15 No-Bread Sandwich Solutions

15 no-bread sandwich ideas. These are brilliant! Breadless sandwiches

Breadless? Still enjoy your sandwich!

Giving up bread is more than a dietary change. It is a lifestyle change. After all, bread is BREAD! No bread means no sandwiches, right? No! You can have your sandwich and eat it, too, with these bread less sandwich solutions. 

Lunch is saved!

1. Portabello “Sandwich Bread”

Grilled portabello mushrooms provide savory bread substitute for sandwiches. Get the recipe from Food For My Family.

2. Butternut Flatbread

My reliable Grain Free Butternut Flatbread comes together in a flash. These save well in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two, but they are still best they day they are made. I haven’t tried freezing them but I’m guessing they will freeze well.

3. Tomato Slider Sandwiches

Brilliantly simple tomato sandwiches. Slice a tomato and stuff with your fillings of choice! The trick is removing the seeds to prevent the juice running out when you bite it. Get the recipe at The Iron You.

4. Cucumber Boats

Hollowed out cucumbers make another one-ingredient shell for sandwich fillings. The picture in the collage above is from Make The Best of Everything. You can also peel the cucumber, if desired.

5. Plantain Tortillas

To satisfy a wrap craving, try rolling up a Plantain Tortilla. (Plantains contain a concentration of starch and they are not suitable for the SCD or GAPS Diet)

6. Cauliflower Wraps

I have already sung the praises of cauliflower in my top 10 uses for the versatile veggie. One of my most popular recipes, Cauliflower Wraps, provides a tasty wrap for lightweight fillings.

15 no-bread sandwich solutions7. Tapioca Wraps

My waters just looking at these grain-free  Tapioca Wraps stuffed with melted cheese. (The wraps also contain cheese as a binder and the tapioca flour is not suitable for SCD/GAPS diet).

8. Eggplant Bread Sandwiches

Simply slice eggplant lengthwise, grill lightly, and fill with your favorite sandwich fixings. Marathon Momentos gives a quick explanation and offers a really tasty filling combination.

9. Sweet Potato Sandwich Buns

Sweet potato buns look like a great substitute for hamburger buns and for sandwich bread. This recipe from Paleo Fondue includes coconut and tapioca flour.

10.  Bell Pepper Sandwich Slices

For a colorful and crunchy bread alternative, try slices of bell pepper. The Primal Parent shows us this creative sandwich solution.

11. Cauliflower Sandwich Thins

These Cauliflower Sandwich Thins are very similar to the Cauliflower Wraps but it skips the step of steaming and squeezing the cauliflower. I found that step was important to creating a flexible, dry texture in the wraps. These thins may be simpler to prepare but I don’t think they will be as pliable.

12. Grain Free Hamburger Buns

There are numerous recipes for grain free hamburger buns, which made excellent sandwiches. Try Sesame Hamburger Buns from The Paleo Mom or Coconut Flour Hamburger Buns from SCD Foodie.

13. Butternut Squash or Sweet Potato Sandwich Rounds

Simply slice peeled sweet potatoes or a butternut squash (the stem end) into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Toss with coconut oil and roast at 400 degrees F. Bake for about 30 minutes, until tender but firm. The baked squash/sweet potato rounds make a sandwich bread substitute. You can see step-by-step instructions in my Butternut Squash Pizza Crust recipe.

14. Oopsie Sandwich Bread

Flourless Oopsie Bread makes a great substitute for bread. The recipe calls for cream cheese. For those on the SCD or GAPS diet, substitute my homemade goat cheese or dripped homemade yogurt.

15. Lettuce Cups

Lettuce cups are another favorite wrap for sandwich innards. Butter lettuce leaves and romaine lettuce leaves make good options. The picture above is from Nom Nom Paleo and comes with a delicious filling idea.

Do you use any of these breadless sandwiches? Do you have any other solutions for no bread sandwiches? 

