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Friday, July 13, 2012

Microwave Protein Cinnamon Bread

Can you believe something so soft and light came from a bowl that was microwaved? Well, believe it!
Ever want to make your own bread but don't want to wait for yeast to proof, dough to rise, then punching the dough down, and letting rise again? What if you could just make your own healthy bread loaf in minutes?  Well, you can, and it's super easy!

I had some leftover overnight oat bran and decided to mix some egg, cinnamon, protein powder, and stevia to give the bread a shot.  The result was nothing less than soft, fabulous protein bread that knocks any store-bought bread out of the water!

Mixing in the protein powder. A glass bowl works best for this.
Microwaves, when you think about it, are pretty darn cool.  They definitetly are not meant for shabby frozen packaged meals. Unless you like dull, unhealthy, high sodium, and unpronounceable ingredients in your meals, use the microwave for quick steaming veggies.....and making this bread!
Before microwaving....obviously

Change it up to suit your tastes/preferences too.  Maybe add ginger, nutmeg, and clove for a perfect pumpkin spice bread.  Or, mix in cocoa powder for, well, chocolate protein bread.
After the initial cooking.  I actually flipped it over in the bowl and cooked the bottom another minute since it was a little soggy.

The soft and moist consistency of this bread makes it a pleasure to eat alone, but spread with a good jam and nut butter never hurts. I like to stir a little peanut butter into plain, 0% Greek yogurt and use for an extra protein punch with flavor!

Choose your spread for this bread and let me know how you like it.  Tell the yeast you're sorry; maybe they can eat sugar and fart expel their gases in dough another day, when you have more time.

Sliced and ready for peanut butter, jam, maybe even honey ham....hmmm. Or just plain!

Microwave Cinnamon Protein Bread Loaf
by RC Liley
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (1 Small Loaf in a Bowl)
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 3 T pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp chia seeds; can omit and add another tablespoon of oat bran
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 T egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 packets stevia or 15 drops of liquid stevia
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Scant dash of salt
Add everything to a microwave safe bowl or mix in one bowl and pour into a microwave safe bowl; I used a glass bowl since it helps the heat waves to go through for even cooking.
Microwave for 4 – 5 minutes depending on how old your nuke-box is; I microwaved for 4 min and then flip the bread to cook another minute
Let cool in bowl for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool another 5 minutes
Slice or just eat it like a savage taking giant bites out at a time…..I won’t judge
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  1. yummo! i love making microwave protein muffins - so quick and easy and perfect for an impatient girl like me!
    you should try adding some coconut flour for double awesomeness and check out http://www.smoothiegirleatstoo.com/2010/11/moist-low-calorie-microwave-protein-fudge-muffins/ for another great recipe!

    1. Wow, that fudge muffin recipe looks awesome, thanks for the link! I have yet to use coconut flour, but love coconut....so I should.

      I use peanut flour a lot and think it would work great in that recipe.

      In the spirit of sharing links, this site (http://www.proteinpow.com/) has recipes using almost all protein powders and even gives a breakdown on the qualities of each kind. It takes a while to load for my slow internet, but the recipes and info are great.

  2. Thanks, RC. I will try this. I love making bread, but have never tried the microwave. I have always used the old fashioned method with the yeast and letting it rise and then the oven. But with time constraints, this sounds much better and very yummy.

    1. Hope you enjoy, Kathy! I do love a good homemade yeast bread, but several hours vs. 5 minutes is hard to argue with!

      Hope you try and enjoy! Try Greek yogurt in place of pumpkin, add cocoa powder and banana all mixed in for an awesome chocolate variation. Of course, chocolate protein powder would be even more chocolatey!!

  3. It tastes really awesome.I like it.

  4. So glad to hear! Thank you for the comment and great feedback!