Gluten-Free Grain-Free Focaccia

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Gluten-Free Focaccia

Now that I don’t use Carbquick much anymore, this new gluten-free bread has become my go to bread for sandwiches.  It has blown away all my previous sandwich bread recipes (but maybe one)!  It has a lovely bottom and top crust and is not crumbly like so many low-carb breads.   A piece hot from the oven with butter is amazingly good!  It toasts OK, but not great. But then what low-carb bread does?  It makes great deli-style or grilled cheese sandwiches!  No flax taste at all!  I will definitely explore other uses, both savory and sweet.  Already found out it makes a wonderful pizza crust  and great sandwich buns as well.   It makes wonderful “bagels”, muffin top buns and muffins, as seen below.  You can even make sweet things with this batter, like blueberry bagels and cinnamon donuts!

TIP:  If you are not gluten-free, I find 1 T. oat fiber improves this bread’s texture greatly.  But remember, if you add it, OAT FIBER IS NOT GLUTEN FREE.

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Before Slicing

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Made as slider buns, cinnamon donuts and herb muffins

This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 Atkins, Keto diets, Primal folks if consumed only occasionally.  This bread would not be suitable for Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. plain whey protein powder

1 tsp. baking powder

3 T. cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs, beaten

1 c. grated Monterrey Jack cheese

½ c. grated Mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1 T. water

1 tsp. yeast dissolved in 1 T. warm water (optional, for flavor only)

Spices or seeds of your choosing sprinkled on top before baking.  I often use this mixture:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/peggys-8-seed-spice-blend/

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Soften cream cheese in medium mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat in the eggs, cream, water, vinegar, both cheeses and dissolved yeast (if using).  Measure and add in all the dry ingredients and stir well with a rubber spatula. Line a sheet pan either with parchment paper or silicone sheet.  Scrap the batter onto the prepared pan, spreading it as evenly as possible with the spatula into a rectangle that is roughly 10″x13″.  Batter will be about ¼” thick.  Sprinkle on spices if using any.  Pop bread into 350º oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until done to the touch in the center and lightly browned around the edges.  Cool a few minutes and cut evenly into 9 “slices.  When totally cool, store in plastic bag in your refrigerator.

NOTE:  This can also be baked in a small 8×4 loaf, which will take about 30 minutes to cook: 

Baked as a Loaf

Baked as a Loaf

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 9 large slices, each contains:

149 calories

11.5 g  fat

3.5 g  carbs, 2.1 g  fiber, 1.4 g  NET CARBS

10.1 g  protein

204 mg sodium

79 comments on “Gluten-Free Grain-Free Focaccia

  1. I would like to replace the Whey powder in this What would you recommend I did read somewhere that coconut flour could be used in place of the whey powder

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    • You never want to substitute coconut flour in a recipe willie-nillie. It doesn’t replace 1 for 1 with any flour or alternate flour I know of, Christine. In fact, tampering with low-carb bread recipes can be pretty risky. I usually recommend, if someone is allergic to an ingredient, to slightly increase the “flours” already in the recipe. But again, it then becomes an “experiment” for which the results can be unpredictable. But you can try that. Just being honest. Low-Carb baking is much more complex than traditional baking. The synergy and interactions of the various wet and dry ingredients can be critical.

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  2. I love this recipe, thanks for posting. I double it and make a large loaf for myself. Freezes well sliced and bagged in individual portions. 🙂

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    • I’m delighted to get your feedback, Judy! So glad you like this one. It’s a fav of mine, too. I haven’t done a loaf in some time and may try the “double” recipe soon. Happy baking to you! 🙂

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    • You’ll just have to test it out, Glenda. I really don’t think it will cook quite the same. Flax is moist, soft and cake-like; almond flour is drier and grainy. I’ only make a half recipe to test that out.

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