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  1. says

    I think those tomato sliders are ridiculously cute! Also, for some reason your “You may also enjoy” section has about a billion suggestions. Lol. Okay, maybe more like 200, but I think something is acting up. Not that I mind though… I just discovered two posts of yours that I need to check out 😀

    (It may just be my computer, but it’s never done that for me before!)

  2. Anthony says

    I have been using Celery as my bread substitute. Besides being great for vascular health, it does not have an overpowering taste, such some of the other options. I use the wide outer stalks. One thing that I use them for, is sliders. Pulled pork fits well on them and taste great. I also used them as Hot Dog buns too.

    I have used Cucumber before as well, but instead of cutting it in half lengthwise, like in this article, I cut it in half through the center and then I used a melon baller to scoop out the inside and then filled it with the sandwich ingredients. You can then eat the scooped out parts on the side mixed in a salad or plain.

    • says

      Your celery sliders are brilliant! Thanks for sharing your tips. And I will have to try your method for the cucumber sandwich next time I make one!

  3. Ashira says

    Very creative bread-free ideas however, I find it quite humorous that you take the time to make such creative solutions to avoid “evil” bread when you are actually eating processed meats! Ick!!!! Just saying…

    • Steph says

      Have you ever seen “cold cuts” at a health food store? They make them no more processed than seasoning and cooking at home.

      Many that eat Paleo suffer from grain intake so it isn’t comparing apples to apples. Even if they did eat Oscar Meyer cold cuts on their bread less sandwich, occasionally, it would only be as damaging as reading troll posts. Scroll, or poop, a bit and the occasional intake is passed.

      Sorry, decent people, I know you aren’t supposed to give these kinds any attention but it’s opinion was too funny.

  4. Jen KC says

    Fabulous ideas – love this post! I’d really love to try out the butternut flatbread or cauliflower wraps, but I don’t think see the recipe links. Would you mind sharing the direct link to your posts for those? Thanks so much!

  5. says

    Hi Lauren, I am glad that I chanced upon your site. All I can say is that all your recipes are very healthy and nutritious and I will make sure to try out some of your fabulous healthy meals. By the way, thanks so much for your free e-book on Grain Free Holiday Feast. I like it very much. Have a great day and cheers :)

  6. David from Iceland says

    Hey there!

    I have been eating “the idea” of your butternut flatbread for quite some time now, albeit with sweet potato instead of butternut squash and sometimes also added plantain. It keeps well for at least three days in a tiny basket, stacked together, not with a lid, and tastes as goodand is as moist on the third day as on the first day. The flatbreads never lasted more than three days, because they taste too amazing with Kerrygold butter and some raw milk swiss cheese (and / or Parma ham). Just wanted to share my experience. Thanks to your recipe I managed my regular sweet potato flatbread. Thank you! :)

  7. says

    There are restaurants in our area, Springfield, MA, that serce sandwiches in lettuce wraps.. One of them is a new Burger palace, called Plan B. They serve beef burgers with almost anything anyone has ever heard of, including peanut butter and bacon jelly… They also serve ground pork burgers!!! I love the idea of the cucumber or celery sandwiches, but am totally comfortable with food on a plate eaten with a knife and a fork.. The tomato might work if the skin was sliced off. I think it would be too hard to eat with the skin on..

  8. says

    It seems like people always ask, “what about sandwiches?” and “what do you eat?”.
    We love making cauli wraps, and sometimes turn them into pizza bases or add more garlic and butter and use them as naan with a curry.
    We also use nori to wrap things up, tastes pretty good and it’s a lot cheaper than some of the alternatives (at least where we live anyway).
    Also I was wondering how you feel about rice.
    Thank you for your great posts

  9. says

    I make a bacon and egg “sandwich” that I like to describe as “the love child of a hangover and frittata”. I’m excited to try out your butternut flatbread! :)

  10. Elizabeth says

    Lovely ideas but I also have to avoid eggs (about 1 a day max), tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, cauliflower, cream cheese and most other cheese except a little bit of gouda

  11. maria says

    I love these ideas. I have been experimenting on my own, using apples sliced horizontally and cutting the center out with the small end of a metal funnel. My kids love them with nut butters, but it would probably be good with a slice of mild cheese or a meat of some kind.

