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Whole Wheat Spinach Bread

February 23, 2015


I remember in elementary school everyone flipping out over green eggs and ham on St Patrick’s Day. Do the two really have anything to do with each other? Probably not, but green = St Patrick’s Day and my school rolled with it.

Whole Wheat Spinach Bread from @hiddenfruitnveg

Obviously, I don’t eat ham and coloring eggs green kiiiiind of freaks me out. Solution? Green bread. My aunt makes a killer sweet green bread with pistachio pudding, but I wanted to go a little more savory. I thought back to how much I loved putting spinach in pancakes and how people make spinach pasta. Spinach bread really just made the most logical sense.

Whole Wheat Spinach Bread from @hiddenfruitnveg

Josh was really not a fan of the idea of this, especially because of the color. Let me just say that you can’t really taste the spinach. There’s a light hint of flavor, but I made a PBJ on this bread and it didn’t taste off. It’s especially good for toast and I have big plans of making a BLT with tofu bacon on it.

Whole Wheat Spinach Bread from @hiddenfruitnveg

Whole Wheat Spinach Bread
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Serves: 2 loaves
 

Ingredients
  • 5 oz fresh spinach
  • 6 + c white whole wheat flour, divided
  • 1½ tbsp dry active yeast
  • 2½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ c extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ c agave nectar or honey
  • 1½ tbsp vital wheat gluten

Instructions
  1. In a blender or food processor, blend spinach with 1 c of warm water. Once liquified, add enough warm water to achieve a total volume of 3 c.
  2. In a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine 2 c flour with the spinach water and yeast. Let sit for 15 minutes until frothy and and a little bubbly. If it doesn’t get any bubbles, your yeast is dead and the dough will not rise.
  3. Once the yeast mixture is frothy, add the oil, honey, and salt. Add 4 c of flour and the vital wheat gluten. Turn the stand mixer on and run until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Using a medium setting on your stand mixer, knead the dough for 7 minutes, adding the additional flour in small amounts until the dough is not longer very sticky, if necessary (test it with clean, dry hands. It might stick a small amount, but wont leave any pieces of dough on your finger).
  4. Cut the dough in half. For each half, stretch so the dough is about the same length as the loaf pan (8 or 9 inches) but twice as wide. Tightly roll it up (like a jelly roll) and place it seam side down in a greased loaf pan. This will help the dough rise evenly and look smooth on top. Cover with a flour sack or other lint free towel and let rise in a warm room for an hour or until doubled in size.
  5. During the last 15 minutes of rising, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. After rising, the dough should be peaking over the top of the pan. If your house is a little cool, it might take a little longer. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the loaf pans and place on a cooling rack.
  7. If you aren’t going to eat the bread within 2 days, I recommend pre-slicing, wrapping in plastic wrap, and sticking a freezer bag before placing in the freezer. This will help keep it from drying dough and can be frozen for 2 – 3 months.

Notes
I sliced my bread in 14 slices.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 120 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 22 Fiber: 3 Protein: 4

 

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7 Comments
    Erin @ The Speckled Palate Mar 02, 2015

    SPINACH IN BREAD?! Is this real life?! But really… I love this idea, and I am absolutely going to be making this because I love that you used spinach to color the bread. I also love that you’ve used the bread for various sandwiches, and it works for ALL of them!

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    marcie Feb 27, 2015

    I’ve never in my life seen green bread — I love this idea! I’ll skip the green eggs and ham for this, too. 😉

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    Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes Feb 27, 2015

    Okay, this is so brilliant! I have tried making chocolate desserts with spinach and I use my fair share in all kinds of smoothies, but I have never thought to make bread! What a great way to sneak in some veggies. I have to try this on my hubby! I am certain he would have no clue. 🙂 Especially with the PB&J! Yummy! And besides, the green is acceptable for March. 🙂

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      Kelly Feb 27, 2015

      It’s crazy how versatile spinach is! I don’t think I’ve had any spinach desserts, but I’m definitely intrigued.

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    Joanne Feb 24, 2015

    I, for one, LOVE the green color!! And the added nutrition to the bread. Good stuff!

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