You love good bread, and who doesn’t? Adopting a gluten-free and lectin-light diet doesn’t mean you will never have bread again. There are many healthy and delicious ways to make bread and I’m sharing with you my favorite gluten-free, lectin-free bread recipes I’ve created in the past four years.
Morning bread rolls, flatbread, hamburger buns, tortillas, are all part of my diet and they are enjoyed equally by myself and by members of my family who don’t even follow a specific diet. They just love them and sometimes prefer them to the normal bread.
Lectins vs. Gluten
Lectins are sugar-binding proteins that can be found in many staple foods like grains, beans and nightshades. They are part of a plant’s natural defense system against microorganisms, insects, and predators like humans. According to Dr. Steven Gundry, when lectins stick together, they can become quite problematic for human health.
Gluten is one type of lectin that gets more buzz than any other lectins, mainly because they have been studied more and their effect on our health is better understood. Because gluten is so much better understood, many people have adopted gluten-free lifestyles. However, gluten-free products are often very heavy in other lectins, even more problematic.
So, everything that is lectin-free is also gluten-free, but everything that is gluten-free is not necessarily lectin-free, on the contrary.
For more details on what gluten-free flour is also lectin-free, check my Quick Guide to Lectin-Free, Gluten-Free Flours.
15 Gluten-Free, Lectin-Free Bread Recipes that are easy, delicious, and nutritionally dense
All the below recipes are both gluten-free and lectin-free and are made with wholesome, healthy, and balanced mixes of ingredients. In general, pure starches such as arrowroot flour and tapioca flour give better results in lectin-free baking, but I am not using them as the main ingredients, because they still have a high glycemic index and are not nutritionally dense.
There is diversity in this list, with egg-free, dairy-free, and nut-free options, with or without yeast, made with different types of flour and usually from a mix of ingredients that is nutritionally dense. So you will not just eat empty calories. They are all pretty easy to make, and they all can be batch cooked and frozen.
I created this recipe while in Denmark, for a quick and satisfying breakfast, inspired by the famous Danish breakfast buns, ‘rundstykker’. These sorghum morning bread buns are perfect straight from the oven, are easy to make and freeze, and are super delicious.
Warm them, slice them transversely and dress them with butter, hazelnut paste, fresh fruits, or use it as toast topped with avocado, egg, or chicken salad. Possibilities are endless.
In search of delicious and easy-to-make lectin-free hamburger buns, or dinner rolls, that are also nut-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free? Search no more. In fact, this is what I call a multi-purpose dough, so versatile you can use it to get creative and make any type of bread.
Who doesn’t love a gluten-free flatbread that is easy to make, nutritious, and looks and tastes like normal bread? This version of gluten-free flatbread is made with green plantain, sorghum flour, and extra virgin olive oil. Add fenugreek for extra flavor. It pairs well with curries and any stew-like dishes, but you can use it any way you want.
This lectin-free flatbread made with green plantains and sorghum is easy to make and roll out, easy to cook, and stays soft and pliable even after one day on the counter. But I don’t promise you it will last that long, because it is also delicious.
These lectin-free, green cassava flour tortillas are based on my easy cassava tortillas recipe. Here, the pop of green is added by using blanched stinging nettles, but spinach can also be used. These green cassava tortillas are the perfect pop of green for all your spring and summer meals.
And you can also use them to make tortilla chips. You just cut them into triangles, drizzle with olive oil and bake them until crispy.
Whether you have it in a sweet or savory combo, this fake cornbread is a delicious and comforting addition to your meals. I even think that’s better than the real cornbread, but I might be biased.
Millet is actually the ancient grain used to make bread and polenta before the introduction of corn in Europe, so I don’t know who’s the fake and the real one here? Try it and you won’t regret it.
These cassava tortillas are very easy to make, they only include four ingredients, if you count water and salt, they are pliable and delicious and can be stored and reheated in many ways. You can make tacos, burritos, tortillas, tortilla wraps, or even use them as a base for a mini pizza or flatbread.
This flavourful everyday lectin-free bread is easy to put together, they suit as many lifestyles as possible, are tasty and have a satisfying texture.
Not only this is a great lectin-free bread replacement, but they are also egg- and dairy-free. I affectionately call these “lectin-free little bread”.
Shared with me by my sweet Brazilian friend Luana, living in Paris, this vegan sweet potato snack bread hits all the right spots when you are craving bread. It’s crunchy on the outside, and chewy on the inside, and to me, tastes like soft pretzels.
While is dairy-free, lectin-free, and gluten-free, this recipe is a dream come true because it’s also low-histamine (you might need to skip the turmeric and add rosemary). It goes with everything, anytime.
I remember the first time I had Brazilian cheese bread, Pao de Queijo. It was at a Churrasco restaurant in Dubai. I ate so much I was barely able to have any meat after. They were so good.
Since they are originally made with cassava flour and easy to make Plant Paradox compliant, I’ve been contemplating making them for a long time, but I’ve always been intimidated by the recipes that seemed rather complicated.
Well, what I have here is a treasure, because is absolutely delicious, it takes 10 minutes to put together, and the recipe comes straight from Brazil. You guessed, from Auntie Jovita.
A rosemary and chocolate bread loaded with polyphenols, healthy fats and prebiotics, is what you get when you mix rosemary, dark chocolate, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, marine collagen, coconut flour and tigernut flour.
This is an excellent grain-free, healthy, lectin-free bread to have for late breakfast or brunch, with coffee or tea, serve with a compliant cheese board and olive oil dip, take it with you at work for an afternoon snack. It can also replace one meal. It is quite good-looking if you want to impress your guests.
Are you on a lectin-light and sugar-free diet and don’t know if you can eat zucchini bread again? Please allow me to be the bearer of good news: you can eat zucchini if you remove the peels and seeds, where the lectins are.
This gluten-free, sugar-free zucchini bread was a hit with all the members of my family, none of which eats a lectin-free, gluten-free, or lectin-free diet.
This cake is surprisingly sweet, even when not using any sweetener at all. The tigernut and chestnut flours add the natural sweetness, but even the almond flour and pecans are naturally sweet.
This zucchini bread is delicious, full of flavor and despite having more of a dense consistency, it actually has a light bite. It feels light and refreshing, especially if eaten the second day, from the fridge.
This lectin-free soda bread is good warm, out of the oven, with a little bit of butter or even nut butter. Makes a perfect breakfast on special occasions, like St. Patrick’s Day, of course. It’s also easy to make and doesn’t require very special ingredients. These are usually ingredients that every lectin-free foodie has in their pantry.
From my Cookbook: Teff-Hazelnut Bread & Wholesome Rosemary Bread Rolls
These are two of my favorite ever gluten-free, lectin-free bread recipes, which you find in my book – The Living Well Without Lectins Cookbook. The Teff-Hazelnut Bread has a rye bread-like texture, only better tasting and lighter. The Rosemary Dinner Rolls are so easy to put together, and the dough is so versatile: you can use it to make pizza crust, and you can even fill the rolls with mixes of vegetables or meat.
They are both vegan, so eggs- and dairy-free.
If you still haven’t found what you were looking for, there is another option. You could buy a lectin-free ready-made mix of dry ingredients and follow the recipe on the package.
Gundry MD Multi-Purpose Bread Mix is a convenient, versatile way to make everything from hamburgers and sandwiches to rustic baguettes and cinnamon rolls. You will get 20% off and save up to $18.00 when buying 3 bags or more of Gundry MD Multi-purpose bread mix in my Ambassador store.
I hope you love having so many options for gluten-free, lectin-free bread recipes. Please leave a comment if you have any questions, need help or you make any of these recipes.