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)
Buckwheat is not a grain but the seed of a flowering shrub, closely related to rhubarb. We use whole dehulled buckwheat seeds, soaked to activate. These are mucilaginous, meaning they don’t require any binding agent to set during baking.
Relatively unprocessed, buckwheat seeds are rich in manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc – as well as several B-vitamins.
A single slice contains a minimum of 2g of soluble and insoluble fibre, a combination that healthy bacteria in the gut need to thrive. 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, and is essential to a strong immune system.
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.
Aside from being high in unprocessed fibre and entirely gluten-free, filling 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.