I tend to put my lovely ‘candida clients’ into one of two camps. It’s a massively sweeping generalisation I know, but it has been my experience over the past 25+ years!
They either crave the sweet things like chocolate, cakes, biscuits or sweets (that was me – at my worst I was eating six large bars of chocolate a day – that’s an addiction-and-a-half, right?!) or they are my ‘yeast heads’ – they love bread and cheese with lashings of marmite and will happily drink bovril.
It’s the yeast I want to talk about today, because when people are told they need to cut out regular bread from their diets, it can send them into a bit of a tailspin.
If you think about it, many people eat toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and will use bread for snacks later in the day. So life without it can seem pretty impossible.
When I first went on my own ‘candida diet’ back in the ’90s there were very few alternatives. I could buy one brand of yeast free bread, so ended up making my own soda bread. Fortunately, with a growing awareness of health and wellness, there are a few more tasty options available these days.
Now, it’s important to know that some people with a high candida count, might also have sensitivities to other foods such as wheat, rye or oats. This post will assume that you are ok with all other foods and you are simply looking for alternatives to regular yeasted bread.
If you need help determining whether or not you have food intolerances, you can contact me to book an allergy test. I can work remotely on you (weird I know, but true!) and we’ll get together on Zoom to discuss your results and put together and eating plan for you.
Here’s what client Lisa had to say about remote testing:
“I have been suffering with IBS, bloating, food allergies and weight gain for so many years and had given up on changing it.
In session one Rachelle found all of the foods that I should avoid and picked up a lot of different things about my eating habits without me telling her.
After session two I had lost 3Ibs without trying. I could literally feel a weight being lifted off me. And it’s continued ever since. All the bloating and pain has now gone.
I was a little apprehensive at first about doing remote kinesiology sessions. I didn’t think it would work as well but I was wrong. In fact on researching it and talking to other people sometimes remote sessions can be even more powerful. Which is what I found with Rachelle. Trust me it works.”
So onto these yeast free and sugar free breads you can enjoy on a candida diet. I’ve split it into two sections – recipes you can make at home and ready made loaves you can purchase. This list will need updating over time, so please do leave a comment if you know of a valuable addition to this UK-based resource!
Bread you can make when you’re on a candida diet
Yeast Free Simple Home Made ‘Emergency’ Bread
Did you know you can make a simple loaf of bread from just flour, baking powder, salt and milk? This recipe gives you all the details. Now it won’t last long, like a shop-bought loaf, so freeze what you won’t use in the next 24 hours and toast it from frozen.
Soda bread is a comforting traditional Irish bread that uses bicarbonate of soda and butter milk (you can use plain yogurt and lemon juice if you don’t have buttermilk). It’s delicious served with soup. Like the emergency yeast-free bread above, it doesn’t last long (it goes hard), so freeze in slices and use as needed. Soda bread lends itself to flavourings too and this version is super healthy with the addition of turmeric, oats and kefir instead of buttermilk (though I doubt the beneficial bacteria from kefir would withstand the cooking process.
Flat bread is a brilliant storecupboard standby and quick to make. You can use these as wraps or to dip into curries and dahls. You might need to experiment with recipes as they can sometimes be too doughy and ‘wet’ or too dry and be impossible to wrap. This recipe seems to have the Goldilocks effect! Or try this one for quick and puffy flatbreads. Also have a search on google for other Indian recipes such as chapatis, roti and parathas and for things like tortilla wraps. (I’ll probably get told off for putting these all in the same category, so excuse my ignorance!)
Pitta bread is a wonderful candida-friendly solution to a packed lunch, when stuffed with falafels or your favourite salads. Shop bought pitta breads usually contain sugar and yeast, but these two recipes here and here are both sugar and yeast free versions and both look delicious – really puffy and ready for you to fill with your favourite fillings!
Yeast free naan bread recipe
In our household, naan is what I think of when I think of the essential accompaniment to a curry and this recipe looks amazing.
