Dwarf Bread – Gluten-free, Corn-free, Egg-free

From Wikipedia article on the Discworld series:

Dwarf bread is like hardtack, only more so; its properties are a parody of Middle-earthcram and lembas. It will enable you to survive for days (by making you realise you are surrounded by things that look more edible) and never goes stale, possibly because it was always stale. Its primary use is as a weapon…

This bread is much better than the dwarf bread in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Promise! But, I just couldn’t help giving a nod to one of my favorite series. This bread is moist, dense, and has tons of fiber. It makes fabulous toast and one slice at breakfast will definitely hold you until lunch—just like lembas!

DwarfBread_toastMy favorite way to prepare it is to pan fry a slice in a little butter until browned on both sides then drizzle a little manuka honey on top. It tastes just like french toast—something I’ve missed since going gluten-free.

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Dwarf Bread
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Bread (á la Terry Pratchett's Discworld series)
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 15
  • 1½ cup (200g) dried nut pulp (or almond meal)
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp (115g) chia seeds
1 ½ cups (145g) rolled oats
  • 4 tbsp. (28g) psyllium seed husks (3 tbsp if using psyllium husk powder)
  • 1 tsp fine grain sea salt (1½ tsp if using coarse salt)
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup (or a pinch of stevia)
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil or ghee
  • 1¾ cups water
  1. Combine all dry ingredients, stirring well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very thick (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough is manageable).
  3. Press into a loaf pan. Smooth out the top as it will not settle on its own. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours up to overnight. It should retain its shape even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down on a baking sheet and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped and it's golden brown on all sides. Let cool completely before slicing.
  6. Store bread in an airtight container for up to five days. Slice before freezing for quick and easy toast!
If you add more water to the dough when mixing, be sure to extend the baking time to compensate. The recipe is very forgiving in this way since the bread won't really rise so much as dry out.

Makes excellent toast!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 139 Fat: 6.2 Saturated fat: 2.7 Unsaturated fat: .6 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 11.6 Sugar: 1.5 Sodium: 119.1 Fiber: 4.8 Protein: 3.9 Cholesterol: 0


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15 Responses to Dwarf Bread – Gluten-free, Corn-free, Egg-free

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  2. G’day! never heard of dwarf bread before, so thank you for allowing me to learn something new!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday No Rules Party!

    • jkhudson says:

      Dwarf bread is just my silly reference from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. I doubt you’ll find that it’s a real thing anywhere else. 🙂

      Have a great day!

  3. Miz Helen says:

    This is a great recipe, it looks awesome! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thank you so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Carolyn says:

    What would you replace the rolled oats with? Do you think Quinoa Flakes would work?

    • jkhudson says:

      Quinoa flakes would be a great substitution. If you try it, please come back and let me know how it goes!

      Another option would be to omit the oats and just decrease the water.

  5. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Hope your week is great! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  6. Anjanette says:

    Food and Fantasy are my weaknesses, so you’ve got me. 😉 Thanks for linking up to Wellness Wednesday, I’ll be trying this recipe out and sharing with my readers tomorrow for my monthly feature post. 🙂

  7. Emma says:

    Love the ingredients! I’m sure your Dwarf Bread is far nicer than that in Terry Pratchett’s stories 😉
    I’ve been saving my almond pulp in a bag in the freezer so when i have enough I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  8. Kyra says:

    This is so awesome Jillian! My son and I are currently reading Lord of the Rings out loud at bedtime each night, so we will both get a thrill out of eating “dwarf bread”. I love how healthy your recipe is (and vegan! Yay!) – pinning this! Definitely going to have to read Discworld next…

    • That’s wonderful! Here’s a diagram of the Diskworld reading order. I would recommend starting with the Tiffany Aching stories for children. Although if your son is into Lord of The Rings, he might like the Rincewind/Wizard novels too. Rincewind is much sillier than Gandalf ever thought if being. 🙂

  9. Kathy says:

    Oh my. I love a dense bread, but I’ve never baked with psyllium husk before. Does it work like a chimney brush?

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