Simple Low-Sodium Bread Recipe for Healthier You!

3 min


Hey there, bakers! Today, we’re ditching the store-bought bread and whipping up a delicious loaf of goodness at home, with a healthy twist – it’s low-sodium!

Now, you might think low-sodium bread means sacrificing flavor. But fret not, because this recipe is here to prove you wrong. We’ll create a flavorful loaf that’s kind to your heart and your taste buds.

Ready to ditch the excess sodium and bake some magic? Let’s get started!

Gather Your Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups warm water (around 110°F)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • ¼ cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • ⅓ cup wheat gluten
  • 3.5 – 5 cups all-purpose flour

Baking Buddy Steps:

  1. Wake Up the Yeast: In a large bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Give it a good stir and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. You’ll see the mixture get foamy – that’s the yeast activating and getting ready to make our bread rise!
  2. Whisk in the Flavor: If your yeast is bubbly and happy, then it’s time to add some more goodies. Whisk in the melted butter, dry milk powder, and wheat gluten.
  3. Go Forth and Flour: Now comes the flour party! Start by adding about ½ cup of flour and whisking it in. Keep adding flour, ½ cup at a time, until you have a wet dough that comes together nicely. You might need a total of 2 ½ – 3 cups of flour, but it can depend on the brand you use.
  4. Knead to Know: Here comes the fun (and slightly physical) part – kneading! Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. The dough should become smooth and elastic – think of it like giving your bread a little massage!
  5. Rise and Shine: Pop your kneaded dough into a greased bowl, turning it once to coat it with the grease. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and find a warm spot for it to rise. Let it sit for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until it doubles in size.
  6. Shaping Up: The dough has doubled! Gently punch down the air and transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Now, you can shape your loaf however you like – a classic oblong loaf, a round boule, or even get creative with braids!
  7. Second Rise: Place your shaped dough in a greased loaf pan and cover it loosely again. Let it rise for another 30 minutes or until it looks nice and puffy.
  8. Bake it Happen! Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Once the oven is hot and your dough is ready, bake the bread for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  9. Cooling Down: Take the bread out of the oven and resist the urge to dig in right away! Let it cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing. This allows the bread to finish setting and ensures a perfect texture.
  10. Enjoy!: Now comes the best part – savoring your homemade low-sodium bread! Toast it, slather it with butter, or make a yummy sandwich. You deserve a pat on the back, baker – you made healthy and delicious bread!
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Bonus Tips:

  • For a touch of extra flavor, you can add 1 tablespoon of honey or olive oil to the dough along with the wet ingredients.
  • Don’t have wheat gluten? No worries! You can substitute it with an extra ½ cup of all-purpose flour.
  • If you don’t have a stand mixer, no problem! This recipe works perfectly with good old-fashioned hand kneading.

Absolutely! We can delve a little deeper into the world of low-sodium bread baking:

Why Choose Low-Sodium Bread?

Many of us love a good slice of bread, but store-bought loaves can be loaded with sodium. This can be a concern for people with high blood pressure or those aiming for a more heart-healthy diet. Making your own low-sodium bread gives you complete control over the ingredients, allowing you to enjoy the taste of bread without the excess sodium.

Low-Sodium Substitutes:

This recipe uses a few key ingredients to keep the sodium content low:

  • Unsalted Butter: This swaps out the sodium-packed regular butter for a heart-friendly option.
  • Nonfat Dry Milk Powder: While regular milk powder contains sodium, the nonfat version allows you to add creaminess without the added salt.
  • Focus on Flavorful Add-Ins: Fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme can add a wonderful depth of flavor to your low-sodium bread. Sun-dried tomatoes or chopped nuts can also add a delightful savory touch.
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Troubleshooting Tips:

  • My dough is too sticky: Don’t be afraid to add a bit more flour, but do it gradually! Adding too much flour can make your bread tough, so start with a tablespoon at a time until the dough reaches a manageable consistency.
  • My dough isn’t rising: Double-check that your yeast is fresh and active. If the foamy reaction isn’t happening after 5-10 minutes, your yeast might be inactive. Make sure the water temperature is lukewarm (around 110°F) – too hot and it can kill the yeast.
  • My bread is burnt on the outside but raw on the inside: This could be due to your oven temperature being a bit too high. Try lowering the heat by 25°F (12°C) and extending the baking time slightly.

Storing Your Low-Sodium Bread:

Once your bread has cooled completely, store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can slice the bread and freeze it for up to 3 months.

Final Thoughts:

Baking your own low-sodium bread is a fun and rewarding experience. You get to control the ingredients, customize the flavors, and end up with a delicious and healthy loaf that’s perfect for any occasion. So, grab your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to create some magic in the kitchen!

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Bianca Bakes

Bianca Bakes is a dessert virtuoso with a sweet tooth and a talent for turning sugar and flour into edible masterpieces. From delicate pastries to decadent cakes, Bianca's articles on ReVistaMash are a symphony of flavors that explore the artistry and science behind baking. With a background in pastry arts and a love for experimenting with unexpected combinations, Bianca invites readers to indulge in the delightful world of confectionery.


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