Tomorrow, I’ll be flying from Toronto to Vancouver and then from Vancouver to Portland, on my merry way to the Vida Vegan Conference! I seriously can’t wait. In my typical fashion, I’ve been dealing with a lot of anxiety about this trip, but I’m sure I’ll be having too much fun to even notice it. I mean, come on – it’s Portland – only one of the most vegan friendly cities in the world! I’m looking forward to meeting the wonderful people behind many of the blogs I read each day.
Of course, before all the fun happens the traveling has to take place. If I’m going to be traveling for 9-10 hours, I want to have something exciting to look forward to (and of course I mean healthy, great-tasting food). What is it about being trapped on a plane that makes me so hungry? With just a little preparation, I’ll be feasting like a queen. A good book, music, and in-flight TV never hurts either!
This week I racked my brain to think of a new food to bring on the flights. At first, I thought of my Endurance Crackers, but then I decided they were slightly too delicate for travel. I played around with the recipe and this is what I came up with. I’m happy to say this power bread turned out exactly as I hoped. It’s bursting with chia seeds (1 tablespoon per slice!) and it also happens to be gluten and nut-free, making it friendly for many travelers. Best of all, it’s perfectly sturdy for travel.
Plus, it’s only 5 minutes to prep which is a huge bonus, especially when getting ready for a flight. Just like my Endurance Crackers, you simply dump the ingredients into a bowl and stir in water. After that, I spread it into a 9-inch baking dish and baked it for 25 minutes.
Now this is some quick and easy bread – ready in 30 minutes flat! It disappears just as quickly. Try it with all kinds of toppings. I personally love hummus, avocado, and Herbamare as well as almond butter and strawberry jam.
Super Power Chia Bread
Thick, hearty, and dense – this isn’t your average slice of bread! Packed with 9 grams of protein and over 7 grams of fibre per slice, this bread will keep you going for hours. Inspired by Endurance Crackers.
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds*
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats, ground into a flour
- 1/4 cup raw buckwheat groats, ground into a flour (or more oat flour)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1 cup water
- Preheat oven to 325°F and line a 9-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way.
- Add rolled oats and buckwheat into a high-speed blender. Blend on highest speed until a fine flour forms.
- Add all dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir well until combined. Stir in the water and quickly scoop this mixture into your prepared pan. Spread it out with a spatula as evenly as possible. You can use lightly wet hands to smooth it down if necessary. Sprinkle the bread with Herbamare or fine grain sea salt before going into the oven.
- Bake at 325°F for about 25 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then lift it out and transfer it to a cooling rack for another 5-10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!
- This bread keeps for 2-3 days max – any longer and it gets gummy in texture. I suggest freezing it for enduring freshness. I like to toast it straight from the freezer!
1) I made a batch without sunflower seeds and it still turned out great. I’m sure you can play around with the seeds (or even add nuts!) and reduce them if desired.
2) A reader successfully made a batch using brown rice flour and quinoa flour- I’m sure you can play around with the flours too.
3) I’m not yet sure how long this stays fresh for – my guess is a couple days. However, I expect it should freeze well, but I have yet to try it. I’ll update this when I do and be sure to leave your own tips in the comments section!
Nutrition Information(click to expand)
I hope this bread brightens up your own travels or busts you out of a lunch or breakfast rut. I’d love your feedback on this recipe if you try it out or make other variations.
If you’d like to check out what I’m up to at the conference, you will most likely find me on Instagram documenting my journey. If you are attending the conference, I hope to meet you soon! Please come say hello!
What are your favourite foods to pack on a flight?
Hi Angela, I have been reading your blog for a while and always find it very inspiring.
I can’t eat oates, so tried making the bread with 1/2 cup buckwheat flour and 1/4 cup coconut flour (and garden-fresh herbs and garlic!). I also baked it very thin on a cookie tray to get more of a crispy cracker which I am hoping will last out the week for snacks. Maybe. If I don’t eat it all in one sitting ;) It turned out great. Thank you!
