Fancy some green gluten-free bread that’s bursting will goodness? Then this two-ingredient quinoa broccoli bread is for you.
Whole quinoa is soaked and sprouted then blended with broccoli to make a nutrient-dense and high protein bread.
It’s more of a flat bread but it has that great carbohydrate filling taste that many people avoiding eating bread miss.
I was inspired to create this recipe seeing crisps that are marketed as healthy because they contain 0.3% broccoli.
I find foods like this do more damage as people think they are getting some vitamins but the product actually contains next to no nutrition and lots of unhealthy ingredients.
Broccoli nowadays is very sweet as all the bitter characteristics have been bred out in modern varieties.
This is nothing to do with GMOs, it’s down to selecting broccoli plants that are lower in the bitter taste.
Cross breeding the broccoli plants with preferable characteristics has resulted in the bitter taste to be virtually removed.
It’s the same for all crucifix vegetables like sprouts and cauliflower; the bitter taste that we had a couple of decades ago just doesn’t exist.
There are concerns the selective breeding makes it lower and nutrients. However many people just don’t eat enough vegetables so having broccoli that is a lot more palatal still is better than having no vegetables.
The name broccoli comes from the plural of the Italian word for ” the flowering crest of a cabbage” broccolo.
Broccoli was discovered in Italy over 2500 years ago.
Quinoa, like broccoli, has modern varieties that are tasty and pre-washed without any of that bitterness.
I certainly found out buying cheap quinoa in Peru that not all quinoa was the same.
But all the quinoa for sale in the UK is the non bitter and tasty type, I’ve found.
I use white quinoa this because it’s got the great fluffy taste and texture and red and black quinoa can be a bit tougher. This quinoa bread is light and fluffy.
Quinoa is a must-have ingredient for gluten-free just a generally healthy diet is it’s high in protein it contains all the essential amino acids and is very versatile.
Broccoli quinoa bread is baked at a lower temperature for a bit longer to reduce the amount of acrylamide. These are the compounds in burnt toast and BBQs that some link to cancer, this isn’t proven but at the same time probably best to reduce your risk.
I’m using greaseproof paper for this quinoa flatbread because it’s really easy to peel away the quinoa broccoli bread away with minimal fuss.
You can use teflon sheets or silicone trays if you prefer. I stopped using silicone for anything to do with heat after it’s leaving a powdery residue that I was unsure about.
The quinoa for this flour-free gluten free bread needs to be soaked for 15 minutes in warm water.
Most nuts and seeds need to be soaked for hours (see sprouted almond butter) but because quinoa is so much smaller you can purchase it’s sprouting before your eyes.
However quinoa starts to go mouldy very quickly and this is why I only smoke it for a short amount of time. Quinoa is a seed and not a grain.
The final broccoli quinoa bread is quite soft just as you’d expect to normal bread.
It’s firm enough so could we use to make sandwiches if you like. But the way I enjoy the most is hot toasted with some coconut butter and yeast extract.
There’s no added salt in this broccoli bread recipe because some don’t like added salted and it’s something that’s hard to get right for everyone.
But I do generally enjoy the broccoli bread with a slightly salted topping. Or you can add some salt before baking if you prefer.
- 3/4 cup / 140g Quinoa
- 6 Broccoli florets
- 3/4 cup / 180ml Water
- Warm Water for soaking
- Soak the quinoa grain in warm water for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 190C / 375F.
- Drain the quinoa and add to a blender jug.
- Blend the soaked quinoa with the broccoli and water until all the quinoa is broken up. You may need to add the broccoli in two batches if using a small blender.
- Add more water if the blender is struggling, it's difficult to give an exact amount as all of my recipes are high in natural produce and this varies so much.
- Line a flat pan that's around 12" by 6" with heat proof non stick paper.
- Pour in the quinoa broccoli bread batter and spread to an even thickness.
- Bake for around 40-45 mins and take out just as the top gets some golden colour.
- Leave to stand for 10 mins to let the gluten free bread recipe firm up.
- Peel back the non stick lining and enjoy your quinoa broccoli bread. You can eat it as it is or grill until golden - basically treat like normal bread!
- Enjoy this gluten free broccoli bread within 3 days and keep in the fridge.
A 600w bullet / jug blender is enough to make this broccoli quinoa bread, although you might need to do it in two batches.
The most important thing is to make sure all of the quinoa is broken down, else you will be left with hard uncooked bits that will ruin the recipe.
Usually 30 seconds in a bullet is enough but you can hear when all of the quinoa has been ground up.
The 6 broccoli florets is about 160g, so around 2 portions of broccoli in the whole recipe.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 61Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 29mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 3gSugar 1gProtein 3g
Broccoli has many health benefits as it has as much vitamin C as an orange and a good amount of beta-carotene. It also contains B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc.