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The Life-Changing Loaf of Bread

Sarah Britton

It’s quite a statement to suggest that a humble loaf of bread will change your life, but the Life-Changing Loaf will do just that. Made with whole grains, nuts, and seeds, it’s high in protein, incredibly high in fiber, and both gluten-free and vegan. It’s also proof that deliciousness and healthfulness are not mutually exclusive.

Psyllium, the star ingredient here, is a form of soluble fiber that helps bind all the ingredients together. It doesn’t add any flavor, but it is essential to the structure of the loaf. You can find it at health-food stores and most pharmacies, and it comes in two forms: the raw husks themselves, and powdered, in which the husks have been pulverized. For this recipe, either type will work just fine.

This bread is best enjoyed thinly sliced and toasted so the oats, nuts, and seeds become golden and caramelized. Top it with butter, ghee, jam, honey, or your favorite nut butter.

1. In a flexible silicone loaf pan, combine all the dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk the maple syrup, oil, and water together in a measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and mix very well, until everything is completely soaked and the dough becomes very thick (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough is manageable). Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Let sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours, or all day or overnight. When the dough is ready, it should retain its shape, even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

3. Place the loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the bread from the loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack, and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes. The bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing (difficult but important).

4. Store the bread in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days or in the fridge for 2 weeks. It freezes well, too—slice before freezing for quick and easy toast.