Yay! So glad to hear that Bec :)
I made this using chickpea flour, quinoa flour, and lentil flour. I added in a little bit of nutritional yeast and accidentally forgot the sugar. I sprinkled more nutritional yeast and a tiny bit of salt on top. Aside from those modifications, I followed the recipe as written.
The bread turned out fantastic! I’d never really heard of using lentil flour, but I decided to throw some lentils in my Magic Bullet and see what happened. Delicious and nutritious bread is what happened!!
I topped mine with a black bean hummus-type spread and have had to make myself stop eating it all! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
Just made it today with rye instead if oats, without pumpkin seeds (didn’t have sny) and with a few extra seasonings including karaway seeds. This bread is amazing! And there is no clean-up! I am sold. I will be making a new one right before my upcoming long flight later this week! Thanks so much for such a great recipe!
yay :) Thanks for trying it out! I like freezing my leftovers and toasting the bread :)
You are right – it is totally addictive. I can’t stop :) But it is sooooo good. I also toasted it today and it tasted gorgeous. Thanks again! I am also working hard on not focusing on calories so haven’t even looked at the nutritional info – the important thing is that it’s good for you.
This looks amazing – a great way to use chia seeds and such good alternative to bread that bloats!
Just made this.. Subbed the oats with ground flax and left out the sunflower seed. Still tastes pretty amazing though.. I’m thinking one could add a bit of shredded zucchini to give it some more humidity.. I think I’ll try next time and report back…
Anyways, thank you very much for this wonderful recipe Angela.
Tried drying the cooked bread in a 250D oven for about a 1/2 hour. They did crisp up nicely like crackers, but by the next day they were kind of chewy and tough(but still good!). I’d say, unless you are serving the crackers right away, stick with the original cooking time…
I’m new to the world of gluten free and vegan, just around 6 months now GF & vegan….and find it pretty challenging at times. These are a delight! It took 5 minutes to measure and mix…then voila! Delicious and hearty. I’ll be packing these for work the next couple of days. Thanks for the inspiration and creative recipes!
Thanks for a great recipe! I just made these with ground quinoa instead of the sunflower seeds, and 1/4 of a cup chia seeds & 1/4 of a cup ground flaxseeds instead of 1/2 a cup chia. (Chia is a bit expensive for me!!) The bit I snuck while slicing was really tasty, now to wait for trying them cold.
Thanks again :)
Hi Angela, I’d like to try your recipe. I’m from South Africa and chia seeds are hard to find and on the expensive side here. Do you think flax seeds could work as a substitute.
Re Deyhydrating…does that make the bread stay fresh longer? I’d love to take some of this on a backpacking trip, but need it to stay edible for more like 4 days without refrigeration.
Thoughts? Thanks! I’m new to the dehydrator world but excited about it.
Hi Nadia, It could…but I’m not positive. I found the baked version to get gummy after a few days, so I would def. try dehydrating before your trip to test it out first. Let me know how it goes if you try it! Also, I’m sure if you got most of the water out it would avoid the gummy factor.
I made this for the second time, this time I spread it out making it thinner, it is so good and so filling. My husband loves it!
I made them! :)
Here they are: http://oi42.tinypic.com/260wqkw.jpg
Awesome recipe, thanks and a bunch of love from the Netherlands!
Looks great and easy too. I’m not a huge fan of savoury breads, but love sweet ones. I was wondering about switching the spices for cinnamon, stevia and perhaps raisins in place of the sunflower seeds? Would that affect the baking time or or amounts of other ingredients, do you think?
I love this recipe!!! Love the ingredients; love the result. I added a bit of baking powder and didn’t have any onion powder, but otherwise I followed it just as written. It was great for a sandwich with avocado and tomato. Even my two year old loved it. I can’t wait to play with it for different flavors. Thank you for the fabulous base recipe and idea.
