Homemade Gluten-free Buckwheat Flour Bread

What’s Inside: This recipe for gluten-free buckwheat bread is egg-free, made with chia seeds instead. It’s crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, and makes a delicious loaf. Readers adore it!

Homemade Gluten-free Buckwheat Flour Bread (egg-free)

The Best Gluten-free Buckwheat Flour Bread (Egg-free)

Quarantine brought out the craftiest in us, right? Whether out of sheer necessity due to limited online grocery delivery slots, which was basically a gambling game, or used as baking therapy, which is totally a thing... or maybe a combo of the two – I too caught the baking bug! Not to mention, getting scrappier with pantry ingredients meant also coming to terms with the fact that my eyes are bigger than my bandwidth for buying all sorts of baking flours. I recently found a bag of buckwheat flour that was just crying out to be used (and maybe also about to expire…)

I remembered a buckwheat flour bread recipe I used to love from an awesome blog with homemade gluten-free bread recipes called, The Bread Kitchen when I was first changing my diet and looking up how to make buckwheat bread. And this time, I needed to also swap the eggs, so I’m using chia seed “eggs” (I also suspect flax seeds will work). The only nuance is needing to eyeball adding a bit more water as you mix it and form the dough (which is a bit more like a batter in this case).

This bread is perfect to use for dipping, spreading, or to pile your favorite sandwich fix-ins on! And of course, it makes a next-level avocado toast.

The Best Gluten-free Buckwheat Flour Bread (egg-free)

Key Ingredients for Gluten-free Buckwheat Bread

  • 2 Chia Eggs: 2 Tbsp ground chia seeds + 6 Tbsp water, this is the “egg replacer”
  • Buckwheat flour: This is the only flour you need which is naturally gluten-free and gives a delicious, deep flavor similar to pumpernickel
  • Lukewarm water: for the batter, you’ll start off using a key measurement and then add more as needed to form the dough
  • Avocado or Extra-virgin Olive oil
  • Dried Yeast
  • Sugar or Coconut Sugar: it should be granulated and this is needed for the yeast
  • Apple cider vinegar: you’ll also need this for the yeast

Reader Ingredient FAQ’s:

  1. Can you sub eggs for chia eggs? YES.
  2. Can you sub flaxseed eggs for chia seed eggs? YES!
  3. Can I omit the sugar? No, you need it for the yeast in the bread.

More about Buckwheat and Buckwheat Flour

If you’ve never tried buckwheat, know that it is mega flavorful and especially in this recipe since it’s the only flour used with nothing else to mellow it out. The bread’s taste is a bit deeper than your average bread, closer to maybe a pumpernickel or what you may remember from a “multi-grain” type of loaf, but not quite. You have to like buckwheat to like this bread 🙂 and I happen to love it!

Curious about buckwheat and buckwheat flour? Read on!

  • Buckwheat is naturally gluten-free and considered a “pseudo-grain”. 
  • It’s the cousin of rhubarb. 
  • Buckwheat and buckwheat flour have a very distinct flavor, it’s not what I’d consider to be mild in flavor at all as mentioned above. 
Homemade Gluten-free Buckwheat Flour Bread (egg-free)

More about Buckwheat as a Pseudo-grain + Nutrition

  • Unlike regular grains, buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa which are pseudo-grains do contain some b-vitamins and iron. 
  • Many who have trouble digesting grains, sometimes find they can digest these a bit better. (#bioindividuality) However, they do still contain saponins and lectins which is sometimes what can cause digestive problems and why a diet high in grains can be inflammatory. Personally, in moderation, both grains and pseudo-grains have a place in my heart and gut since I’ve done so much gut healing over the years and know how to read my body. The poison is in the dose as I always say!
  • Properly preparing grains and pseudo-grains involve soaking them, often with something acidic such as lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. This is to help remove some of the phytic acid, saponins, and lectins – I also find that generally more “processed”, the easier to digest… and by processed I mean ground up, such as in a flour form vs. eating a bunch of buckwheat groats, let’s say. Processing or grinding up doesn’t necessarily change the compound but takes care of some of the excess processing your body (or mouth with chewing) would have to do.

Storage Tips

  • Just like most gluten-free bread, it’s wise to freeze it after slicing.
  • I’d also recommend cutting up parchment paper into strips and placing a little piece in between each slice of bread. Freeze it in a storage bag and simply pull a slice out and toast it when ready to use it.
Homemade Gluten-free Buckwheat Flour Bread (egg-free)

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Homemade Gluten-free Buckwheat Flour Bread

This recipe for gluten-free buckwheat bread is also egg free. Crusty on the outsideand soft on the inside, it’s heavenly!
Prep Time2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: baking, bread, egg-free, gluten-free
Servings: 10


2 Chia eggs:

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds ground
  • 6 Tbsp water


  • 16 oz. buckwheat flour (or 2 cups)
  • 10 ½ fl. Oz. lukewarm water plus more for batter
  • 2 tbsp avocado or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried yeast
  • 2 tsp unrefined sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 chia eggs


