I started looking up homemade bread recipes with the idea that I could make a bread over the weekend and use it during the week. I decided to add spinach as well because I'm trying to add more vegetables to my diet.
I came up with something that hits most of the nutrition goals, some of the flavor goals, and completely lacks visual appeal. I started with this recipe for low-carb bread and made some modifications.
- 1 cup flax seed meal
- 1 cup oatmeal flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup oil
- 3/4 cups egg whites
- 1 whole egg
- 1 10-ounce package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- Spices to taste. I used, per the suggestion, onion powder, basil, and rosemary. I also used some salt.
|Mixing in the spinach.|
I mixed the dry ingredients together, followed by the wet ingredients, a bit a a time. Then, I mixed in the spinach and baked at 350°F for 25 minutes in a greased 9x13 pan. It made 12 servings.
You can pick up and eat the squares like a brownie, but they aren't stiff enough to use as a bread. The texture makes it clear that it contains whole grains and spinach, and it tastes overwhelmingly of rosemary (oops). Still, they're easy to transport and they contain a nice balance of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and protein.
I definitely like the concept, but they could use some improvement. I meant to put in garlic, but I forgot, and I think it would have improved the flavor. I put in salt, and I shouldn't have: they came out a little too salty. Serves me right for not researching the flavor of flax seed meal better, I suppose. I'd also like to try replacing the water with crushed tomatoes or tomato paste to create a lasagna-inspired flavor.
For a variation that might adhere better to the original purpose, I might cut the baking powder in half and divide the batter between two 9x13 pans to try for a more cracker-like baked good.