[center][b]Flax/Protein Bread Recipe[/b][/center]
The more you cook, the better you look. So let's cook something that a lot of people -- especially we FFBs -- have had to give up: bread.
Yes, even whole grain bread, Ezekiel bread, and organic bread fertilized with the poo of weight-trained pygmies who survive only on acacia berries has to be avoided or limited for those of us that gain fat easily or have a tough time getting and staying lean.
One of our figure athletes, Ezaler, posted a thread about her "zero-carb flax protein bread" that caught my attention. Why did that catch my eye? Because the words "zero-carb" and "bread" are seldom used in the same sentence, except for the one that begins "Ain't no such thing as..."
I've made some modifications and came with a savory and a sweet version. Note the total absence of flour and impactful carbs. Cool, huh? Check 'em out:
Savory Flax & Protein Bread
2 cups milled flax seeds
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (I use RealSalt sea salt)
2 whole eggs (I use omega-3 enriched)
3 egg whites
5 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup of hot water
Mix the wet ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients. Then mix both together.
You may want to warm your coconut oil in a hot bath to get it liquid (it's solid when cool). The hot water should keep your oil from returning to a solid when you add it to the egg mixture. Bringing your eggs up to room temp will help too. If it turns solid, no worries, just place your mixing bowl in a sink with hot water and whisk like a madman.
Pour into a loaf pan, a baking dish, or those disposable foil bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.
Sweet Flax & Protein Bread
Same as above but add 3 tablespoons of Splenda or your favorite no or low calorie sweetener. Many have used a scoop of vanilla or chocolate Metabolic Drive with great results (add a smidge more water if needed).
My favorite is to add canned pumpkin (7 ounces or so), a shot of organic vanilla, and several dashes of pumpkin pie spice blend.
The possibilities are endless here: unsweetened cocoa powder, nuts and seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, various protein powder flavors, etc.
1) Use whole eggs if you want. The calories will come up a little but there's no reason to fear most saturated fats. In fact, you probably need more for optimal muscle growth.
Or, if you're a diehard egg-whiter, you may use all egg whites. I get the pure whites sold in the carton because I can't standing wasting a yolk. That will drop off some cals, which is fine if that fits your diet goals.
2) Olive oil or flax oil will work if you don't have coconut, but remember, those oils lose some of their healthful properties when exposed to heat. Much better to cook with coconut oil, which is one of those "good" saturated fats that most people are lacking.
Summary & Warning
Almost no carbs, pretty high in protein (for bread), super-high in fiber and good fats.... this stuff rocks. Use the savory for sandwiches and toast. Use the sweet as a dessert, much like my volumized zucchini bread.
And here's your warning: You may be tempted to eat the whole batch in a sitting or two. But remember, that's like 65g of fiber in one or two shots! (Average person gets 15 to 20 daily, and the recommended is around 25g.)
Also, while containing no carbs except those derived from fiber, this stuff isn't exactly low calorie given all the healthy but still calorically dense fats. So, go easy. Unless you need those extra calories, you I-just-ain't-hungry-pencilneck you.
More food porn pics to come.
PS: Here's a link to the original flax bread post by Ezaler: http://figureathlete.tmuscle.com/free_online_forum/sports_food_model_body_women_training_diet_beauty_nutrition/zero_carb_flax_protein_bread?id=2474208&pageNo=0