Best 4 Ingredient Flaxseed Bread – Gluten Free 

Published on Sep 24, 2023

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 55 minutes Serves: 8-inch round bread
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This is a VEGAN 4 INGREDIENT FLAXSEED BREAD, and is by far the easiest gluten free wholesome bread recipe. The crumb is moist and tender with a firm crust. This hearty bread is free of grains, yeast, eggs, nuts, dairy, sugar, and added fats. And the prep time is only 10 minutes.

sliced 4 ingredient round flaxseed bread

This 4 Ingredient Flaxseed Bread is low-carb and paleo friendly.

In addition, for those watching their carbs, this bread has only 3.5 net carbs per slice (based on 10 slices per loaf), is paleo-friendly, rich in protein and fiber, and is plant-based.

Things to know about 4 Ingredient Flaxseed Bread Recipe

Before we dig into the 4 Ingredient flaxseed bread recipe, please read this entire blog because the information will determine whether you will succeed with this simple healthy bread recipe!

Since this bread is made mainly with flaxseeds, let’s examine everything there is to know about flaxseeds, from usage to grinding to storing and healthiness. We have it covered.

ground and whole flaxseeds in two bowls


varieties of flaxseeds

Flaxseeds come in several different varieties, with the two primary types being brown flaxseeds and golden flaxseeds. 

Here’s a breakdown of these two main varieties:

Brown Flaxseeds:

  • Appearance: Brown flaxseeds are small, oval-shaped seeds with a reddish-brown to dark brown color.
  • Flavor: They have a slightly nuttier and earthier flavor compared to golden flaxseeds.
  • Nutrition: Brown flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, lignans (antioxidants), and vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of healthy fats known for their potential health benefits.

Golden Flaxseeds:

  • Appearance: Golden flaxseeds are also small and oval-shaped but have a light golden or yellowish color.
  • Flavor: They have a milder, nuttier flavor than brown flaxseeds, making them a popular choice for those who want to add flaxseeds to their diet without a strong taste.
  • Nutrition: Golden flaxseeds offer similar nutritional benefits to brown flaxseeds. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, lignans, and other nutrients.

Both brown and golden flaxseeds are nutritionally similar, and their differences primarily lie in flavor and appearance. Grinding flaxseeds just before use can also help release their nutrients more effectively.

front view of sliced round flaxseed bread

Which is better, brown or golden flaxseed, for a bread recipe?

I recommend using golden flaxseed for this recipe. The bread will have a milder flavor and lighter texture. Use brown flaxseeds if you are looking for a dark pumpernickel style of bread.

What are flaxseeds?

Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are small, brown, or golden seeds from the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum). They are a rich source of nutrients, including fiber, healthy fats, and various vitamins and minerals.

What are the nutritional benefits of flaxseeds?

Flaxseeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, lignans (antioxidants), and protein. They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, manganese, and vitamin B1.

Are flaxseeds gluten-free?

Yes, flaxseeds are naturally gluten-free. However, cross-contamination can occur during processing or packaging, so it’s essential to purchase gluten-free flaxseeds if you have gluten sensitivities.

What is the difference between whole flaxseeds and ground flaxseeds?

Whole flaxseeds have a tough outer shell that makes them difficult to digest, so they should be ground before consumption to access their nutrients fully. Ground flaxseeds are more versatile and can be easily added to various dishes.

How can I incorporate flaxseeds into my diet?

You can add flaxseeds to your diet by sprinkling them on yogurt, overnight oats, add them to pancakes, soups, and stews or our favorite gluten free baked apple cider donuts. You can also use them as an egg substitute in baking recipes or blend them into smoothies.

How should I store flaxseeds?

Store flaxseeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them fresh. Whole flaxseeds have a longer shelf life than ground flaxseeds.

What are flaxseed oil and flaxseed meal?

Flaxseed oil is extracted from flaxseeds and is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed meal is ground flaxseeds and can be used as a dietary supplement or in recipes.

Can I eat raw flaxseeds?

Yes, you can eat flaxseeds raw, but it’s more common to incorporate them into foods by adding them to recipes or sprinkling them on top of dishes.

Do flaxseeds lose its potency?

