Life changing loaf

January 2, 2015

Christmas was wonderful but I have a little extra roll on my belly I have affectionately named ‘Verve’. This nut and seed loaf was exactly what I needed to get my breakfasts back on track, no more champagne and croissants! 

This recipe isn’t an original, but it’s too good not to share. I’m please to introduce a My New Roots favourite, the Life Changing Loaf. As noted in her post, it’s quite a statement to suggest that a humble loaf of bread will change your life, but I totally agree. It blew my bread loving mind.

life changing loaf recipe

Being French obsessed; I will always have a place in my life for crusty white baguettes and a soft brioche burger bun.  However in saying that, I over indulged over the Christmas break and am looking for a healthier start to 2015. This loaf was my mockingjay (cue haunting whistle). Verve is no longer welcome around here. 

nut and seed loaf recipe

For making your own bread at home, this was a surprisingly easy recipe. All you need it one loaf tin, one small bowl, a measuring cup and a spoon plus ingredients. Full of that friendly fibre (psyllium husks) we all know and love, this loaf is the perfect substitute for your morning toast. It also boasts healthy fats, protein and magical fairy dust. It keeps your stuff regular which is an added bonus πŸ˜‰ 

It’s gluten free (and dairy free) however contains rolled oats so if you are severley sensitive to gluten just make sure you get certified GF oats. 

easy nut and seed loaf recipe

I slightly amended the original recipe and added some extra mixed nuts, rosemary and a tad more sea salt. I like salt. Salt is love, salt is life and other poetic nonsense. I made two loaves and pre-sliced & froze one for easy access toast because when the need for toast strikes and this loaf is gone, I will thank myself for making a back up freezer loaf! 

life changing loaf of bread nut seed loaf

I’ve been enjoying my mornings with a slice or two with butter, Labneh (recipe for homemade labneh here) or trusty ole tomatoes and olive oil with S&P. Add in a coffee and my new book (The Rosie Project, it’s amazing) and wow there it is, heaven on earth.

life changing loaf gluten free

I don’t feel bloated or icky and it means I can thorougly enjoy my crusty baguette or brioche burger bun on the weekend. I think you should all make this because:

1. It’s so so so easy.
2. It’s tasty as heck
3. Why not start 2015 with a nut/seed loaf?

What’s your favourite type of bread? Let me know in the comments below or via Facebook/Instagram 

Have a wonderful day, Bec xo 

Life changing loaf
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A Gluten free, dairy free nut and seed loaf of 'bread'
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  1. 1 cup sunflower seeds/pepitas
  2. Β½ cup flax/linseed seeds
  3. Β½ cup almonds
  4. 1/2 cup mixed nuts (I used cashews and walnuts)
  5. 1 Β½ cups rolled oats
  6. 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  7. 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  8. 1 Tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary
  9. 4 Tbsp. psyllium seed husks (3 Tbsp. if using psyllium husk powder)
  10. 2 tsp. fine grain sea salt
  11. 1 Tbsp. rice malt syrup OR 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  12. 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  13. 1 Β½ cups water
  1. In a loaf pan combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk rice malt syrup/maple syrup, oil and water together in a cup or small bowl.
  2. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very thick (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough is manageable).
  3. Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Let sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours, or overnight. To ensure the dough is ready, it should keep hold its shape even when you pull it away from the pan.
  4. Preheat your oven to 175Β°C (350deg f)
  5. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30-40 minutes.
  6. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing (oh so difficult, but important. I suggest leaving the house to resist!).
  1. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well too – slice before freezing for quick and easy toast!
  2. I doubled the recipe (above) and made 2 x loaves - one pre sliced for freezing and one for eating this week πŸ™‚
  3. You can add extra nuts and seeds as you wish
  4. It's delicious toasted
Adapted from My New Roots
Adapted from My New Roots
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  • Reply Moni | Thoughts of a Moni August 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Planning to make this on the weekend! Do you chop up your nuts, or use them whole? I’m thinking it might be difficult to slice if I use whole nuts?!

    • Reply Bec August 28, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Oooo yum, me too!!! I leave the pepitas whole and I’ve also used whole almonds a few times but when you slice the bread (which is easy even with whole almonds) they are a little loose and fall out sometimes, so roughly chopped makes it easier. Walnuts are also delicious! Let me know how you go.

  • Reply Taylor June 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    thank you thank you thank you Bec!
    I made this wonderful loaf last night and am IN LOVE!
    Had a piece early morning which kept me going half the day, and currently eating another with avocado mousse for something sweet πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to try more of your recipes! x

    • Reply Bec June 25, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Aww yay I’m so glad Taylor.. I really need to make another batch, it’s so good for a hearty breakfast hey! Thank you <3 x

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  • Reply Tina Jui January 21, 2015 at 7:30 am

    This looks amazing. I love it!

    • Reply Bec January 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks Tina! I just pulled 2 more out of the oven

  • Reply Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers January 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

    These looks delicious. I’m definitely going to be making it when we are home from holidays. x

    • Reply Bec January 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      It’s SO DELICIOUS!!! Please make it x

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  • Reply Kim @Landofzonkt January 11, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I have a bran loaf recipes that’s easy to whip up, with dried fruits & stuff but this looks LOADS better!
    My hubby has been wanting something for mid morning to fill him up after his breakfast smoothie to tide him over till lunch, this would be perfect! Thanks Hun x

    • Reply Bec January 12, 2015 at 9:52 am

      It would be! It is full of the good stuff. Your loaf sounds delicious too, I am a sucker for some fruit toast with melted butter mmmmm

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages January 10, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I think you would be allowed to call this life changing. Look at all those delicious ingredients.

