When I used to go out and eat out more frequently, I was constantly haunted by freshly-baked bread with whipped butter. I absolutely love garlic bread, so whenever it was placed in front of me, I was doomed. As much as I loved eating it, my body revolted against the processed flours and dairy. It just didn’t go down well, and I was constantly bloated from eating too much processed food. When I switched to a paleo dieting approach, most of my bloating subsided, but I really missed my garlic bread. So, I made my own paleo-approved version. This recipe was painstakingly created with much trial and error. To this day, I always go back to this recipe when I need something tried and tested to have with my vegetable noodle recipes.
What Makes Garlic Bread So Yummy?
So what exactly is it that makes a warm fresh loaf of garlic bread so amazingly good? That’s an easy question to answer. It’s the delicious combination of rich garlic flavoring with a crispy outer crust and perfectly chewy interior. It’s quite possible that garlic is my all time favorite ingredient to use in paleo recipes because a little goes such a long way. Not only does it add an immense amount of flavor to so many different kinds of foods (garlic sweet potato fries for example; so incredibly good), but it’s full of amazing health benefits as well.
Garlic has been used throughout human history by many different cultures who have recognized its potential therapeutic benefits when it comes to treating and preventing different diseases. (1) It’s been proven to be highly effective at boosting our immune systems thanks to its allicin content. It’s got anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antibiotic properties while also containing essential vitamins and minerals. These are just a small sampling of the great benefits garlic can provide for your health on top of adding an immense amount of flavoring to your favorite meals.
Paleo Bread Made with Almond Flour and Flaxseed Meal
Garlic alone doesn’t make a good garlic bread though. In order to fully enjoy this tasty appetizer, one must come up with an acceptable paleo-friendly bread replacement. This recipe does just that by using almond flour mixed with flaxseed meal, baking powder, and eggs. Almond flour is amazing for paleo baking as it’s grain and gluten-free and full of vitamins and minerals. The combination of ingredients works surprisingly well together despite not having any yeast.
- 2 cups almond flour
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×4 inch loaf tin with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl mix the almond flour, flaxseed meal, salt and baking powder.
- In another bowl combine the eggs, olive oil, water and minced garlic.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Mix to combine.
- Pour the batter into the tin and smooth with spatula.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes, until the bread is browned on top.
- Remove from the oven and place the bread on a rack.
- Let cool completely before slicing.
- To make the garlic topping, place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine.
- Slice the bread and toast the slices to your liking.
- Drizzle with garlic topping and serve.
P.S. – As I mentioned in the beginning of this recipe, there’s actually quite a few different ways that you can make paleo-friendly garlic bread. Here’s another one of my favorite recipes for homemade garlic bread.
P.P.S. – How about taking paleo-approved bread-making even further? Paleo garlic breadsticks anyone?
P.P.P.S. – Garlic mashed potatoes are another thing I was obsessed with growing up. Clearly, I loved my carbs. Mashed potatoes are addictive though, so you can forgive me. I tried adapting my family’s recipe and used mashed cauliflower instead. It pairs well with roast chicken, lamb chops, or a juicy steak.
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