Potato bread makes a satisfying and dense addition to a cooked breakfast. Made with just left over mashed potatoes and self raising flour, they are quick and simple to make. Here is a good recipe.
Two ingredient bagels sounds like the stuff of dreams, right? Well if the photos on this recipe are anything to go by, your dreams are about to become a reality.
Making sourdough bread is a labour of love and well worth it if you fancy experimenting. It’s the ultimate in slow cooking, as, if you make your own starter from scratch, you’d ideally be looking at a couple of weeks minimum before you get to eat your first loaf! The beauty of sourdough bread is that is relies on natural airborne yeasts and many people with candida can tolerate them. In addition, lots of people who are intolerant to wheat can eat it once it’s been through a long sourdough process. You can find good instructions for making sourdough bread from scratch herewhich is much quicker to make than my 14 day marathon!
Shop bought bread you can buy when on a candida diet
Seven Seeded are a London-based artisan bakery – you can buy some of their products through Abel and Cole. They boast that their breads are based on just four ingredients; flour, water, salt and time, and they use time-honoured techniques to create proper ‘real’ bread.
Here in the Forest of Dean, we’re lucky enough to have our very own award-winning cooperative bakery – The Forest Bakehouse. They offer a couple of sourdough loaves – one with wheat and another with why. They pride themselves on baking highly nutritious bread of the finest quality using locally milled organic flour. Sourdough breads – because they are allowed to prove slowly through a number of stages – create a natural and digestible product. It’s not uncommon for my ‘wheat intolerant’ clients to be able to eat a small amount of wheat based sourdough or sprouted wheat breads.
Although these products contain E-numbers, Rankin sell three useful products for people starting out on a candida-diet friendly regime. Their Irish potato slims are part of a classic Irish breakfast, and lovely served with poached eggs or fried tomatoes. The stoneground Irish Wheaten and sliced buttermilk sodas are helpful for children’s lunchboxes as they have a good texture (other soda breads and sourdoughs are quite dense for many children).
Biona offer an excellent range of organic breads suitable for a candida diet. You do need to read each label carefully, however, as some contain sugars or yeasts. Their sunflower seed loaves, rye omega linseed, plain rye bread, amaranth and quinoa, vitality rye bread, rye chia and flax, hemp seed and pumpkin seed all contain natural sourdough and no added sugar or yeast at the time of writing. For extra decadence, check out their cranberry and coconut bread!
Everfresh is not that far away in Frampton on Severn and they sell an amazing range of 100% sprouted wheat and rye breads. Sprouted bread is worth trying if you think you are sensitive to wheat, as the sprouting process can make it more digestible for many people. Be prepared for a sweetish taste when eating sprouted bread. It’s definitely better toasted rather than used ‘raw’ for sandwiches, in my opinion.
Seedful sell a range of gluten free, yeast free breads, packed full of seeds for extra oomph. If you find yourself constipated, reach for a slice of their plum bread – it contains prunes and Psyllium Fibre! For extra candida-busting power, check out their garlic flavoured bread. They are one of the few companies that offer rolls too.
Authentic Bread Company
The Authentic Bread company, near the Forest of Dean, in Newent make a light sourdough rye bread which has a lighter texture than many rye breads. They also sell soda bread which is perfect for tearing into satisfying hunks and dunking into soup, or just eating slathered with butter.
The Famous Hedgehog Bakery
The Famous Hedgehog bakery sell sourdough loaves made from wheat, rye, spelt and even a little-known strain of wheat called khorosan. And if you like your bread flavoured you’ll find turmeric or olive and rosemary to satisfy your tastebuds.
The Village Bakery
When I started my own candida diet, the village bakery was the only bread I could find that was yeast free. They used to do a much wider range, including a delicious wheat ‘campagne’ bread, but sadly this is no longer available. They do still sell two rye loaves without yeast – their original one with just three ingredients (rye flour, water and salt) and a seeded version. This has quite a bitter taste, but works really well if sliced thinly and toasted.