Lately, I have been obsessed with making my own protein bars and breads. I just figure that I can make my own bars cheaper than I can if I buy a protein bar from the store for $2/bar. I can also make my own bars with fewer calories, and fresh ingredients!
Berry Zucchini Protein Bread
Makes 1 small loaf (8 large slices or 8 pieces)
- 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 medium zucchini, sliced into large pieces
- 2 scoops plain whey protein (or your favorite type of protein powder)
- 1/4 cup almond milk unsweetened, or skim milk
- 1/3 cup egg whites
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1.5 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tsp stevia or stevia/xylitol blend (or honey if you prefer)
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries or blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 340 F. Liberally grease a bread loaf pan with olive oil, or Earth Balance. **This bread tends to stick, so you need to grease the pan well. Or, pour your mixture into a pan lined with parchment paper. Then, all you need to do is pull out the bread with parchment paper after cooking and you never have to worry!
- In a large food processor, add your oats and chunks of zucchini. Process until the mixture almost forms what looks like a dough ball.
- Add the remaining ingredients, except the berries. Process until smooth.
- Stir in your berries gently. Pour mixture into baking dish or load pan.
- Bake 25-30 minutes until the center is not gooey, or until the edges become golden brown.
Tips: I like to double my recipe and bake in a larger pan like pictured below. You may need a slightly longer cooking time with a doubled recipe.
Nutrition Facts: (1 slice) 92 calories, 2 g fat, 11 g carbohydrate, 2.3 g fiber, 1.8 g sugar, 8 g protein.
This bread is not very sweet tasting because the only sweetness comes from a small amount of stevia and the berries. So, I recommend enjoying with a little light butter or Earth Balance, and/or a small drizzle of honey or maybe some almond butter! I actually eat it plain most of the time, but my taste buds are used to things with very little sweetness.
The goal is to get used to things tasting less sweet so that you can tolerate low sugar foods. This is why I tell patients all the time to ditch the diet sodas and fake sugars. This helps us get used to foods without so much sugar and hopefully, we can crave less sugar 🙂
By the way, you don’t even taste zucchini flavor in this bread! It just a great way to sneak in vegetables and nutrition into your foods.