Broccoli Protein Bread (Low-Carb & Gluten-Free)
I once read a story about a former JP morgan trader – Paul Shackleton – who launched a low-calorie gluten-free bread that is accredited by the UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) as “the lowest-carb bread in the UK.” The name of this bread? Plan Bread. Its secret? BROCCOLI.
“Brilliant!” I thought, because broccoli sounds like a great low-carb and nutrition-dense ‘bulk agent’ for baked food.
But I was curious, did his bread also contain protein powder? I took to twitter to ask him. His answer? “Can’t give away all our secrets but we do not use protein powder.” This of course is not surprising. The guy can’t, after all, divulge the recipe without losing the uniqueness of his product. But don’t all products need to come with an ingredients list? With a macronutrient breakdown? The absence of this on his website I still don’t understand…
But anyways, that’s his thing. Let me tell you about mine. Or ours, rather, because I made it with Will:
I made this bread with Will – a bona fide tasmanian devil of a person with whom I’ve been cooking lots of protein craziness lately. From the beginning, our plan was to make a protein bread that, instead of flour, used broccoli.
I’ll be honest, the whole thing was an experiment. We weren’t sure what would greet us when we opened the oven. That’s why, when it came out looking like it did – like actual bread! – we were like two proud parents, coulnd’t stop looking at it – ohhhh and ahhhhhing and sweet la la laing!
And then, well… then we cut into it and MAMA MIA!!!! BREAD!!!
Proper sandwichable, sliceable, gorgeous-smelling… bread!
The recipe is simple, it goes like this:
1/2 cup whey protein (I suggest a simple one-ingredient unflavoured whey, like ours!)
1/2 pea protein (again, go with unflavoured and without lecithin – ours is perfect for this)
1/2 cup egg whites
1 big (steamed) head of broccoli (see video below for a size approximation)
2 whole eggs
Seasoning to taste
Macros per slice (of you slice into ten slices: 60kcals, 11.3g protein, 1.5g carbs, 1g fat!
Oh and note: when you make your bread, add some herbs to the mix too! We kind of forgot to do this and it would have been nice :-)