Sweet Seitan Bread for Vegan Bodybuilders and Low Carb Dieters

Sweet Seitan Bread for Vegan Bodybuilders and Low Carb Dieters

Well kids, I’m pleased to report that I’ve recently trumped my original “sweet seitan” recipe (or “pleather muffins” as dad calls ’em) and am happy to share the recipe with you fine folks today.

I’ll be honest, I’m not usually a gluten fan mostly because it kinda makes me feel like a bloated whale. So needless to say, when I’m training for a competition, my vegan bikini diet does NOT include vital wheat gluten or “wheat meat” as we veegs cleverly like to call it. 🙂

In the off-season, however, I do like to experiment with different vegan proteins and test out new vegan bodybuilding recipes. I also like to eat less soy because I eat an INSANE amount of it when I’m in prep mode. And although I am a huge advocate for soy, too much of anything is never good and it’s important to eat a varied diet especially for us competitors who eat the same foods for months on end.

Whether on or off-season, I do still try to keep my carb and fat intake low. I guess the meatless meathead inside of me just can’t get past the “protein good, carbs bad” mentality. And as we all know, I LOVE my sweet treats. So I was determined to come up with a new seitan recipe that was both sweet and flavourful– one that would make me FEEL like I was committing carbicide and eating dessert– yet was actually low-carb, low-fat and super high in muscle-building plant protein. 🙂

Well, I DID IT! And this time, they weren’t too chewy and didn’t look like “shit bricks” or “pleather muffins!” **Hashtag #SUCCESS** In fact, they turned out really soft and fluffy with a bread-like consistency and that home baked goods comforting taste.

As luck would have it, I even used my mom’s “Boiled Raisin Drop Cookie” recipe as the inspiration for these bad boys. And I gotta say, they are a new fave fo’ sho’.

Sweet Seitan Protein Bread for Vegan Bodybuilders and Low Carb Dieters

Dry Ingredients:

1 cup Jacked on the Beanstalk Vegan Protein Powder (vanilla)
1 cup chickpea flour
(you could substitute with coconut or whole wheat flour but I wanted the most high protein, low carb/fat option)
2 cups vital wheat gluten (seitan)
10 stevia packets (1g each)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

Wet Ingredients:

1 + 3/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup water
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in small bowl. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and stir until dough is formed.

Pull golf ball-sized pieces of dough and mold each into a small puck haha. How do you like these instructions? Let it be known I never said they LOOK good. 😉

Drop dough balls onto baking sheet. Bake for approximately 12 – 15 minutes until lightly browned.

Makes approximately 16 “cookies” or “bread lumps…” Hmmm maybe “scones” would be a more appealing-sounding term? Whatever you wanna call ’em, don’t judge a book by its cover! They’re super tasty and need I repeat once more: YOU CAN EAT THEM GUILT-FREE?!

I like dipping these “gluten pucks” into Walden Farms’ calorie-free marshmallow dip or treating them like an English muffin i.e. warm it up, cut in half and spread with Walden Farms’ calorie-free apple butter.

Hope you like ’em!

Low carb, low fat and high protein! Another guilt-free vegan bodybuilding sweet treat recipe from Sam Shorkey & Jacked on the Beanstalk: sweet seitan bread!

– Sam Shorkey, Jacked on the Beanstalk

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  • Suzanne: October 06, 2022

    I made these with cranberries and lemon for a change. This recipe is versatile and been making it for years.

    Blueberries, raisins etc I even make a plain version so I feel great about eating “bread” sandwich.

  • Amy: September 07, 2022

    I have been making these for about 2 years. I especially like to replace some water with canned pumpkin and pumpkin spice. I always double the spices. The recipe makes 24 cupcakes/muffins.

  • Olivia: April 07, 2021

    Love these! They remind me of a sweet English muffin. I used a mix of coconut flour and sorghum flour. For protein I used Planta’s sprinkle cupcake. Delicious! Will 100% make again.

  • Jessica: October 10, 2019

    5 stars. I’ve made these so many times in various ways – lemon & cardamom, with a few raisins, with some pumpkin puree, or as is! I found they only last a few days in the fridge. So I find I need to eat 1 or 2 while fresh and then I freeze most of them for a great high protein snack whenever I want! Microwaving and/or toasting them out of the freezer (or thawed in the fridge) works wonderfully. It’s hard not to cut open and make a PB&J sandwich with them when they’re warm though! Delicious!!

  • Sam: August 07, 2015

    Yep. For one serving, they’re about… Calories = 152 Fat = 1 g Carbs = 12 g Protein = 22 g

  • Dave: August 02, 2015

    Thanks Sam! Do you happen to have macros for this?

  • Sam: July 16, 2015

    Not too shabby eh? Glad you liked ’em too!

  • carmi: July 16, 2015

    These are the BOMB!! Crazy for them. Thanks Samantha.

  • Sam: July 16, 2015

    Haha that’s what powdered peanut butter is for, girl!

  • Alina @VeganRunnerEats: July 15, 2015

    I wish peanut butter was calorie-free. If it was, I’d totally smother these with that sh*t.

  • Sam: March 07, 2017

    No but good idea! I need to do some seitan dessert recipe testing soon again! If you try, let me know how it turns out!

  • Carey Haller: March 07, 2017

    Fantastic! Have you ever made it without the flour?

  • Sam: January 19, 2018

    Hahahaha love it! I admit I’ve been doing full-fat PB on mine all week. And it’s been frickin’ delicious.

  • Liz W: January 19, 2018

    Powdered peanut butter, wheat protein bread and some kinda low carb jelly and you have a PB&J on roids.

  • Jaynie: March 24, 2018

    These are more like muffins than rolls, a treat either way. It’s the extra carbs that bloat me not the gluten so I like vwg for a break from soy. I too can easily consume too much tofu.

  • Sam: March 25, 2018

    Glad you like it! I just recently discovered another awesome seitan “roll” recipe from Macro Sorcery called “Gainz Rolls.” You should check ’em out too! Will share the link on facebook soon :)

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