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One of my goals this year is to experiment with different kinds of grain options and recipes, and today I want to introduce you to my Easy Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread recipe. I recently became acquainted with this wheat option and I absolutely love it! It seems to be much lighter and fluffier when ground up. Its smell is mild and not wheaty--just perfect. I can't wait for you to try this recipe--you'll love it as much as I do!
"But, what is sprouted whole-wheat?" you may ask.
The process to "sprout" whole wheat is simple, although time-consuming. It all starts with soaking the grains in water until they begin to grow a sprout. During the soaking process, the grains must be stirred and the water changed throughout the day. I'm not sure about the logistics of it all, but a good friend of my husbands' started sprouting his own wheat and briefly explained to me how he does it. Let's just say I'm willing to buy sprouted whole wheat rather than make it myself. Lol! Anyway, once the grains sprout, they are drained, left out to dry, and ground up to be used.
"So, why is sprouted whole-wheat better than regular whole-wheat?"
During the sprouting process, enzymes are released, which break down protein and carbohydrates within the wheat kernel. This is what makes sprouted wheat so appealing--it has a lower glycemic index than regular whole wheat. It also makes it easier to digest, which differs from other not-sprouted grain bread. With sprouted wheat, nutrients are absorbed immediately into the body and are not lost in the digestive process. Even though this kind of grain would still have some gluten--which makes it not ideal for people with gluten sensitivities, just like regular whole wheat--it is a better option for obvious reasons. Overall, it carries the same benefits of regular whole wheat, but with a milder flavor and better nutrient absorption.
Now that you've learned a bit about sprouted wheat, are you ready to try this recipe? Just make sure you have the right equipment to make fabulous easy sprouted whole wheat bread: (5) Norpro bread pans, Nutrimill wheat grinder, Bosch Universal mixer, measuring cups and spoons, silicone mats, kitchen scale, and bread bags. Enjoy!
Here it is:
Leave a comment below if you have questions about this recipe (or just want to say hello!). The bread is delicious and a good change from my signature Simply Wheat Whole Wheat Bread. I also provided links for hard to find ingredients and baking accessories down below.
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