The Best Crusty Paleo French Bread (OMG this is good!)

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One of my favorite things about living the paleo lifestyle is finding creative ways to add a modern paleo twist to some classic recipes. Take this recipe for crusty French bread for example. It’s made to be 100% paleo-friendly, meaning it’s completely gluten and dairy-free. Texture-wise, you won't be disappointed because of the dry active yeast. Quite a few people assume that yeast is not paleo-friendly (I used to be one of them as well). Rest assured that it is indeed appropriate for all paleo dieters out there.

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There’s nothing quite like a freshly baked loaf of crusty French bread. It’s a perfect blend of deliciously soft bread with a fantastic crispy crust. There’s only one way I can think of to make it even better -- make it 100% paleo-friendly! That’s exactly what this recipe does. It makes a fantastic paleo crusty French bread using nothing but healthy ingredients. This bread recipe definitely packs quite a nutritional punch into one incredibly delectable package.

A Delicious Paleo Take on a Classic Baked Bread

The base of your bread dough with this recipe will be made using a combination of almond flour and arrowroot flour. These are they key ingredients that help to keep this recipe completely paleo-friendly as they each make an excellent replacement for refined wheat flour. Not only is refined wheat a known inflammation trigger, but once the wheat grains go through the refinement process, they also lose the vast majority of their nutritional benefits. Refined flour has a much lower fiber content and loses a large percentage of the antioxidants found in whole grains. (1)

So with that in mind, the first step of this recipe is to mix your almond and arrowroot flours together with your salt and active dry yeast. With that out of the way, combine your honey and warm water in a separate bowl. Honey is another one of my favorite paleo baking ingredients, acting as a wonderful natural sweetener while also being packed full of nutritional benefits. It’s an antioxidant powerhouse that also helps to give you a nice all natural energy boost as well.

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Add your honey mixture in with your flour mixture, and then also add in the lightly beaten egg whites, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar and mix them together until you have a dough-like texture. The addition of olive oil and ACV really helps to round out the nutritional content of your bread mixture. The olive oil adds a potent amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, while the ACV provides some great benefits for both your cardiovascular and digestive health. (2)

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Once your bread dough has taken shape, you’re going to want to cover it with a plastic wrap for about 30 minutes in order to let the yeast do its thing. Then transfer it to a baking sheet, cut a few long lines along the top, and then bake the bread until it’s slightly brown. When you take it out of the oven, let it cool for a few moments and then go ahead and enjoy this delightfully flaky baked bread. Whenever I bake it, I like to either use it to make some tasty paleo sandwiches or I make it alongside a tasty homemade hummus dip. This is a game-changer for bread-lovers.

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PS. This crusty French bread recipe isn’t the only type of homemade paleo bread that I love to bake. Here are a few of my other favorite paleo-friendly bread recipes that you absolutely must try:



    • 1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
    • ¾ cup arrowroot flour
    • 1/3 cup warm water
    • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
    • 1 ½ tsp honey
    • 1 ½ tsp dry active yeast
    • 1 ½ tsp olive oil
    • ½ tsp organic raw apple cider vinegar
    • ¼ tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a bowl combine the almond flour, arrowroot flour, dry active yeast and salt.
  4. In a small bowl combine the water and honey.
  5. Add the honey water mixture, egg whites, olive oil and apple cider vinegar to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough is formed.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  7. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and form into a loaf.
  8. Using a sharp knife, cut long lines going across the loaf.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until bread is lightly brown.


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Nutrition Information




8 g


5.7 g


0.9 g


2.9 g


1.4 g

Calories 92 kcal
Potassium 86.6 mg
Vitamin C 0 mg
Folic Acid (B9) 9.3 µg
Sodium 42.6 mg

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  1. OK so I made the bread again. Yes, it was a little runny, but after baking it it actually came out delicious! I wish I had doubled the recipe. It actually looks and tastes white bread. Next time, I will probably add a little bit more salt and maybe a touch more of honey.

    Rating: 4
  2. I made this tonight. It worked out so well that I was required to share with my non-grain-free eating husband and sister. (I didn’t have enough almond flour and had to sub 1/4 cup of cassava flour for the same amount of almond and it still came out well)

    Rating: 4.5

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