Super High-Fiber Cinnamon Walnut Swirl Breakfast Bread


Cinnamon Swirl Bread

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: This recipe has been adapted mostly from one found on by MN Nice… see the original recipe:

Looking for a way to add more healthy fiber to your family’s diet… in a way that your picky kids will actually eat?  Try this…

This recipe makes 2 loaves. If you cut each loaf into 10 slices, then each slice will have approx 8.5 grams of fiber, and only 10.7 grams of sugar (low enough that even I can enjoy a slice!). (Full nutrition info at the bottom of this article.)


1 Cups Milk
1/4 Cup White Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1/4 Cup Butter
2 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp. Active Dry Yeast

1 Cup Hi-Maize (This stuff acts similar to flour but has 128 grams of fiber in a cup! You can get it here or here.)
1 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour (This bakes more like white flour but is high fiber. You can get it here.)
2 Cups White Bread Flour
2 Tbsp. Vital Wheat Gluten (This helps a high fiber loaf rise more like a white loaf, so it isn’t so dense. You can get it here.)
4 Tbsp. Flax Seed (This is optional, but it’s a good way to “sneak” extra fiber and Omega-3s into your kid’s diet.)
*** If you’re interested in trying to get extra protein into your kids as well, toss in two scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein powder.  I got mine at WalMart (Body Fortress Super Advanced).  It ramps up the protein per slice by almost 3 g.

1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Softened Butter – divided


2 large mixing bowls
1 smaller mixing bowl
2 9×5 inch loaf pans
cooking spray
plastic wrap


1. Warm milk in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Should be warm to the touch, but NOT HOT. (Warmth encourages the yeast to rise, HOT will kill them and your loaf won’t rise at all.)

2. In your largest bowl, mix sugar, salt and butter. Add warm milk, eggs and yeast. This is your “wet” bowl.

3. In another bowl, mix together hi-maize, white wheat flour, bread flour, vital gluten and flax seed. This is your “dry” bowl.

4. Add the dry bowl, cup by cup, into the wet bowl, mixing well each time till you get a dough ball. Remove dough to counter top and kneed for 10 minutes till smooth and elastic.

5. Mix the walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a third bowl. (Don’t mix in the butter!)

6. Wash your largest bowl and spray it with cooking spray. Put the dough lump in and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to rise in a warm place for 1.5 hours.

7. Punch down dough and let it rest 10 minutes.

8. Divide the dough ball in half and roll each ball into a rectangle about 9×14 inches. Spread 1 Tbsp. soft butter on top of each dough rectangle and evenly sprinkle each with the brown sugar walnut mixture. Roll up each rectangle starting from the short end and pinch the seam closed. (If you want your loaf to look like mine, then roll both ends of the rectangle toward the middle… where the rolls meet in the middle the loaf will split… and I kinda think it looks pretty like that.)

9. Grease 2 9×5 inch loaf pans. Fit the rolled loaves into the loaf pans. Cover and let rise till nearly doubled (30 minutes).

10. Preheat oven to 350.

11. Bake loaves in preheated oven till lightly golden-brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped (about 30 mintues). If loaves brown too quickly, lightly cover with foil for the last 10 minutes. Let bread cool 10 minutes then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.

NUTRITION INFO FOR ONE SLICE(as prepared above in 2 loaves, each cut into 10 slices):

Calories 198.5
Total Fat 6.6 g (Saturated Fat 2.3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1.1 g)
Cholesterol 36.2 mg
Sodium 158.6 mg
Potassium 102.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27.0 g (Dietary Fiber 8.5 g, Sugars 10.7 g)
Protein 8 g (10.6 g if you add the suggested 2 scoops of vanilla whey protein powder)

NOTE ABOUT FREEZING DOUGH: If you want to freeze dough to make fresh loaves later, do so by doubling the yeast in the recipe, and then replace step 9 with the following: Line 2 9×5 inch loaf pans with plastic wrap and spray the plastic wrap well with cooking spray. Fit the rolled loaves into the loaf pans with seam sides down. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, place in the freezer. Once frozen, you can remove the loaves from the pan to a freezer bag, but do not take off plastic wrap.  When you’re ready to make a loaf, thaw the dough, still in the plastic wrap, in the refrigerator overnight.  Then remove dough from plastic wrap and place in greased loaf pan seam side down. Allow to rise in a warm place for approx double the normal rise time (perhaps even 1 to 1.5 hours). Then cook as recommended in the final steps above. ***NOTE*** The one time I did this, I didn’t have spectacular luck getting the bread to rise.  However, I later found out that the yeast I had used was DEAD… um, so that could have had something to do with it.  😛


Use the Superbowl for something Useful

Turn your Superbowl party in to a “St. Jude Game Day. Give Back. Party.”

If you’re going to give money to anything beyond the sharing of the gospel, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is an extremely worthy charity.  They never charged us a dime during the years of my brother’s illness right up to his death, and they always treated us with kindness and compassion.

So, give something back.  This hospital really is helping children with cancer to live longer.

Who is this?

Who from the Bible is this describing?

  • Flames leap out of his mouth, smoke pores from his nostrils, and glowing coals blaze forth from him.
  • Dark storm clouds are under his feet, and he is shrouded in darkness veiling his approach with dark rain clouds that rain hail and burning coals.
  • His voice crashes like terrifying thunder and he destroys his enemies by sending lightning wherever he desires.
  • The earth shakes from his great anger, and he executes vengeance.

Did you guess this was describing the devil, Satan the accuser?  If you did, you would be completely wrong.

This description, from Psalm 18, is of the Lord God Almighty.

There is a reason God calls us to fear Him, and it is not just a word game for “respect.”

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…

Our fear of God is a major motivator of us sharing the good news of salvation available in Jesus:

2 Corinthians 5:11
Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…

God provided the only escape from His coming wrath.  He did it because of His mercy and lovingkindess toward his enemies… us. He sent His Son, fully-God and fully-man to take the punishment for sin in the place of anyone who is willing to humble themselves before Him, repent and place their trust in Jesus.  THAT is amazing kindness from a Holy God whom we should fear.

Favorite necklace of ALL TIME!!!

Empty Tomb Witnessing Jewlery

I absolutely LOVE my Empty Tomb necklace.  I wear it every day.  Really.  Every day.  It has been the start of many great witnessing encounters.

These are hand made by a lady here in California.  I think I got mine from her booth at a festival some years ago, but you can get one through her online store.

So buy one!  Support small, local business, and get something that totally rocks for starting conversations about Jesus!

(And, for those curious, I did NOT receive any kind of compensation for posting this.  This really is just something I totally LOVE and wanted to share!)

(And, for the skeptic, yes… I am wearing it in the
picture of me in the Annoying Orange shirt.
I’m really not lying about wearing it every day.
It just so happens it was under my shirt at the
moment that picture was snapped, but if
you look closely, you can barely see the sliver
chain going around the side of my neck.)

Murder Most Foul

The image is shocking! My children, 5 and 7 years-old, came in while this was on my computer screen and shouted, “What is that, Mom!?” A barely clothed young woman is drenched in blood and wrapped in cellophane—is she a murder victim?  No.  She’s protesting the eating of meat in front of a barbecue restaurant.

The obviously the intention of the PETA demonstrators is to shock and perhaps even sicken those who see it.  They chose the most foul, disgusting, image they could muster to try to produce sympathy for animals.  But my question is this… Why should this image shock us? Take a moment to just think that through before reading on.

Now think carefully; why should we be shocked when the real thing is happening, right now, in every major city in the United States?  In your city today, in clean, white rooms, women pay smiling secretaries, to have human beings slaughtered—literally.  The bloody, lifeless bodies of once living people, are wrapped up, and tossed away into the garbage… and the attitude is “good riddance!”

Can you imagine the backlash if I were to take a baby doll, cover it with fake blood, wrap it up in cellophane—just like this PETA demonstration—and stand in front of an Abortion center? After all—unlike PETA’s idiocy—it would be an accurate depiction of what is going on inside.  You see, PETA is tolerated in our society for this kind of “free speech,” but showing blood on a baby near an Abortion business would result in the police being called out to remove you… you “religious fanatic!”  (Can you smell the hypocrisy?)

If you think about it, the reason this picture has such shock value is that when we see someone murdered, something jumps inside us.  Our conscience almost instinctively screams, “This is wrong!  This should never happen!  Someone should be punished!”  Why?  Because human beings are created in the image of God, and God has written his Commandments (including, “Thou shalt not murder,”) on our hearts.

So, I’m sorry to tell PETA, that their demonstration didn’t work on me… at least not in the way they intended.  It didn’t make me sympathetic towards animals—instead it made me focus even more on the value of human life.

Are you against the killing of animals, but for the slaughter of human beings? If so, let me quote PETA from the paper under the cellophane, “GET HELP!”