  • First, add yeast and sugar into the 10 ½ oz. lukewarm water. Mix well and levee for 10 minutes for the yeast to activate.
  • Next, make the chia eggs by mixing ground chia seeds (you can quickly pulse with a coffee grinder or food processor) and water in a bowl, let sit for 5 minutes until it gels.
  • Add oil into the chia eggs and whisk.
  • In one bowl, add the flour and sea salt.
  • Add chia-oil mixture into the bowl of flour and stir. Then, mix in the vinegar and yeast mix. Have more water handy to start adding in as needed slowly until the flour is well combined into a thick batter and stir well either with a stand mixer or by hand until no more dry flour remains.
  • Lightly grease a 8-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  • Pour or spoon the batter into the loaf pan evenly and then cover with a large food storage bag or any bag, leaving it semi-closed. Store this in your oven (oven is turned off), and allow the mixture to rise for approx. 1-2 hrs.
  • Once it’s risen and doubled in size or so (it took me approx. 1 1/1 hours, don’t let it rise too much or it will collapse when baking), remove it from the oven.
  • Turn the oven on to 375F degrees if using the convection oven OR 430F degrees without convection and bake for approx. 25-30 minutes until there is a firm crust exterior.
  • Remove and let rest for 20 mins. or so before slicing. Store slices you’ll use in the next few days in the fridge, and for the rest, store slices in the freezer and toast as you’re ready to use.
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Recipe Rating

  • JenApril 24, 2020 - 7:41 pm

    I have been celiac for over 10 years and never once occurred to me to bake bread with buckwheat flour. Game changer!ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasApril 27, 2020 - 7:07 pm

      Ah! Yessss, all the GF Flour possibilities 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Krissy AlloriApril 24, 2020 - 8:59 pm

    This bread sounds amazing. I have never bakes with buckwheat but I really want to now. Saving this recipe for later. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasApril 27, 2020 - 7:06 pm

      Ah it’s so good! If you like buckwheat, you’ll really enjoy it.ReplyCancel

  • AnitaApril 24, 2020 - 9:31 pm

    The current flour situation is no joke. Now I scour the internet for baking recipes that don’t need all-purpose flour! I’m going to see if my grocery store has this buckwheat flour in their baking aisle and bake myself a nice loaf of bread.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasApril 27, 2020 - 7:05 pm

      OMG – right?! Flour is a hot commodity these days hahaha, I highly recommend trying this 🙂ReplyCancel

  • KariMay 3, 2020 - 4:40 pm

    Last line in the recipe says “2 chia eggs” meaning what?ReplyCancel

    • KariMay 4, 2020 - 3:05 am

      Or are we talking now 2 chia eggs equals 4 tbsp chia seeds and 12 tbsp waterReplyCancel

      • Alison MarrasMay 7, 2020 - 7:07 pm

        good question, it’s just the 2 Tbsp, 6 Tbsp water as 2 eggs!ReplyCancel

  • Anita LahamMay 15, 2020 - 5:42 pm

    One of the few recipes that worked, tasted good and not meant only for sweet treats. Thanks you! ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasMay 19, 2020 - 4:56 pm

      awesome, so glad it worked well for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne saffaieMay 17, 2020 - 1:57 am

    You make everything nutritious and delicious! You also make it so easy in the kitchen and creatively fun! Thank you for all that you create and share with us here I can’t get enough!!  XOReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasMay 19, 2020 - 4:56 pm

      MY PLEASURE, Roxy!!! thanks, girl.ReplyCancel

  • […] for buckwheat pancakes (no idea why) so I ended up buying some buckwheat flour. Then I saw this Gluten-free Buckwheat Bread (Egg-Free) from Food by Mars. I looked like the Russian Rye bread I love, so I gave it a go. I used […]ReplyCancel

  • Jan MacDermaidJune 1, 2020 - 2:42 pm

    Can I use eggs instead of chia?ReplyCancel

  • AshleyJune 14, 2020 - 4:10 pm

    Hi! My bread didn’t have as many tiny pockets as your did, looks like maybe it didn’t rise? I left it to levee for 2 hours. Maybe my batter was too wet? My yeast was bubbling so I think that was ok. Thanks in advance for your help!!ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasJune 16, 2020 - 7:59 pm

      Bread baking is such an art… could be all of those things honestly! I’d encourage you to check out the link from the recipe I adapted, as there are some comments on there with some more guidance.ReplyCancel

  • MJJuly 9, 2020 - 10:41 pm

    Is that 16 oz of buckwheat flour meaning a pound or like 16 oz meaning a cup?ReplyCancel

    • BecAugust 13, 2020 - 11:52 pm

      I second this question – one pound or two cups? ReplyCancel

      • Alison MarrasAugust 15, 2020 - 3:53 pm
  • Tammy MacLeodAugust 17, 2020 - 11:18 am

    This bread was so delicious! Not sure what I did wrong though because it came out pretty flat. I let it rise for 1.5 hours. Going to try again today for 2 hours and see what happens.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasAugust 23, 2020 - 7:27 pm

