Redefine Baking: 5 Healthy Ingredients to Add to Your Homemade Bread
Thanks to Joe & Jean from the Village Bakery for sharing these tips!
Homemade bread is delightful. The taste and smell of homemade bread brings back fond memories of mom baking the night away, but the one thing mom failed to warn of is the calories in the bread. Bread and grains are often the first items checked off a food list the moment a person goes on a diet. However, by making bread a bit healthier with these ingredients, you can enjoy without a worry!
A few of my go-to ingredients that I use to make bread healthier are:
1. Pure Pantry Pulp Flours
Baking is a science. And the one main ingredient that is filled with carbs is the flour. One cup of wheat flour has 95 grams of carbs in it. Nixing the regular flour for delicious almond pulp flour or carrot pulp flour is a great way to make your bread healthier.
And it's so easy.
You just need to:
Add ½ cup of almond or carrot flour for every 1 cup of normal flour
Add ¼ - ½ additional cup of liquid
That's it. The final result will be a delicious bread that's high in fiber and veggie-based.
You can also add this flour to other tasty baked goods to allow for a healthier way to indulge. The flour is organic, and Pulp Pantry provides a few recipes to help you start baking your next loaf of bread or dessert ASAP.
2. Flax Seeds
Omega-3 essential fatty acids fuel your body with good fats. These fats have positive health impacts, and many people choose to eat meat to ensure they get their daily dose of omegas. Evidence points to flaxseed helping to reduce a person's risk of:
And the history of these seeds is fascinating. The seeds passed through the hands of Alexander the Great when he conquered Babylon, with flaxseed cultivation records dating back to 3000 BC in the ancient city. Charlemagne passed laws requiring subjects to eat flaxseed because he was a proponent of the health benefits of flaxseeds.
You can mix the flaxseed into your dough before placing your loaf of bread in your bread machine.
3. Mixed Berries
Berries are simply delicious. Part of the dirty dozen, you'll want to opt for organic berries if you want to avoid pesticide-riddled food. The introduction of berries adds a slew of antioxidants into the bread to help fight free radicals.
Banana breads with a mix of berries are a good pick.
Common berries added to bread are:
These berries will cook into the bread, providing a pop of color and a burst of flavor when eaten.
Experiment and try different berries to find which ones you like best in your bread.
Softer breads tend to do well with berries, but even harder breads, such as bagels, are known to contain blueberries to add flavor and antioxidants to the bread.
Spinach bread is delicious, and there are no-carb versions that allow for a low calorie snack. You won't place the spinach on top of the bread as seen in the carrot flour and basil pesto mini leaves recipe. Instead, you'll mix the spinach into the dough to create a sort of spinach roll.
You can simply garnish the bread with:
The other method is to roll it into the dough. You can also make a delicious spinach bread that's made with:
10 ounces of frozen, chopped spinach
4 large eggs
¼ tsp of crushed garlic
Simply preheat the oven to 400F, mix the spinach, eggs and garlic in a bowl. Season with a little salt and pepper, pour the mixture into your baking pan and bake for 15 minutes before allowing to cool. You'll want to bake until the mixture has properly set.
Cut and serve for a healthy treat.
5. Add in Oats
Oats are a common breakfast item that's made into a porridge, but you can also mix oats into your bread or top with oats for added health benefits. This grain is nutritious, and it has been shown to possibly help combat:
Coronary artery disease
Oats are very healthy.
Studies point to oats helping to reduce obesity risks and a correlating to a lower body mass index (BMI). Nutritionally, oats are a good source of:
And an entire cup of oats has just 307 calories.
Adding these ingredients into your bread will allow you to enjoy the great taste of bread while adding to the nutrient benefits of the bread.