Best Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread (No Yeast)

by Alena
Sep 29, 2020
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Have you also been in a baking mood lately? Not only have we recognized that our sugar-free banana bread is really popular these days, but we have also found ourselves in the kitchen trying out some savory baking recipes — which has resulted in arguably the best gluten-free buckwheat bread we’ve ever made.

No yeast, no bread machine, no animal products or hard to find ingredients required! Just straight forward, simple, healthy and tasty staple foods.

We’re not ones to have a kitchen full of different tools and appreciate simple yet powerful recipes and this buckwheat bread is no exception.

Although it might sound more extravagant than your ordinary wheat bread, you don’t actually need buckwheat flour or things like xanthan gum to create this chewy, seeded and flavorful gluten-free bread!

Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, this delicious loaf works for a filling breakfast, lunch or dinner with a side salad, soup, stew, topped with avocado, hummus or a flavorful tofu scramble!

Sure, there’s healthy vegan bread at the store but if you find baking as therapeutic and rewarding as me, you definitely want to give this buckwheat bread a try!

Especially if you or someone in your family needs to follow a gluten-free diet, the bread choices you’re left with are usually semi disappointing and range from “cardboard” to “filled with strange ingredients”.

In the case of our buckwheat bread, though, with about 10 minutes of hands-on time and a bit of preparation, you can take a couple of pantry staples and whip up this savory, slightly nutty and really satiating loaf of goodness!

Let’s see what the ingredients are, how to make it and don’t skip our gluten-free vegan bread 101 for some more insights if you like.

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The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Bread

Despite its name, buckwheat doesn’t actually contain any wheat, is naturally gluten-free and some people even consider it to be a “superfood”. It’s a great source of fiber, complex carbs, minerals and plant-based protein!

Our buckwheat bread can be made ahead of time and frozen but it tastes best on the day of baking while it’s still warm and crispy on the edges.

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How to Make Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread From Scratch

Our gluten-free buckwheat bread doesn’t require any kneading or advanced kitchen skills! Because we won’t use any yeast or sourdough to make this savory, nutty loaf, it’s super beginner-friendly.

All you need is one bowl, a food processor and 10 minutes of preparation time. Start by putting your buckwheat groats, flaxseeds and water into a medium-sized bowl, cover, and let everything soak for at least 2 hours — better overnight.

Once you’re ready to make your easy buckwheat bread, simply place all of the ingredients from that bowl into a food processor jar, add some rolled oats, applesauce, tahini and baking powder, and let the machine do its work!

You’ll be left with a homogenous and slightly sticky mixture which you just need to pour into a loaf pan and top with your favorite seeds before baking it for around 1.5 hours in the oven.

Even though it might be tough, try to let your freshly baked buckwheat bread cool off before taking it out of the pan and enjoying your first warm slice!

Here’s exactly what you need for our favorite gluten-free vegan bread.

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Buckwheat Bread Ingredients

  • Buckwheat Groats — soaked in water for a few hours or overnight, they are processed into gluten-free bread batter so you don’t even need that fancy buckwheat flour.
  • Rolled Oats — can be skipped or doubled depending on your desired taste and consistency!
  • Flaxseeds — these are used for binding the ingredients in place of eggs; you can swap them for chia seeds if you like.
  • Applesauce — our favorite oil replacement to hold the moisture when baking! Plus, it helps the toppings stick.
  • Tahini — we love this creamy addition but if you don’t have any, either replace with any nut or seed butter or omit
  • Baking Powder — since this is a yeast-free recipe, we do need to make this buckwheat bread rise somehow! And voilà.
  • Toppings — sesame, sunflower, flax, rolled oats, whatever you like! Or just keep it naked.

For a sweeter version of this bread, you can replace some of the buckwheat groats with more rolled oats and add some maple syrup or date paste to the gluten-free bread batter. Other ideas include mashed banana and chocolate chips!

If you’re up for a flavored and spiced savory buckwheat bread, you can add some fresh rosemary, olives, dried tomatoes and black pepper before baking.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Bread 101

Especially if you’re new to making your own gluten-free vegan bread or you’ve recently gained more interest in following a healthy diet, you probably have a bunch of questions — let’s go over some of them!

Is All Bread Gluten-Free?

