Namesake bread / loaf / cake … here we go

Actually, before we get there, small rant. This is not a protein bread. Now if I go by standards of what others believe you need to do to call something a “protein” this, or a “protein” that, I absolutely could have could have called it that. BUT. Adding nuts or a scoop of protein powder does not make a recipe “high protein”. So why do we see so much of this? Hmmm. It might be that you’re being…

  • led to believe it’s healthier than it’s non-protein powder counterpart
  • let to believe it fits with weight loss or training recovery goals
  • enticed to buy a product (i.e the protein powder from the supplement website where you’re viewing the recipe)
  • given a sense that adding the protein powder makes it a superior choice to real food for recovery / nutrients

But it’s not. And nuts are NOT a source of protein. They are healthy for sure, and personally not a day goes past without my eating them in some shape or form. They are a tasty source of anti-inflammatory fats, and they will contribute a small amount of low biological value source of protein, but – UNLESS YOU’RE VEGAN – it’s not your best source for protein in recovery nutrition. Instead? Look to high-biological value proteins from dairy, eggs, and classic main meal choices such as fish and lean meats.

This recipe is going to be a tasty way to scale up nutritious carbs; which is helpful in times of high training load, or as a pre-training snack. Or you can have it as an everyday snack with some natural yoghurt. YUM.

INGREDIENTS

DRY

  • 1 cup oat flour (100g)*
  • 3/4 cup wholemeal spelt flour (85g)
  • 1/4 cup almond meal (30g)*
  • 2+ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder^

WET

  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 large zucchini (170-200g)
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

VARIATIONS

If you want to make it sweeter – knock back one of the flours by 1/4 cup and add in the same amount of vanilla protein powder. CAVEAT – read the intro above! In a nutshell – this is a flavour variation, it will NOT make it a PROTEIN bread. Equally you could use 1 Tbsp extra of maple syrup to achieve a similar effect.

If you like texture / crunch – in step 4, a handful of any of the following (to the mixture, or sprinkle on top)

  • cacao nibs
  • sunflower seeds / pepitas
  • walnuts
  • chopped dried apricots / dates

*these can be made from the whole version – i.e. oats –> blitz them to a flour. Almonds – same thing. The benefit with doing your own almond meal is you get the additional nutrients + fibre from the skins of the almonds; commercial almond-meal is from almonds that have been blanched (i.e. skins removed) which is why it is white by comparison to your MYO version

^if you are out of baking powder, you can use bicarb soda – but it will give you a slightly bitter aftertaste

METHOD

  1. Switch oven on to 180 degrees, fan-forced. Line a loaf tin with baking paper
  2. If you don’t have oat flour / almond meal on hand – blitz the gram amount above in the food processor. Otherwise / once done; add all dry ingredients to your food processor, and stir to combine
  3. Next add all the wet ingredients, give it a solid blitz, ensuring no big lumps of zucchini remain
  4. Additional texture / crunch step: add any of the suggested ingredients at this step, stir to combine.
  5. Pour your mixture into your lined tin, add some apple slices for the top, and bake for ~25-30mins. You can also make muffins, just reduce baking time accordingly

This recipe is a tasty way to scale up nutritious carbs; which is helpful in times of high training load, or as a pre-training snack. Or you can have it as an everyday snack with some natural yoghurt. YUM. Train hard people