I just made this and it’s awesome! With my various dietary restrictions I have had trouble finding a good bread that holds together and is easy to make, this is just perfect!
Thank you for sharing this and I can’t wait for your cookbook!
Thank you so much for this recipe, it is flawless and fantastic. I made another batch tonight, but split it into two tart pans (1 cup of batter each) flattened it out, and baked for only 14 minutes. Then topped with homemade garlic hummus, veggies (peppers, onions, cauliflower, artichoke hearts) from the fridge and broiled it 5-7 minutes, until browned. My 9 year old daughter calls it Hummus Pizza.
I just have to say that this recipe is by far my favourite. Not only is it easy to make but it is so delicious and taste good with all the toppings you suggested. My only problem…….I cannot stop eating it!!! Thanks for an awesome recipe and website. Love your recipes!!!
Thenk you so much for this recipe! I made it this morning following your recipe precisely, and it turned out delicious! My husband and I both teach fitness classes, so these will be the ideal non-sweet energy boost we often need between classes.
I just found your blog, jumped up, made the Super Power Chia Bread, read “your story”, took the bread out . . . and am waiting for it to cool . . . . ! Want to eat it NOW. LOL. I am diabetic and have just given up wheat – so happy to find your blog and also happy for you that your life is now in balance. *bless*
Thank you Helen, I hope you enjoy it!
Update . . . next morning . . . Angela, I would not have believed it but when my other half came home last night he scoffed several slices of the Super Chia bread!! He loved it. It goes without saying that I loved it too. *swoon* This morning I had Chia pudding with four prunes and a touch of (real) vanilla essence soaked overnight in soy milk and warmed through. Thank you for these marvellous recipes, Angela. I think Chia is my new best friend. Now, if I could just convince the boy to give up wheat. . .
I was so excited to make this recipe and finally got around to it tonight. While the flavours and texture of the bread are delicious, my bread actually stuck to the parchment paper. Nothing I couldn’t salvage, but just wondering if you might know why? I followed the recipe, but am wondering if maybe my oven is too hot or if I should have sprayed the parchment with olive oil beforehand. Any tips would be appreciated.
Thanks, and keep up the great recipes!
Hey Ashley, Hmm…I have no idea! I don’t think I’ve ever had any food stick to parchment paper before! What brand are you using?
I made this to eat at work and it is amazing! I am currently eating it with vegemite and could not be happier! Definitely making another batch this weekend! Thanks for another terrific recipe!
I just made this bread last night and I am LOVING it! I gave up white, wheat flour after my weight loss surgery and I sometimes miss bread and this really hit the spot. I put a little avocado with veggies on it and I was in heaven! This is a staple in my kitchen from now on.
I always make my own gluten free bread (only because the ones at the grocery store are too expensive). It was time to make another loaf, but I couldn’t find a new recipe that I wanted to make and didn’t feel like spending all the time on making bread. I decided to go simple and make this bread and I’m glad that I did. It has a wonderful texture and it’s full of flavor. I’ll definitely be making it again. However, I didn’t really like the texture of the pumpkin seeds. Would it still work to grind them up before adding? Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
This recipe rules! I modified it a little bit. Added some hemp hearts and dehydrated it. I’ve been wanting to make raw bread for awhile but had no idea where to start! This was really easy, and tastes delicious. Thanks so much! Also, your site is amazing! I always enjoy looking around for new recipes to try :)
I ADORE your blog! This recipe is actually amazing, I LOVED it when I made it for my trip to the states to shoot a wedding last weekend! I was wondering if you had made a sweeter version? I was thinking of replacing the spices with cinnamon & nutmeg, and throwing in some raisins. Do you think that would work? Thanks so much!
Hey Jessica! So glad you enjoy it so much :) I havent tried a sweet version (yet!), but I think a reader left a comment recently and mentioned trying it (and liking it). I would give a quick check through the comments if you are interested. I think she mentioned using cinnamon too. When I try it out, I’ll probably sub 25% of the water for maple syrup and see how that is. Probably 1 teaspoon cinnamon or a bit less. Anyway, have fun with it and let me know how it goes!
