Bread Protein Balls Recipe

I love a good bread. It's absolutely one of my favorite things. Bread can deliver amazing flavor when done correctly. It can also provide exciting texture and plenty of protein.

The more you knead bread, the more gluten you create. Those already familiar with seitan know that wheat gluten is total protein.

When you add nutritional yeast, flax or other nuts/seeds,  now you have a bread that is also a complete protein.

In the interest of doing things a little differently, I decided to do little bread balls because I figured they would offer a unique textural experience to other forms of bread. I also figured they'd make a nice little snack size bite. They're easier to shape than a flat bread, can bake in the oven, and take much less time to cook than rolls or loaves. They're great for dipping into hummus too.

As you can see, they're very cute as well.

Bread Balls Dough Recipe
2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
3 tbls nutritional yeast
2 tbls ground flax seed

Latin Harissa

This time we're melding Africa and Latin America. The first time I tasted harissa I was in love. It's quite possibly the best condiment ever created. This riff on it uses fresh, locally sourced cubanelle peppers as the base.

6 cubanelle peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
1/2 cup sweet onion, sliced
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
2 tbls nutritional yeast
5 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno, deseeded
1/2 a habernero, deseeded
1 inch knob ginger
1 lime, zest and juice
3 tbls olive oil

2 tsps salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps cumin
2 tsps coriander

Add all ingredients to a food processor and buzz until a slightly chunky puree is formed. Chill for at least a few hours.

Really easy to prepare, but tons of flavor!