A High-Protein & Foolproof Bread Recipe

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Anyone who has ever tried to cook bread knows how hard it can be.

My foray into breadmaking began a couple of years ago after I read Michael Pollan's book Cooked (they also made a Netflix series worth checking out). Since then, I've experimented with all types of breads: gluten-free, whole grain, and the incredibly delicious sourdough (using a live sourdough starter, of course).

My first few attempts were laughable—but like any other skill, you get better as you go.

My most recent experiment was a huge success, and I'd like to share it with you.

For all prep novices, don't worry: This one's pretty foolproof. This one took only 15 minutes of prep and 45 minutes of cooking time (I've spent entire days making a loaf of bread).

Now, as someone who exercises every day and owns a small health-food business, I should mention that my definition of a "healthy" bread is pretty stringent (when I'm not splurging on sourdough). Here's what you'll get with this nutritious, high-protein bread recipe:

  • All natural: no processed chemicals, fillers, or extracts
  • 100 percent whole-grain flours (a combination of organic white whole-wheat flour plus a bit of flaxseed powder and coconut flour for some healthy fiber and fats)
  • No added sugar (just a couple of grams of natural fruit sugars from the banana that gave it just the right amount of sweetness)
  • 9 grams of protein per slice

Healthy High-Protein Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops all natural, organic, plant-based vanilla protein powder*
  • 3 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup flaxseed powder
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 3 to 4 cups warm water (start with 3 then add more as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 banana (mashed)
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon real vanilla-bean powder (a bit of extract works, too, but if you can afford real vanilla beans, it's worth the splurge)

Preparation

1. Mix all ingredients together for 5 minutes in a mixer on low-medium setting. Add more water as needed if your mix seems too dry.

2. Grease a bread loaf pan with coconut or olive oil.

3. Pour all ingredients into bread pan. Allow 1 to 2 hours to rise.

4. Preheat oven to 450°F. Bake for 25 minutes. Turn down the heat to 350°F and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

*Find out how to choose a healthy protein powder here.

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