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Cajun Bread (raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

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Raw Vegan Gluten-Free Cajun Bread

This recipe was inspired by a 20+ pound bag of carrots that carried into the house, plopped on the table, fell into the chair and sat staring at it in pure exhaustion. With my hair matted to my face, dirt under my nails…. I was plum tuckered out. You see, I had spent the day at my parents house, helping them harvest all of the root veggies out of their Alaskan-midnight-sun garden.

I know that you are feeling sorry for me… slave labor and all. (hehe teasing) but don’t let my moaning and groaning fool you. I LOVE, adore and dig (literally) pulling up root veggies from the black tilled soil. While we work, play, and sleep, these hidden jewels are forming beneath our feet. Growing, expanding, creating a life source of nutrients. Now that is what I am talking about.

Anyway, a few hours later, I lifted my tired bones from the chair. Ok, maybe not really hours… just felt like it… but I got up, took a shower, tended to my soil packed finger nails and spritzed myself with rose water.  Feeling refreshing it was time to brain storm just what I was going to do with all those carrots that were patiently hanging out in the kitchen for me.

I had just completed a juice fast so the first obvious thing that came to mind was to juice some. And that I did and before I knew it, I had a huge bowl of carrot pulp. I don’t like to waste anything so I decided that I needed to made a raw bread from it. Surely it would make a wonderful base for one. I was right.

When I began eating healthier, bread was definitely on the hit list of foods that I needed to figure out how to revamp into something full of life and nutrients. I couldn’t wait to test my “skills” and see what I could come up with. Much to my amazement, it turned into a huge hit… not only with myself but also my husband and those I shared it with. That was in 2010, it is now 2016 and my husband just inhaled two sandwiches made from this recipe. It is a still a staple in our kitchen.

This bread seemed to magically compliment every veggie that I threw at it. It’s moist, semi-spongy, full of flavor, and held together perfectly as we took bite after bite…. leaving hind only a crumb… but then I snatched that right up. hehe

Raw Vegan Gluten-Free Cajun Bread with Black Sesame on topIngredients:

Yields 12 1/2 x 13″ tray

  • 1 1/2 cups (240 g) packed carrot pulp
  • 1 1/2 cups carrot juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flax seed flour
  • 1/2 cup chia seed flour
  • 3 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 Tbsp Cajun spice (see below)
  • 2 Tbsp cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Topping:

  • Sprinkle black sesame seeds on top

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl or food processor, combine the carrot pulp, carrot juice, water, ground flax and chia seeds, sesame seeds, cajun spice, oil and salt. Process until it turns into a smooth batter.
  2. Spread mixture on non-stick dehydrator sheets and score into bread-size pieces. Make them as big or small as you wish.
  3. Dehydrate at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degrees (F)  for 4 hours.
    • If you don’t have non-stick dehydrator sheets, you can use parchment paper but not wax.  Food sticks to wax when drying.
    • Part way through the dry time, remove from dehydrator and flip. To flip, place a dehydrator plastic mesh screen on top of the bread, and cover with a dehydrator tray.  Flip entire assembly, remove top tray,  and peel non-stick sheet from bread.
    • Return to dehydrator and continue to dehydrate for 6 more hours, until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Store in an airtight container for 7 days in the fridge.

Culinary Explanations:

  • Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F).  Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
  • When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe.  Learn why (here).
  • Don’t own a dehydrator? Learn how to use your oven (here). I do however truly believe that it is a worthwhile investment. Click (here) to learn what I use.

Cajun Breads Pieces with Black Sesames on top

Cajun Breads Pieces with Black Sesames on dehydrator tray
Cajun Breads Sandwich in a White Plate

Cajun Breads Sandwich in a White Plate

12 thoughts on “Cajun Bread (raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

  1. Ciara says:

    made this today with your spicy barbecue sauce – awesome! i will definitely make this again and in bigger batches.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Ciara,

      Ohhh what a wonderful combination! I love that you are experimenting. :) Thanks for letting me know. amie sue

  2. anna says:

    is the carrot pulp you use the strained pulp from your carrot juice or the fiber bits that come out of the other end of the juicer?
    great recipes!!

  3. Chris says:

    This looks great! Does it have a bread-like texture or more cracker-style?

  4. ben says:

    Great recipe. Thanks! I replaced a part of the flax called for with psyllium husk, to get a spongy texture. It’s a superb recipe. My family’s always excited when I tell them the recipe is from Amie-Sue; they know the results will be excellent.

  5. Afsaneh says:

    Dearest Amie Sue, it looks gorgeous and delicious! :) Besides the recipe and beautiful photos, Your story is the beginning of a fascinating Novel to inspire so many people. You just gave us the feel how it is to enjoy and love the fruits of the sacred Land!
    I definitely am going to make these beauties ;)) Thank you and many Blessings, XXX

    • amie-sue says:

      hehe, you are so sweet my friend. Life is full of stories, isn’t it? It brings an undisscrible amount of joy to grow and harvest produce. I feel so blessed when I can get my hands dirty. hugs my dear friend. :) amie sue

  6. Leoni says:

    Thank for posting these recipes, I am definitely going to try almost all of them. They all look delicious!

    • amie-sue says:

      You are welcome Leoni. I do hope you do! Please leave comments on those that you try. I would love to hear from you. Blessings, amie sue

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