High Protein Bread Recipe – Quick, Easy and Healthy

Protein Bread Recipe
Protein Bread Recipe

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High protein bread is quickly becoming a popular option for many looking to better their health. This type of bread is a good choice for those who are getting older and need help in combatting loss of muscle mass and strength as they age. It also can be beneficial when integrated into certain weight loss programs. Studies have shown that protein helps you feel fuller more quickly and for longer periods than fats or carbohydrates. Along with supporting problems associated with aging and trying to lose weight, good protein bread can reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors as it is high fiber. It can also help cognitive function and is beneficial for those with colorectal cancer because it’s so high in vitamins and fiber.

In addition to these benefits, high protein bread can also replace pre-workout snacks and a post-workout meal. This protein bread recipe has a higher protein content than many protein drinks and bars. It can also be frozen so it has a long shelf life as well.

When looking for a good high protein bread recipe, there are a few things to keep in mind. High protein does not mean low carb. This is important because if you are following something like the keto diet, it may not meet your needs. But, if you are not eliminating carbs, there are some great high protein recipes out there.

When looking for a good recipe, make sure there are no artificial ingredients included, like flavors or colors. Avoid high fructose corn syrup as well. Be mindful that most high protein bread recipes contain milk, soy, or gluten so if you do not want these items, keep searching for a different recipe. Generally, these items are fine but can affect someone with a food intolerance or allergy.

High Protein Bread Recipe

After touting the benefits of high protein bread, we have to point out that if you buy it in the store, it tends to be pretty pricey. Choosing a good recipe and making your own high protein bread at home means you have bread that is cheap, quick, and simple to make. This particular recipe is all those things. This healthy, soft, tasty high protein bread couldn’t be easier to make or more affordable.

This recipe uses vital wheat gluten. While gluten has some negative connotations, it does have its benefits. It makes bread stretchy and gives it an airy texture. If you can tolerate gluten, it can be incorporated as part of a healthy diet. Without vital wheat gluten, bread becomes heavy and thick after its baked.

This high protein bread recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare and only has to sit through 2 risings. While it is not gluten-free, it is a great choice for anyone looking for delicious high protein bread.

Baking a High Protein Bread 

What You Need – Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup warm soymilk
  •  2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup (or sugar or agave nectar)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 to 3 ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten flour

Getting Your High Protein Bread Recipe in the Oven

Bread Recipe in the Oven
  • Mix the active dry yeast and ¼ cup of warm water in a large bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. Wait for it to foam before moving to the next step.
  • In a second bowl, add warm soymilk, 1 cup of warm water, vegetable oil, maple syrup  (or sugar or agave nectar) and salt.
  • After these are mixed, add to the yeast mixture.
  • Add 2 cups of whole wheat flour.
  • Mix all ingredients on low speed if using a stand mixer or do it by hand.
  • Once mixed, add vital wheat gluten flour.
  • Finally, add 1 to 1 ½ cups of the whole wheat flour as needed. Add it little by little until the dough is not sticky. Knead it on low speed with a stand mixer or by hand again for up to 10 minutes. You want to dough to be smooth.
  • Put the dough in an oiled bowl and turn it once so the dough is covered with the oil.
  • Cover with a towel and let it rise until it doubles in size. This should take between 1 and 1 ½ hours.
  • Punch the dough down and then return it to the bowl and let it rise again for another hour.
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  • Grease 2 loaf pans or line them with parchment paper. Punch the dough down again, then split in half. Make into an oval shape and tuck any seams below.
  • Put each loaf into a pan and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until it is above the pan, approximately 90 minutes.
  • Preheat oven in the last minutes of it rising.
  • Remove plastic wrap and bake bread for ten minutes. Turn the temperature down to 350 and bake for 30 minutes more.
  • Remove from the oven. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes in pans. Remove from pans for further cooling.
  • Eat and enjoy!

Final Thoughts

While high protein bread is not for everyone, they are benefits to those who are aging, dieting, or exercising. This particular recipe for a high protein bread is economical and tasty. Even if you’re a new baker, this recipe will have you on your way to baking a high protein bread you can enjoy warm out of the oven!

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