Homemade Vegan Bread

Recently I have been up at Scoop buying everything I need to make my Christmas cakes.  And when I say I’ve ‘been up at Scoop’ I mean I’ve made 10 Christmas Cakes and two festive Christmas cakes.

It slices well

It slices well

Because of my many and frequent visits, I’ve noticed that they’re selling jars filled with a mix of seeds and nuts with a label on them saying, Life Changing Loaf of Bread.

Bread with cheese and relish

Bread with cheese and relish

I’m not the type that likes to miss out on anything so I bought a jar and went home to make the bread.

All you need is this jar

All you need is this jar

The bread is called ‘life changing’ because it’s bread made without flour.  So this bread is gluten-free (if you substitute the rolled oats for quinoa flakes), dairy-free, egg-free, vegetarian, vegan and absolutely good for you.

Life changing bread

Life changing bread

Purchasing the ingredients from Scoop is ridiculously easy as everything is weighed and measured then pooled into a jar.  All you need to do is buy the jar, take it home, upturn it into a bowl, add water, coconut oil and maple syrup, stir, let it rest, bake then slice.  It’s a no-brainer.

Pressing the mix into the loaf tin

Pressing the mix into the loaf tin

Once the bread is mixed it needs a few hours to rest before being baked but there’s no harm in leaving it overnight so that’s what I did.  I woke up, turned on the oven, baked the bread and then left it on a wire rack to cool.

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

At the end of the day and when the house was momentarily quiet, we sliced the bread, topped each slice with a little caramelised onion relish and a bitey truffle cheddar from Food Estate.

Just out of the oven

Just out of the oven

This bread is not like your normal white sandwich loaf.  It’s very dense and quite filling and you need to chew it.  But it holds together well, has a tonne of texture and is packed with flavour.  The people at Scoop are now also selling a cracker mix that has already proven to be very popular.

Bread served with truffle cheddar and caramelised onion relish

Bread served with truffle cheddar and caramelised onion relish

If you don’t have a Scoop Wholefoods next to you, don’t panic.  The recipe below contains all the ingredients you need to bake this bread and you just can’t go wrong with this much nutrition packed into one loaf of bread.

5.0 from 11 reviews
Life Changing Loaf of Bread
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Health Food
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: A lot
A bread that is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegetarian and vegan.
  • 1 cup/135g sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup/90g flaxseeds
  • ½ cup/65g hazelnuts or almonds
  • 1½ cups/145g rolled oats or quinoa flakes for a GF loaf
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp psyllium seed husks (3 tbsp if using psyllium husk powder)
  • 1 tspn fine grain sea salt (add ½ tsp if using table salt)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or use a pinch of stevia or xylotol)
  • 3 tbspn melted coconut oil or ghee
  • 1½ cups/350mls water
  1. Combine all dry ingredients and stir well.
  2. Whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil and water.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry mix and stir well.
  4. Spoon mixture into a loaf pan and press down firmly. Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon.
  5. Cover with cling film and allow to rest for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 175C (375F).
  7. Place loaf pan on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30-40 minutes.
  9. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing.
  10. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days.
  11. This bread freezes well - slice before freezing for quick and easy toast.

Bread with cheese and relish

Bread with cheese and relish

Scoop Wholefoods:  14 Spit Road, Mosman NSW 2088 (Park in Bridgepoint carpark)

Also at:  5 Bungan Street, Mona Vale NSW 2103

For more nutritious recipes visit My New Roots.

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  1. What an amazing loaf – I definitely like the look of this! I love how simple it sounds too, and the fact you don’t need to knead, allow rising time, or carefully measure starter or yeast amounts. Like you say, it is full of impressive ingredients too. Who knew you could turn them into bread!

  2. Wow, you have been busy Christmas baking. I am slowly putting things together. This bread looks really good.

  3. This sounds so healthy. And how busy have you been Charlie !:). I haven’t made any Christmassy thing yet

  4. This recipe couldn’t come at a better time Charlie, THANK YOU! I’m hosting (and cooking) for our company (the marketing folks for whom I write social media content) Christmas party and 1/4 of them are vegetarian/vegans!

  5. I’ve been looking for a recipe like this. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow this bread sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try it. For the almonds are those whole, slivered, sliced or chopped? Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Love it!!! Great hearty bread and perfect on a cheese and fruit platter around the holiday. Take Care

  8. Oh what a gorgeous loaf, Charlie. (That sounds almost inappropriate – LOL) It’s miracle bread, need to get some of it in my life stat. Thanks for sharing the recipe, to the shops I go tomorrow. 🙂 PS: Amazing that you are Christmas baking already. So impressed.

  9. You’ve been amazingly productive for Christmas. I don’t bake 10 cakes in a whole year. Great sounding seed and nut loaf.

  10. Hi Charlie, I baked something like this years ago and lost the recipe, thanks for the recipe! Very impressive that you have already baked 12 cakes, I have not even started.

  11. Such a fab looking loaf and what a great match with cheddar!

  12. My husband will LOVE this. Am so thankful that you posted the actual recipe amounts for those of us not lucky to have a Scoops near us. Sounds like a wonderful store and innovative concept. Would you consider doing a review of it one day so we can see what else it has to offer. Or maybe I can just use “Google…” Thanks, Charlie.

  13. Is “Scoop” the same thing as Whole Foods? Just their bulk section? Or is it a different store altogether. I am so intrigued.

  14. I’m all for no-brainer bread recipes! This Life Changing Loaf of Bread has so many good for you ingredients in it! Love how packed all the nuts are.

