Monday, May 9, 2011

Oatmeal Protein Bread and French Toast!

I've told you that I have stopped buying store bought bread, right?

Have I also told you that sometimes life gets away from me and I run out of bread? And I'm about one lollipop short of jumping in my car and making the 20 minute drive to the store rather than make my own?

I have good news though! For starters, I usually don't even have time to run to the store and back. 

The other good news is that I found this really easy and fast Oatmeal Protein Bread recipe that I "Hot Messed" and it's the perfect easy bread to make in a pinch. No kneading, rising, or waiting required.
It is delicious with butter on it.
It's delicious plain.
It's delicious with butter and jam.
But then I got really creative and it's even better made into FRENCH TOAST! I know, I really out did myself this time, but see for yourself how easy this is to make your own fast bread. The High Protein French Toast recipe is below too! Don't miss the opportunity to make some High Protein French Toast for your family for Monday Dinner. 
Why not have breakfast for dinner? It's Monday and ANYTHING goes on Mondays!

Now let's get started!
P.S. One more thing.... I sizzled up a little bacon and served it along side. One word... Delicious!

Oatmeal Protein Bread

1 3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Steel Cut Oats
1/4 Cup Milled Flax Seed
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Sugar Free Maple Syrup
1 Egg
1 Cup Plain Fat Free Yogurt
1/2 Cup Fat Free Half and Half

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat an 8" X 5" X 3" loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. Next in a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, oats, milled flax seed, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together using a large fork. 
3. In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup, egg, yogurt, and half and half. Whisk these ingredients together until smooth. 
4. Then combine the flour and the yogurt mixture to create a thick batter. Pour the batter into your loaf pan and bake for 30-40 minutes. Check on it after 30 and if a tooth pick inserted comes out clean you are ready to go! 
5. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and devouring!

Servings: 14

Nutritional Skinny:

117 calories / 2 g fat / 20 g carbohydrates / 3.7 g fiber / 5.6 g protein

High Protein French Toast
6 Slices Oatmeal Protein Bread
2 Large Eggs
3 Tbsp. Fat Free Half and Half
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Cooking Spray 

1. Slice the bread into nice thick slices. Then combine the eggs, half and half, cinnamon, and vanilla. Whisk together with a fork. 
2. Submerge the slices of bread in the mixture turning to coat. Allow each side to soak in the mixture for at least 30- seconds before turning.
3. Heat a large skillet and spray with Canola Cooking Oil. Once water sizzles ad bounces off the surface it is hot and ready. Place the soaked bread in the hot skillet and cook for about 1-2 minutes a side. 
4. Remove from the skillet and continue cooking the rest of the pieces. Serve with butter and sugar free maple syrup!


Servings: 3 (2 slices of french toast)

Nutritional Skinny:

286 calories / 7 g fat / 41.5 g carbohydrates / 7.4 g fiber / 15.5 g protein

Mental Health Benefit:Not only is this bread easy to make taking less than 6 minutes to pull it all together and get it in the oven, but it's also nutritionally dense. With nearly 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per slice! You can feel really good about serving this to your family and friends. It makes a great sandwich too! Plus with the multitude of health benefits of oatmeal you are sure to get your soluble and insoluble fiber for the day. And fiber has been proven to reduce your LDL (the bad cholesterol) with out lowering your HDL (the good cholesterol). Oats are also proven to slow the digestion of starch which helps keep blood sugar levels from spiking. 

I'll bake to that! Cheers!

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