Dark Rye Bread

Growing up, everyone in my family loved a good pastrami on rye bread sandwich. Back then, we simply referred to this Jewish delicacy as pastrami on rye. Of course, we made our own sandwiches at home. We also enjoyed pastrami on rye bread when we traveled to New York City each summer to see my grandparents. We loved going to the Jewish delicatessens on the Lower East Side between our trips to the Bronx, to see my Mom’s mother, and our trips to Long Island, to see my Dad’s parents.

When I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998, I began recreating all of my favorite childhood foods, turning them into the gluten-free classics you find here today, and in my three cookbooks.

As soon as I was diagnosed, I knew I’d need to make a gluten-free rye bread. Since this low-carb bread is made with the high protein, grain-free ingredients that I’ve been using for dozens of years, we can call it a paleo rye bread as well.

You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this healthy bread recipe. It’s great toasted with leftover turkey the day after Thanksgiving. It’s also great for breakfast, toasted with butter, a side of eggs, and some avocado. That’s actually one of my favorite keto breakfasts, and some days I eat it for lunch instead.

This Dark Rye Bread recipe is based on my Flax Foccacia Bread recipe.

Dark Rye Bread

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Servings 1 loaf



Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
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To store this bread, wrap in a paper towel, seal in a plastic bag, and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

As you may notice, the pan for this bread is a bit of an odd size, it’s about 40% smaller than a traditional sized loaf pan. Originally, I baked this bread in a glass luminarc loaf pan. That was discontinued. I switched to a Magic Line loaf pan, that too was discontinued. I’ve now found and tested a new replacement for these loaf pans. I’m recommending the Fox Run loaf pan, which is not as good as the previous two pans, but good enough. The reason I don’t love it, is that the sides are not as high as the other loaf pans, and the loaf is not as tall as the ones I made in the previous pans.

Whatever you do, don’t bake this bread in a regular, traditional sized loaf pan. Because there is only enough batter for the smaller sized loaf pan that is called for in this recipe, it will only partially fill the pan and you will have a very short loaf that is not tall enough to make proper sandwiches.

Here are some of my other easy low-carb bread recipes:

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129 responses to “Dark Rye Bread”

  1. This recipe called “ dark rye bread” but I don’t see dark rye flour use.I am wondering how do I replace the almond flour and flaxmeal( nuts allergy and can’t take any flax seed).Is there any of your cookbook with using coconut flour and dark rye flour?We are trying to use coconut flour and omit sugar in our diet! Thanks for your input in advance.

    • Stella, thanks for your comment and welcome to Elana’s Pantry, my gluten-free website. There is no rye flour in this recipe since rye is a gluten containing grain :-)

  2. After much searching and testing recipes for a grain free rye bread, I finally found yours. It is absolutely delicious! My question is, can I double the recipe to make a larger loaf for Ruben sandwiches? If so how long would I bake this? I cannot stop eating it.

    • Cassie, I haven’t tried that for this recipe, but my almond flour recipes in general don’t work well when doubled :-)

  3. Hi! Because of an tree-nut sensitivity, do you know if oat or rice flour would would work well in this recipe? Thanks!

  4. Thank you! I made the dark rye bread yesterday and am so happy with it. I have been slowly easing sugar and carbs out of my diet to hopefully feel better – but I love toast in the morning. I didn’t want complicated or yeast-based recipes. I was able to buy all the ingredients online (including a right sized pan) and voila! Perfect texture and pleasing taste. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!! Thank you so so so much!

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