  15. Oh, yum, yum, yum Charlie – I just know I am going to love this – the other half won’t touch it, so all for me!

  16. I have been meaning to make some of this bread for a while. What a great idea to layer it in a jar so you dont have ten open packets in the pantry

  17. I’ve made the same bread but it’s actually a blogger’s recipe! She calls it the exact same thing too! 😮

  18. wow that would make a great gift – the ingredients look so gorgeous in the jar. But I am even more impressed that you have made 12 Christmas cakes and you still find time to make this bread. What a domestic goddess

  19. Hi Charlie – that jar would indeed make a great gift… looks so pretty in the jar. Looks great when sliced as well – really compact… bet it’s super filling and tasty with all those different seeds in each bite. Reminds me of these german black breads.

    By the way, I thought oats were naturally gluten free (I was under the impression they often say that they can contain gluten because of the way they’re processed, but it’s possible to get guaranteed GF oats as far as I know…)?

  20. I never bake but this recipe is more than interesting both for taste and fibre content – I definitely do not avoid gluten [only 2% of the population should do so: those with properly diagnosed coeliac disease] but shall try it both ways for taste and consistency. Easy and fast . . . will be done ere Yule 🙂 !

  21. I love the sound of this bread! – just perfect for gluten-free me who have up on bread some time ago because I end up feeling bloated. The ingredients are very like the clad seed cereal that I have in the morning. Thanks so much for the print-easy recipe (how clever of you). I have it printed out, all ready to try over Xmas at the bach.

  22. Oh yes indeed – this loaf has my name all over it. Mum used to make a fabulous loaf of bread on the stove top in an old camp oven (way back in the 1970’s). Sadly the recipe disappeared and all attempts of recreating it have failed. This recipe might just be the one to replace those memories – thank you. xxx

  23. Now, the question is….has it changed your life?
    I have to say, it looks pretty delicious; dense and chewy, my favourite kind of bread.
    I like those jars filled with ingredients and all you do is tip it into a bowl and mix away, very convenient.
    10 cakes? Are you giving them away again as gifts? Hopefully not to that teacher last year who was GF 🙂


  24. So pleased you posted the recipe Charlie – sounds like a meal all on it’s own.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  25. I make this one too – it’s dead easy to swap out the nuts and I put cumin and fennel seeds in it sometimes if we’re going to have it with cheese. Even the husband likes it which is something! Clever of the shop to make up the mixes ready to go.

  26. I’ve made this too Charlie and it’s delicious! I really like it toasted with dark honey-fantastic xox

  27. This must be totally meant to be because I got to the bottom of your post and saw that there is a Scoop Wholefoods down the road from me I didn’t even know about!! (Which I just found out only opened 6 weeks ago). WOW!! But even better I love that you’ve provided the full recipe. The vegan community is going to go nuts over this! I’m a member of a pretty popular Vegan pinterest group so I’ll share this now – they will love it! Thanks for sharing! PS I love your writing style, you are really gifted. I was hooked reading about your rental property (is that weird to write on a food blog comment??!) I was giggling reading about the tenant-that-almost-was!!

  28. This bread looks really delicious, so full of texture and goodness. GG

  29. This is so unique and interesting, Charlie.
    I want a slice! xx

  30. Dense, chewy breads are my favorite! I hope I can find something similar around here…a few slices with some cheese sounds like my ideal lunch 🙂

  31. I have been meaning to make a lovely vegan bread. This recipe is amazing, so fun of happiness. Gorgeous, hugs, Terra

  32. Wow, now this is amazing! A-Mazing!

  33. I’ve never seen anything like this. Love the ease of making it and that list of ingredients is about as healthy as a recipe can get. Great looking loaf of GF bread!

  34. Charlie the whole way through this post I was thinking ‘oh no there’s not going to be a recipe!’ This looks amazing and a great one for Ollie too. I made him seed crackers and he loved them so a version he could have spread with peanut butter should be a bigger hit still.

  35. I really love this “bread”, though it’s so much more than that. Like Claire mentioned, as I first read the post I was thinking there would be no recipe either, but was so very happy to see you pulled together something for us. I love how the jar looks as was thinking I may also gift a jar or two to some of my very healthy eater friends along with making the bread. So nice in a overly sweet filled month!

  36. I have been trying to find a vegan bread recipe for a friend, this could very well be it – looks awesome 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  37. I have every single one of those items in my cupboard except for the Quinoa flakes! I can’t wait to try this. Not only does it sound wonderful, it certainly looks beautiful the way you’ve displayed it. ~ April

  38. Thanks Charlie just knew you would love it! Jeremy

  39. Love the looks of this loaf and thank you for the recipe as we don’t have the same “Whole Foods” here that you do there, but our will have all of the ingredients. This would make such a great holiday appetizer in smaller pieces and paired with cheeses and relish as you have here, and also jams and fruit.

  40. ive always been skeptical about vegan and gluten free breads as they tend to be too dense for my liking, sounds like you enjoyed it tho!

  41. This looks absolutely delicious! I would love this. I will have to give this a try. I have a few vegan friends who would be so impressed with this, too!

  42. I know that bread & have made it 3 times up until now! I love it too but not all the time!

    It is so cool that you can buy it all into 1 big jar! Nice!

  43. Looks like I found it, Charlie! I also found you on Pinterest:) I’ll be pinning this recipe as my grandson who is 10 has just been put on an elimination diet and my daughter is puling her hair out looking for new recipes. She may be able to use this one!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

    P.S. Have you ever visited Johanna at Green Gourmet Giraffe? I really think you would like her blog. She lives in Melbourne. Here’s her link…

    P.S. I’m still confused as to why you can’t comment on my blog. I have other visitors who use wordpress and they don’t have a problem. Hopefully it’s fixed…


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