Made of a light and springy center with vibrant green color and crunchy outer crust, this delightful spinach loaf is nutritious, delicious, and easy to make. It’s both a wonderful beginner bread for those looking to sharpen their baking skills and a quick and easy treat for seasoned bakers.
Healthy Spinach Sandwich Bread
What I love about this spinach loaf is that you get the satisfying taste and texture of classic white sandwich bread with the added health benefits of fresh spinach. Spinach has vitamins A, C, and K as well as iron, magnesium, and manganese. It’s a great way to incorporate these nutrients into your diet and it’s also a fun way to get your children to eat their vegetables!
An Excellent Beginner Bread Recipe
This spinach bread loaf is essentially a white sandwich bread recipe upgraded with the flavor and health benefits of spinach. The recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients and some basic techniques so it’s a great starter recipe to try if you’re new to baking or breadmaking.
What to Eat with Spinach Bread
This healthy bread is both delicious and versatile. At home, I like using it for peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, or toasted with some butter and jam on top. Basically, anything you can do with regular sandwich bread can be done with this spinach loaf.
Don’t worry about flavors clashing with this bread. It has a mild and pleasant spinach flavor with a hint of sweetness from the sugar that makes it ideal for both savory and sweet pairings.
Flour for Spinach Bread
When making your spinach bread, I highly recommend using bread flour because it will give it a lovely chewy and airy texture. My preferred brand is King Arthur Organic Bread Flour, which I also use in my Vietnamese baguette recipe.
For some variety, I’ve found that making this bread with half bread flour and half whole wheat flour also yields a soft and delicious loaf. You can try doing this if you want to reap the health benefits of whole wheat alongside the nutritious spinach.
What Kind of Spinach to Use
I typically use fresh flat-leaf spinach for this recipe. You can also use baby spinach, which has a much more delicate flavor. I highly recommend using fresh spinach if you can, as it will give the best texture and flavor to the bread.
If you’re using frozen or bagged spinach, you may need to adjust the amount of flour slightly according to the amount of water in the spinach. Luckily this recipe is quite forgiving, so feel free to experiment with adding more or less flour until you get the desired consistency.
How Long Does Spinach Bread Last?
You can store this spinach bread at room temperature for 4-5 days. Like most bread loaves, it’s best to keep your spinach bread in a breathable container such as a linen or cotton bread bag to avoid the growth of molds that could make your bread spoil faster. But if you prefer to store it in the refrigerator, it can last around 5-7 days in an airtight container.
Spinach Bread Recipe | Simply Delicious and Healthy
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Salt
- 6 oz Spinach
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 500 grams Bread Flour = approximately 4 Cups
- 1 packet Instant Dry Yeast = 7 grams
- 4 tbsp Softened Butter = ½ Stick
- Add milk, egg, salt and spinach into a blender.
- Add instant dry year to flour and combine.
- Add the blended mixture to the flour and yeast.
- Combine thoroughly in standing mixer on low speed setting until all is well combined.
- Once all is well combined, start adding the softened butter.
- Once the butter is well combined, increased speed setting to number 4.
- Knead the dough on speed setting 4 for about 8 minutes.
- Do the stretch test after 8 minutes. The dough should stretch nicely without tearing.
- Put the dough into a pre-greased bowl, cover and put in the oven with oven lights ON and let is rise for 60 minutes.
- After 60 minutes, get the air bubbles out of the dough and divide dough in 4 equal portions. Continue to work out the air bubbles and form the dough into its final shape.
- Put the dough into your bake-ware and let it rise in the oven with oven lights on for another 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, take the dough out of the oven. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- If you make small size loafs like me, baking time will be about 22-24 minutes. If you divide the dough into 2 larger loafs, baking time will be about 30 minutes.
- Optional: once you take out the bread, “glaze” your bread with some butter while it is warm. It makes it taste extra delicious and look amazing! The bread it so healthy, why not add some more butter? LOL