Thursday, March 21, 2013

Broccoli-Flax Protein Bread

OK, so you may find yourself a bit grossed out by the tittle of this post!  Broccoli really??? 
 Yes I know, I like weird things.  But you know what???  When you are on a journey to becoming healthier, you have to find ways to satisfy your cravings in order to keep sane.  One thing about me is that I LOVE FOOD, and I tend to eat things I crave.  One thing I have been craving lately are baked goods.  Eating an entire basket of warm bread at a restaurant with a pound of butter OMG!! Ooh, or a basket of Olive Garden bread sticks dipped in their Alfredo sauce, or Red Lobster's garlic biscuits.... LORD let me stop  Needless to say, bread was my favorite part of going out to eat. 

I do not know where these cravings are coming from, but I just have to find a way to control them and this particular recipe came to the rescue for me.

Anywhosers, in order to keep things PG in the indulgence department, I have been playing around in the kitchen trying to come up with a healthier, flour-less versions for baked goods. 

OK, confession time: I managed to eat half of the loaf...which was totally fine BTW, given that 1/2 of this loaf was only 210 calories and a little over 25g of protein!!!!
Perfect lil protein "snack"!

What I used:
2 scoops of PerfectFit protein powder
3/4 cup of egg whites (whites of 3 eggs)
4 oz. of unsweetened apple sauce
2 tbsp. of u. carob powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/4 t. of baking powder
1/4 t. of sea salt 
1 t. of ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups of steamed broccoli (mash with a fork)
1 tbsp. of ground flaxseeds
25-30 drops of liquid vanilla stevia

Spray a bread loaf pan with baking spray (do not skip this step.)  Preheat your oven at 375 degrees.  Add all of the above ingredients except the egg-whites into a bowl and mix well with a fork or hand mixer.  Give your mixture a taste and feel free to adjust the stevia drops or salt to your liking.  Once your mixture is perfect to your liking, add in your egg-whites and mix with the rest of the mixture.  Place mixture in to your baking pan and bake for  40-45 minutes.   Once your bread is ready,  let it cool for 10-15 minutes at room temperature and refrigerate for 1 hour prior to cutting.

I had an abundance of broccoli at hand, which is the reason why I used it in this recipe.  Feel free to experiment with whatever veggies you have at hand (zucchini, carrots, pumpkin etc.)

What's the craziest thing your have baked in your kitchen lately?

Have a happy, healthy day!! ;o)

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