  • Reply Lucy @ Bake Play Smile January 9, 2015 at 8:14 am

    That’s brilliant! This does sound life changing. Lol as if you have a ‘verve!!!’. But I love the name anyway. I’m actually not a huge bread person, but this is right up my alley. Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx

    • Reply Bec January 9, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Haha, a small tiny verve which is now gone. No worries, thanks for hosting!!!

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  • Reply Emma January 7, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Oh yum, a low carb, delicious and healthy loaf for sure. Genius.

    (I too have some extra, ahem, kgs where there once weren’t because of bloody Christmas πŸ™ , what can you do!)

    • Reply Bec January 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

      I’m all for enjoying Christmas fully then making nut and seed loaves after to soften the blow!!!

  • Reply Lily | Stylescene January 7, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    My mum gave me her old bread maker last year and I absolutely love using it! (Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread?) I’m definitely going to try this recipe. It looks amazing! Lily x
    P.S The Rosie Project is one of my favourite books! Did you know there is a sequel? It’s called The Rosie Effect – not sure if it has been released yet…

    • Reply Bec January 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Fresh bread at home = winning. I know, I am loving the book. I have seen the squeal (it’s out) but haven’t finished the first yet πŸ™‚ It’s on the list! x

  • Reply Emma @ Emma's Garden Grows January 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    p.s your instructions say ‘maple syrup’ but ingredients say ‘rice malt syrup’. Its the latter isn’t it?

    • Reply Bec January 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Sorry for the confusion – you could use either!!!!!

  • Reply Emma @ Emma's Garden Grows January 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Bec! You’ve done it again! Will sooooo be making this this week. I need a healthy bread in my life.


    • Reply Bec January 5, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Did you get that? You can use both πŸ™‚

  • Reply shelley @ bacon egg & cheese{cake} January 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

    AH! you changed your site! must’ve happened during my million year hiatus but it looks AWESOME. i’m guiltily eating croissants as I read about your delicious sounding healthy loaf, ugh πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Bec January 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Don’t worry, the loaf means you can eat more croissants!!!

  • Reply Yasmeen | Wandering Spice January 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

    We should all be so kind as to name the little Christmas roll that finds our bellies this season! I’ve read about this life changing loaf I don’t know how many times and still haven’t made it. Maybe 2015 is the year. Does it satisfy that need for bread?

    • Reply Bec January 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      It does!!! I have been having it as my morning toast and not wanting bread bread at all. I think I would double the height for sandwich type bread but it’s like a dense pumpernickel. I was in the same boat but I finally made it and was so surprised that it was so easy!

  • Reply Phoebe January 4, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Yay Yay Yay, this bread is sooooo good – definitely going to try your version bec! Will be waiting for a cool day to make a couple of loaves. Thanks for sharing as always πŸ™‚
    Phoebe <3

    • Reply Bec January 4, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Its so delicious, let me know when you do πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see, Hope you had a great new year miss x

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ January 4, 2015 at 3:13 am

    I baked this loaf once, following the same recipe. It was not easy to chew so haven’t made it again. It is definitely very healthy and fulfilling!

    • Reply Bec January 4, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Oh no, I wonder wat happened? Mine appears to be fine. You do need butter/spread on top but I found it perfect.

  • Reply Gillian January 3, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Hey Chica – this looks seriously good πŸ™‚ do I use maple syrup or rice malt syrup?

    • Reply Bec January 4, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      I used rice malt but you can use maple too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips January 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try this for a while. Been making more bread lately so shall gave to give it a go.

    • Reply Bec January 4, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      It’s suprisingly simple and I am not much of a bread baker so that’s saying something!

  • Reply erin @ January 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    This is one of my fave things to bake! Have you made the crackers? They are supposd to be amazing too! x

    • Reply Bec January 4, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      No I havent but they are definatly next on the list!!! They look amazing and if they are as good as the loaf, well blimey!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 3, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I love this bread. It reminds me of the sprouted wheat and date bread mixed with a million seeds I made last year. I should make this one now.

    Happy New Year!

    • Reply Bec January 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      o0o0o that sounds great!!! Do you have the recipe? I’d love to try x

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid January 2, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    This looks so good. Hubby is now on a low cholestrol diet which is supposed to be full of oats, seeds and nuts so this loaf could be just the ticket. By the by, I have a couple of extra rolls on my belly, aptly named Fudge and Rocky (as in Road)! With any luck, I should have killed off all the calories I consumed over the silly season by next yuletide, just in time to do it all over again! Gah!

    • Reply Bec January 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Hehe, your new friends sound cute! It’s a bit like that isn’t it… Give this a go I’m sure Hubby and yourself will love it!

  • Reply vegeTARAian January 2, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    This is so rad! I’ve never made bread and this sounds so easy. I think my jelly belly would totes appreciate it.

    • Reply Bec January 5, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      It was so easy I couldn’t believe it… my belly is thanking me for it already.

  • Reply Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living January 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    This looks amazing. I have been looking for a life changing loaf and think I have found it. I am such a breakfast hater, I just lack the motivation to whip up something nice like this. I must try this though, I need to love breakfast more!! πŸ™‚ x

    • Reply Bec January 3, 2015 at 11:16 am

      I never used to love breakfast infact it was difficult to muster up the energy to eat a piece of toast but then I made some effort and It made me feel so great I am addicted!

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