Soft, gluten free and diet friendly Herbes de Provence bread – 77 calories

Yet another bread recipe, because who doesn’t love bread? I myself am a huge bread junkie. Bread items play a huge part in my life and I often have big troubles not overeating bread. Let’s face it: white doughy bread tastes good but does not satisfy at all. I end up eating to many slices and still feeling like grabbing a whole meal after it and I’m sure that I’m not the only one. So my solution to this problem is to find a satisfying recipe with a ton of protein so that I can enjoy my bread all free from guilt.

2 T balsamic vinegar (this gives the bread a beautiful color and taste but feel free to sub it if you’re not a fan of the taste)

1 tsp baking soda

5 eggs

1 T vanilla whey protein like this one (5 g) or just sub it for more fiber powder or potato starch.

3 1/2 T chia seeds (divided 2+1 1/2) (35 g)

2 T cold water

3 T flax seed meal (30 g)

1 T potato starch (10 g)

3 T Fiberfin or another fiber powder like Vitafiber (20 g)

1-2 tsps Herbes de Provence*

1 tsp salt

*This  mixture is savory and consist of dried thyme, fennel, and lavender, however you can use herbs of your choice; such as rosemary, coriander, dill, basil, thyme or mint.

Okey, the prep and baking process is sandbox easy; start of preheating the oven to 340 F or 170 C. In a little glass measure up 2 T chia seeds and blend them with the water. Let the mixture set for about 15 minut while you beat the eggs in a large separate bowl until they become pale and then add vinegar. In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and slowly (in order to avoid lumps) combine the flour mix with the eggs while whisking constantly. Add the chia blend and stir briefly. Pour the batter into a silicone mold or a bread pan and bake for about 45 minutes. Voliá!

Macros for a thick slice out of 10:

Calories: 77

Fats: 4,5 g

Protein: 5 g

Carbs: 3 g

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Soft and quick pumpkin and almond bread for 62 calories a slice!

Well, great weather here is fairly rare but I was a little surprised when I looked out of the window today. Whaddya know, a wonderful clear blue sky and a beautiful, big sun was looking back at me. I ended up taking a walk to the gym and spend the rest of the day indoors baking. It’s a shame, I know, especially since nice weather is rather rare here as previously stated. However, I was in a great baking mood today and just had to try out a few new ingredients.

Bread items are often truly missed once someones goes down the gluten free road and if you’re heading down the low calorie road at the same time: bread becomes almost a myth. Although, if you search the internet long enough you might find some interesting ingredients that may help. I actually found a fiber flour that I just had to try. It’s lower in calories than regular flours and works fine as a substitute. I’ll explain more how to use this flour in another post.

Sooo.. the bread, yes. I was craving bread so I decided to make a nice healthy protein loaf. Don’t forget to check out the fantastic macros at the end of this post.

1/3 or 1 dl cup almond meal (40 g)
1 scoop vanilla whey (1/3 cup, 0,8 dl or 30 g)
1 large egg white (38 g)
1/2 heaping cup or 1 heaping dl rolled oats (50 g)
3 T Fiberfin fiber flour (sub it for any other flour if you can’t find a fiber powder) (20 g)
3 T unsweetened apple sauce
2/3 tsp baking soda
1 heaping T buckwheat flakes
1/3 cup or 0,8 dl low fat coconut milk (45 g)
1 egg
3/4 cup or 1,4 dl pumpkin puree (150 g)
A dash of salt

Preheat the oven to 340 F or 175 C. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients first in order to prevent lumps and then add all the wet ones. Pour the batter into a silicone mold, about 8-9×4-5 (20-25×8-10 cm) inch big (mine is looks like this one). Place the rack at the bottom of your oven and place your wonderful soon-to-be loaf at the very bottom of your preheated oven and wait for about 35 minutes. Voilá!

Macros for 1 serving out of 13:
Calories: 62
Fats: 2,5 g
Protein: 4 g
Carbs: 5 g

Moist and protein packed tomato and basil bread – 87 calories and 10 g protein for a thick slice!

Gooey, chewy, moist and dense sure is the way I like my bread. It shouldn’t be crumbly but a bit airy and still dense and have a crispy outside. However, that only covers for the texture; the taste is just as important. I’m having a tough time creating a tasty gluten free bread that’s not very unhealthy nor packed with calories.

This night something really strange happened. Last night, I was a bit down because my bread was a disaster and I really thought is would be a winner. I was about to threw the two freshly baked loafs in the garbage when I said to myself: You know what, let’s keep it overnight and see what happens. Most gluten free baked goods tend to get worse the next day so I wasn’t quite hopeful. Although, this morning, when I woke up I walked straight to the kitchen and found out that my bread, that once was a crumbly disgusting disaster was now firm and tasted twelve times better. It wasn’t only tasty and fairly skinny for a bread, it was fairly easy to make, packed with proteins and good fats and carbs as well. In other words, it’s a perfect pre workout bread. Oh, I’ve had like four slices for breakfast and now I’m really full.

