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When Nuts.com asked me to develop a recipe with a few of their sprouted products, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to make. Ever since I made the infamous Life Changing Loaf from My New Roots, I’ve wanted to make a version of my own. So when With Food and Love posted her Keto Bread adaptation, I knew it was time. I took ideas from both of those loafs and melded them into one loaf to rule them all.
This loaf is like none other (unless you’ve made the Life Changing Loaf before). It’s really nutty and dense and filling. Yet it doesn’t fall apart like other grain-free loafs. This bread stretches and pulls apart like regular bread, but it has none of the regular ingredients. No wheat, no gluten, no eggs, no yeast. It’s made with sprouted pumpkin seeds, sprouted almonds, golden flax seeds, chia seeds, psyllium husk powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, and water. THAT’S IT.
What the heck are sprouted nuts and seeds, you ask? Sprouting nuts, grains, and seeds is basically the process of soaking them prior to eating so that you can absorb the full nutrients. I love the idea of eating sprouted things, but in practicality I hardly ever take the extra 10-12 hours to do so. Which is why I LOVE that Nuts.com has pre-sprouted packages for you. It makes my life so much easier. It’s a simple way to add more nutrients to your food, without any work.
This loaf is PACKED with fiber, hormone balancing seeds, protein-packed nuts, and healthy fats. You will feel full and satisfied at the end of your meal, and you won’t be left craving more carbs. This is the vegan, gluten-free loaf we’ve all been waiting for.
Sprouted Nut & Seed Loaf
This sprouted nut and seed loaf is totally grain-free, vegan, and made with less than 10 ingredients. Plus it's packed with healthy fats and protein!
Preheat oven to 350. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Add 1/2 cup sprouted pumpkin seeds and 1/2 cup sprouted almonds to a small blender jar or a food processor. Pulse or blend until it becomes a course flour-like powder.
Add your blended pumpkin seeds and almonds to a large bowl along with the remainder of your whole sprouted pumpkin seeds, sprouted almonds, golden flaxseeds, psyllium husk powder, chia seeds and sea salt. Mix well.
In a small bowl, combine your warm water, coconut oil, and maple syrup.
Pour your liquid into your large bowl and mix until everything is very thick and well combined.
Scoop batter into your parchment lined loaf pan, and smooth out the top.
Bake for 45 minutes on 350. Then, use the parchment paper to lift the loaf out of the loaf pan and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for another 15 minutes like this.
Allow to cool COMPLETELY before slicing.
Bread will store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or freezer for a few months. This bread is best served toasted - so take the time to heat it up before you eat!
It was nearly exactly two years ago that I first made Sara’s Life Changing Loaf. I was living in Atlanta, and discovering what it meant to be alone. I was working on both the hard stuff and the heart stuff. I spent my days wandering around my loft apartment, discovering new ways in which to be alone. I took baths, I listened to a million podcasts, I danced around my living room, I cleaned, I created, I worked. HARD. Some days felt like my fulfilling independent life was right around the corner. Other days were much harder, much less inspired.
Other days I felt like I was going through the motions, completely lackluster. The days felt monotonous and my thoughts felt flat. I was fine. Utterly fine. Just not fulfilled. Just not vibrant. The skies were grey and heavy with winter, and I felt like if I could just start new *tomorrow* I just might escape this feeling.
So I tried every wellness trick in the book. Maybe a Life Changing Loaf would change my life. Maybe I need to drink less coffee. Maybe I need to drink more coffee. Maybe I should switch to matcha. Maybe I should take a multi-vitamin. Maybe I should exercise more. *Maybe, just maybe, on the other side of my malaise was a life I dreamed of.*
It’s the same kind of thought I had when I left Georgia for California the first time, and then again when I left California to go back home. Maybe if I just change places, faces, situations, homes, breakfast routines, wellness habits, etc. I would feel fulfilled. Let me tell you a little secret I’ve learned: no change of location or workout routine lets you escape yourself. You are you, and this life is yours no matter what.
Here is the other thing I have learned: winter is hard for me. I am a sunshine person, who thrives in humid heat. (Perhaps I’m a succulent?) I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, and winter comes with the unwanted backlash of brain fog, lowered self-drive, and overall malaise. Because it’s not something I deal with year-round, I sometimes forget how much it effects me. I forget that each winter I arrive at this same place – making a sprouted nut and seed loaf, hoping it will make me happy.
These are the seasons of my life. It happens. Life is cyclical for the most part, so we repeat the same patterns to varying degrees perhaps forever. What I’m trying to learn now, is to let that be okay. To accept the lackluster days as days of my life and embrace them with open arms. I am trying to let “fine” be good enough. And I am trying to remember that seasons don’t last forever. Winter passes, and in the blink of an eye I’ll be energized once again by the sun and feel life pulsing in my veins.
So whatever part of the cycle you are in, let’s remember that everything passes with time. It’s okay to have flat days. It’s okay to nap a little more in winter. And no matter how much I wish it did, a sprouted nut and seed loaf won’t save you from yourself. (It will be VERY delicious though.) You won’t become a new person just because you give up gluten or coffee. You are still you, with the same beating heart and the same beautiful brain. Don’t waste your time wishing it were otherwise.
Let the cycles ebb and fall. Accept that there are seasons with “more life” in them than others. It doesn’t make you less valid in the quiet times. It doesn’t make your heart less worthy of the love you’re giving it. It doesn’t mean that your creative thoughts are gone forever. Let life flow as it will. Do your best to honor you at every moment. It is all we can do. xo.