Eliminating carbohydrates and refined sugars are synonymous with a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet. So, at first glance, it may seem like bread, pizza, and other traditionally carb-heavy foods are off-limits—but think, again.
There are many keto-friendly ingredient alternatives to use to keep your blood sugar level regulated and ketone body levels high.
From bread to pasta and even faux rice or mac & cheese, there are so many ways to convert high-carb recipes, so they don't compromise taste or metabolic ketosis.
Of all the foods loved by those considering keto, bread tops the list. And how can anyone be blamed when bread, in a variety of forms, is a perfect complement to virtually any meal?
From typical sliced sandwich bread to burger buns, cloud bread, or a form of sugar-free sweet bread, the options are many.
There's no need to deprive yourself of delicious and nutritious bread when keeping carbs low, and we'll share some of our favorite recipes below to get you started.
Keto-Friendly Bread - Buy or Bake?
Both, there's no need to pick a definitive side. Whether to buy or bake bread yourself comes down to preference or convenience. There are many easy and delicious bread recipes for a variety of keto bread online, but there are some store-bought options that are excellent, too.
Bread like that made by Great Low Carb Bread Company or Sola brand provides options for when you're short on time and need something ready-made to stay on track with your commitment to living a low-carb lifestyle.
Baking bread at home is always advisable because that way, you know all the ingredients included, can use the highest-quality foods available, and the loaves or rolls will be freshest. After all, you can eat it warm right out of the oven when homemade.
Plus, in addition to being free of additives or preservatives, homemade bread is more cost-effective than purchasing ready-made options. But life is busy, and sometimes store-bought options can fill the gap when time is limited.
Keto-Friendly Bread We Love
As we mentioned, there are many keto-friendly bread options to enjoy when eating a low-carb, high-fat diet. And to add to that good news, many of the recipes we'll share are very simple to make!
Having a savory loaf of sandwich bread, some 'everything' keto bagels or some keto tortilla wraps prepped ahead of time can prove invaluable on a ketogenic diet—planning is key to success.
Plus, many types of keto bread keep well for up to a week in the refrigerator—especially if vacuum-sealed to prolong freshness.
From cheese-based bread like the beloved fathead variety to heartier varieties that leverage the effects of psyllium husk or flaxseed, or even bread made using cauliflower, the options available to us are as expansive as our creativity.
Here are some of our favorite go-to keto bread to try when you want all the flavor and none of the carbs:
Maybe this bread is coined cloud bread because it's many people's first experience with keto bread and opens up so many tasty options we may have thought were off-limits before doing so.
Whether used as a sandwich disk, made into a keto cheese danish as a sweet application, or used as a base for keto-friendly bread pudding, this fluffy and light bread is a breeze to bake.
Here's what you need to make a delicious batch of cloud bread:
- 3, eggs (large)
- 3 tbsp, cream cheese
- 1 tsp, baking powder
- 1/4 tsp, sea salt
Directions: You'll need a 5.75 x 11" muffin top pan. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Bake for 12-15 minutes, based on your oven, or until golden brown.
- Separate egg yolks from egg whites and place them in separate bowls
- Whip egg whites with an electric hand mixer until peaks form. Add in baking soda halfway through whipping and whip until peaks are stiff.
- Add salt to egg yolks, along with any other seasonings or sweeteners of your choosing (e.g., plain, cinnamon roll, garlic bread base, etc.)
- Add softened cream cheese to egg yolks and mix with an electric hand mixer to combine.
- Gently add yolk mixture into egg whites and fold both elements together to combine, but don't overmix.
- Spritz pan with non-stick spray.
- Evenly pour 3/4 cup worth of batter into each muffin top well.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, based on your oven, or until golden brown.
Almond Flour Bread
Many bread recipes use almond flour, alone, and others incorporate a blend of almond and coconut flour to create a pleasant texture. Here's one of our favorite almond bread recipes:
- 2 cups, almond flour (blanched)
- 1/2 cup, grass-fed butter (melted)
- 7, eggs (large)
- 2 tsp, grapeseed oil
- 1 tsp, baking powder
- 1/2 tsp, xanthan gum
- 1/2 tsp, Himalayan sea salt (finely ground)
Directions: You'll need a standard-size, 8.5 x 4.5", bread pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the batter for 40 minutes, based on your oven, or until golden brown.
- Add seven eggs to a medium-sized bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy, one to two minutes.
- Add grapeseed oil to eggs
- Add cooled, melted butter to eggs
- Whip egg and butter mixture to combine
- Add the xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt to egg mixture and whip to mix evenly
- Sift almond flour atop the egg mixture
- Blend the ingredients with an electric hand mixer until smooth and thoroughly combined
- Baste the bread pan with melted butter
- Line pan with parchment paper
- Spritz parchment-lined pan with non-stick spray
Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes
This bread recipe is a fantastic alternative for traditional white bread, and it won't interrupt ketosis. Consider prepping a loaf on Sunday, so you're ready to start the week off on the right foot.