Most breads are not gluten-free as they are traditionally made with wheat or rye. However, there is an increasing number of gluten-free breads at the store these days which feature alternative flours and grains like:

  • Rice
  • Potato
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Potato 
  • Almond 

Yes, despite its name, buckwheat does not contain any wheat or gluten and is a pseudo grain — more seed than grain.

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Is Bread Usually Vegan?

While we still check the label of each loaf that we buy to this day, most types of bread fortunately are fully vegan! Some sneaky ingredients that can find their way into your bread are casein, honey, eggs (sweet breads) or other cow’s milk products.

Especially when it is advertised as being a “protein-rich” bread, it usually has our alarm bells ringing because this often means there’s yogurt inside.

Then, there’s the mystical ingredient “mono and diglycerides” which is added to many manufactured foods and refers to some types of fat — which can either be plant- or animal-derived.

We usually let this one slide as it’s oftentimes plant-based and wouldn’t make much of a difference to animal suffering if we strictly avoided it.

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Is Buckwheat Bread Good for You?

Depending on how you make it and what you eat with it, yes! The pseudo-grain itself may improve blood sugar control and promote heart health.

While some buckwheat bread recipes call for high-fat components such as oil, butter, eggs or dairy milk, our simple whole food plant-based version is 100% good for you and suitable for those on a gluten-free diet.

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Do You Need a Bread Machine or Xanthan Gum?

This healthy gluten-free buckwheat bread recipe is made without xanthan gum or other hard-to-find ingredients that are often used in gluten-free baking.

If you know us, you might have already guessed that there’s also no single-use machine like a bread machine involved. Plus, we use whole grain buckwheat groats instead of the more costly buckwheat flour!

How to Store Buckwheat Oat Bread

This buckwheat bread keeps well in the fridge for up to a week and can be toasted at your convenience.

If you want to freeze it, slice it first and then put parchment paper or strips in between the slices so you can take them out individually. The buckwheat bread can be frozen in a storage bag or container for up to a few months.

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Vegan Bread & Sandwich Ideas

Despite it being definitely on the savory side, our buckwheat bread tastes fantastic with some nut butter, jam or fruit on top!

If you’re looking for savory topping ideas, try these:

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More Healthy Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes

Our blog is full of gluten-free vegan recipes that are nutritious, delicious and easy to make! Here’s what you can try next.

Have you made our easy buckwheat bread and liked it? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to rate our recipe or Pin it for later. You can also tag us on Instagram if you’ve made it – we’d love to see your creations!

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Best Gluten-Free Buckwheat Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

The easiest and best vegan buckwheat bread with crispy edges and a deliciously nutty flavor. This gluten-free savory loaf slices well, doesn’t require any kneading, yeast or bread machine and is so nutritious! Try it with some almond ricotta, hummus, avocado or nut butter.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups buckwheat groats (330 g)
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1 ⅓ cup water (320 ml)
  • 2 tbsp applesauce, unsweetened (plus extra for brushing)
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Toppings

  • Sesame
  • Sunflower
  • Flax

Instructions

  1. Put the buckwheat groats and flaxseeds into a bowl, mix and cover with 1 ⅓ cups water. Let everything soak for at least two hours or overnight.
  2. Once you’re ready to make your buckwheat oat bread, preheat the oven to 320 °F (160 °C).
  3. Transfer the wet buckwheat flaxseed mixture (including the water) together with the rest of the ingredients for your gluten-free bread into your food processor and process to obtain a homogenous batter. 
  4. Line a baking pan with parchment paper, scoop the mixture into the pan and flatten it evenly with a spoon.
  5. Brush your buckwheat oat batter with just a little bit of applesauce, then top with mixed seeds.
  6. Bake the bread for 90 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven and set your freshly baked bread aside for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. 
  7. Let the buckwheat oat bread cool before slicing and serve it plain, with hummus or soup.

Notes

  • The bread keeps well for about a week in the fridge and can be frozen once sliced.
  • For a sweeter version, replace some of the buckwheat with more oats, use plant-based milk together with the water and add some vegan syrup.
  • Make sure to allow the bread to cool down before removing it from the pan and slicing it to make sure it doesn’t fall apart.
  • Depending on your oven, the baking time may vary so check on your bread after an hour.
  • Find more delicious vegan serving and topping ideas in the article above!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.
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