loaf with my neighbor so that she could enjoy bread again.

Freezing and Reheating Almond Flour Bread

  • This bread can last 3 days at room temperature or be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • I like to freeze individual slices, then thaw them one at a time as needed.
  • To reheat: Place the Almond Flour Bread in the microwave and rewarm it gently.
  • For toast, places the slices flat on a foil-lined baking sheet. Rewarm on the upper third rack in a 350 degree F oven, until it is toasted to your liking.

Final Recipe Tips

  • Do not skip the egg white! It helps to lighten the bread’s texture.
  • Check your loaf pan. If your baking pans are very dark or flimsy, it may be time for a replacement. This is my absolute favorite baking pan. (It comes in an 8 x 4-inch size also.)
  • Those looking for a vegan almond flour bread (and thus who would need to make this Almond Flour Bread without eggs): I am afraid I cannot recommend this recipe. The eggs are necessary for structure and moisture. Since the bread already contains flaxseeds, I am hesitant to say that swapping the rest of the eggs for flax eggs is a good choice. Try making any of these vegan recipes instead! The list does include baked goods, among many others.
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Almond Flour Bread

Yield: 10 slices (1 loaf)
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
The BEST quick Almond Flour Bread. Low carb, Paleo and gluten free, this easy bread comes together quickly. Great toasted or simply sliced for breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, unsalted butter, or ghee
  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon — optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar — NOT sweet apple cider or apple juice

Instructions

  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the coconut oil in 15-second bursts, just until it melts. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

  2. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x5-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Line the pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs both sides, then lightly coat with spray again.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda, cinnamon (if using), and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg white, honey, apple cider vinegar, and cooled coconut oil until smooth. And the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and, with a whisk or rubber spatula, stir until well combined. The batter will be thick and wet, like a muffin batter. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.

  4. Bake until the top is toasty golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Place the pan on a cooling rack and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer from the pan to the rack (use the parchment overhang) and let cool completely. Slice and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Store leftovers according to this guide for How to Store Muffins and Other Quick Breads at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  • For tips on reheating, see notes in the blog post above.
  • No other flour can be swapped for the almond flour other than a similar nut flour, such as hazelnut or cashew flour. Coconut flour is very different cannot be substituted.
  • The eggs cannot be substituted, nor can the egg white. Both are critical for the bread's texture and structure.
  • To make your own almond flour, place a lightly heaping 2 1/2 cups blanched slivered almonds in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until finely ground. Do not overblend or the almonds will turn into almond butter. Measure then use as directed.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond flour bread, gluten free, keto, low carb, paleo, quick

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 slice of 10) — Calories: 244, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 257mg, Potassium: 62mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 9g, Vitamin A: 1.9%, Calcium: 8.1%, Iron: 8.9%

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

32 comments

  1. Ooh, I can’t wait to try this! I am always amazed when I bake with almond flour how well it replicates the “real deal” – you really would never know!

    For folks who live near a Trader Joe’s, I’ve found their almond flour (in the pink bag, not the almond meal that they also sell) to be reliable and reasonably priced.

  2. I don’t tolerate flax meal, is thera a substitute for it?

    • Hi Linda! The 1/4 cup is great enough of an amount that I’m not comfortable suggesting a substitute. I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so that is the way I know it will turn out. I know that’s not be the answer your are hoping for, but it’s important to me that the recipe turns out as expected.

    • Hi Linda! Another reader just reported back that they used applesauce in place of flax and enjoyed the recipe. You could give that a try if you want to experiment!

  3. Nance D. Mooney Reply

    Hi Erin – I have Flax SEEDS – can they be ground up and used as Flax Seed MEAL? Really looking forward to making this bread – it looks fab! Thank you.

    • Hi Nance, if you have a way to get them ground really finely, that should work! (I’ve never ground my own, but in theory that’s the idea of flaxseed meal!)

      • Mooney Nance D. Reply

        I made this, this afternoon, and I MADE MYSELF stop cutting up slices. Not only did is smell delicious while baking, it was soooooo good. And using my coffee grinder, changing the flax seeds into powder, worked!!!!! 

      • You can totally grind your own seeds. I do it all the time in a spice/coffee grinder. I’ve read that you get more nutrition from them ground. And it’s usually a little cheaper to buy them whole and grind yourself.

  4. This bread looks incredible!! I would love to have it for breakfast with strawberry jam and honey :)

  5. This is intriguing! My family is not gf but this would be a much more nutritious side with eggs, compared to regular toast. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Hi! This looks incredible. I’m on a low fodmap diet so I cannot have honey. Is there another unrefined sweetener that you could use in its place? Like coconut sugar or maple syrup? Thank you!

  7. Hi Erin,
    I have one question regarding your almond bread. Is it OK to just use almond oil that does not require melting it myself. The kind that comes already in melted form?
    Thanks,
    Ginny

    • Hi Ginny! You could certainly experiment with almond oil, but I have only tested the recipe with a fat that is solid at room temperature (which is why I recommend coconut oil, butter, or ghee). If you decide to give it a try, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  8. Btw Armins flour is not the same as ground almonds…

    • Hi Paula! The almond flour is indeed ground almonds. It’s also called almond meal. I hope you enjoy the bread if you decide to give it a try!

      • Almond flour is something other than ground almonds. Almond flour is usually produced as a waste or by-product in the production of almond oil. The nuts are pressed and leave  a nut mass without oil. This mass is ground and this is the almond flour.
        At least in Europe…

        • Hi Paula, I actually hadn’t heard that specific distinction before, as in my experience and everything I’ve seen, the two are so similar that it works well to make your own, especially in heartier quick breads like this one. Feel free to use whichever option you think will work best for your needs.

  9. Hi Erin,
    I’m not an expert on Keto, but I do use a lot of Keto recipes because I am diabetic and I do like my sweet treats.
    Honey is not used in the Keto diet, also not used is Maple Syrup and Coconut Sugar.
    It would be great if there were alternate ingredients for some of your recipes…they look so good and then I get to the ingredients and see a liquid/syrup sweetener that I don’t know how to swap it out.
    Thank you

    • Hi Cindy! Unfortunately I do not use alternative sweeteners, so I’m unable to provide suggestions for substituting those in recipes. Sometimes readers report back in the comments when they experiment. I would recommend doing an online search for conversions and recommendations!

  10. I wondered if it is possible to add blueberries?

    • Hi Kristine, I haven’t tried this myself, but I think you could! I’d start with trying 1/2 cup. I hope you enjoy!

  11. I did the recipe as written except I substituted the 1/4 cup flaxseed for 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce to make it SCD legal.   Came out great!   Thank you Erin!!!!!

  12. Love how this is a neutral-flavored, not super sweet bread!!!

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