I’ve been interested in grinding my own whole wheat fresh (especially for bread) for months now. I wasn’t willing to invest in a NutriMill that *only* grinds wheat — because I just wasn’t sure how likely I’d actually stick with it. I mean, I adore adore adore homemade bread. Dangerously adore.
I could eat the whole loaf right out of the pan. No joke.
But after reading about all the nutrients in freshly ground wheat I was determined to try. That’s one of the reasons I settled on investing in a VitaMix. With the dry blade, I’m supposed to be able to grind any grain.
Yet after several disappointing attempts (tortillas that were more like frisbees, a brick loaf) I’d kind of given up. It didn’t taste all that great. I wasn’t able to get the flour fine enough. I was sick of wasting all those ingredients!
My SIL gave me a recipe months ago that she swore would make the best whole wheat bread. She’d taken a class through her church (which I plan to take too, next class!!) and learned all the tricks to getting whole wheat to rise.
Then of course I lost the recipe.
I finally found it last week and set out to try again. I dragged out the dry blade container and my wheat berries. This time, I refused to be afraid of burning the VitaMix up. I’ve watched youtube videos of people grinding for minutes on high without any issue. So I ground my wheat up really good, going longer than I ever had before. (Deep down, I think I was afraid of making flour paste or something.) One small batch was maybe a little too coarse but the rest was fine.
And the bread. *dies* It’s soooo good. Lots of honey make it sweet. The grains are incredible. I used coconut oil too, along with an egg to help make it smooth. It’s not only the best whole wheat bread I’ve ever made…it’s the best BREAD. Period. And so healthy! (Sorry, I don’t have permission to share the recipe online or I would!)
Of course I overate the first loaf (Middle loved it so much she also ate 3 pieces the first day), but I’ve still got half of the second loaf in the fridge.
With that victory, I ground more flour over the weekend and used up all the ripe bananas to make a batch of banana bread and 2 dozen banana chocolate chip muffins for the kids’ lunches. There’s only 2 left… so I think they went over okay.
Of course it’s a little tricky to count all these whole grains on WW. I can do the math, sure, but it’s crazy to see the number of points. Honey is more points than artificial sweetener. I didn’t want to cut the coconut oil out — but it is pointy. However I know it’s healthy all the way. Could I find “cheaper” (less points) diet bread at the store? Sure. But I’m not eating that crap with all the preservatives and fillers when I can have freshly ground wheat at my fingertips.
I just have to figure out how to only eat one small piece…
Do you have a favorite whole wheat recipe that I can add to my list?