The world seems to be going mad for homemade bread right now. I think this is a of a mix of being stuck at home in isolation due to Covid-19, therefore having plenty of time on our hands, and also the fact that shops are running low on their bread stocks, especially that tasty artisan type bread that we can quite easily make at home anyway.
This got me into thinking about trying my hand at making my own, and upon research I found these tasty and easy homemade bread recipes WITHOUT a machine online.
I mean, who doesn’t LOVE fresh homemade bread? Just the smell of it wafting through your house is enough to get you salivating, the aroma so comforting, cosy and welcoming. Yes, there’s much to love about baking your own loaf than goes much deeper than, well, just baking bread.
All of the below recipes are healthy and appropriate for those following the plant based diet.
Your 13 Easy homemade Bread Recipes
1. Gluten free vegan bread
Number one on this list is from one of my favorite vegan chefs who’s creations are just so dang delicious, she really knows here stuff!
This simple bread is so amazingly healthy AND high in protein that it’s literally a meal in itself, I kid you not.
Containing amino acid rich plant based foods such as chickpea, buckwheat flour and psyllium husk, this King of breads is super high in fiber, and has a few omega 3 rich pumpkin seeds thrown in for good measure.
I’d eat this with a lovely soup, or maybe toasted with a creamy nut butter but you do what you choose.
2. Rosemary and sea salt focaccia
If you want to bring the taste of authentic Italian food into your home, them look no further than this delicious rosemary and salt focaccia loaf.
Focaccia is actually made using the same recipe as pizza dough (gotta love those Italians), and is probably the reason for its amazing texture. This bread tastes great on its own due to the generous helping of olive oil and herbs, or just as good with a bowl of spag bol or a soup.
3. Hokkaido milk bread
This Japanese vegan milk bread is as soft and fluffy as a cloud, and kind of tastes like a good brioche. It’s got that great flaky texture that you can pull apart with your fingers, which is one of my favorite textures as you can really savour what you are eating.
This bread is best served as a breakfast, sliced and toasted with jam, or even just on its own as a snack in its own right because it’s that soft.
And the great thing about it is it is much lower fat than your average brioche, so you can eat it more freely.
4. Basic white bread
This basic American style white bread recipe is versatile and can be used for sweet and savoury dishes alike. Perfect as a breakfast toast with jam or as a lunchtime sandwich.
The great thing about this simple bread recipe is it uses only basic and cost effective store cupboard ingredients of flour, yeast, sugar, water and oil so you probably wouldn’t need to go out and do any special shopping if you fancied knocking a batch up.
5. Easy vegan naan bread
If you’r going to make a curry, then why not go the whole hog and make your own naan bread as it sure as hell is healthier than those high fat, pre-made versions that you buy in the supermarket. And there is literally nothing like a fresh naan with a good curry; the two just go together hand in hand.
Brushing this naan with the delicious garlic butter right before serving will only serve to make this bread even more delicious.
6. Healthy oat nut bread
Here’s another bread that is just bursting with healthful ingredients in the form of oats and an array of nuts and seeds. When I say array, I mean pretty much it’s made of ALL nuts and seeds, just take a look for yourself.
This bread is a meal in itself, and is crammed packed full of fiber, protein and antioxidants. If you’re going to have something else with this amazing loaf, then I’d probably go for a light vegetable soup or something similar as that’s all you would need.
7. Zucchini bread
A sweet bread, more like a cake really, but I thought you deserved a treat 😉 I’m a lover of all breads and cakes made of veggies, as they give intense moisture and flavour, not to mention the health benefits of sneaking in extra vegetables whenever you can for you and your family.
However, this treat can be made healthier still by using a whole grain or gluten free flour and leaving off the lemon glaze.
8. Spelt bread
Spelt is a healthier cousin of wheat, and has been cultivated since 5,000 BCE. It is more water soluble than wheat and therefore easier to digest, so great if you have issues with this.
It is also a major source of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, so I would definitely give this super grain a chance and try it out on the family before you go for a wheat version maybe.
This recipe could literally not be simpler, and uses only flour, yeast, oil, water and salt; something that you would never get in a shop bought version is such a simple ingredient list.
9. Oat flour bread
Another healthy bread that you just got to try is oat flour bread, as it uses only minimum and simple ingredients.
In fact, it couldn’t be simpler, because instead of buying expensive oat flour from the shops, you can easily make your own from inexpensive rolled oats. Simply add what you need to your blender or food processor, mix for a few seconds, and voila, oat flour (do make sure that you re-measure it out again before you make the bread, because it will probably come up less after you have ground it up).
As this recipe also contains ground almonds, you are looking at another high fiber, high protein bread that you could eat alone if you so wished and still feel like you’ve had something substantial.
10. One bowl pumpkin bread
This perfect pumpkin bread had many trials and errors before it became what it is today (according to the wonderful chef that created it), and by Jove, it looks like it was all worth the effort from this lady.
A little sweet, a little savoury, a little spicy; this pumpkin bread can be served any time of the year, not just Halloween, and is not ONLY a treat but a positively healthy one.
11. Low sugar cornbread
I scouted around a bit for this one, as a lot of cornbread recipes seem to be crammed full of refined sugar and I don’t really want to post unhealthy recipes.
This particular recipe only calls for 1/3 of a cup, and you can even use coconut or brown which is slightly better, therefore this one feels like the right recipe for this page.
Cornbread works well with soups, stews and chilis or even as a snack on its own, so this could be a great family favorite that is also pretty good for you.
12. Banana bread
Banana bread is truly a great bread isn’t it? It’s just so versatile, and can be eaten as a breakfast in itself, part of a breakfast, or a s a healthy snack any time of the day.
You can make your banana bread as nutritious as you wish, especially with this version as it allows you to swap the sugar for chopped dates (which by the way also have so many other health benefits), and you can use a nutritious flour such as spelt or wholewheat. I would personally swap out half the flour for a high protein buckwheat to make it even more healthy, but that’s just me.
13. Homemade sourdough
Sourdough is my absolute favorite bread of all time, and fortunately for me my local supermarket does the most amazing wholegrain version I have ever tried so I haven’t yet attempted to make my own, but my time will come.
This recipe is just so simple once you have your sourdough starter, which you either need to buy first or make your own.
This kind of bread has a chewy texture that I always think is enhanced further if you toast it, but that’s my personal opinion. It’s also very versatile and can be used for any kind of bread dish, soups, sandwiches, toasties, you name it, it works.
Making your own bread may be something you have never thought about doing before, but as you can see it’s well worth the effort.
There’s really nothing quite like that taste and smell of homemade fresh bread, and you can also guarantee no nasty chemical additives, preservatives or refined sugars when you take the time to make your own.
So, I wish you luck with your bread making, and please feel free to let me know how you get along in the comments section as I would just love to know.
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