I’m going on a trip on Monday and I’m so excited to try these! I never travel with my own food, and I’m really looking forward to this!
O-M-G!! Just made these and they are DELISH!! Mine didn’t turn out as pretty as yours but they taste amazing! I added 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes and didn’t have any seeds so used nuts in place of. I will be making more of these for my upcoming trip on Tuesday! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I made this using oat flour, buckwheat flour, cumin seeds instead of oregano, ground coriander instead of thyme, roasted garlic instead of the powders, added flax seeds, buttered the pan instead of parchment (it came out fine anyway) and then made skinny slices like little wands – put it in a 450 degree oven for 20 or so minutes until everything was dried out and toasty. The second time I made a double batch – now I can’t leave it alone!!!
I love your changes!! thanks for reporting back :)
I just made a sweet version of these by omitting the onion, garlic and herbs and by adding an extra 1/2 tsp of sugar, approx. a tsp of cinnamon and approx. a tsp of vanilla. They are super yummy and will be perfect for my breakfast sandwich of almond butter and bananas.
Oh yes – and the second time I made these I also put in hemp hearts. Yum!!!!
I have made this bread only twice with some modifications but it has always turned out delicious. First time I did not have chia so I used 2 tbsp of ground flax seed and also I skipped the onion and thyme and added 1 tsp of ground cumin (I am from the Czech Republic and our traditional bread is made with cumin, that´s how I got the idea :) and it was really good.
The second time I wanted “the real bread” taste and no spices (I want to put some sweet spread on it:) so I used acorn flour instead of the buckwheat and only salt and sugar and it ended up just delicious better that any store bought flat bread, even my picky Italian boyfriend liked it ;). It will now be a real staple in our kitchen.
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I like your blog a lot
Hey Gabriela, Thank you so much for sharing your trials with us! A few others have had success with sweet versions (and many like cinnamon added in too). I love how versatile it is and we make it here once a week now. Anyway, so glad you enjoy it too!
This bread is wonderful! I just love the crunch and differing textures of the various seeds. I will definitely be packing some on my next trip!
I link to your recipe in my latest post, a few times for various recipes, actually – you’re my favourite!
May I ask if you bake this bread at 325 in a glass or metal pan? And have you used a convection oven for this bread? I am wondering if there needs to be time or temperature adjustments made for using a glass pan and or convection oven? Thank you! Loving your recipes!
Hi Karen, I use a metal square pan (sometimes I spread out a double batch on a baking sheet too!) and I don’t use convection. It’s very versatile though so I’m sure it will work out. Just keep an eye on it and when it’s just firm remove it from the oven.
Wah, mine came out gummy from the start. :( I think I will stick to the endurance cracker recipe which I do in the dehydrator with nutritional yeast and really love!
Hi, this looks perfect for my upcoming trip! Do you think I could use other nuts, like almonds or walnuts, besides pumpkin seeds? Thanks!
Hi Sarah, Yes I think it’s very versatile so it should be fine. Goodluck & enjoY!
I made this today and I am in love. I had some GF flour on hand so I used 2 different ones (garbonzo bean and quinoa), I substituted rosemary for the oregon and thyme and added some hemp seed as well.
I see endless combination possibilities. Thank you so much for this recipe
I made these last night and they are sooo good :) perfect with avocado on top or nut butter or plain! How do you come up with these recipes? You’re definitely my favorite blogger :) looking forward to your book!
Thank you Stacie :) So glad you enjoy it…we make a double batch every week around here.
I made this bread this morning. So easy and so tasty. I was looking for healthy snacks for traveling and this bread is perfect. Love your recipes – thanks.
Thanks Angela. I am always on the lookout for good bread recipes. I tried it as stated here, and it worked very well. Thanks for the recipe.
