Let’s face it – there’s not much easier & cheaper than throwing a sandwich together. I’ve been experimenting with the coconut flax bread recipe that’s out there, & I do have a coconut-flax-chia seed bread that I really like, but those take time to bake & I’m having some difficulties making it last longer than a few days before it goes bad. The oopsie bread recipe is amazing, but that’s also a long process (quite messy, too), so I don’t make it all that often.
I’ve looked at available gluten-free breads, but their nutrition is iffy & wow, they’re expensive! Spending seven dollars on a tiny loaf of bread that may or may not be tasty completely defeats the purpose of eating a sandwich. But since I went gluten-free, I’ve been determined to find an acceptable substitute. So when I happened upon the MDA forum thread The Sandwich is Back, and He’s Pretty Pissed, I’ll admit, I was skeptical (albeit amused), having tried so many promising recipes that have ultimately failed. But Rivvin’s recipe for five minute microwave bread also made me curious, & as I was delighted to discover that I still had a bag of almond meal back in the way back of the cupboard, I gave it a shot.
You know what? It’s really quite good. So fast, so tasty, & it definitely has the texture of wheat bread. I do feel that it’s far too much bread for one serving – flax & almond meals are very filling, what with all that fiber, so you don’t need a very big or thick slice. So! Here’s my take for making two sandwiches:
Five Minute Microwave Bread
quick & easy
What you need:
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup combination of almond meal & flax meal – I’ve been using two tablespoons of each. I do NOT recommend using the full 1/4 cup of flax only, & don’t even bother trying out coconut. I tried with one tablespoon coconut, two tablespoons of almond meal, & one tablespoon of flax, & it just didn’t really work.
How to do it:
- Mix everything together, then pour into a square glass dish. Spread evenly.
- Microwave for 90-100 seconds.
- Cut into four squares (I use a silicon spatula) & flip out of pan. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then doctor it as you like!
If you want to save your second sandwich for the next day, wrap it loosely in a paper towel, parchment, or wax paper. Tuck it inside a bag, & place somewhere cool (your pantry, perhaps?). Putting it in the fridge was a definite failure – the bread just fell apart & stuck to the paper towel, which made me quite sad that lunch hour.
April’s issue of Whole Living featured an article entitled Make a Better Sandwich, & for the first time in a long time, I’m looking forward to testing out some of these ideas. Yay for the sandwich being back in my life!