1 package fresh sweet yeast (50 g)*
1 large can of crushed tomatoes (500 g)
1 1/2 cup or 3,8 dl gluten free flour blend (200 g)*
6 tsp guar gum (18 g)
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp erythritol (or whatever sweetener you’ve got)
1 1/2 T dried basil
1 1/2 T thyme
1 1/2 T dried oregano
3/4 cup or 1,5 dl unsweetened applesauce (140 g)
Almost 1 cup or 2 dl bake protein powder (100 g)
1/4 cup or 0,6 dl coconut flour (45 g)
1/2 cup or 1 dl fiber flakes (30 g)*
1/2 cup or 1 dl water lukewarm water (110 F or 37 C)

*I don’t see why you couldn’t use active dry yeast instead. However, I live in Sweden and my local groceries only have fresh yeast because it’s really hard to find instant yeast and I’ve never even seen active dry yeast around here. It should be a sweet yeast do so maybe something like this.

*A whole grain blend is preferable. I used my own blend.

Start with heating up the crushed tomatoes to about 110 F or 37 C and add the yeast, then set aside. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients and add the yeast mixture along with the water and egg. Stir it briefly and cover the dough with a towel and place it in a warm and dark place (not to warm tho! The temperature shouldn’t be higher than the temperature of the water). If you’re house is cold, a dryer is a good place for it to rise. Let the dough rest and rise for about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare two smaller loaf pans (8 inch x 4 or 20×10 cm) and heat up the oven to 480 F or 250 C. Once the dough has risen, transfer it to the pans and put it in the oven while turning down the temperature to 390 F or 200 C. Bake for about 40 minutes (check with a toothpick, it should’t be too sticky) and let it rest over night under a towel for the love of God.

Macros for one thick slice out of ten:
Calories: 87
Fats: 2 g
Protein: 10 g
Carbs: 11 g

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside low calorie gluten free biscuits – 70 calories each

Sundays makes perfect #brunch days. My brother came over and it’s always nice to have someone that’s not on a diet to taste your food because their taste buds aren’t quite messed up. I mean, I’ve been dieting for so long that tasty food is even tastier and that’s of course a great benefit of dieting, haha! Anyhow, since I wanted bread, or something breadish but didn’t liked the idea of eating something store brought and without all them nice macros, I threw together quick protein biscuits for the whole family and guess what? No stone hard or lumpy disaster but rich and moist little babies that won my whole families approval! Most of all, they were packed with digestible carbs, easy and had a crispy outside. Heaven!

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Almost 1 cup or 2 dl (200 g) quark or greek yoghurt
2 cups or 4 dl (200 g) dark gluten free flour blend
1 scoop (30 g -1/3 cup or 0,8 dl) vanilla whey
1 T bakning powder
A pinch of salt
Optional seasoning (I recommend cardamon, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger)
A splash or two of dairy free milk
A little apple cider vinegar

Blend all the dry ingredients and add the quark or yoghurt. Stir in a little milk just until your batter forms a dough. Transfer to a floured counter top, kned and roll until it’s 1 inch or 2-3 cm thick. Use a floured drinking glass or cookie cutter to cut circles. This recipe should make about 12 small biscuits. Bake in the oven at 425 F or 210 C for about 15 minutes or until the outside is brown and your home smells like a lovely bakery.

This recipe came out low calorie, high protein and quickly became my new the pre workout power bomb!

Macros for one bun out of 12:
Calories: 70
Fats: 1,6 g
Protein: 6 g
Carbs: 7 g

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Low calorie, moist, gluten free and protein packed bread – 66 calories

Eh.. SAY WHAT? Is this true? Ever since I’ve started baking gluten free goods gluten free bread have always been a challenge. Dense, chalkboard bread like lumps were the result but this time.. Wow, I even managed to pack it with proteins, good healthy fats and the best of all.. A nice slice is low in calories AND still moist at the same time. The shell can easily be made nice and crisp but the inside still stays chewy, moist and delicious. Enough talk, here’s the recipe:

Almost 1 T (10 g) coconut oil
1 1/4-1/2 cup or 3 dl (120 g) oat flour (ground oats)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp guar gum
1 cup or 2 dl boiling water
3/4 cup or 1,3 dl unsweetened pistachio or almond milk
2 T apple cider vinegar
2 heaping scoops bake protein (70 g, 1 cup or 2 dl)
1 T unsweetened apple sauce
25 gram psylium powder (NOT HUSKS)
1 T walden farms calorie free syrup or sweetener of choice
A pinch of salt
Optional seasoning – Perhaps a mix of ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and cardamon!

Mix the vinegar, milk, water and psylium in a large bowl until it forms a huge, not very appealing blob. Then add the syrup, applesauce and oil. While you’re whisking like a fool, grind the oats in a blender or whatever you have at hand. I prefer to blend all my dry ingredients in the blender at once! Put mix the dry mixture with your blob. If the batter seems to dry – add more oat flour. Once you’re happy with the now quite thick batter, transfer it into a bread mold and bake at 350 F or 180 C for about 40-50 minutes. The baking time depends on how crispy you like your crust and of course the size of your mold and how even your oven is. Try sticking a tooth pick in it once your home starts to smell like a bakery and if it’s clean and the crust is hard – you’re good to go! Chill on a rack and cut in 14 slices. One slice is:

Calories: 66
Fat: 1,5 g
Protein: 6 g
Carbs: 5,5