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Caraway and Dill Bread

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– raw, vegan, gluten-free –

Caraway seeds are about 2 mm long,  have five pale ridges, and are also known as meridian fennel, Persian fennel, wild cumin, and Roman cumin.  Oh, that gets confusing, caraway, fennel, cumin. It is true when they say that good things come in small packages. Caraway seeds contain more than 50 healing compounds, which studies show can help fight all kinds of health problems.

I did some research on caraway, and one thing that kept jumping out at me was digestion!  I always thought that caraway was just used in savory dishes, but it is also added to desserts to speed digestion after a large, fatty meal.

It helps to soothe the muscles utilized in the digestive process. And for us ladies out there it can also be used to relax uterine tissue and is therefore sometimes very beneficial in the treatment of menstrual cramps.

Going back to digestion (this is a significant area of study for me). They also state that a stomach massage with a subtle amount of caraway oil will reduce minor flatulence.  Not that I have an issue with flatulence, I am a girl for Pete’s sake. ;)  (source) < — source of my findings of how it aids in digestions, not a source to confirm whether or not I am a girl. Hehe,  Also it blends beautifully with dill, fennel, anise, basil, cardamom, and jasmine.  Interestingly enough, I found that dill also helps with digestion, mild disorders, and flatulence.

I can’t wait to test some further flavor combinations soon.    There are other amazing benefits to caraway.  When caraway is added to rye bread, it aids in the digestion of the starch.  It is added to sauerkraut to banish the lingering sulfuric odor (and help again with flatulence). Is this as fascinating to you as it is to me?

When purchasing caraway, I recommend only buying it in the whole seed form.  Grinding it as needed releases the spice’s volatile oils and helps to dissipate the flavor throughout the recipe.  That is why you see me using both forms in the recipe.  Since I don’t use high temperatures to make my raw breads, I wanted somehow to infuse the caraway flavor throughout the entire loaf.

Besides, if stored in their whole form, the seeds can last for several years.  It may also seem as though I used a large amount of this spice, and you might be tempted to scale back.  Raw caraway has a slight aroma, but the full flavor doesn’t come out until cooked. Therefore, I ramped up the measurement.

If you are new to using caraway and I know you are out there.  I can’t be the only person who waited until her late thirties to dust off the lid to this spice.  If that is you… I encourage you to try new flavors and spices, give it your best effort.  There is a whole new world waiting, and I am here to support you.   Caraway has an earthy taste to it and is similar to fennel and anise (so much easier to type that word than saying it right).  It also has a nutty aftertaste as well, so now go and enjoy your experimentation.


yields 1 loaf (7.5″ round x 3″ high)

Dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:


  1. Place the sunflower seeds and oats in the food processor, processing until it reaches a flour consistency.
    • Do not use wet seeds and oats in this recipe.  Make sure they are dehydrated first. Otherwise, the bread will be too soggy.
    • If you are unable to consume oats, you could replace it with ground buckwheat or add more sunflower seeds to the recipe.
  2. Add ground flax, psyllium, dried dill, ground caraway, caraway seeds, and salt.  Pulse till mixed.  Set aside while you mix the wet ingredients.
    • If you don’t favor the flavor of flax, you can use the same measurement of ground chia seeds.
    • I don’t have a replacement for the psyllium husks; it helps to give the bread that spongy feeling.  You can opt to leave it out, but it will change the texture a bit.
  3. In a large-sized bowl, combine almond pulp, water, lemon juice, and sweetener.  With your hands, mix.
    • Almond pulp… I use the almond pulp in most of my bread recipes because it helps lighten the texture.  You can use the whole nuts ground to a small meal, but the bread will be much heavier.
    • The sweetener is up to you, but I don’t suggest omitting it.  It adds a balance to the overall flavor of the bread.   You can use just about any sweetener that you desire.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and hand mix until well incorporated.  Depending on how moist your almond pulp is, you may need to add water, so the dough sticks together nicely.  If you do, do this by adding 1 Tbsp at a time.
  5. Shape the loaf.  I used a medium-sized mixing bowl that had a nice roundness to the bottom of the bowl.  I lightly greased the bowl with coconut oil and packed the dough mix into the bowl.  I then used a lid that was smaller than the bowl diameter to use to press down on evenly and firmly.  See the photo below.
  6. Pop the dough out of the container and place flat-side down on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator.
  7. Dehydrate at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour.  This will create a crust on the outside.
    • Remove the bread and on a cutting board, cut the bread into 1/2 – 1″ thick slices.
    • I cleaned the knife in between cuts, so make the cut nice and clean.   Don’t saw back and forth; this will cause the edges to crumble.
    • Lay each slice back onto the mesh sheet.
  8. Decrease the temperature to 115 degrees (F) and continue to dehydrate for 6-10 hours.
    • This time will vary due to the climate, the humidity in your home, and how full the dehydrator is.
    • Keep an eye on the bread and remove it when it reaches the texture that you desire.
  9. Shelf life and storage:  My recommendation would be to store this bread in an air-tight container, in the fridge, for 3-5 days.
    • The more moisture that is left in your bread, the shorter the shelf life.  Therefore, shelf life will vary with your drying technique.  Whenever I make this bread, it never lasts long enough to spoil.
    • Keep in mind, even though this bread freezes well, the whole purpose of eating a raw diet is to eat foods at their peak of freshness, so don’t expect this bread to have an extended expiration date.

The Institute of Culinary Ingredients™

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 essential 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 honestly believe that it is a worthwhile investment. Click (here) to learn what I use.

8 thoughts on “Caraway and Dill Bread

  1. Terryl says:

    I just made this bread and it’s yummy!
    Thank you so much!

  2. Eveliene says:

    I realy love your site. I have made this and its sooooooooo good thank you. Also i made brie and abricot bread and the Coconut Cream and Tart Lemon everything is yummy. I will make muth more.

    Eveliene from Holland

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Eveliene,

      So nice to hear from you. You are certainly welcome. So happy that you are enjoying the recipes. :) I just love the raw bread recipe myself. I hope you have a blessed day, amie sue

  3. Hi, I didn’t really know where I could leave a message, so I just picked any recipe to comment below. I am a member of yours because your recipes are so delicious and I’m hoping as holidays come up you will have recipe ideas!! 😋😍
    Thanksgiving is coming up and I really want to do raw stuffing, raw pumpkin pie etc. Will you have menu ideas? Thank you in advance

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning,

      Great to hear from you. In the future, you can use the forum too to leave recipe requests. There’s a thread called “Converting cooked recipes to raw” But regardless, I am glad that you posted the request. I will do a post release on Thanksgiving menu ideas like I did for Christmas. I will get working on it next week. If you have particular recipes that you are wanted converted, please go ahead and make those requests in the forum while I work on this. Blessings, amie sue

  4. Thank you SO much! I sure wish you would open up a school or restaurant! I sure would be first in line! I have yet to make a bad recipe from your site and I’m positive there can’t be a bad recipe here!! You definately are one of my favorites! Thank you for all you do!

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh thank you so much. You made my night. :) I do my best to share all that I know to better equipment each person that strolls through my site. It’s my teaching platform. hehe Again, thank you for the loving and supportive words. Blessings, amie sue

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