Green Tea Ginger Orange Bread

How about all the health benefits of green tea in wheat-free bread form, spiced up with the magical combined flavors of ginger and orange?

Frequent consumption of green tea accelerates loss of visceral (“wheat belly”) fat, increases HDL and reduces triglycerides, reduces blood pressure, and may provide cardiovascular benefits that go beyond these markers such as reduction of oxidative stress. In this Green Tea Ginger Orange Bread, we don’t just drink the tea—we eat it! This provides an even more powerful dose of the green tea catechins believed to be responsible for the health benefits of green tea.

You can grind your own green tea from dried bulk leaves or it can be purchased pre-ground. I’ve used sencha and matcha green tea varieties with good results. The Teavana tea store sells a Sencha preground green tea that works well. If starting with bulk tea leaves, pulse in your food chopper, food processor, or coffee grinder (cleaned thoroughly first!) to generate green tea powder. You will need only a bit, as a little goes a long way.

The entire loaf contains 26 grams “net” carbohydrates; if cut into 10 slices, each slice therefore yields 2.6 grams net carbs, a perfectly tolerable amount.

1¼ cup almond meal/flour
½ cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons ground golden flaxseed
1 teaspoon baking powder
Sweetener equivalent to 1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground green tea
1½ teaspoons ground ginger
1½ teaspoons ground allspice
1½ ground cinnamon
2 large eggs, separated
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Grated zest from 1 orange + 2 tablespoons squeezed juice
1/2 cup coconut milk

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Sweetener equivalent to 1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9” x 5” bread pan.

In large bowl, combine almond meal/flour, coconut flour, flaxseed, baking powder, sweetener, green tea, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon and mix.

In small bowl, whip egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. At low mixer speed, blend in egg yolks, vanilla extract, almond extract, orange zest and juice, and coconut milk.

Pour egg mixture into almond meal/flour mixture and mix by hand thoroughly.

Pour dough into bread pan and place in oven. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick withdraws dry. Remove and cool.

For frosting, combine cream cheese, lemon juice, and sweetener and mix. When cooled, spread frosting over top of bread.

Comments (4) -

  • Denyse Turcot

    7/25/2012 6:15:44 PM |

    Dear Dr. Davis.  I am really hoping that you will answer this note.  I have read your book and it resonates with me so much.  I am ready to drop the wheat..which is in everything!  Here is my question.  My husband has high blood pressure...he first heard about Dr. Dean Ornish for revrersing heart disease, then Dr. Esselstyn..the two doctors treated President Bill husband is convinced that is the way to get healthy...yet reallyquestion it..because Esselstyn has bread bread and more wheat products for breakfast and tofu...too much of it...and no meat, no dairy no cheese...

    My husband wrote an email to Dr. Esselstyn asking about how a person can live with out meat or something that comes from animal protein...he actIually called us at our home.... to talk to my husband about his questions.  I am hoping that you would do that too??? 250-869-1677...or my husbands cell 250-470-0042 ...that would be such a bonus ..even call collect!

    I believe in what you say...I was thought to be " a little bit Celiac" not actually yet my numbers can show up to 45 when I do the test...anyhow, it is just what you say, how you say, that makes so much sense to me....

    What is bothering my husband is to go from no meat, oil, dairy etc allowed to it being allowed in your diet?  can you help us in this?

  • Karen

    7/26/2012 12:51:26 PM |

    I just noticed I haven't received any of your blogs this year.  I tried signing up again and it said I was already signed up.  Your blogs aren't in my spam folder either.  Can you get me receiving your blog again please.

  • laura

    7/26/2012 5:43:09 PM |

    my daughter gave up weight several years ago and still does not loose her belly fat....are there other foods that you think could be interacting? she is almost 21.

  • Dr. Davis

    7/31/2012 11:50:58 AM |

    Drs. Esselstyn and Ornish are doing the public a grave disservice with their fairly absurd approach to diet and health. If you read the many posts on this blog, you can see why.

    The Ornish diet that I followed 22 years ago made me diabetic while I was jogging 5 miles a day. It is nonsense.