Making homemade bread is easier than it sounds and can be even healthier than the breads at the supermarket. When it comes to baking healthy bread, the simplest way to boost nutrition is to use whole-grain flours.
Bread, like most foods, is generally healthier when made with whole, unprocessed ingredients without a lot of additives. Here are a few cool ideas!
1. Whole-Grain Zucchini Bread with Honey and Walnuts
Chock-full of walnuts, golden raisins, oats, and whole-wheat flour, this homemade bread is a much healthier choice than something from the bakery you pass on your walk into work
2. Multi-Grain Flaxseed Bread
With 4 grams each of fiber and protein (from the seven-grain cereal and flaxseed), it's the perfect bread to use for toast. Spread with peanut butter or jam. Try it if you are interested in eating a healthy breakfast on the run!
3. Artisan Bread
If you're following Jenna Fischer on Instagram and now have the sudden urge to learn to make bread (honestly, same), then this recipe is for you. The dough uses just four ingredients that are mixed and left to rise for eight to 24 hours. Then, bake until the crust is golden brown. Click here for the recipes. By the way, you can choose to bake with healthy bakery ingredients!
4. Coconut Flour Bread
A slice of bread doesn't have to be carb-y. (Surprising, I know. Just look to keto bread recipe for more proof.) This recipe uses coconut flour, tapioca flour, and ground flaxseed to make it gluten-free, low-carb, and low-sugar. It's a great option for devotees of the paleo or keto diets.
5. No-Knead Rosemary Bread
Bring a homemade rosemary and garlic bread to a gathering, and you'll never run out of dinner party invites. You bake the dough, made from ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen, in a cast-iron skillet for an extra-crispy outside.
6. Five-Seed Sourdough Bread
Good things come to those who wait—like baking the amazing sourdough bread. It takes two to four days for the dough to sour before baking. The seeded (and fiber-packed) crust to have a mixture of pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, chia, and poppy seeds. (Helloooo, there are healthy fats, click here to learn more.)
7. Savory Zucchini Cheddar Quick Bread
Good news for lazy bakers: This recipe doesn't need to rise and is whipped up in just one bowl. With 10 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat, this cheesy bread is sure to keep you full until lunch.
8. Whole-Wheat Sunflower Honey Oatmeal Bread
Add this whole-wheat oat bread to your meal-prep recipe queue as it can be ready in an afternoon. At less than 200 calories per chunky slice, it can make an easy, flavorful, and healthy afternoon snack. These are the exact kinds of healthy carbs that belong in your diet.
There was nothing like the smell of homemade bread straight out of the oven. I would run home from school much faster on those days when my mom was baking healthy homemade bread.
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