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January 1, 2013

Ezekiel Bread

Why is Ezekiel 4:9 bread different from other delicious, healthier breads? It’s loaded with omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids and an excellent complete protein. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: A sprouted, whole grain bread.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: It’s made from sprouted grains, legumes and/or seeds.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s delicious, lower calorie and incredibly healthful, packed with protein.
WHERE TO BUY IT: See the store locator on

Ezekiel 4:9 Bread from Food For Life. Photography by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.


*A high quality protein is a food that provide complete protein: all the amino acids that comprise the building blocks of protein. Eating beans or legumes alone, for example, is not enough; it must be paired with rice or other grain to achieve a complete protein combination.

† Food For Life Genesis 1:29 Bread includes amaranth and chia from Central and South America, barley from Israel, black quinoa from the mountains of Peru, brown rice and spelt from the Far East, corn from Mexico, flax and rye from Northern Europe, kamut from Egypt, teff from the highlands of Ethiopia, millet and sorghum from the plains of Africa, pumpkin seeds from the Mediterranean, sesame seeds from the Near East, soy from China, spring wheat and Unprocessed Bran from Montana and sunflower seeds from the Dakotas.


What Is Ezekiel Bread,
And Why You’ll Love It

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Most people think of bread as carbs, and they’re right. But Ezekiel bread is almost a miracle: It’s bread that’s also a high quality protein* and a powerhouse of nutrition, including all the amino acids and/including omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids that are vital to health and body function.

We first discovered Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Flax Bread when we created THE NIBBLE’s Bread  Glossary.

Traditionally Ezekiel bread was enjoyed by people who pursue a healthy diet. They had to bake the bread or buy it in health food stores, We, however, think that Ezekiel bread is ready for the mainstream: for the bread basket, sandwiches and toast.


What Exactly Is Ezekiel Bread?


Ezekiel bread is a healthful, exceptionally nutritious bread made from a combination of sprouted grains and legumes: barley, beans, lentils, millet, spelt and wheat. Some recipes, like that from Food For Life, use flax and other seeds.

The name and the recipe come from Ezekiel 4:9 in the Old Testament: “Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it....”

Ezekiel 4:9 bread, called Ezekiel bread for short, is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and natural fiber with no added fat. It doesn’t taste at all like the sprouts you may be familiar with. Think of a delicious whole grain loaf, amped up. Anyone who enjoys a flavorful piece of bread will love it.

Food For Love is a company that makes traditional Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted whole grain bread as well as variations:

  • Cinnamon Raisin
  • Flax (flourless, gluten free and delicious)
  • Low Sodium
  • Sesame
  • Other sprouted grain breads including
    Genesis 1:29® Bread (see below)
  • Plus a variety of gluten-free breads

Their Ezekiel bread is low-glycemic, diabetic-friendly, pH-balanced and kosher-certified. Each thick slice has 80 calories and contains 90mg of omega 3, 5g of protein, 4g of dietary fiber, 0g sugar and 18 amino acids.

The breads are all natural, made with filtered water and are free of additives and preservatives, added fat, artificial flavors and colors. They are certified organic by QAI.

See the company’s website for more informa-tion.


Why Is Ezekiel Bread Better For You?


When the six grains and legumes are sprouted and combined, a complete protein is created that closely parallels the high quality protein found in milk and eggs. In fact, Ezekiel bread is 84.3% as efficient as the highest-recognized source of protein.

Through an exclusive sprouting process, enzymes are activated and cause the grains to become living and nutrient-dense while enhancing digestibility.

  • The combination of the 6 grains, legumes and seeds creates a complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids.
  • The ingredients reduce the calories and carbohydrates found in the original grains.
  • Unlike commercial breads that are “enriched” and  “fortified”  to restore vitamins and nutrients that are lost during processing method, Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Flax Bread is naturally flavorful and nutritious.

Genesis 1:29 Bread

This bread has a cornucopia of seeds and grains, inspired by Genesis 1:29: “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’ ”

Each baker can create his/her own recipe. If the mix from Food For Life doesn’t contain “every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth...,” it sure has good number of them (see them in the footnote at left). As you can imagine, it’s a highly nutritious loaf.

Go Biblical with your bread this year. You’ll be healthier for it—and happier too, with these great-tasting loaves.

— Karen Hochman



Bake Your Own Bread

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day   Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes   The Bread Bible

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking, by Jeff Hertzberg and Zöe François. Make great breads daily with just 5 minutes of active prep- aration time. More information.


Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes, by Jeffrey Hamelman. Acclaimed as “a legendary resource praised by baking luminaries from around the world.” A vast number of breads! More information.


The Bread Bible, by Rose Berenbaum Levy. The cake goddess takes on the staff of life, with 150 foolproof recipes: everything from bagels and brioche to pizza dough and sourdough. More information.



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