Date Nut Bread; PALEO/SCD/GAPS

Date Nut Bread, PALEO SCD GAPS

SUMMARY:  The recipe, Date Nut Bread, PALEO SCD GAPS, UMass IBD-AID is a favorite of family and friends.  This is NOT a sweet bread per se although the dates do provide a tinge of sweetness.  Some enjoy this bread with a swirl of butter on top.  Double, if not triple, the recipe; it is that good.  No matter what diet you are targeting, this is a healing nutrient dense recipe if you tolerate nuts, and for AIP — nuts have been successfully reintroduced, and for low FODMAPs — substitute maple syrup for the dates and consume small portions due to almond restrictions. Tip:  Freeze extra mini loaves to always have this on hand.

The recipe is interesting since it uses several ingredients you may never have baked with — both almond and coconut flours, dates, and apple cider vinegar.  Just the combination sounds peculiar; but it is a winner!  The recipe also uses a food processor; I have had mine for 30 plus years — a bridal shower gift from my sister — though I honestly never really used it until beginning to eat SCD.

embellishment7Some thoughts on serving size:  One slice is actually enough even though it isn’t near the size you are use to, bread-wise.   Remember, with nutrient dense foods, you honestly eat less due to satiety.

embellishment7We have habits of eating a lot of something mainly because our body seeks nutrition, which the Standard American Diet is sorely lacking.  This recipe is nutrient dense thus you eat less to nourish your body.

Date Nut Bread, PALEO SCD GAPS

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 3 mini loaves

Serving Size: 18 slices (6 per mini-loaf)

Fat per serving: Nuts are healthy fats but watch Omega-6 loads.

Date Nut Bread, PALEO SCD GAPS

This recipe is from Elana's Pantry, Paleo Date Walnut Bread although I have modified it to use soaked and dehydrated nuts. Proper nut preparation makes them more digestible since anti-nutrients are neutralized and enzyme inhibitors are eliminated. Another way of saying this is, unless you soak nuts, you will block mineral uptake, and this totally defeats the purpose of trying to eat nuts for nutrient density.

A surprising plus of proper nut preparation is that the process takes out the bitterness in taste making nuts taste incredibly sweet and delicious, which is what they are supposed to taste like. I’d soak and dehydrate nuts solely for this culinary taste improvement truth be told.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 large Medijool dates, pitted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (Heinz brand works for SCD/GAPS: you don't want the mother contained in raw apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup of soaked and dehydrated nuts (preferably), I use a blend of walnuts and pecans.

Instructions

  1. In a food processor pulse together both flours.
  2. Add in sea salt and baking soda; pulse a few times.
  3. Add dates: pulse till mixture resembles coarse sand.
  4. Add eggs and apple cider vinegar; pulse a few times.
  5. Add nuts; pulse a few times till nuts are the chunk/size desired.
  6. Scoop batter into parchment lined mini loaf pans. Mine are sized 4-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches, and I fill three with this recipe.
  7. Bake 350F (325F convection oven) for 15 minutes, or till a toothpick tester comes out clean.
  8. Cool bread in pan before removing.

Notes

I always double this recipe; it is that delicious! This recipe freezes well. A serving size is one slice which seems meager but it isn't; remember nutrient dense foods are hugely satiating. Additionally, nuts should be eaten in moderation if tolerated due to increased inflammatory Omega-6 loads contained in most nuts.

http://biomeonboardawareness.com/date-nut-bread-paleo-scd-gaps/

Date Nut Bread: PALEO SCD GAPS
Source: biomeonboardawareness.com
Credit for this recipe:

This recipe is  from Elana’s Pantry, a blogger that uses whole foods and lifestyle to manage MS; she names it Paleo Date Walnut Bread. I’ve only modified it to include soaked and dehydrated nuts which seems minor, but it really isn’t.  You can read why I feel strongly about the need to soak and dehydrate nuts in the post, IT’S EASY TO SOAK & DEHYDRATE NUTS which also has the How-To recipe/instructions.  In summary:

I always recommend using soaked and dehydrated nuts as this makes them more digestible since anti-nutrients are neutralized and enzyme inhibitors are eliminated. Another way of saying this is, unless you soak nuts, you will block mineral uptake, and this totally defeats the purpose of trying to eat nuts for nutrient density.

A surprising plus of proper nut preparation is that the process takes out the bitterness in taste making nuts taste incredibly sweet and delicious, which is what they are supposed to taste like.

I’d soak and dehydrate nuts solely for this culinary taste improvement truth be told.

Hoping you enjoy this Date Nut Bread as much as us!

Update:  To add Bread category to recipes.  Last updated: February 18, 2017 at 9:02 am.  Prior Update March 23, 2016:  Recipe compliance for UMass IBD-AID added.  Also substitutions for AIP and low FODMAP compliance added

In health though awareness,

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2 thoughts on “Date Nut Bread, PALEO SCD GAPS”

  1. The main issue with the recipe for FODMAP is the dates. Maple syrup (without HFCS) is low FODMAP and could be substituted, but then the recipe is not SCD/GAPS, but it is UMass IBD-AID.

    Relative to the nuts selected in the recipe (almond flour), I’d suggest considering Stanford University Medical Center’s summary of FODMAP where they list nuts (walnut, macadamia, peanut, pecan, pine) and nut butters as acceptable on a low FODMAP diet., but exclude cashews which are considered high FODMAP and thus should be avoided. 10 almonds is considered low FODMAP according to http://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap/low-high.html so consume the recipe in small portions.

    Stanford also notes that 1/4 cup of coconut is “moderate FODMAP. Since the entire recipe contains 2 Tablespoons of coconut, it would be considered from a coconut standpoint, low FODMAP.

    The Stanford site is: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/content/dam/SHC/for-patients-component/programs-services/clinical-nutrition-services/docs/pdf-lowfodmapdiet.pdf

    Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center also has a decent pdf at https://patienteducation.osumc.edu/Documents/LowFODMAPdiet.pdf and notes that pumpkin and sunflower seeds are low FODMAP.

    Additionally, FODMAP is not supposed to be a complete elimination of FODMAP long term. Rather reintroduction and learning individual “dosing” amount of the FODMAP components should result.

Now I'd like to hear your thoughts... comments are always welcome!