Healthy, gluten-free bread made from one of America’s most popular vegetables. JUMP TO RECIPE
The food that people miss most when they switch to a gluten-free diet is undoubtedly bread. I don’t adhere exclusively to a gluten-free diet but decided several years ago, for various reasons, to avoid gluten as much as possible. It was really hard at first because like most people, I love bread, but thankfully I quickly discovered lots of gluten-free options that satisfy my cravings and I’ve had fun developing recipes that are great alternatives to traditional wheat bread (see links in the last paragraph of this post). These Broccoli Bread Slices are my newest creation and they are REALLY delicious!
The method for making Broccoli Bread Slices is not complicated but there is one step (picture #1 above) that is a little unusual. The broccoli must be cooked first, and then all of the liquid extracted from it, before mixing it with the other ingredients. I use a nut milk bag for this step, but a clean, thin, dish cloth, such as a flour sack dish towel, will work just as well. Place the cooked broccoli on/in the dish towel/nut milk bag and then twist and squeeze the heck out it until you can no longer wring out any more liquid. This takes a little “elbow grease” but it’s an important step because if not enough liquid is extracted from the cooked broccoli, the bread slices will be soggy and not hold together well.
Broccoli Bread Slices are great for any type of sandwich. Clean Chicken Salad or Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad would be great on this bread. Broccoli paired with cheddar cheese is always a winning combination, as in this open-faced sandwich (pictured above) topped with fresh tomatoes. And for breakfast how about a poached egg on top of Broccoli Bread Slices? Yum! Broccoli Bread Slices are a great way to sneak veggies into your family’s diet. Each Broccoli Bread Slice contains slightly more than 1 serving of broccoli. And remember, broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, and a good source of folate, potassium, and fiber. If you want to read further about the many health benefits of broccoli check out this article.
For convenience I use 1-pound bags of frozen broccoli florets to make Broccoli Bread Slices. You can use fresh broccoli if you wish; I just think frozen is easier as there is no chopping required and nothing leftover, hence no waste. For other delicious and healthy, gluten-free bread options see my posts for Miracle Microwave Gluten-Free Bread Slices, Kefir Flatbreads, Almond Flour Flatbread Sandwiches, and Pepita Quinoa Chia Bread.
If you make Broccoli Bread Slices don’t forget to snap a pic and tag me over on Instagram @QueenofMyKitchen. I’d love to see your creation!
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1-pound bag of frozen broccoli florets
- ½ cup gluten-free bread crumbs
- ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line an 8 x 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray.
- Cook broccoli according to the package directions. Let cool for a few minutes and then transfer it to the work bowl of a food processor. Process until the broccoli is in small pieces and almost mushy.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mixture onto a thin clean dish towel (such as a flour sack towel), or a piece of cheesecloth, and twist it tightly into a ball to wring out all the water. You can also use a nut milk bag if you have one.
- Transfer the broccoli to a large bowl and add the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well.
- Press the broccoli mixture evenly into the pan (wet your fingers to prevent sticking or use a piece of plastic wrap) and score it down the middle of each side to form 4 squares.
- Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes then remove from the pan and cut into 4 bread slices.
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