Lentil-Sesame Bread

Lentils baked into bread?  And spiced with curry?  This bread is an unexpected pleasure: slighly sweet and slightly spicy.  

It’s also chockful of protein and healthy ingredients, including lentils, applesauce, sesame seeds, and quinoa flour.

A particular benefit of this bread for dieters is that it is very filling. I’m one of those people who’s hungry in the morning, and my usual breakfast, fruit and yogurt, only carries me to 11:00 or 11:30 a.m.  When I add a slice of this bread, I can easily go until 1:00 p.m. before getting hungry. 

Diet Update: As I continue to make this bread, I keep finding myself having only 2½ cups of cooked lentils from even 1 cup of dried lentils.  Recently, I also decided to use a liquid egg substitute in place of the eggs.  These two changes don’t make a taste difference, but they do slightly affect the Weight Watcher point-value of this bread (see below).

 

Note: The bread in the photos is made with yellow lentils.

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Makes 8 slices

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup quinoa flour
  • ½ cup artificial sugar
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. curry powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. xanthan gum
  • 3 eggs or ¾ cup liquid egg substitute
  • 6 tbsp. applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp. oil 
  • 2½ – 3 cups cooked lentils, drained and rinsed (if not using canned lentils, start with 1 cup dry lentils and prepare as necessary)
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together all dry ingredients: rice flour, quinoa flour, sesame seeds, baking powder, baking soda, curry powder, xanthum gum, and salt.
  2. In a larger bowl, beat eggs until mixed or pour in liquid egg substitute.
  3. Add applesauce, oil, and lentils and mix until well-blended.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix well.  Batter will be thick.
  5. Spray 9″x 5″ bread pan with cooking spray.
  6. Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake in 350º oven for 1 hour or until knife comes out clean.
  8. Slice while still warm.

For Weight Watchers:

  • With regular eggs and 3 cups of lentils: 5.5 points per slice on the Points plan and 6 points per slice on the PointsPlus plan.
  • With liquid egg substitute and 2½ cups lentils: 5 points per slice on the Points plan and 5.5 points per slice on the PointsPlus plan.

Nutritional information per 1 slice of 8 with regular eggs and 3 cups of lentils:

  • Calories 264 (65 from fat)
  • Fat 7 g
  • Carbohydrate 39 g
  • Fiber 8 g
  • Protein 12 g
  • Sodium 342 mg
  • Cholesterol 79 mg

This food is a good source of dietary fiber, protein, folate and manganese.

(Adapted from “Lentil Sesame Bread” in The Gluten-Free Gourmet: Living Well Without Flour by Bette Hagman)

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