What is it? What is it not?
Hannam & Co. loaves are not made with flour. Or yeast. They contain no grains, and hence no gluten*...or any other binding agent, for that matter. No xanthan gum, no tapioca flour, no potato starch, or eggs, or milk. They certainly have no sugar added and in fact, in the case of the Flatwhite and Superseed varieties, contain no measurable sugars at all**. They are bread for people who can’t or don’t eat bread. Coeliacs, diabetics and vegans love them, but so do plenty of people with no dietary needs other than the simple pleasure of biting into a crunchy, nutty slice of seeds.
*as tested by F.A.C.T.S. | **as tested by Microchem Lab Services (Pty) Ltd. (SANAS-accredited)
Despite its name, buckwheat is not a grain but the seed of a flowering shrub, closely related to rhubarb. It’s seeds are rich in many of the minerals that are needed for healthy living – manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc – as well as several B-vitamins, dietary fibre and resistant starch, which studies suggest may lower blood sugar level.
They are also mucilaginous, meaning that once they are soaked and ground, they don’t require any binding agent to set during baking.
It's called a 'Toaster' because ...
Applied heat brings out the full nutty texture and taste of the bread. We recommend that you toast the bread well: set your toaster to max; some like to toast it more than once.
A flat-iron toaster is ideal if you want an all-over gold colour and crunch, and prefer a cracker-like texture - ideal with a cheese board after dinner. Dry-pan toasting in a non-stick pan is the perfect solution if you are hiking or camping, and cooking on gas or open flame.
Also known as the ‘second brain’, your digestive tract is the most powerful influencer of emotional and psychological well-being, producing 90% of the body’s serotonin. A single slice of any Hannam Toaster will contain a minimum of 2g of fibre, which bacteria in the gut need to thrive. This fills you without bloating.
Hannam Toasters also score low to medium on the glycemic index (GI) — a measure of how quickly a food raises blood sugar after a meal — with slow-release carbs that do not cause unhealthy spikes in blood sugar levels.
Banters often ask if the bread is allowed: according to the Real Meal Revolution, buckwheat is allowed if you have completed your weight-loss journey, and are ready to enter the ‘forever’ phase of Banting 2.0, also known as the ‘Preservation Stage’.
Being preservative-free, it must be kept refrigerated or frozen. The fridge “best by” date is two weeks, and six months in the freezer. The breads are quite robust in that they can be frozen and defrosted then frozen again, but they are very temperature sensitive – if kept at room temperature or in a fridge that is not working at >4C, they will spoil.