Raw Buckwheat & Flax Flatbread

Decent raw bread recipes are hard to come by. Breads heavy in flax have a very strong flavour and can be a touch bitter, other recipes require you to shove stuff through a juicer as well as dehydrating. I have been trying out more raw food cuisine recently, on a health kick, and have come up with this recipe. This bread has a pretty mild flavour compared to straight flax seed/meal breads, and if – like me – you enjoy the taste of buckwheat, you will probably love this bread.

It’s high in omega oils, fibre, B-vitamins, and several minerals, including manganese. Buckwheat is a seed rather than a grain, and contains no gluten – it’s closely related to rhubarb. Freshly ground meal from sprouted buckwheat groats is best, otherwise buy your flax and buckwheat meal from a health store with a high turnover so it’s fresh, and keep it in the fridge or freezer. It’s also a good idea to keep your seeds in the fridge so the oils don’t break down or go rancid.

Required Appliances
Dehydrator with temperature setting option of 40ºC (104ºF) or lower.

1½ cup ground (sprouted if possible) buckwheat flour/meal
1 cup ground flax seeds or flax meal
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups filtered water
⅓ cup sunflower seeds
⅓ cup whole flax seeds
⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ sesame seeds (white, black, or a mix)
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Mix buckwheat and flax meal in a bowl. Add salt, nutritional yeast (optional), and water, mix until well combined. Stir through sunflower, flax, pumpkin, sesame, and poppy seeds. Spread the batter evenly over 2 dehydrator trays. Dehydrate at 40ºC (104ºF) for 4 hours, flip the bread over, then dehydrate for another 1-4 hours, depending on how dry you want your bread. Cut each tray of bread into 8-9 slices (8 if round tray, 9 if rectangular). Store in refrigerator. Makes 16-18 slices.

Serving Suggestions, etc
+ A great “bread” for morning “untoast.”
+ An awesome raw pizza base.
+ A bun for burgers or sandwiches.
+ You can use different seeds in the bread to suit your own tastes.
+ Add finely chopped onion, crushed garlic, pepper, herbs, and/or spices for fancy flavour variations!
+ You might need to add a little more or less water to the thick bread batter depending on the water content of your flax and buckwheat meal.
+ Instead of water – and for extra tastiness and vitamins – you could use fresh celery juice or a mix of celery and carrot juice.
+ The longer you dehydrate the bread, the dryer it will be, and the longer it will keep – up to two months in the refrigerator. (Well-dried bread is great to take camping or on road trips!)
+ Less dehydration time makes a soft pliable bread with a great texture. It will keep for about a week in the fridge.
+ I use nutritional yeast that contains vitamin B-12. (Note: nutritional yeast is sometimes called savoury yeast. It’s not the same as brewer’s yeast or other yeasts!) While nutritional yeast is not strictly raw, it’s handy if you like to add extra vitamins to your food.
+ Read more about raw food preparation on the FAQ page.

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  • http://dietaseignalet.wordpress.com/ cdecocina

    I find this recipe very interesting…I´m interested in raw recipes because I follow the Seignalet diet, which recommends that 70% (at least) of the diet should be raw. I´m surprised about raw recipes, I didn´t think that could be that delicious.
    Nice to discover your blog, I will continue visiting your for sure.
    Nice regards

  • http://www.melomeals.blogspot.ca/ melody

    I am so excited to try this! When I do, I’ll link back to you.. (it probably won’t be for several weeks as I’m moving and am going to buy a dehydrator)..

  • Linda V.

    Do I need to soak the buckwheat and flax for this flatbread recipe?

  • http://veganza.com/ Renee

    No soaking required!

  • KellySue

    I would love to try this, but I don’t own a dehydrator. I there an alternative method?

