Being gluten-free for many, many years, I find it almost torturous to witness people joyfully jumping into a basket of bread at dinner, bundling up with a hearty sandwich for lunch, or just opting for a comforting breakfast of warm, crispy toast. I explored commercial gluten-free bread options, but many of them were not feasible, as they were either not vegan or the rest contained oils and/or other additives.
Thus, I was eager to find an easy, DIY version that meets all of my requirements so I could keep it on hand at home as a staple. When I was writing The Vegiterranean Diet and developing its recipe collection, I found the perfect excuse to develop my ideal recipe. And that is when this Baked Oat Bread was born…
Baked Oat Bread Recipe
Eating Vegiterranean would be incomplete without a staple whole grain bread to add to a meal. Enjoy this gluten-free, soft, and sentimental pure recipe guilt-free. Baking bread is the ultimate in science meeting art, so follow the directions carefully, ensure the yeast is fresh, and that you begin preparation several hours ahead of mealtime.
Makes 1 loaf
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 cups warm (not hot) water
3 1/2 cups oat flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons hemp, poppy, pumpkin, sesame, or sunflower seeds (optional)
1. In a large bowl, combine yeast, maple syrup, and warm water. Stir gently with your fingers, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside until bubbles rise to the top, approximately 10 minutes.
2. Once the yeast become active, pour in oat flour, 1 cup at a time, stirring well. Add salt and stir until well combined. Cover with plastic and set aside in a dry, warm area and allow to sit for at least 90 minutes.
3. When dough appears puffy, and as risen, push it down, using the plastic wrap (it is very sticky) and cover again.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Transfer dough to a silicon loaf pan and shape evenly throughout. You can sprinkle with a couple tablespoons of seeds, if desired. Bake for 20 minutes or until bread appears lightly brown on edges. Do not overcook. Remove from oven and allow to cool.