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

Vegan Meatballs

I took some time to make some vegan meatballs the other day. Black beans and rolled oats combine to form a very satiating protein. They're cute to look at too.

1 can black beans, drained
1-2 cups Uncooked rolled oats
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl vegan mayo
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
zest and juice from 1 lime
1 tbl nutritional yeast
2 tsps sriracha
2 tsps spicy mustard
3 cloves garlic
1/2 inch fresh ginger
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until a thick mixture is formed. Add oats in small batches until the consistency is right. It should be slightly moist, but mostly firm. Easy to mold into balls.

Do not shape right away. Allow to chill in the fridge  for at least 1 hour.

Then roll into 3 inch balls. Arrange evenly on a greased baking sheet. Set aside again... this time in the freezer.

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Bake until crusty on the outside. About 15-20 minutes. They'll still be tender inside. Let rest 15 minutes after removing from oven. This step is important so they can firm up some inside.