3 Healthy Bread Machine Recipes – Easy & Tasty Ideas

3 Healthy Bread Machine Recipes – Easy & Tasty Ideas

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3 Healthy Bread Machine Recipes – Easy & Tasty Ideas

Looking for some easy, healthy, and most importantly incredibly tasty recipes for your bread machine? While some thoroughly enjoy the process of kneading bread, others prefer to take five minutes, pour their ingredients in a pan, press a button, and have a warm, fresh loaf a few hours later. Can you blame them? Using a bread machine can be a daily part of your routine and is a fantastic and inexpensive way to make bread that is actually healthy for you - as far as bread goes, anyway. We’re going to give you four healthy bread machine recipes for some easy and tasty ideas.

Why is Homemade Bread Healthier?

Although not all homemade bread is healthier for you, it certainly can be when you’re choosing the ingredients yourself. Here are a few reasons why you should choose homemade bread over store-bought.

Healthier Ingredients & No Preservatives

When you’re selecting ingredients for your homemade bread, you have the option to make it as healthy as you want. Some easy way to make healthier choices when it comes to your homemade bread are:

  • Choosing to make your bread trans-fat-free by using olive oil or safflower oil instead of margarine or shortening
  • Choosing high-quality flours or even grinding your own if you have the extra time or are into that kind of thing
  • Sweetening your bread with honey instead of high fructose corn syrup
  • Making substitutions if you require your bread to be dairy or gluten-free

Unless you decide to add them in yourself, homemade bread does not contain any nasty preservatives or artificial ingredients. This alone makes your bread healthier than any packaged, store-bought loaf you can buy.

Free of Allergens

Free of Allergens

Making your own homemade bread is the perfect way to make sure you don’t include any ingredients that you may have an allergy to. This includes but is not limited to dairy and gluten. There are plenty of options available that you can use to substitute either. Even buying expensive dairy or gluten-free options at the store runs the risk of cross-contamination. Baking your bread yourself ensures that this is not a problem.

Lower Sodium

Ever looked at the nutritional values on the back of a packaged loaf of bread and were shocked by the amount of sodium contained in a single slice? The average slice of bread on your supermarket’s shelf contains 130 mg of sodium. Making your own bread allows you to limit the amount of salt you include as much as possible.

The Option to Use Whole Grains

While you can still make a loaf of bread that is considerably healthier than the average commercially produced loaf using white flour, you have the option to use whole grains if you wish. Why use whole grains as opposed to refined white flour? It has more nutrients and more fiber which is a great way to consume your USDA recommended amount of whole grains per day. You can put your own take on a whole grain loaf by adding additional seeds and grains, such as flaxseed, pumpkin seed, linseed, sesame and/or sunflower seeds for additional nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids.

4 Healthy Bread Machine Recipes

Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread

Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread

This healthy spin on a basic sandwich bread only takes five minutes of prep time and three to five hours to bake. This is a great recipe for those who suffer from allergies as it’s dairy-free, egg-free, and peanut/tree-nut free.

Ingredients

  • 4 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

Instructions

  • Layer the dry ingredients into the bread pan first, excluding the yeast (whole wheat flour, salt).
  • Your bread machine may have a separate compartment for yeast. If not, create a small hole in the dry ingredients with your finger and pour the yeast inside.
  • Layer the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients (warm water, honey, olive oil).
  • Select the “Whole Wheat” option on your bread machine and press start.
  • Once the cycle is complete, place on wire racks to cool. Slice and enjoy!

Note: For an option with less baking time, select the “Quick Whole Wheat” setting on your bread maker (if applicable).

Healthy Multigrain Bread

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This multigrain loaf contains healthy additives such as low-fat yogurt, wheat bran, and quick-cooking oats as well as whole-wheat flour. With three minutes of prep time and three hours of baking time, you have no reason not to indulge in this healthy bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup quick-cooking oats
  • ¼ cup wheat bran
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly
  • ½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

  • Layer the dry ingredients into the bread pan first, excluding the yeast (all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, quick-cooking oats, wheat bran, brown sugar).
  • Your bread machine may have a separate compartment for yeast. If not, create a small hole in the dry ingredients with your finger, and pour the yeast inside.
  • Layer the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients (water, egg, low-fat yogurt, vegetable oil).
  • Select the “Whole Wheat” option on your bread machine and press start. You can also select the “Quick Whole Wheat” setting if available, to shave off a couple of hours of baking time.
  • This recipe requires you to check the dough once it’s finished kneading – make sure it’s formed into a ball and that it’s the correct consistency. If not, add a little water or flour at a time to correct it.
  • Once the cycle is complete, place on wire racks to cool. Slice and enjoy!

Honey Oat Bread

Honey Oat Bread

Everyone loves a homemade loaf of warm, sweet, honey oat bread. There’s only ¼ cup of honey in this recipe for sweetener and it’s made with mainly whole wheat flour. This homemade loaf is moist, delicious, and healthy and takes only 10 minutes of prep time and three hours of baking time.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup white bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Directions

  • Layer the dry ingredients into the bread pan first, excluding the yeast (whole-wheat flour, white bread flour, wheat gluten, quick-cooking oats, salt).
  • Your bread machine may have a separate compartment for yeast. If not, create a small hole in the dry ingredients with your finger, and pour the yeast inside.
  • Layer the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients (water, honey, vegetable oil, canola oil).
  • Select the “Basic/White” cycle and press start.
  • Once the cycle is complete, place on wire racks to cool. Slice and enjoy!

Next time you whip out your bread maker for your family dinner or when you want to bake yourself a loaf of bread to enjoy, consider one of these three healthy options. They are guaranteed to surpass any loaf that you’d buy at the supermarket not only in terms of their health content but in their taste, texture, and flavor.

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