The best place to store ground flaxseed is the freezer. Freeze pre-ground flaxseed in the bag you bought or in a plastic sealable bag. The freezer will keep them from oxidizing and losing its nutritional potency.

4 slices of flaxseed bread on a cutting board

Measuring and substitutions for 4 ingredient flaxseed bread recipe

If possible, please weigh the dry ingredients. It is essential to use the exact ingredients as stated in this recipe. You can buy this kitchen scale today on sale.

What can I replace the tapioca starch with?

You can use cornstarch or potato starch. However, if using cornstarch, this recipe will no longer be grain-free. In addition, you must weigh the ingredients with a scale. 1/4 cup of tapioca flour weighs 30 g, potato starch 48 g, and cornstarch 32 g. You will need 30 g of whichever one you use.

What temperature should the hot water be?

The hot water must be between 150 F to 160 F

Why does my 4 ingredient flaxseed bread have air bubbles?

The flaxseed must be ground to a fine flour texture, or you can get air bubbles and uneven baking.

Can I use flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed) in flaxseed bread recipe?

Please don’t! You must grind whole flaxseeds just before using them in this recipe. This will give the bread the right texture and fresher flavor. Use a coffee grinder or a high speed blender to grind flaxseeds.

Why does my flaxseed bread taste rancid?

When flaxseeds aren’t stored properly, they become bitter and have a rancid smell. Check the smell and the expiry date before using them in this flaxseed bread recipe. They should have a light, nutty flavor when fresh. If they smell rancid, DO NOT use them. 

How long does ground flaxseed last once opened?

Use ground flaxseed stored at room temperature within 3-4 days. The ground flaxseed will go bad within a week if stored at room temperature, so use it within 3-4 days.

Can I add other seeds or nuts to my flaxseed bread?

You can customize your flaxseed bread by adding 1/3 cup of other seeds (e.g., sunflower, sesame, pumpkin seeds) or nuts (e.g., chopped almonds, walnuts) for added flavor and texture. 

Can I make flaxseed bread in a bread machine?

No, I don’t recommend using a bread machine for this recipe

close up of sliced 4 ingredient flaxseed bread

Is flaxseed bread suitable for people with nut allergies?

Flaxseed bread can be a good option for those with nut allergies, as it doesn’t typically contain nuts. However, always check the ingredients and manufacturing processes to be sure.

Can I toast flaxseed bread?

You can toast flaxseed bread slices in a toaster or oven to enhance the flavor and add a toasted texture.

How to Make 4 Ingredient Flaxseed Bread Recipe – Step by Step


 Using a coffee grinder, grind the flaxseed into a fine flour

dry ingredients in a bowl


 Whisk flaxseed flour, tapioca flour, psyllium husk powder, baking powder and salt

flaxseed bread doug in a bowl


Add hot water (150 F – 160 F) and mix to combine

shaped dough before baking


Wet your hands and shape the dough into an 8-inch round disk. Using a sharp knife, make a crisscross slash into the top of the dough, brush the top with water, and sprinkle with one of the toppings if you wish

baked bread on a cooling rack


 Bake the bread at 350 F until firm to touch but not burned. It takes about 55 – 60 minutes, depending on your oven. Then cool completely before slicing

Why does gluten free bread take longer to toast?

Gluten-free bread often takes longer to toast compared to regular wheat-based bread for several reasons:

Moisture Content: Gluten-free bread recipes typically include a higher moisture content to compensate for the lack of gluten, which helps with dough elasticity and moisture retention. The extra moisture can slow down the toasting process.

Density: Gluten-free bread tends to be denser and less porous than wheat-based bread. The denser texture of gluten-free bread makes it harder for heat to penetrate, resulting in a longer toasting time.

Ingredients: Gluten-free bread is made with various alternative flours and binders to replace gluten, which reacts differently than wheat flour. These ingredients can affect how the bread toasts and how it absorbs heat.

Toasting gluten-free bread effectively may require some adjustments. 

slice of toasted flaxseed bread with butte on a small plate

Baker’s tips:

Use a lower toasting setting or temperature to prevent burning the outer layer while waiting for the interior to toast adequately.

Consider toasting gluten-free bread twice to ensure even browning.

If your toaster has a “gluten-free” setting, use it as it’s designed to toast gluten-free bread.


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