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Quinoa Bread

quinoa bread

Carbs!  Glorious carbs!  Yes, I’ve been a longtime fan of the carbohydrate. In high school I even had a tee shirt with a redesigned carb food pyramid, with categories like breakfast carbs: waffles and pancakes, and dinner carbs: spaghetti and bread.  Mmm.  That’s my kind of pyramid.  When it comes down to it I could make a meal of bread and dipping oil…and maybe some big ol’ classy olives. That’s all I really need.

I recently saw a funny tweet from actress Anna Kendrick on low carb diets.  She said “I suspect low-carb diets work not because they are healthy, but because without carbohydrates I lose the will to eat.”  🙂🎉.  Never has someone summed up my exact thoughts so eloquently.

So while we’re journeying down carb road let’s make a stop to see our new friend, quinoa bread. 😎  Now as far as carbs go, this bread is more on the redeeming end of things.  There’s a lot of whole wheat action going on in here. And, of course, there’s the protein-packed quinoa.  Isn’t it fun to sneak healthy foods in and not even realize we’re being awesome?  Because let’s face it…I’ve burnt every attempt to make kale chips.  Kale just does not like me.

quinoa bread

I love the pearls of quinoa studded throughout this bread.  It really adds a delicious and unique flavor and texture. J ust imagine having a slice of this warm out of the oven with a smear of jam over the top.  Or you could dunk it in a thick, delicious soup.  Try it with my vegetarian three bean soup if you’re on a health kick.  Or…try dunking it in my ultra creamy chicken and wild rice soup. You won’t regret it!

There’s nothing like a loaf of fresh baked bread on cold, cold, winter days. Makes me feel like our ancient ancestors.  Just give me a huge chunk and let me hibernate.

Cheers!  😀

quinoa bread

(Adapted from a Quinoa Bread recipe from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoe Francois)

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Quinoa Bread
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole grain quinoa, uncooked
  • 1½ tbsp. yeast
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ cup vital wheat gluten
  • 3¾ cups lukewarm water
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine flours, quinoa, yeast, salt, and vital wheat gluten.
  2. Add the water and mix until combined. You might have to use a wooden spoon or plastic spatula to get down to the very bottom of the bowl and combine every last bit of flour.
  3. Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap and allow it to rise and collapse, about 2 hours. The dough can be used right after this, or refrigerated until easy to handle.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Dust the surface of the dough with flour and cut off a 1 lb size portion (about the size of a grapefruit).
  6. Dust the dough with more flour and shape it into a ball. Elongate the dough into a narrow oval and let it rest on the prepared pan for 90 minutes if the dough has been in the fridge or 40 minutes if the dough hasn't been in the fridge.
  7. Thirty minutes before you're ready to bake the bread preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  8. Place an empty metal boiler tray on any other rack that the bread will not be on.
  9. Brush water on the surface of the bread with a pastry brush and slash the loaf with ¼ inch deep cuts using a serrated bread knife.
  10. Place the bread in the oven and pour 1 cup of hot water in the boiler tray, quickly closing the oven door.
  11. Bake for thirty minutes until brown and firm.



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  • Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel January 12, 2016, 12:25 pm

    I could seriously live on carbs! Paleo peeps are crazy! I blame it on my French dad. We literally never had a meal growing up with a warm crusty baguette. I love the quinoa in your bread though, to amp up the nutrition a bit. Sounds yummy!

    • Amanda January 12, 2016, 2:16 pm

      Thanks! Your meals growing up sound like my dream. I don’t think I’m happier than when I’m around a warm baguette!

  • Aria January 12, 2016, 3:40 pm

    hahaha, you are so funny…and so like me. I call myself a carbivore. This bread looks amazing. I need to make it soon!

    • Amanda January 13, 2016, 1:48 pm

      Carbivore! That’s great. I’m definitely taking that to use later! Have a fantastic day. Thanks! 🙂

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks January 13, 2016, 6:14 am

    I feel the same way about carbs – I’m currently working my way through my third round of the Whole 30 so carbs are few and far between at the moment, but I’m saving this one for when I come out the other end!

    • Amanda January 13, 2016, 1:50 pm

      Thanks, Kate! I wish I had the nerve to try something like that. I recently got a spiralizer for Christmas, though, and I have been making a lot of veggie pasta. I’ve noticed that my carb intake is WAY down (besides this bread, of course), and I really notice the difference.

  • Lisa | Chocolate Meets Strawberry January 14, 2016, 5:29 am

    “Just give me a huge chunk and let me hibernate.” Um, yes!! I can totally relate to that. I would love to hiberate with a whole loaf of this bread in winter (even though, admittedly, it doesn’t get all that cold here in Australia in winter, especially not here in Brisbane where I am). This bread looks totally amazing, Amanda! That’s one carb road I definitely want to travel down 😀

    • Amanda January 14, 2016, 4:55 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! Australia in the winter is something I dream about. At some point I think everyone who lives in a cold climate asks themselves “Why do I live somewhere where the air hurts my face?” 😀

  • Mir January 14, 2016, 6:27 am

    That looks great! I never would’ve thought of using quinoa in bread. So cool!

    • Amanda January 14, 2016, 4:55 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary January 14, 2016, 8:15 am

    Ha! I love Anna Kendrick’s quote! That’s too funny.. and too true! 😉 This bread is pretty genius, girlfriend! Quinoa IN bread?!? LOVES it! I have GOT to try making this! Then I can devour bread to no avail and not feel so guilty! #winning! Cheers, girlie!

    • Amanda January 14, 2016, 4:56 pm

      Thank you! I never knew much about Anna Kendrick before, but now I think maybe she’s my spirit animal. Haha. Have a glorious weekend!

  • Annie @ The Garlic Diaries January 14, 2016, 8:36 am

    This is so cool!! I love it. Can’t wait to try it :).

    • Amanda January 14, 2016, 4:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Annie!

  • Jen | Baked by an Introvert January 15, 2016, 10:54 am

    I’m intrigued by this bread! I’ve never heard of bread made with quinoa. It sounds so taboo yet delicious! Love it!

    • Amanda January 16, 2016, 12:40 pm

      Thanks, Jen! If quinoa bread is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Haha. 🙂

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan January 15, 2016, 11:42 am

    HA! I totally want that T shirt! I saw a guy once who went a step further and had a TATTOO on his calf with a food pyramid where every space was filled with a slice of pizza. Haha! Bring on the quinoa bread!

    • Amanda January 16, 2016, 12:42 pm

      Thanks, Karen! I don’t have a tattoo, but sometimes I daydream about what I’d get if I ever got up the nerve. That pizza pyramid tattoo sounds amazing!