  • http://veganza.com/ Renee

    If you can set your oven to a low temp, under 40-50ºC, then yes – many new ovens have low settings for warming plates these days. Any higher temperature and you start destroying omega oils. If you live in a hot, dry climate (eg. a desert) then sun-drying is also an option. I’ve heard of people who heat up their oven to it’s minimum, then dehydrate with the door open… that is an incredible waste of power, though! My dehydrator has a low temp setting, and cost under AUD$100 – you don’t need a fancy one if you aren’t insanely committed to raw dehydrated foods (too much thinking ahead for my liking! Eating alot of dehydrated food results in a high fat diet, too, and is less fresh.). Little dehydrators use far less power than ovens.

  • http://muckbootsnaprons.blogspot.ca/ The Queen of Quite Alot

    this looks good- I love buckwheat.

  • tara


    I’m a 70% raw foodie and appreciated your Buckwheat/Flax flat bread recipe post. I was wondering how thin/thick to spread the mixture on the deydrator trays. I have the commercial Excaliber dehydrator. The sheets are about 12×12

    thanks, Tara!

  • http://veganza.com/ Renee

    I’m not sure, Tara – I have different tray sizes… It would probably do 2 trays, I think.

  • http://www.elementsforlifemlm.com Jason loves Superfoods

    Been raw for about one year and it has been one of the best transformations of my life :) Love the community. Have you tried making corn chips with white corn? amazing!!

  • http://tastethedifferencecookbook.com jodeevale

    I just made this recipe. It’s in the dehydrator right now! I can hardly wait!

    Thank you for posting this.

    I am considering writing a cookbook (uncookbook??) on raw, vegan, gluten-free recipes as a follow-on to my gluten free cookbook that I just published in February.

    I really appreciate all of the resources that you make available on your sidebar! What a blessing you are!


  • 2sheepinthecity

    Thank you for this recipe. I have been unable to find buckwheat groats and have ordered them online, but did find buckwheat flour. It doesnt say on the bag whether or not it was roasted first, so I am hoping not. I ground my own golden flax seed in a blender, left out the sunflower seeds because I was out of them. The dough was easy to work with the back of a wet spoon. Its in the dehydrator!!!!

  • Stephanie Molnar

    so excited to try this recipe! i would guess that, even though soaking/sprouting the buckwheat isn’t required, it would increase the nutritional content. (i would guess you would also have to dehydrate the soaked groats before grinding into a flour, too – time consuming, but worth it!)

  • http://animalfriendlyeating.blogspot.ca/ kelli

    i tried this recipe and really liked the outcome! thanks for posting! =)

  • http://www3.sympatico.ca/morin_brian/ Brian.Morin

    I’d love to have seen a picture of this delightful sounding raw bread.

    Is it possible to get permission to post this recipe on My wifes site? @ http://shakti-lanaudiere.ning.com/

    I would first translate it into French, and I would link it to here…

    Thanks in advance

    P.S. Please include this link if you reply yes!

  • http://www.molnarcommunications.com Stephanie Molnar

    Hi! I have a batch of this in the dehydrator right now. As I didn’t have sesame, poppy or pumpkin seeds, I substituted with hemp seeds and a bit more sunflower seeds. I am very excited! Will probably make some homemade nut butter a la Juliano and serve with a mess o’ tasty raw greens tonight! Thank you!

  • http://www.yeastfreedietsmadeeasy.com Erik Parsons

    This is a great recipe. Way to go for a very healthy lifestyle. WOuld love to try this! :) Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.deckingkits.net Decking Kits

    online health stores always give some promo and discounts that is why i always order from them ..~

  • lucie van baaren

    oh my god I just made it, my first raw bread ever, and it tastes fantastic ! I love the consistance as well, thank you so much !

  • Sarra

    Hiya, I just tried this and it didn’t turn out quite right, not sure what I did wrong but I am new to this and was wandering if you could help? I checked mine after 3 hours and it was completely crisp so I took it out but could not get it off the pyraflex, it had squished through and was stuck/dried there. I have ended up with a pile of broken crispy bits :-( , woops! Please help as it sounds like a great recipe and was soooo easy to make… Thanks. Am looking forward to trying more recipes from your website, looks fab!

  • Aman Sabharwal

    Hi someone told me that a mixture of raw sesame black & white, sunflower seeds, flax, pumpkin seeds is good for stomach disorders but can some body tell me what proportion should i mix.