Thursday, December 22, 2011

Whole wheat oats spinach bread

Baking this bread is just one of my endeavors to bake a healthy loaf with less sugar & more healthy ingredients . I am just trying to eliminate any refined flours from my bakes. Since this was my first attempt I tried mixing wheat flour with all purpose flour  & adding the Spinach & cumin really gives it an Indian flavor.......though the spinach just seems to have vanished / which probably means that we could add a lot more of it. Soooo until next time let's relish what we have here.

2 1/4th tsp active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar ( I used agave)
1 cup water
2 cups whole wheat flour ( Atta)
1 cup all purpose flour ( Maida)
1 cup oats ( I used Quaker old fashioned)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup packed chopped spinach
2 tablespoons Flax meal( ground flax seeds) . As per the info on the Flax meal box 1 Tablespoon of Flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons of water =1 egg
1 tablespoon milk ( for brushing the top of the bread loaf)


Activate the yeast by mixing with 1/2 cup lukewarm water & sugar. Let it sit for about 10 minutes till the yeast froths up.
MIx the ground Flax seed with 6 tablespoons of water & let it sit for 10 minutes as well.
Meanwhile mix the flour, oats , salt & cumin seeds together .
 Once the yeast mixture is ready add the oil, flax meal mix , chopped spinach &  start adding the flour & mix well. ( I used the stand mixer).
 Incorporate all of the flour, oil & spinach & knead  it into a soft dough using water as required.
If using the stand mixer let the dough knead well for about 8-10 minutes , if doing by hand then transfer the dough to a work surface, sprinkle flour  & knead for about 10 minutes. The dough should be soft but manageable.
Grease a big bowl with oil & as the dough is ready transfer to the oiled bowl & cover with clean kitchen towel. Let the dough sit for about 1 to 1.5 hours or until it has doubled in size.
Once the dough has doubled , punch it down & knead for another 2-3 minutes. I generally oil my hands to avoid the dough sticking to my hands.
Roll out the dough into a thick rectangular sheet about 8 inches by  10-12 inches long ( with your hands or by using a rolling pin) Now roll the dough into a cylinder & pinch the edges to seal it tightly. Transfer the dough to a 9/ 5 inch loaf pan, brush the top of the loaf with some milk & sprinkle with some oats or any seeds of your choice. Let the dough rest for another 1/2 hour for the second rise.
Bake  in a 350 F  preheated oven for about 1 hour. The bottom of the loaf  pan should sound hollow when you tap it . Let the bread cool in the pan for about 1/2 an hour , now transfer to a cooling rack & let it cool completely for 2-3 hours. Enjoy the delicious bread  with condiments of your choice.



  1. Mmmhhh, those look irresistible!

  2. Well done, bread looks wholesome and prefect.

  3. Looks perfect ..I just did the other day without spinach though's nice addition

  4. Healthy & power packed bread!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. your bread has the perfect texture and healthy too..would you like to send some cakes to my Christmas Cake event

  6. The bread looks so full of nutrition. I loved that cute ramekin :)

  7. Looks so delicious and healthy dear,luv the texture and perfect for breakfast..

  8. wow, so healthy and delicious bread..perfectly baked dear..
    Merry Christmas to you and your family !!

  9. Such a delectable recipe Alpana...first time to your blog and just loved it. Following you from now on...Merry Christmas!

  10. wow, sounds so interesting.. and so healthy with all the spinach :) gonna try it for sure

  11. The bread looks perfect !! It is looking so yumm and healthy! I am yet to bake a bread loaf:) the pic is encouraging me do so some day.

  12. Alpana, bread is so perfect. U r so right spinach totally disappeared, still to use agave....

    Hope U guys had a wonderful start to 2012.Wish U both aVery Very Happy New Year. Will call U tomm.

  13. Hi Alpana,
    An award is waiting for u dear,pls stop by and collect it.

  14. Cannot believe it is so healthy!

  15. Hi Alpana
    This is such a healthy n filling bread for breakfast,loved it...
    Btw I am not getting your updates on my dashboard :( now also I came thru your comment on other blogs n nice to see your posts here :)