Anyone within the low-carb community knows that cauliflower is always there to save the day when remixing recipes to make them low-carb. We can adjust just about any high-carb recipe using cauliflower, and the same is true for cauliflower-based keto bread.
In addition to slathering slices with grass-fed butter, good quality bread begs to partner with cheese and have a light sear applied for a classic American sandwich fit for the ages: grilled cheese!
Here's a cauliflower bread recipe that's great to use for sandwiches, grilled cheese, or even french toast; it's all up to you!
- 1 (medium) head, cauliflower (steamed and drained of excess moisture)
- 1, egg (large)
- 1 cup, mozzarella cheese (shredded)
Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Bake for bread for seven minutes, based on your oven, or until golden brown.
- Rice cauliflower in a food processor and then steam one head of cauliflower rice—6 minutes, stir and return to the microwave to steam for another three minutes.
- Use a fine-net mesh bag or cheesecloth to squeeze extra moisture out of cauliflower rice
- Add egg and mozzarella to drained cauliflower and mix to combine
- Form bread on a parchment-lined baking pan
- Bake bread for approximately seven minutes, or until light golden brown
Whether you're missing PB&Js on keto or your savory tooth is fiending for an authentic, ooey-gooey, grilled cheese, this cauliflower-based keto bread will get the job done!
Fathead Keto Bagels
Those of us who love bread don't discriminate, whether sliced, in the form of a bagel, or a delightful casing for a savory keto wrap: we love the visceral experience of eating of carb-like foods without the glycemic impact.
No worries, there is a keto recipe for pretty much any bread craving your body can muster. So, if your cream cheese and lox are missing their leading partner in crime, the bagel, try this tasty and hearty cheese-based fathead bagel recipe:
- 3/4 cup, almond flour (blanched)
- 1 + 1/2 cup, mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- 2 tbsp, cream cheese
- 1 tbsp, golden flaxseed meal
- 1, egg (large)
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 15-17 minutes, based on your oven, or until golden brown.
- Sift almond flour and flaxseed meal into a medium bowl.
- Add egg to dry mix and stir to combine and form an initial dough, then set aside
- Add shredded mozzarella and cream cheese to a separate bowl; melt in three, 25-second, intervals until silky smooth and thoroughly combined
- Blend the cheese mixture and dough using an electric hand mixer, until thoroughly combined
- Knead the mixture to form the final dough
- Spray silicone bagel mold with non-stick spray
- Cutaway equal parts of dough, and roll out bagels with wet hands; then lay them into the sprayed bagel mold
These bagels are a fantastic meal prep hack to prepare for the coming week as even those who are not following a keto diet will want to devour them; they're so good.
60-Second Keto Bread
Sometimes you may find yourself stuck in a bit of a foodie pickle: you want bread right away but are short on time. No worries, we've got a solution for this culinary challenge sans sacrifice!
Although many baked bread recipes work on keto, ‘mug’ bread and cakes are a fast and smart way to incorporate low-carb bread in a hurry. Here's how to go from zero to yummy bread in about a minute.
- 1/3 cup, Carbquik mix
- 1, egg (large)
- 1/3 cup, flax meal
- 1 tbsp, grapeseed oil
- 1 tbsp, heavy cream
- 1/4 cup, parmesan cheese (grated)
- 3/4 cup, water
- 1/2 tsp, baking powder
- 1/4 tsp, onion powder
- 1/4 tsp, garlic powder
- 1, pinch, sea salt
Directions: the recipe makes one slice of bread
- Add Carbquik, flax meal, baking powder, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder to a medium-sized bowl
- Add egg, grapeseed oil, and heavy cream to the bowl
- Mix all ingredients to form the batter
- Add water to the mixture, about 1 tbsp at a time and stir to combine
- Grease 5x5" microwave-safe pan with grass-fed butter
- Spread batter evenly into the glass pan
- Microwave batter for 60 seconds
- Let the bread cool for a few minutes, remove from pan, and enjoy
Bread options should be the least of your concerns on a ketogenic diet because the options are abundant. Whether you're missing traditional sandwich bread, bagels, or soft and supple wraps for tacos, there are many low-carb recipes to make—even ahead—so you're stocked up when ready to eat.
Preparation is a huge part of achieving and sustaining weight-loss success on a ketogenic diet. In additional to baking ahead of time, meal planning is a great tool to keep you on track, in general.
The internet is a treasure trove, overflowing with delicious and carb-conscious bread recipes to make and enjoy. Experiment with the many recipes and tutorials available and determine which recipes are your staples so that you can make them weekly during meal prep.
Whether you need a house for a savory sandwich or a base for some sweet, sugar-free, french toast, there's always an easy and convenient keto recipe to fit the bill and deliver a fantastic result.
Again, there's no need to fret about missing bread while working to achieve and maintain ketosis while eating a low-carb, high-fat diet.
Enjoy discovering the wide world of grain-free bread recipes available and know that your choices are only limited by your imagination and not the keto-friendly bread options on the market—whether homemade or store-bought.
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