20 Aug 2014

Flourless Courgette Loaf with Parmesan and Olives

I may have actually managed to time a recipe post with the theme for this week's episode of The Great British Bake Off, which happens to be bread.  My love of that programme is so great, I quite literally get butterflies thinking about the next episode and now that there is An Extra Slice on Fridays too, I can hardly contain myself. Alas, I digress!

This loaf is not your traditional bread recipe as it doesn't actually have any flour in it at all, rather ground almonds. It is soft and moist on the inside and chewy and crunchy from the the pumpkin seeds on the outside.  Perfect just on its own with a little bit of butter, but also great with cheese too.  

This recipe is an adaptation of the Paleo Inside-Out Bread recipe from I Quit Sugar for Life.  I have changed it up slightly to give it more of an Italian inspired flavour.

What you will need:

150g ground almonds

100g arrowroot
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
5 free-range eggs
1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
80g sliced black olives
125g grated courgette 
50g finely grated parmesan cheese (use vegetarian parmesan if making for a veggie)
1 tsp italian seasoning (you can use a few pinches of oregano, basil and marjoram)
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

1.  Preheat oven to 160˚C and line a loaf tin with baking paper or a loaf case.

2.  Mix together the ground almonds, arrowroot, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl.

3.  In another bowl lightly whisk the eggs with the cider vinegar.

4.  To the eggs, add the olives courgette, parmesan, italian seasoning, dried parsley and garlic powder and whisk well.

5.  Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well to combine.

6.  Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds.  Place in the centre of the preheated oven for 50 minutes.

7.  Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

My favourite thing about this loaf is that it great for when you're in a rush, as it has all the flavours of a meal yet with the convenience of it all being contained within a slice of bread!



  1. I think I would just have to substitute the olives... I really dislike them! It does look yummy though and I like trying recipes that are flour-less, egg-less that kind of thing, just for fun :)

    1. Haha no worries, I'm all for taking a recipe and making it your own - that's pretty much what I always end up doing anyway. x

  2. Oh this looks great although I'm not a fan of olives so if I try it I might see if subbing them to sun-dried tomatoes works. Worth a go!

    1. Thanks, I'd love to know how that turns out x

  3. this looks absolutely delicious! I am always on the hunt for new savory bread recipes! also, I wanted to let you know that I've nominated you and your cute blog for a liebster award. you can find out more about that here. hope you're having a wonderful summer!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

    1. Oh thank you so much! I have already written a post for the Liebster award if you would like to read that. Thank you for nominating me though, I'm really grateful for the support :) x

  4. Delicious recipe :) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted thanks!

    Camille xo


    1. Thank you so much, I'm really glad you like my blog :) I will be sure to check out yours x

  5. I really love the sound of this, it's a bit different from having slice out of your bog standard loaf! Tempted to give it a go!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    1. Thank you! Would love to know if you try it out x

  6. I have to try this out sometime! Looks amazing.

  7. Great recipe and I love your blog! Thanks for joining in! xxx


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