      Ah yes, sometimes that happens! Bread baking can be so temperamental, glad it came out tasty though!ReplyCancel

  • IrenaAugust 18, 2020 - 9:16 am

    Buckwheat is an amazing flour, it can be used to bake anything. I like to use buckwheat flout to bake yeast free bread as well.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasAugust 23, 2020 - 7:26 pm

      Agree! such a great, tasty flour.ReplyCancel

  • SriSeptember 9, 2020 - 2:42 pm

    Super recipe after  trying out  and failing with many recipes this one came out soft  and  yummy. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasSeptember 10, 2020 - 12:29 am

      i’m so glad! thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie TomkinsSeptember 18, 2020 - 5:58 pm

    Can I use honey or maple syrup instead of sugar?ReplyCancel

  • Debbie TomkinsSeptember 18, 2020 - 5:59 pm

    Can I use honey or maple syrup instead of sugarReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasSeptember 25, 2020 - 8:05 pm

      i’m not sure, I haven’t tried.ReplyCancel

  • RebekahOctober 2, 2020 - 3:21 pm

    Would flax “eggs” work as well as chia “eggs”? ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasOctober 2, 2020 - 8:35 pm

      it should, yes!ReplyCancel

  • JoAnneOctober 7, 2020 - 2:58 pm

    Hi. 16 oz of flour is over 3 cups.  Should I use 16 oz or 2 cupsReplyCancel

  • KoralOctober 13, 2020 - 5:19 pm

    So yummy!!!! I made it with soaked buckwheat instead on buckwheat flour and it came out perfect!! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasOctober 14, 2020 - 3:40 pm

      Oh fabulous – thanks for sharing this tip!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth WilkeOctober 29, 2020 - 3:51 pm

    I’ve made this 2 times but use 2 regular eggs (as I welcome opportunity to use my fresh eggs) instead of chia eggs and it has turned out perfect both times. Works great for sandwich bread and makes delicious toast, though it does take a bit longer to toast, it gets a nice crunch on it. ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasNovember 5, 2020 - 9:04 pm

      Wonderful, so glad and I agree about the toast!ReplyCancel

  • ToniDecember 23, 2020 - 2:29 pm

    I loved it! It turned out so good! Yummy! ReplyCancel

  • LauraDecember 23, 2020 - 2:38 pm

    This is my first time baking with buckwheat. It turned out really well. It’s great to have this recipe to fall back on.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasDecember 30, 2020 - 7:03 pm

      Perfect!! So glad to hear it!ReplyCancel

  • BethDecember 23, 2020 - 2:59 pm

    This looks amazing and so delicious! My family is going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to give this a try!ReplyCancel

  • JesseDecember 23, 2020 - 3:12 pm

    This is some yummy buckwheat flour bread and perfect for my MIL who has a gluten allergy.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline DebonoDecember 23, 2020 - 3:27 pm

    This buckwheat flour bread looks amazing. I’ve made pasta with buckwheat flour but never bread! I don’t know why! Gotta give this a try!ReplyCancel

  • KyraJanuary 5, 2021 - 8:24 pm

    The measurements are so bizarre… what is 10.5 oz water? Why not either list by ml, grams, or give an actual cup amount I can’t find a liquid measure to accurately account for this. And the 16oz – 2cups of flour is confusing as well. Is that fluid ounces or by weight?ReplyCancel

  • ssJanuary 23, 2021 - 7:33 pm

    When I add chia eggs by itself into flour it just clumps up and doesnt mix well. Why dont we add all the wet ingredient together first? Chia Eggs, Vinegar, and Yeast/Water? ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasJanuary 29, 2021 - 7:38 pm

      you’re welcome to try it that way!ReplyCancel

  • MagaliMarch 1, 2021 - 10:20 pm

    Van I use baking powder instead of dry yeast? ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasMarch 2, 2021 - 6:11 pm

      I would stick to the yeast if you can, I haven’t tried a swap!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica WoodMarch 7, 2021 - 12:04 am

    can you use eggs vs chia eggs?ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasMarch 9, 2021 - 2:25 pm

      yes, you can! you’ll likely need less liquid so you can check out the recipe link I shared above that I used to adapt this version for more in-depth explanation using eggs.ReplyCancel

  • wallace baisdenApril 23, 2021 - 1:27 pm

    I’ve been baking with ancient grains for years. I quit “white bread” decades ago. barley, spelt, and buckwheat flours are the new  “now” flours.   They’ve only been around for a couple of thousand years.  Wallace baisden  ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasApril 28, 2021 - 1:20 pm

      That’s great!ReplyCancel

  • MariamApril 28, 2021 - 8:19 pm

     Too much water for 2 cups A flour or 16 ounce flour. 16 ounce flour is always less than  2 cups.ReplyCancel

  • HeatherJune 9, 2021 - 8:25 pm

    Hello!  I was wondering if you ever put this in a bread machine? Would love to know the settings if you have.ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasJune 10, 2021 - 4:47 pm

      Hi Heather! I haven’t tried that but let us know if you do!ReplyCancel

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