    • Amber says

      I’ve had chicken salad w/ apple pieces in it – I bet chicken salad on an apple “cookie” as we call them (sliced horizontally) would be great!

  12. says

    Wow! Thanks for the great ideas! I’ve been thinking about what suggestions I can give to my clients to replace the breads in their diets especially for those with allergies, gluten-sensitivities, etc. Purrfect timing! :))

  13. Tanya White says

    Hi there
    Could you please tell me what are the yellow squares in the second picture down on the right hand side?
    Thank you :-)

    • Holly says

      Look under 2. Butternut Flatbread. This is not my website, just trying to help out.

      That being said each one looks amazing & I bookmarked the page for a later date! Have been trying to stay away from bread but I am finding it so hard as sandwiches are one of my favourite comfort foods. Thanks for sharing!

  14. ellen says

    You can also make wraps out of Julian’s Bakery (online) paleo wraps made entirely of coconut. They are extremely versatile, hold together really, really well, and have a shelf life, opened, of 9 months. I use them all the time and make wraps with meats, goat cheeses, avocado, lettuces. It’s really a good alternative.

  15. Sam says

    I use egg wraps instead of Bread. Just beat up an egg, pour into a frying pan sprayed with frylight and cook through like you would a pancake. No need to flip as its thin enough to cook through, then turn out, put your filling in and wrap. Smoked salmon, peppers and tomatoes are nice!

  16. says

    Hi Lauren, I wanted to reach out and say well done on speaking out about your health situation. The more we all learn of the delicious alternatives the more empowered we feel.
    My little girl had some terrible digestive issues which have largely been resolved due to many of the principles you write about. Thank you and please keep sharing your discoveries.

    This is us if you ever have a chance to check us out.


    We are thinking about cracker alternatives at the moment. I’d love you to guest post if you were ever interested. We are inspired by the GAPS Diet and I’m just using my iphone and a converted caravan kitchen to bring the possibilities, beauty and wisdom of traditional ways of eating into people’s homes.

    Kind regards and best wishes with your health journey,


  17. says

    I love these ideas. I make salad wraps & bell pepper sandwiches often, but I think portabello sandwiches will be my new favorite. I have to try the cauliflower wraps!!! I also enjoy making collard green wraps and using zucchini for small wraps, cups and ‘sliced bread’.

  18. Tim Curran says

    My favorite way to make a carb free wrap is to scramble an egg well and cook it in a large skillet so it spreads out as much as possible. I cook it till it’s well done. It becomes completely dried out, but not burnt. It creates a pretty durable wrap!!!

  19. says

    I just wanted to say thanks again for featuring my cucumber subs. I have gotten so, so many visitors because of this post. Also, I wanted to let you know that I also have an ” apple tuna melt” on my blog. Where the apple takes the place of the bread.

    Thank you again


  20. Joan Westaway says

    Just succesfully completed Whole30 last week and need to continue to avoid those grains, legumes, sugars and dairy , so some of these I will enjoy using. Thanks for posting!
    I have been baking flattened boneless chicken thighs to use as a quick-protein-on-hand in a myriad of ways. When cold, they can be split in two and used as a protein bun to stuff with veggies cooked or raw, like a hamburger! I like squishing sweet potato on one half, avacado on the other, then anyrhing in between including sprouts, grated carrot or beetroot, greens, and even some thin-sliced apple and walnut!
    Who needs sandwiches?

  21. Pamela Rose says

    I use red cabbage leaves as the bun for a raw food burger.
    I imagine you could use these for wraps or bread substitute also.

  22. says

    Thanks for these yummy ideas, Lauren! I generally just use coconut bread for the occasional sandwich, but I have clients who don’t like coconut bread or almond bread. This gives me some ideas for alternatives besides boring lettuce wraps that I can pass on to my clients.

  23. Jeff says

    All great idea’s! I use potato peels to make sandwiches of all kinds. I tried many things but enjoy using large peels stuffed with all types of ingredients. Salmon is a favorite with diced onions, garlic, fennel. for lunch or dinner. Breakfast I mix up the potato with diced bacon, butter and stuff the skins.

  24. John says

    As a 74 year old diabetic with a wheat belly I am so delighted to find you and your healthy and helpful ideas and recipes. I look forward to trying them.

  25. says

    I love bread (sad, but true), however I am not a fan of sandwiches because there is too much bread. These are great options! It would be super if you would consider linking this post up to my #throwbackthursdaylinkup as I know some of my friends and readers would love these recipes!

  26. Nicole says

    Any Jimmy John’s sandwich can be ordered as an “un-wich”; they just serve the sandwich wrapped in Iceberg lettuce. It’s a good alternative to fast food or when my office orders lunch in for us. I like their veggie sandwich served this way, it’s usually served on wheat bread.

  27. Hi says

    Okay I officially have a crush on you haha

    …Seriously though. First blogger crush. Keep up the good work =)

    On a completely ..unrelated note I’ve noticed we have three reasonably large things in common.

  28. Detra says

    Great ideas. Another wonder substitute is very thinly sliced jicama. And it’s even great a tad bit warmed. The first time I had jicama as “bread replacement” was at a wonderful San Antonio Mexican restaurant. I had ordered shredded beef tacos on jicama. The slices had been sliced very thin and warmed, making a delightful corn taco substitute. Since then I’ve experimented with it and have yet to be disappointed!

  29. Yolanda says

    Thankyou so much Lauren for your kindness and selflessness in helping others. I very much appreciate your website, i and my children have been very unwell and we just hadnt even considered low atomach acid so you have just saved us a few more years of suffering! We are now following your instructions/ ideas and are excited at the thoughts of getting our bodies and energy back. My 22 year old and 12 year old daughters have very bad digestive systems and me too, we have been popping many supplement pills trying to remedy poor health, but you have made it clear to understand about why nutrients are not absorbed, and how increased acid will help.

    Your sandwich ideas are wonderful.
    I bet your mum is so proud of you. Ps a lady up the top someplace was saying she would like you to do guest posts on her blog – i think you have become very popular.
    May you be blessed for your help. I thank God for coming across your articles.
    I would like to become a nutritional therapist too as you have inspired me, but i dont have the funds at present, as i am on disability benefits but im hoping to get well and be able to work :) i have been lonely like a hermit from my illness, i cant wait to socialise again 😀 so exciting! Big hugs x yolanda and family.

  30. CD says

    Most comments here are saying what people are using as alternatives to bread etc, but none are actually saying what benefits the changes they are making are doing for them. We were all brought up on bread as our daily food for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and generations and years of consuming bread products, now dietitians and food gurus say we shouldn’t be eating any type of bread unless it’s this or that (gluten free, sesame seeds, organic etc) which doe’s not make sense. I find it would be impossible to turn around the daily calorie intake from years of eating normal bread products and change to these substitutes, plus who really wants to change their eating habits and go for cucumber sandwiches without bread, for example, most of us do not have these products to change to or know even where to get them. Why in the ‘new’ generation is everything from past generations so bad for us now? People making these claims need to have some backup rather than just printing recipes that they think will change peoples habits. We are all concerned about a healthy lifestyle, but too many different ideas and suggestions just make it all confusing.

  31. Dd says

    I think she was responding to the gentleman using celery sticks as hot dog buns… as far as processed meats go. However, hot dogs get a bad rap, as there are many non-processed, non meat bi-product options, especially if you know a good butcher/sausage maker. To the original post… these all look like fabulous options for the bread- phobic. Thank you for the post.

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