Hi, even I am not vegan, I like to eat during the weak at least two days without meat.
I prepared the oil free chocolate , zucchini walnut muffins and the spice lentil kale soup and they were delicious, thank you! I please I am trying to buy chia seeds but I read about the importance of the quality.. Which brand do you recommend me? I was looking in Whole food and no clue which to buy. Thank you!
I’ve heard it’s best to purchase chia that doesn’t come from China, but aside from that white or black seeds are quite similar in nutrition.
My oven decided to stop working the morning I tried to make this so I cooked it like pancakes… and it turned out deliciously!
Really?? Wow that sounds cool :) curious now…
Great recipe?! Can I substitute the oat flour for another flour, and what would be best? We have allergies to soy, almonds, and oats.
Angela– I recently found your blog and I love it! I made this bread today as well as your “perfect” veggie burgers. Both came out amazing– really fantastic textures and taste. I used 1/2 cup buckwheat flour and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour for the bread and it came out great. I also took your tips on freezing veggie burgers and have 5 in the freezer now for quick meals later! Thanks so much for your blog and your great recipes, I’ll definitely be making more of them very soon!
Thank you Lauren! :) So happy to hear this.
Angela, just made these and love them! Thank you. Quick question-should i keep them refrigerated them or just leave in tupperware on counter. (I live in South Florida-it’s humid here.)
Is there anything we can use to substitute for the sugar?
Hey Nicole, Yes you can absolutely leave it out (it’s not essential) I often don’t include it anymore and I don’t notice much of a difference. Enjoy!
I have made this bread several times – it is now a staple in my rotation! My daughter loves it even more she has named it ‘elvish bread’. I have to be sure I have a batch available for her when she comes to visit.
I’ve made several variations using almond flour, coconut flour, garbanzo bean flour, I like to vary the herbs as well, but adding some rosemary is my favorite.
Thanks for another great recipe and another bonding moment for this mom and her daughter!
First of all, I would like to thank you for this amazing recipe! I tried it last week and since then I made it 3 times already (2 times as written, which is new for me;). We were traveling last weekend and these were perfect snacks/breads to take with us for our long car trip. No one has mentioned this yet, but they also help bowel movements if there are any troubles with constipation (I apologize to report it here, but it works wonders:).
As I mentioned above, I always change recipes, even the healthy ones, to make them healthier. This recipe does not require that. It is healthy, really healthy, without any changes. Also, it is versatile enough to try out different ingredients. I loved the “savory” version with my avocado and olives in the morning, but I wanted to try a “sweet” version with my nut butters. I kept the flour, chia, and seed ratios the same, but I used mix of quinoa and buckwheat flours, I added hemp seeds and zante currants instead of seeds, and I used cinnamon, ginger, all spice, nutmeg and cloves (gingerbread spices) instead of garlic and onion powders. The end result was amazing! I thought about adding a tablespoon of sweetener, but I did not and it really did not need it. All these warming spices and currants made it sweet enough to be eaten as a soft gingerbread cookie. I wanted to share this “sweet” combination with you since you asked for our experience, but seriously I cannot thank you enough for the recipe. It will be my to go recipe for healthy “flat bread”!
All the best,
I love this recipe……….I changed a few things; I didn’t really like the oregano, so I omitted that and used rosemary instead and some herbs de provence; also I used chopped walnuts in place of 1/2 of the pumpkin deeds. I just liked the taste better….I’ve made it three times and I thank you so much for the recipe.
This bread is amazing a d oh so versatile. I have made a few variations including a raisin cinnamon and cranberry walnut. I play with the spices as well.
It really is a wonderful recipe!!!
So glad you enjoy it Barb!
This bread is SO wonderful. Thank you, thank you, for sharing the recipe! I made my second batch today and I absolutely love it. I freeze it in individual portions, then toast in my toaster oven with nut butter (cashew butter this week) on top. Marvelous!