Hello Bob’s Red Mill blog readers! I’m Jenni, the personal trainer behind Fitzala. Today I’ll be sharing a great recipe for a hearty snack. Beer bread doesn’t rank high on most people’s list for healthy snacks, but this one is delicious and good for you.
Most beer bread recipes are high in sugar and fat, which isn’t the best for your health. This recipe uses flaxseed meal to keep the bread moist and replace the not so healthy fats. Flaxseed is high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Another great aspect of healthy fats is that they provide a high level of satiety, making you feel more satisfied after eating.
Normal whole wheat flour can give baked goods a grainy, dense or overwhelming “wheaty” taste. You can fix this and still get the whole grain nutrients by substituting whole wheat pastry flour. It lends the lighter texture that most white flour baked goods have without sacrificing the fiber, vitamins and minerals that whole wheat flour lends.
With these two power ingredients, this bread is nutritious, satiating and sticks with you while you go about your busy day. The hoppy beer taste is just a bonus!
If you’re wary about using beer, take comfort in knowing that 75% of the alcohol bakes out. There’s not enough left in it to give you buzz of any kind, though I wouldn’t recommend using it if you are allergic to alcohol. You can substitute soda or seltzer water for beer, but I can’t guarantee the results and the taste will definitely differ.
Whole Wheat Beer Bread with Flax
Yield: 15 slices
- 2 ¼ cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- ½ cup Flaxseed Meal
- 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- ¾ teaspoon Salt
- 1 Egg
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup (sugar-free is fine too)
- 1- 12 oz bottle/can of Beer
Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare a bread pan with grease or parchment.
Place the flour, flax, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in one bowl and whisk to combine.
Beat together the egg and maple syrup in another bowl then mix in the beer.
Pour the wet ingredients in to the dry and mix until just combined.
Place the bread mixture in your greased pan and bake for 40 minutes or until done.
Jenni is an NASM certified personal trainer and loves helping women find balance in health and exercise. She and her husband live in Central Washington and spend as much time as possible outdoors. Find her on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or G+.