Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bread with a Healthy Shake Mix

A while back, I was contacted by a company called Visalus to create a recipe for them. That's still in progress - it will be showing up here in a while.

The company makes nutritional products, typically used by folks who want to lose weight in a healthy way. I figured that instead of using them as meal replacements, I could use some of the products as meal enhancements - adding the extra nutrition to foods we normally eat.

I mean, I'm still in the mode where I'm trying to get my husband to gain some healthy weight.

So, I've been experimenting with the products to see what works and what doesn't. They sent me plenty, so I've got more than enough to work out their recipe and to create a few for my own use.
Of course, I decided to make bread. Because I always decide to make bread.

For this recipe, I used the Visalus Vi-Shape shake mix. When I opened the bag, it had a pleasantly sweet dairy-like scent. Sort of like powdered coffee creamer. Which makes sense, considering it's supposed to be used to make healthy shakes. I figured it would work just fine in bread. So I plunged right ahead.

The resulting bread was a little sweet, but not so much that it was a dessert bread. Just fine for sandwiches.

Bread Machine Loaf with Vi-Shape

1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 cups (11 1/4 ounces) bread flour
1/2 cup Vi-Shape shake mix
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup water

Place all ingredients in your bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. If you have options, set the machine to a light crust, medium-sized loaf.

Press the appropriate buttons (beep beep)

When the bread is done, remove it from the machine and let it cool completely on a rack before slicing.

The Visalus products were provided to me for the purpose of creating a recipe. I was not required to make additional posts.