Sinkhole to Hell

2010 giant sinkhole in Guatemala City

You’ve got to see this giant sinkhole in Guatemala City caused by tropical storm Agatha! This 30 story deep hole swallowed nearly an entire city block in 2010. Can you imagine the horror??? One minute you’re drinking a cup of coffee, chatting with a friend… and the next split second the entire world drops out from under you! Nearly 120 people died in that tropical storm.

If death comes for you today will you enter the everlasting wrath of Almighty God for your many sins against Him? Or will you be miraculously transported to eternal paradise because you turned from your sins (repentance) and begged that the perfect blood of Jesus cover you (faith)? There is no in between place — neither the word nor the concept of purgatory can be found anywhere in the pages of the bible — you will be in Heaven or Hell.

I have several people that I love that I continually worry about. If death visits them tonight — sealing their choice forever — they will be in Hell. Each one thinks they have time… time to turn, time to change, time to turn over a new leaf. But the only time any of us have is this one moment–this one breath. Death looms ready to snatch you instantly, anywhere, at any age, and at any health level.

We’ve seen thousands of people go to work one morning, and be blown to bits by Muslims hijacking jets. A tsunami out of nowhere kills hundreds of thousands, a bridge collapses taking commuters to a watery grave, people go to see a movie and never come home again. Little children, and teachers, innocently going through another bland work day are instantly standing before God. Do you think that as they brushed their teeth that morning they had any idea that is where they would be standing that night?

Do you really think you have forever to turn to God in repentance? They didn’t.

Come to your senses! Forsake your sin! Throw it away! Destroy it! Hate it! Because your love of sin (particularly sexual sin) will drag you all the way to Hell –you must repent. Your sin, no matter how pleasurable, is not worth it. Listen to Jesus, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it far from you! For it would be better to go to Heaven missing a limb, than to have two good hands and be thrown into the fire of eternal torment where the worm doesn’t die and the flame is not quenched!” (Mark 9:43-44)

Wake up. Please. It is a horror to know where you are heading and not be able to make you understand! It’s like being forced to watch someone you love eat spoonful after spoonful of poison. You try desperately to warn them and they keep insisting “But it’s so good!” Or, “I know, I know… I’m planning on stopping.”

“Today” the bible says “is the day of salvation.” The reason it says that is that you don’t own tomorrow… you don’t even rent it. You only have this moment in time to turn from your love of your sin to the mercy and forgiveness offered in Jesus.

Salvation is a limited time offer.

Do you need to hear this?

A “New Year” thought from Charles Spurgeon:

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” –Jeremiah 8:20

Not saved! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight? Warned of the judgment to come, bidden to escape for your life, and yet at this moment not saved! You know the way of salvation, you read it in the Bible, you hear it from the pulpit, it is explained to you by friends, and yet you neglect it, and therefore you are not saved. You will be without excuse when the Lord shall judge the quick and dead. The Holy Spirit has given more or less of blessing upon the word which has been preached in your hearing, and times of refreshing have come from the divine presence, and yet you are without Christ. All these hopeful seasons have come and gone–your summer and your harvest have past–and yet you are not saved. Years have followed one another into eternity, and your last year will soon be here: youth has gone, manhood is going, and yet you are not saved. Let me ask you–will you ever be saved? Is there any likelihood of it? Already the most propitious seasons have left you unsaved; will other occasions alter your condition? Means have failed with you–the best of means, used perseveringly and with the utmost affection–what more can be done for you? Affliction and prosperity have alike failed to impress you; tears and prayers and sermons have been wasted on your barren heart. Are not the probabilities dead against your ever being saved? Is it not more than likely that you will abide as you are till death for ever bars the door of hope? Do you recoil from the supposition? Yet it is a most reasonable one: he who is not washed in so many waters will in all probability go filthy to his end. The convenient time never has come, why should it ever come? It is logical to fear that it never will arrive, and that Felix like, you will find no convenient season till you are in hell. O bethink you of what that hell is, and of the dread probability that you will soon be cast into it!

Reader, suppose you should die unsaved, your doom no words can picture. Write out your dread estate in tears and blood, talk of it with groans and gnashing of teeth: you will be punished with everlasting destruction from the glory of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. A brother’s voice would fain startle you into earnestness. O be wise, be wise in time, and ere another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to the uttermost. Consecrate these last hours to lonely thought, and if deep repentance be bred in you, it will be well; and if it lead to a humble faith in Jesus, it will be best of all. O see to it that this year pass not away, and you an unforgiven spirit. Let not the new year’s midnight peals sound upon a joyless spirit! Now, NOW, NOW believe, and live.