Years ago Colleen came home from Relief Society with a cool new recipe for making Bible Bread. Well, if it comes out of the Bible we thought, it must be really good for you. So for about six months we faithfully made this bread, but there was this little problem with it. When you mix bean flour with wheat flour using modern leavening methods the beans contribute a sugar into the bread that we cannot digest. We produce no digestive enzyme that can digest the sugar. Therefore, when you eat beans, this particular sugar goes through the stomach and the small intestine without ever being digested or absorbed into the bloodstream.
However, once it arrives into the colon, friendly bacteria (lactobacilli) enjoy a feeding frenzy consuming this undigested sugar. A natural by-product of consumption for these friendly bacteria is gas. Yep! this is why you become odiferous and musical when eating beans. Well, I like beans but I don't like this side effect and the other day I was thinking of various ways to prepare beans to overcome this effect.
It occurred to me that I've never eaten Ezekiel Bread since I swore off of it over a decade ago, but that if I were to follow the basic recipe and use naturally leavened starter as the leavener in the bread, the friendly lactobacilli would completely digest the undigestible sugar during the leavening process. Then when you eat the bread everything would be digestible. Well, we tried it out and are happy to report that if you want to use bean flour along with whole-wheat flour to make naturally leavened bread it works great with no unwanted side effects. Yea!
The bread is a bit denser, as you would expect, but our children love it and eat it as fast as we make it for them. When making four two-pound loaves Colleen uses about three cups of bean flour to nine or 10 cups of whole-wheat flour, or enough until the dough pulls away from the side of the mixer cleanly, just as the directions give for our naturally leavened bread (Click here for written instructions or click here for video instructions).
Have fun enjoying your beans in your bread!