protein

Whole Almond Bread

Here's my new favorite protein-rich quick bread, made with whole ground almonds, eggs, and yogurt.

Recipe: Whole Almond Bread

It's a really substantial and dense loaf, having 2 1/2 cups of whole almonds. Grinding the almonds is pretty easy too: just pulse them in a blender or food processor.

I based my recipe on this one. It's taken me several delicious experiments come up with my own version of this satisfying bread - note the summer photo!  The last one I made domed very nicely on top - wish I took a photo - oh well. ;)

Great for slicing and toasting. You can also pan-fry slices in a bit of
butter, then serve topped with fruit and maple syrup "french toast"
style - yum!

This healthy satisfying (delicious) bread is wheat-free, gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, yeast-free, and sugar-free. (You could probably make it dairy-free by using soy yogurt.)

Enjoy ♥

Black Bean Brownies...


Not too long ago I noticed a hot trend around the web - the black bean brownie. The concept is awesome: a rich dark chocolaty brownie made with fiber-and-protein-rich black beans (wheat-free). Sounds like breakfast to me! Above is a pic from a batch I made based on this recipe. (Mine were made with extra chocolate, less butter, less agave, no coffee or walnuts...)

The result tasted great, looked amazing, but didn't really have a brownie texture - and also had to be refrigerated to stay firm. The texture was more like a cheesecake, a really yummy cheese-less cheesecake, so that's what they'll be in their next life. We had no problems scarfing this experiment down.

UPDATE: See comment #3 for the recipe (I've added a bit of starch to firm things up a bit) - apparently they rock. :D

UPDATE 2 (May 10 2011): Check out my new recipe for Really Awesome Black Bean Brownies :)

Eggs... i love you

The Wonderous Egg

When looking for "healthy baking" recipes, I often come across ones calling for egg whites - rather than whole eggs. While egg whites are definitely healthy and high in protein - the whole egg offers more nutrition - not to mention flavour. Some recipes do call for egg whites because of their special physical properties. Other "healthy" recipes eliminate the yolk because of its high fat and cholesterol content.

Delighted

I often bring my own home-made snacks to work. For the times when I can't, I'm thrilled that it's now easy to find a good nutritious snack at many Toronto convenience stores.

Almond Delight almond bar

I popped into a magazine store steps from my studio looking for an afternoon snack. After scanning the selection of protein, nut, seed, grain and fruit bars, I picked up an "Almond Delight" almond bar - currently my favorite nut bar. Here's why:

  • It has only 3 great ingredients: almonds*, honey, malt
  • It has 9 grams of protein and 183 calories
  • It's produced locally (Markham, Ontario)
  • It's under $2
  • It's delicious

*Almonds are high in calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, protein, fiber, and cholesterol-lowering fat. Here's the full nutritional breakdown. Yay almonds!