One Slice of This Maple Pecan Yogurt Bread Packs as Much Protein as 2 Eggs

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Name a better way to start your day than with a slice of luscious maple pecan yogurt bread that packs as much protein as two eggs. We'll wait.

While we recently learned that eating two eggs—filled with roughly 13 grams of protein—won’t fully satisfy your breakfast protein needs (which is about 25-30 grams) alone, pairing them with another high-protein breakfast item will definitely do the trick. Say, a steamy hot cup of peanut butter coffee with 16 grams of protein or a slice of ?

This sweet and nutty bread recipe made with ingredients like maple, pecan, and creamy yogurt is the epitome of cozy vibes—and it's the perfect motivation to leap out of bed instead of pressing Snooze six times. That being said, there’s certainly no need to limit ourselves to eating this delicious baked good only once a day—it also makes for the perfect midday snack to pair with a cup of mood-boosting green tea.

Why this maple pecan yogurt bread is one of our favorite protein-packed breakfasts

We can thank ingredients like pecans, eggs, and, most importantly, yogurt for making this easy maple pecan yogurt bread recipe by Erin Lives Whole a protein jackpot. In the recipe, she uses Stonyfield Organic Vanilla Yogurt, which has about five grams of protein per three-quarters of a cup. To reap the most benefits of this high-protein dairy product, Erin includes it in both the batter of the bread and the two-ingredient glaze that coats this beautiful loaf.

Meanwhile, for some added crunch and nuttiness, Erin uses pecans which are packed with B vitamins, folic acid, zinc, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A and E. (BTW, the high amount of zinc in pecans helps support a healthy immune system and fights inflammation, as it’s a powerful antioxidant that combats free-radical damage in the body.)

And like most baked goods, this simple recipe calls for eggs as a binding ingredient that doubles as a great source of nutrients. The eggs, another key ingredient in this recipe, are also loaded with numerous health benefits, which is why some dietitians have dubbed them “nature’s multivitamin.” For starters, eggs are a complete source of protein (meaning that they contain all essential amino acids), they’re high in choline which is essential for brain and nervous system health, and they’re high in antioxidants (like vitamin A).

Ready to indulge in this sweet treat? We sure are.

maple pecan yogurt bread recipe
Photo: Erin Lives Whole

Maple pecan yogurt bread recipe

Yields 8 servings

2 cups white whole-wheat flour
1 Tsp baking powder
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp salt
1 Tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup Stonyfield Organic Vanilla Yogurt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 Tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans

2 Tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup Stonyfield Organic Vanilla Yogurt
1 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 Tbsp water

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9 x 4 loaf pan.

2. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk two eggs. Mix in yogurt, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Whisk till combined.

4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, mixing until all are incorporated. Then stir in chopped pecans.

5. Prepare the swirl mixture by mixing together cinnamon and sugar.

6. Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan, then sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Pour the remaining batter on top and then top with the rest of the cinnamon sugar mixture.

7. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

8. While cooling, mix together the glaze ingredients. Once the bread is completely cooled, cover it in glaze and optionally top it with more pecans.

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