Bread often gets a bad rep when it comes to nutritional value, especially in the world of dieting.
And of course, having a wheat or gluten intolerance isn’t exactly something you can change, even if there are varieties of bread that can be made with these allergies in mind.
However, bread also gets a lot of unnecessary flack from many other people, with claims that bread has next to no nutritional value for when you are on a diet. Or, perhaps worse and more strangely, they’ll claim that bread just doesn’t taste good!
Not only is the latter untrue (anyone who has enjoyed a freshly baked loaf will tell you as much), but bread also contains plenty of key nutrients that are still vital to a good diet and a well-maintained body.
And probably the most important and well-known nutrient that bread contains a lot of is fiber, a vital nutrient when it comes to digestion and gut health. If you’re not eating a lot of fiber, your gut will certainly let you know1
So, if you’re looking for a few recipes that can help promote good gut health, as well as generally staying healthy, then you’re going to want to check out some of the recipes that we have included in this list!
Starting this list with a bread recipe that is high in fiber and plenty of other great nutrients, we have this keto-friendly bread loaf recipe.
People that stay up to date on the latest diets out there may be aware of what exactly a keto diet entails, and might be wondering how exactly a loaf like this somehow cuts!
Keto diets normally cut out carbs in favor of foods that are high in protein and fat. In that regard, it can sound like even a tasty loaf like this can be the antithesis of that.
However, thanks to the whole wheat used in this recipe, the actual carb count of this recipe are low, keeping it viable for many keto diets.
And, of course, there is plenty of fiber in this recipe too, which will help promote a healthy gut!
Soda bread is one of those varieties that seems to take a lot of work, but almost always produces phenomenal results when it’s done right.
And that’s not even mentioning how they often contain some of the healthiest nutrients that you can find in a loaf of bread! If only they didn’t have such a massive proving time attached to them.
Well, this recipe helps solve that problem, by making the perfect soda dough that requires next to know proving time, meaning that this dough can be shaped and placed in the oven for baking almost as soon as it is finished being made.
And that’s not even talking about the distinct color that this loaf of bread will come in, thanks in part to the spinach that is added to the dough as it is being made.
And, of course, like with any good recipe, this isn’t just a cosmetic change to your favorite bread loaf. The vitamins you can get from this loaf are amazing, and further complement the healthy nature of this kind of bread.
While bread is a type of food that is eaten with pretty much any kind of meal out there, there are plenty of bread recipes that are recommended to be made and eaten for breakfast time.
This lemon chia bread is one such example. Chia bread is already a favorite snack and a healthy way to stop the day for many people, as it doesn’t just contain fiber, but also plenty of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that are great for arterial and heart health in general.
So, what happens when you combine that hearty goodness with a little delicious lemons drizzles over it? Well, in our opinion, you get a recipe that combines both amazing flavors, and great health benefits, which is always a win in our book!
Now, if you’re looking for a loaf that is sure to give you the fiber that you need for your daily activities, then you’re going to want to check out this recipe.
Like many of the best bread recipes, this one manages to both cut down on the amount of excess gluten and have tons of fiber by substituting some (though not all) of the flour for white wheat items such as cereal bran or wheat.
This binds with the other ingredients in bread like this better to create a healthy loaf that is packed to the brim with fiber.
How much fiber? Well, considering that you’d have to eat around one and a quarter kilos of fresh kale to get the same amount of fiber that’s in this loaf, that’s certainly plenty of nutrients to help promote good intestinal health!
Staying with the wheat-themed loaves of bread for a little while longer, you’ll find that many of the healthiest and most fiber-filled bread recipes are the wholegrain or seeded loaves that you can find out there.
Recipes like this one, for example!
While baking is a popular pastime, baking wholegrain seems to be overall less popular than some other varieties, possibly because of its perceived difficulty when it comes to baking it, both due to dough making and proving time as well as the complexity of the ingredients.
However, this wholegrain loaf is comparatively simple, with only 9 ingredients needed to get a workable dough, and a baking time that takes only 20 minutes in total.
And the proving? All you need to do for that is allow the dough to sit in a cool area and cover it for around an hour at most. It’s that simple!
Pumpkin might not be the first ingredient that you may think to make bread dough with. But once you’ve tasted the fruits (or vegetables, in this case) of this dense loaf will have you eating your words.
And some delicious bread to boot!
This particular recipe makes a loaf that is surprisingly high in protein as well as fiber, as well as making for quite a sweet loaf, that still somehow manages to set itself apart from other sweet loaves like the lemon chia bread we covered earlier.
This pumpkin pecan loaf (see also “Delicious Pumpkin Pecan Brownies You Must Try”) also works quite well as a way to get rid of any overripe banana that you don’t want to eat, but don’t like the idea of throwing away either!
Sourdough has become an increasingly popular type of bread for many people to make in recent years, especially with all of us being cooped up for so long and wanting to earn new skills.
And perhaps one of the most striking things that many people have learned whilst taking up baking is that sourdough, once thought to be difficult bread to bake, is quite easy to make for yourself!
With a recipe as foolproof as this, how could you not want to try it for yourself?
Time for a recipe that is a little more geared toward a dessert snack than a savory staple!
Banana bread has often been a popular recipe to make for people who want to make the most out of ingredients that may otherwise go to waste, particularly ripe bananas that are on the cusp of going bad.
However, this particular banana bread recipe stands out from others as a loaf that is as high in fiber as it is in other vital vitamins and nutrients, thanks in part to the Metamucil that is also included in this recipe.
Time for a somewhat different kind of bread to get a chance to shine in this guide!
Flatbread is undeniably a type of bread that many people will recognize, but one that often gets overlooked as a recipe to bake for yourself.
However, considering that fresh homemade flatbread can also have a surprising amount of fiber in it, these flat loaves are the perfect way of not just getting enough fiber, but also combining it with other foods to get your daily nutrients.
This recipe even comes with a perfect yogurt dip to serve these flatbreads with!
If you’re someone who often finds that they struggle with sustaining a healthy gut, you should consider taking a look at this paleo bread recipe!
This paleo loaf, inspired by the ingredients used in paleo diets, has a great track record of both boosting gut health and fighting inflammation at the same time.
Not bad for just a little loaf, right?
As you can see, finding bread that is high in fiber won’t be much of a challenge with these recipes!
Breadmaking is as much a science as it is an art form. A science that, once you understand, is a very pleasant pastime to indulge in. Both for yourself, and those who are lucky enough to get to share your tasty creations!