Bread is a staple in most diets and can be a real lifesaver, literally, when it comes to surviving. Unfortunately modern store-bought bread has very little nutrition. However, you can make many different kinds of bread at home that are nutritious and good for you even if you have such conditions as diabetes, gluten intolerance, allergies or other issues that may otherwise be affected by bread consumption.
If you have diabetes, you obviously need to watch your carbohydrate consumption in order to keep your blood sugar under control. Fortunately, there are many bread recipes that use nut flours or whole grains that contain the fiber you need to counteract the carbohydrates. These recipes will help you enjoy bread without spiking your blood sugar.
If you have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, you can’t have wheat, rye, barley or triticale because of the protein, gluten, found in the bread.
Up til recently, the only gluten-free bread options were either gross or prohibitively expensive. Most of these recipes are gluten-free and guaranteed to taste better than store-bought bread.
Nut allergies are also a concern for many people. Unlike some other allergies, a nut allergy is often extremely dangerous; people die from exposure. We included nut-free recipes in here, too!
1. Basic White Bread
This recipe is good for diabetics and is nut-free.
- 4 t bread machine yeast
- 1/2 t sugar
- 1 1/4 cups water (90-100 F)
- 3 T olive oil
- 3/4 t baking powder
- 1 t salt
- 1 T sugar substitute
- 1 cup vital wheat gluten flour
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup flax seed
- 1/4 cup wheat bran
- Put the water, oil and sugar in your bread maker.
- In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients with the exception of the yeast and baking powder.
- Mix well.
- Take out approximately 1/4 cup.
- Pour the rest of dry ingredients into the pan.
- Mix the reserved 1/4 cup of dry ingredients with the yeast and baking powder.
- Pour into the bread machine pan.
- Use the three hour bake cycle.
- After 55 minutes, gently lift the dough out and remove the paddle and place the dough back into the machine so that you don’t have a huge hole in your finished loaf.