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What is Essene Bread?

On your journey to a healthier diet, you’ve probably done your due diligence and cut out a good majority of your bread intake. It’s a sad reality for carb-loving dieters, but most breads just aren’t good for you. However, there are a few bread options that you can and should keep in the rotation, and one of them is Essene bread.

What is Essene Bread?

Essene bread is one of the healthiest breads you can eat. This sprouted grain bread is typically cooked at low temperatures in order to preserve many of the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes found in the grains. Different Essene bread recipes include nuts, raisins, seeds, dates, herbs, and other healthy inclusions.

The basis of the bread goes back to the Essenes, a Jewish sect that flourished around the time of Christ. The Essenes are the forerunners of the Hallelujah Diet because they practiced vegetarianism and local eating over 2,000 years ago.

Essene bread is made by sprouting or germinating the seeds of grains. Typically, the grains of the Middle East were barley, rice, sorghum, and millet. Wheat was not well-known, although it does make good bread. Buckwheat is also used today.

Once the grains have begun to sprout, they are ground exceptionally fine and kneaded into a dough. Sometimes, they are made into a sourdough, which is a fermentation process, but it is not necessary. This bread cooks for 10 to 12 hours at a low temperature of approximately 100 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. This low cooking temperature preserves many of the enzymes and proteins found in the grains. Because of the long process of making the Essene bread, it earns more dietary respect and retains more nutritional splendor than any of the sugary sweet loaves we find today.

Health Benefits of Sprouted Grain Bread

Sprouted grains are much more potent nutritionally than typical whole grains or processed grains. During the germination process, most of the vitamins and minerals are released and become bioavailable. In typical bread, these vitamins and minerals are often bound up in the fiber. The process of germination and low-heat cooking preserves the delicate structure of the vitamins and minerals.

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Additionally, the enzymes that help our digestion and the amino acids that form protein are preserved. Under high-heat cooking, these are destroyed. Thanks to the low heat, they are retained and made available to us.

Essene bread is higher in fiber than most bread. Technically, Essene bread is 100 percent whole grain because it contains the full germ and bran. Typically, processed bread is only the starchy endosperm.

Essene bread is higher in antioxidants than most bread. Because this bread incorporates multiple different grains and often contains nuts, seeds, and fruit, it is higher in antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals.

Perhaps one of the best health benefits is that even people with wheat allergies may be able to consume Essene bread without issue. Because of the sprouting process, many of the triggers associated with wheat allergies are decreased. The sprouting process breaks down the gluten protein and other possible allergens. These molecules irritate the digestive system, increases inflammation in the body, and can cause a real allergic reaction.

If you’re going to use Essene bread and have a wheat allergy or intolerance, be sure to monitor your progress. Some people do have negative reactions to this kind of bread.

How to Use Essene Bread in Your Life

Essene bread is the way God intended us to eat our food. It’s made with care and diligence. Fortunately, it can be purchased at reasonable prices or made at home. This makes the bread available to many more people who don’t have the time or equipment to make their own.

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As part of the Hallelujah Diet, fruits and vegetables should be the mainstay of your diet. They should comprise two-thirds to three-quarters of all the food you consume in your diet. That leaves Essene bread, other grains, and some fat to make up the last portion.

This bread should accompany meals. It can be toasted or used as is. Just remember if you toast it, don’t use high heat. We like the idea of using this as a muffin in the morning to complement breakfast. This will help give you more energy for the day and make you feel full throughout the morning.

Be sure to keep it as just an accompaniment. The original Jewish Essenes people used the bread as a large portion of their diet because it was made up of ingredients that were readily available. Today, we know we need many more fruits and vegetables to be healthy.

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  1. Please explain the difference between Essene bread and Ezekiel bread. Thank you.

  2. What is the recipe for Essense bread?

  3. Is Ezekial bread a type of essene bread?

  4. Essene bread sounds great! Thank you for the information.

  5. Is the Essene bread much better than the Ezekiel bread? The Ezekiel bread is readily available in stores, but I have not seen the Essene bread. The main difference appears to be the baking temperature. Thank you for any additional insight!

    • Hi Tony,
      Great question! Essene Bread and Ezekiel bread are different. Essene bread is unleavened; it does not have yeast to make it rise, like Ezekiel bread, so Essene bread is very dense and heavy, and moist and can be chewy inside. Essene bread does not have the texture of sandwich bread, like Ezekiel.
      Ezekiel bread is much dryer than typical Essence Bread. That could partly be from higher baking temperature. I read on allrecipes.com that Essene Bread originally may have been baked on rocks out in the sun.
      (I just looked at the ingredients of 2 of the Sprouted Ezekiel breads. They add Wheat Gluten to it. Wheat Gluten is an additive to help make bread more elastic. I rarely eat gluten, but on rare occasions, I purchase the Ezekiel Tortillas because they do not have the yeast and added gluten.)
      I used to love something in the store called Manna Bread. If you have ever had it, it is scrumptious! Reminds me of Essene bread. It is usually kept in the frozen food section.
      Oh… now I want some. HERE is a recipe by Rhonda that better explains Essene bread. Also, there is a close-up picture of the texture. Looks great.

      • Thanks for explaining the difference between the two breads, Melody. I was wondering the same thing. I have tried the Ezekiel Bread, and would definitely like to try the Essene bread. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. Can you pls give me th3 recipe for the essence bread.

    Many thanks!

  7. I can see why Essene bread is healthy and may not cause allergic responses since it is sprouted, fermented and baked at a low temperature. I have never had Essene bread and did not know it was available to be purchased.

  8. Great article on the bread.
    Where can I buy the bread?

  9. Can Essence Bread be purchased in stores or ordered? I am not a good baker.

    Thank you!

  10. carolyn b. calhoun

    Thanks Melody for all the helpful information regarding the Essene bread. I wish it was available locally. It just sounds so tasty. Loved the advice about not toasting the bread on higher heat. It is amazing that this bread has been around for generations isn’t it. going without the breads is one of the hardest things for me.

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