Flourless Pumpernickel Bread (Gluten-Free)

This pumpernickel flourless bread is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and much lower in carbs than most breads. It’s perfect for sandwiches and toasts up nicely. This recipe was adapted from Angela Coleby’s (of Divalicious Recipes) almond butter bread. I love Angela’s bread recipe and wanted to create a pumpernickel version.

Bread on a white platter.

Main ingredients and substitutions

Creamy almond butter gives this bread structure while keeping it pretty low-carb. I haven’t tried substituting other nut butters yet but I suspect any type of nut or seed butter should work – just make sure it doesn’t contain added sugar or salt.

Eggs combined with baking soda and vinegar (or lemon juice) keep this bread light and fluffy. You can substitute 1 teaspoon of gluten-free baking powder instead of the baking soda and vinegar if you prefer.

Blackstrap molasses and unsweetened cocoa powder combine to give this bread its pumpernickel flavour. You can omit those two ingredients if you want a plain, non-pumpernickel, lower-carb version of this bread.

How to make this flourless bread

This gluten-free pumpernickel bread is quick and easy to make. Start by preheating the oven, then add the almond butter, eggs, salt, blackstrap molasses, unsweetened cocoa powder, and vinegar to a large mixing bowl and use a whisk to mix well. Add the baking soda and whisk some more to combine it.

Bread dough being mixed with a whisk in a glass bowl.

Next you’ll transfer the batter to a medium sized parchment paper lined loaf pan (my pan is 9.25 x 5.25 x 2.75 inches).

Bread batter in a parchment paper lined loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf looks clean upon removal.

Be sure to let the bread cool off before removing from the pan and enjoying.

Storage and freezing 

Store leftover bread in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to six months.

Optional additions

To give this flourless bread an additional flavour boost, add a tablespoon of caraway seeds, sesame seeds, or everything but the bagel seasoning to the batter. You can also sprinkle some more on top of the bread batter after you’ve transferred it to the loaf pan if you like.

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A loaf of bread with two slices cut.
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Flourless Pumpernickel Bread (Gluten-Free)

This pumpernickel flourless bread is gluten-free and lower in carbs than most breads. It's soft, fluffy, and toasts up nicely.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy-free, gluten-free, low carb
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 191kcal

Equipment

  • Parchment paper
  • Loaf pan

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup creamy almond butter (with no added sugar or salt)
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Add the eggs, almond butter, blackstrap molasses, cocoa powder, vinegar or lemon juice, and salt to a large mixing bowl, then whisk well.
  • Add the baking soda and whisk briefly to incorporate it.
  • Transfer that mixture to a medium sized, parchment paper lined loaf pan (my pan is 9.25 x 5.25 x 2.75 inches).
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf looks clean upon removal.
  • Let the bread cool before removing from the pan and serving.

Notes

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to six months.
  • You can omit the blackstrap molasses and cocoa powder for a plainer, lower-carb, non-pumpernickel version of this flourless bread.
  • Optional addition: add 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds, sesame seeds, or everything but the bagel seasoning to the batter. You can also sprinkle some extra on top of the loaf after you’ve transferred it to the loaf pan before baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg