Vegan Lentil Bread (Gluten-free)

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This is one healthy gluten-free vegan bread that simply tastes amazing. It’s made only with 4 simple whole-food ingredients and is packed with protein and fiber.

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It’s made only with whole lentils, making it grain-free and gluten-free. The recipe is also vegan, contains no oil, no flour, no eggs or dairy.

Recipe Highlights

  • Dietary – vegan (no eggs or dairy), whole food, oil-free, sugar-free, flourless and yeast-free.
  • This lentil bread is gluten-free and grain-free.
  • Nutritional features – high in protein and fiber, low in fat
  • Easy to make, whipped up in minutes
  • Only 4 simple pantry ingredients
  • Budget-friendly
  • Freezes well
  • Delicious and filling
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Simple Whole Food Ingredients

This lentil bread recipe is made with clean plant-based whole food ingredients. It is healthy, easy to make and so delicious. Here is what you’ll need:

  • red lentils – I used red lentils, soaked overnight, then rinsed and drained well
  • psyllium husk – it’s basically soluble fiber and is very important for this recipe. You cannot substitute it for any other ingredient. It helps the gluten-free lentil bread to bind and rise. In this recipe I used whole psyllium husk.
  • baking soda – a baking ingredient, works as a rising agent
  • apple cider vinegar – reacts with the baking soda and helps the rising of the bread
  • salt– I used Himalayan salt to enhance the flavor of the lentil bread
the ingredients for the vegan gluten free lentil bread

For the full ingredients list, measurements, and instructions, please find the recipe card below.

This Vegan Lentil Bread is:

  • plant-based (vegan)
  • whole food
  • gluten-free
  • grain-free
  • oil-free
  • packed with protein
  • loaded with fiber
  • highly nutritious
  • made with 4 ingredients
  • smells amazing
  • delicious and filling
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Simple yet so healthy!

I love making whole food vegan recipes because every ingredient I add is packed with nutrition.

Most breads have added sugar, oil, and all kinds of processed flour that add a lot of calories but little in terms of nutrition. In this case, however, it’s just nutritious red lentils together with baking soda, apple cider vinegar and psyllium husk.

Red lentils, like all whole legumes, are rich in healthy plant protein, satiating complex carbohydrates, and a lot of fiber. They are known to boost the immune system, fight degenerative diseases, lower cholesterol, and stabilize blood sugar levels.

In the last decade, numerous studies have shown that fiber alone is one of the most important nutrients for the human body. Psyllium husk aren’t simply instrumental to the incredible texture of this bread but are also pure fiber.

Lastly, apple cider vinegar and baking soda have an alkalizing effect on the body (while bread with yeast has a slightly acidic effect). Eating alkalizing food is especially important in today’s modern world since most environmental pollutants and toxins we are exposed to daily are acidic in nature.

All-in-all, this might be simple, 4 ingredient bread recipe but it actually improves your health while being so incredibly tasty! Enjoy it.

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How to Serve

This vegan lentil bread is high in fiber and dense in texture. It is quite satiating on its own. Here are some of our favorite savory serving suggestions.

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How to Store

Let cool completely before storing. Store at room temperature tightly covered for 2 days.

Fridge: Let cool, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Freezer: This vegan lentil bread is absolutely freezer-friendly. You can freeze the whole loaf or freeze it in slices in a freezer bag or container for up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature, then toast the bread before serving.

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If you try this Vegan Lentil Bread, please let me know! Leave a comment and ★★★★★ recipe rating below. I would love to see your remakes and hear what you think.

Vegan Lentil Bread (gluten-free)

Venelina Dove M.D.
This healthy 4-ingredient lentil bread is packed with protein and highly nutritious. It is filling and satiating. It's made only with whole lentils, making it grain-free and gluten-free. The recipe is also vegan, contains no oil, no flour, no eggs or dairy.
4.71 from 105 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine European
Servings 12 slices
Calories 108 kcal



  • Soak the lentils for at least 2 hours or overnight in a large bowl with plenty of water. Then, rinse and drain them well.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Mine loaf pan is wider on top and measures about 20 x 9 cm/8" x 3.5" at the bottom and 23 x 12 cm/9" x 5" on the top.
  • Place all ingredients for the lentil bread in a food processor. Blend for several minutes until everything is well mixed and sticks together. You may need to scrape down the sides from time to time.
  • Put the bread dough in a large bowl. Slightly press it between your hands until a well combined dough is formed. You can dip your hands in water if it is too sticky.
  • After that, shape the dough into a loaf and place it in the baking pan. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.
  • Bake for about 45 mins. Let the bread cool slightly before slicing it. Enjoy!

You can find detailed instructions with photos in the post above.


  • ½ cup (35 g) whole psyllium husk equals about ¼ cup psyllium husk powder. I recommend you to use a kitchen scale for best resutls.
  • Psyllium husk is basically soluble fiber and is very important for this recipe. You cannot substitute it for any other ingredient. It binds the gluten-free lentil bread and holds it together.
  • The total time doesn't include soaking time.


Serving: 1SliceCalories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 7gFat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gFiber: 4g
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I’m Venny, I am a medical doctor and I believe great health stems from eating whole plant foods. Here you’ll find delicious (mostly) oil-free whole food, plant-based recipes and learn how food makes you healthy!

98 thoughts on “Vegan Lentil Bread (Gluten-free)”

  1. 5 stars
    I just made this bread and is this best bread ever 😋 I added cumin and garlic.
    I will definitely make it again.
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe

    • Hi Victoria,
      thank you so much! That’s awesome! I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the bread. The addition of cumin and garlic sounds delicious—what a great idea! I’m glad you’ll be making it again.😊

    • Hi Janet,
      the food processor helps achieve the desired texture and consistency more easily. So I’m not sure you can make this recipe without one.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this with some very old lentils that were white with black husks. I soaked them overnight, but they are much firmer than the red lentils, so I needed to add quite a lot of water to the food processor (and split it into two batches) in order to get everything to mix together. But the results were delicious and it has a very nice texture.

    • Hi Lenora,
      thanks for sharing your experience with the recipe! It’s great to hear that you were able to adapt it successfully with the lentils you had on hand and despite the adjustments, the bread turned out delicious with a pleasing texture.

  3. I just made this bread and I think it may be the first bread Ive ever made lol. When I slice mine the top and bottom inch are grey ish and the middle is pinkish. I saw your reply to someone else that it’s possible the coloring is due to the psyllium husk? It’s tasty and I can wait to try different flavors. Just wish the inside was pretty for pictures lol.

    • Hi Stacy,
      congratulations on making your first bread! That’s a fantastic accomplishment. Regarding the coloring issue, the greyish and pinkish hues could indeed be due to the psyllium husk. It’s great to hear that despite the appearance, the bread turned out tasty. Experimenting with different flavors sounds like a fun idea! If you ever need tips or have questions about baking, feel free to reach out. Happy baking, and keep enjoying your homemade bread!

  4. 5 stars
    This was then best wfpb recipe I have made so far. Everyone should be making this bread! I can’t stop eating it. I sliced it think with nut butter and a medjool date smooshed on top…..delish.

    • Hi Rosemary,
      I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the bread so much! It sounds absolutely delicious with nut butter and medjool dates on top. Thank you for the lovely feedback!

  5. Hi! I can’t find psyllium husk, do you think grinding some psyllium seeds into powder will be okay for this recipe?

    • Hi Teresina,
      I think that grinding psyllium seeds won’t work for this recipe since psyllium husk is basically only the fiber or the outer husk or seed coat of the psyllium seeds, not the whole seeds themselves. This is why I think it is not suitable for this recipe.

    • Hi Josephine,
      I think you can use any type of lentils you have, just make sure to soak them overnight. One reader of the blog said she used a mix of red and green and turned out great.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe and it turned out great! The texture turned out exactly as pictured but just a little less red. I added some thyme but will leave it out next time because I think the flavour is nice and neutral without it.
    I was wondering if it can be frozen before baking as I’d like to portion it into rolls and cook fresh when desired.

    • Hi Ish,
      thank you for giving my vegan lentil bread recipe a try, and I’m delighted to hear it turned out well for you!
      I haven’t try freezing it without baking it so far. Freezing bread dough that contains psyllium husk can be a bit tricky as psyllium husk has unique water-absorbing properties. I honestly don’t know wheter it’s going to work or not.
      However, if you freeze it baked and sliced you can thaw/reheat individual slices in a microwave or toaster oven.

  7. Hello, can I use split lentils? If yes, how many hours it should be soaked? Thank you

    • Yes, you can use split lentils. A quick soak of 2-3 hours should be sufficient although it’s best ovenight.

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! just made this today. Added a little Nutritional yeast, garlic powder and cumin and a sprinkle of curry powder. topped with black and white sesamee seeds and carraway seeds. Having for dinner tonight , toasted with avocado. YUM! thankyou for sharing such a wonderfuly healthy recipe.

    • Hey Vanessa,
      Thank you so much for trying out the recipe! Your additions sound absolutely amazing! Enjoy your dinner with the toasted bread and avocado – such a delicious and healthy choice! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe, and I appreciate your kind words.

  9. Hey Sandra,
    Thank you so much for giving the recipe a try! I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the lentil bread with the added dried thyme – it’s a great idea for extra flavor.
    As far as the calorie content goes, I like to cut the bread into quite thick slices and that’s why it seems too high. If you are cutting it into thinner slices than mine, it’s probably way lower.

  10. 5 stars
    Followed the recipe to the letter except I added a tsp of dried thyme. Very pleased with the result. The calorie content seems a bit high when I look at the individual ingredients?

  11. Just made this and it tastes great. And so much easier than other gluten free recipes. How long does it last? Can it be sliced and frozen?

    • Hey Kindy,
      That’s fantastic to hear you enjoyed my recipe! The bread usually stays fresh for about 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Slicing and freezing work really well! I often do that to have some on hand for later. Just pop it in the freezer once it’s completely cooled and slice it before freezing for easy grab-and-go portions.

      • Hi Venelina, the last couple of times I’ve made this bread, after 45 mins, it looks ready but when I come to slice, its a little raw deep inside. This has happened since I switched to husk rather than powder. But the husk tastes nicer so I’d like to continue. Can you think of anything I’m doing wrong? I thoroughly toast it anyway so I’m not eating it raw but thought you may have some tips. Thanks

        • Hi Kindy,
          I appreciate your feedback and dedication to making this lentil bread work for you. It’s great that you’ve found a taste preference with whole husk over powder. I also make it with whole husk and it has never been raw inside.
          To tackle the slight rawness issue, here are a few tips you might find helpful: I recommend extending the baking time by 5-10 minutes. If you notice the top browning too quickly, consider covering it with foil during the last part of baking. It’s crucial to ensure even distribution of ingredients in the batter for consistent results. Sometimes, uneven mixing can lead to uneven baking. Make sure that all components, especially the husk, are well incorporated. Additionally, double-check your oven temperature with a thermometer to rule out any variations. Sometimes, ovens can have variations that affect the baking process. If the problem persists, experimenting with a different brand of husk might offer a solution.
          I hope these suggestions help improve the consistency of your lentil bread. Let me know if you have any other questions or if there’s anything else I can assist you with! Happy baking!

    • Hey Krystal,

      the psylum husk doesn’t need to soak with the lentils. Also, ground husk is fine to use but you need to use less, check out the recipe notes. Happy baking.

  12. 5 stars
    Have been looking for a SIMPLE GF and Vegan bread without yeast… this is exactly what my family needed. Will try to transition to a bagel version and let you know how that works

    • Hi Sonia,
      I’m thrilled to hear that this simple GF vegan bread recipe resonates with your family’s needs! Transitioning to a bagel version sounds like a delicious idea. I’d love to hear how it turns out. Enjoy your baking, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need further assistance!

  13. This lentil bread is amazing and a true life changer. It’s super healthy and tastes incredible. It’s on the dense side but I really don’t mind it. Its very filling and goes great with anything and normal bread. Just had it with garlic bread and oh boy. Absolutely love this! Thanks

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the lentil bread and that it has made a positive impact on your meals. Your feedback means a lot, and I’m so happy you love it.

    • Hi Ane,
      Great observation! Since the lentils are soaked, there’s no need to add additional water. The soaked lentils naturally provide the necessary moisture for the recipe. Trust the soaked lentils to contribute to the texture and moisture of the bread. If you have any more questions or need further clarification, feel free to ask! Happy baking!

  14. 5 stars
    Took time to find a sensible amount of psyllium husk. But worth the effort. This loaf was delicious can’t wait to try it with soup. I have sliced it and frozen it for ease. It is extremely filling. It would be interesting to see if I could add other ingredients to make a more savoury loaf, maybe olives

    • Hey Jane,
      I’m glad to hear your effort in finding psyllium husk paid off, and you enjoyed this delicious loaf! Slicing and freezing for convenience is a great idea, and I love the idea of experimenting with a more savory version. Adding olives sounds like a fantastic twist!

  15. Love this recipe, next time I will pulse the dry ingredients before adding the soaked lentils. Mine soaked overnight plus most of today and they had fermented which makes them even healthier for our bodies.

    • Hi Josie,
      thank you so much and I’m glad you loved my recipe! Your bread looks amazing! Fermented lentils can indeed offer additional health benefits. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  16. 4 stars
    I should have pulsed the dry ingredients before adding the fermented black lentils to my food processor.

  17. 5 stars
    This is my first attempt at a WFPB low fat GF bread and I’m so happy I started with this one! It was so easy and came out just as described. I love the dense texture and the slight nuttiness. Thank you for giving me bread back!!

    • Hi Monica,
      I’m thrilled to hear about your successful first attempt at a WFPB low-fat GF bread! It’s wonderful that you found the process easy and achieved the described texture. It’s always rewarding to bring back the joy of bread, especially in a healthier and more personalized way.

  18. I made this bread tonight and the flavor was very good. It was a much more dense bread than what I thought it would be. What can I add to the recipe to help it rise and become more light and fluffy? Could I add Baking Powder or a little more liquid? I’m open to ideas. 😊

    • Thank you for trying out the recipe! I’m delighted that you enjoyed the flavor. Just a heads up, this lentil bread is intended to be on the denser side due to the nature of its ingredients. It’s different from traditional bread. If you have any questions or need assistance with any other recipes, please don’t hesitate to ask!

  19. I would love to figure out a sweet option for this recipe. Has anyone tried anything? I’m thinking cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate chips. I would probably use a monkfruit sweetener as well. If anyone has any ideas, that would be amazing!

    • Hi Kel!
      It’s great to hear that you’re interested in adding a sweet twist to this lentil bread recipe. Sweet variations can be delicious too!
      Your idea of adding cinnamon and vanilla sounds fantastic. Consider experimenting with other spices like nutmeg, cardamom, or ginger for extra flavor depth.
      Sweetener choices – I think you can also use fresh or dried fruits to add natural sweetness. Try adding chopped dried apricots, raisins, dates, or even blueberries for a fruity kick. You mentioned monkfruit sweetener, which is a great choice. Other options include maple syrup or date syrup. Make sure to adjust the sweetness level to your preference.
      Another idea that I have is adding chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans that can provide both texture and a hint of sweetness. They complement the earthiness of lentils quite well.

      And please, do share your results with the community once you’ve tried it out. We’d love to hear how your sweet version of this lentil bread turns out!

      Happy baking! 🍞🍰😊

  20. 5 stars
    To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this recipe with such limited ingredients…but it’s AMAZING!! I added a bit of garlic and dried rosemary to the dough and put poppy seeds and pepitas on top. I also used a silicone loaf pan and baked for about 50 minutes. SO filling!!

    I would love to figure out a sweet option using this recipe. Maybe cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate chips? Will play around with different ideas. Thanks so much for this recipe – it will become a staple in our home!

  21. 5 stars
    This is very good. I topped it with Everything seasoning before baking and also added some dried rosemary and coriander to the dough..

    • Hi Lorie,
      thank you!.That sounds absolutely delightful! Topping the bread with Everything seasoning and incorporating dried rosemary and coriander into the dough is a fantastic idea. It adds a wonderful blend of flavors and aromas. I’m glad you enjoyed the result!

  22. This is such a huge win for my family. Thank you. We have a culture of sandwich, so when we had to change our eating it was very difficult. Thank you so much!! My husband ate it with honey and was delighted.

    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I’m so glad to hear that my recipe has been a positive change for your family! Enjoy it!

  23. 5 stars
    Can’t believe it worked out exactly like the picture. I mixed the ACV and baking sofa separately before adding it to the food processor. Rose nicely!

    • Hi Cindy,
      That’s fantastic to hear! I’m glad your bread turned out just like the picture. Mixing the ACV and baking soda separately before adding it to the food processor seems to have worked like a charm, resulting in a beautifully risen loaf. Great job! Thanks for sharing!

  24. The baking soda is too intense amd makes it hard to like. Did you have the same experience?

    • Hey there,
      I didn’t have the same experience with the vegan lentil bread.
      The intensity of baking soda can vary depending on the recipe and personal taste preferences.
      You might try adjusting the amount of baking soda or when you place the ingredients in the food processor try to put the vinegar exactly over the baking soda. When baking soda reacts with vinegar, it produces a chemical reaction that results in effervescence and the release of carbon dioxide gas, which helps leaven and lighten the mixture. It also makes the aftertaste of soda much milder.
      Hope this helps.

    • Hi Donna,
      tinned lentils are cooked and have more water in them. You may try to drain them very well but probably the end result still won’t be as good.

  25. I’m confused ..Is it 2 cups of dried red lentils or 4 ? I’d like to give this a try but the recipe has conflicting red lentils ingredient amounts.

    • Hi Christina,
      I’m not sure what you mean but you need 2 cups (340g) dry lentils to make the bread. I hope you like it.

      • Thankyou for clearing that up for me. Your post has a list of ingredients and it shows 4 cups of dried red lentils and when I clicked on “make it” it said 2 cups. Hence my confusion.
        I’m looking forward to making it.

    • Yes, it’s was a technical glitch, I refreshed the page cache and everything is OK now. Thanks for pointing it out!

  26. 5 stars
    Since my mother has celiac disease, I have tried several gluten free bread recipes but none have compared to this one! The flavor was so good and the texture moist and dense. One. problem I had was fitting all the ingredients into my large food processor. I had to mix in 2 batches and then put together and knead with my hands. It turned out perfect.I will be making this loaf of bread every week to use for lunches and eat with soup.

    • Hi Becky,
      I’m so happy to hear that this gluten-free bread recipe surpassed your expectations, especially given the challenges of accommodating celiac disease. It’s wonderful that you found the flavor delightful. Making it a weekly staple for lunches and soup sounds like a delicious plan! Thank you for sharing your experience.

  27. 5 stars
    This was very easy to make. I used 1/2 heaping cup of Green Apple flavored Fibrewise drink mix in place of the the psyillium root. Once all the ingredients were combined in my Foodi, I just scooped it into a parchment lined bread loaf pan and baked as directed. It turned out great. The loaf is dense but cooked all the way through. I put sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and poppy seeds on top before baking. The topping is nicely roasted. The taste is just shy of sweet, just right for bread. It is very filling and will pair nicely with some stinky cheese. Later, the leftovers will be turned into crunchy croutons. It’s a good recipe, tasty and a good use of cheap pantry items that usually just sit on the shelf until they expire. I recommend.

  28. Can you use other lentils besides RED? I have brown ones and green ones and would like to use those!

  29. I like the hearty, fine-grained texture of this loaf. It’s such a convenient way of incorporating lentils into your diet. Next time I will add some herbs or spices to make it more flavorful. Dough was easy to work with. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thank you for sharing! I’m so happy it turned out great and you like it! I also love adding different herbs and spices to it. 😊🤗

  30. How much water do we add when blending the lentils? I didn’t see the amount listed in the ingredients or in the instructions.

    • Hi Emilye,
      Since the lentils are soaked, they retain quite a bit of water so there is no need to add any additional water. However, you could add 1-2 tablespoons if you feel that you need to.

      • Thank you for clarifying! I was worried that the lentils would not blend well without extra water, especially with the amount of psyllium added to it. Will give it a go, thanks again 🙂

    • Hey Sharon,
      depending on the brand of psyllium husk you used, your bread can turn out purple. If the bread isn’t moist on the inside, it should be OK.

      • Perhaps you could temp it when done? 45 minutes should do it but not all ovens are created equally😉

  31. I tried this- I guess it worked? For some reason my loaf is so much smaller than yours- and it turned a very dark brown. I thought I had burned it! I was not burnt but it did seem dense- not the fluffy bread like texture I see in the images. It was good enough to eat. though. I’ll try again.

    • Hi, Alicia.
      This red lentil bread actually is not that big. The size of my loaf pan is about 20 x 9 cm/8″ x 3.5″ at the bottom and 23 x 12 cm/9″ x 5″ on the top. The bread rises during baking but this is the approximate size.
      If your bread turned out small and dense, it could be due to the psyllium husk. Different brands react differently, so if you make the bread again, you might want to try a different brand and see how it works out.

      Also, different brands of psyllium husk may turn your bread very very dark or, in other cases, purle (like some of our readers shared). It’s all natural but a bit odd.
      I hope this helps! All the Best, Venny

  32. 5 stars
    This is the fastest, easiest and healthiest , hi protein and gluten free bread recipe i made so far . It will be a staple in my house for sure

    • Hi Roxi,
      I’m so excited to hear that you found this lentil bread recipe to be the fastest, easiest, and healthiest among your hi-protein and gluten-free attempts! Making it a staple in your house is a wonderful endorsement, and I hope it continues to bring both convenience and deliciousness to your table. Thanks for sharing!

    • No, I haven’t tried it. However, in my experience ground flax doesn’t work so well with gluten-free breads. I would recommend using psyllium husk for this bred recipe.

  33. I’ve tried this twice with both a vitamix and ninja food processor and can’t get the mixture to blend…many of the lentils are still whole….almost like it needs water …any ideas?

    • Hi Linda,
      There are a couple of reasons why you may have difficulties blending the mixture.
      First, lentils aren’t soaked well. It is best to soak them overnight.
      Also, I recommend using a kitchen scale to measure the ingredients precisely.
      Second, your food processor may not be powerful enough to blend everything at once.
      You might try to mix all the ingredients together and blend them in two separate batches. Another thing you can do is to add a little bit more water, one tablespoon at a time, until it blends.
      The Vitamix is a powerful blender but isn’t suitable for this recipe as it requires a food processor.
      Hope this is helpful.

    • Some food processors have a bottom blade that’s too high allowing food to slip underneath keeping it from being incorporated

  34. 5 stars
    Love this bread recipe! Finally a healthy filling bread recipe that I will make repeatedly. Love your recipes!

  35. Perhaps I’m missing the nutritional content. What is the protein, fiber/carb, fat, and trace mineral content of this recipe. Thank you.

    • I wouldn’t think it matters much…but the whole psyllium husk may be lighter….less dense

      • I used whole husks in this case. I also think that it doesn’t matter that much but whole husks will probably give the bread a lighter texture. I think it’s best to weight the husks with a kitchen scale and the result will be the same.

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