This is an amazing recipe for Keto Bread that will change the way you eat a low carb diet. This bread is so good because of its great texture and flavor. It slices well, has a crumble like real bread, and gives us an option when we want bread. Plus it’s only 2.7 NET Carbs per slice!
Can you believe that you can be on a low carb/keto diet and still eat bread? Yup you heard right, bread! It is really easy to make and delicious to eat. We worked on this recipe for a while until we finally developed one that is not hard to make and one that we really like.
My husband was so happy when we finally succeeded! What I like is that I can make it as often as he wants because it is so quick and easy to do. Since we have gone low carb my husband says that he really misses sandwiches and is so happy that he can have them in his life again.
You can also toast it and butter it, or put some low carb preserves on it, my favorite is raspberry! We also made beef stew and used it to soak up the extra gravy in our bowls, so it is definitely a family favorite.
Keto bread is obviously different from the bread that we have been used to eating our entire lives. It is not made with traditional flour which has lots of carbs, but instead is made with a low carb flour such as almond flour, along with a zero carb sweetener and eggs.
On a keto diet you are allowed to eat some carbs (even vegetables have carbs), so don’t think that this is an entirely carb-free bread. Instead it has just a few carbs that come from keto-approved ingredients but keep you on your diet.
Texture & Taste
After trying many times to make a loaf of bread that I would consider a good one, we finally succeeded. It has a soft texture with a slight crumble but still holds up being used as bread for a sandwich without falling apart.
You can also toast it and butter it without falling apart either. Sometimes it’s really hard to use low carb ingredients and make something that resembles the foods that we are used to having but this keto bread recipe comes as close as you can get.
Is Bread Keto-Friendly?
Normally speaking, bread is not a keto-friendly food, for very obvious reasons, because of the high carb content.
I did a lot of research to see how many carbs are in a slice of bread, and found there are anywhere from 15-20 carbs per slice on average. Double that for 2 slices to make a sandwich and then possibly add some jam, honey or marmalade on top and you have gone way over the top.
How Many Carbs are in Keto Bread?
So, now for the good news, you can now eat bread on a keto diet because our keto bread recipe has only 2.7 NET Carbs per slice. If you are like my husband and are missing sandwiches, the problem has been solved!
What Ingredients are in Low Carb Bread?
Eggs – We use the large, whole eggs, to make our Paleo bread recipe, which is the most common size in the stores.
Swerve – Just a little sweetener is enough. Traditional white bread that we all are used to eating has sugar in it, which is one of the high carb ingredients it has.
Coconut Flour – This adds some stability to low carb bread and is a good combo mixed with the almond flour. A little goes a long way and is a dry flour so when you use it you need to make sure to add enough eggs and other moisture too.
Almond flour – This keto-friendly bread is made from 100% finely ground almonds and is the most popular low carb flour when making baked goods.
Baking Powder – When baking, this is essential to help things to rise.
Coconut Oil – This is made from coconut and is a replacement for butter, especially for people who can’t eat dairy. Use the refined one which has virtually no taste, whereas if you use the unrefined or virgin type it will give your bread a coconut flavor which you may not want. You can buy it in a liquid form or in a solid form which is easy to melt when you need to.
Xanthan Gum – This will help bind your bread together, it adds structure to help hold it together and locks in moisture. If you do not have any you can substitute it with powdered unflavored gelatin, or powdered psyllium husks.
Salt – Any type of salt is ok, even though sea salt has become the most popular.
There are a few different flours that you can use to make low carb bread but I would say that the most popular one is almond flour and the second favorite is coconut flour. Another less common type of low carb flour is sesame flour, which can also be used.
Almond Flour – This is a very fine flour made from 100% ground almonds which is a main ingredient in your keto loaf bread.
Coconut Flour – This is a flour ground from coconut and a little goes a long way. Since it has a slight sweetness to it and it is super absorbent then you don’t need to use a lot of it.
Sesame Flour – Sesame seeds are finely ground up and can also form a low carb flour that has a mild, nutty and slightly sweet taste, which makes it good for many low carb baked goods.
Different Variations & Substitutions
You can make some changes to our low carb bread recipe if you would like to.
Instead of using coconut oil, you can replace it with the same amount of avocado oil or melted butter.
If you have a nut allergy then use sesame flour or coconut flour instead of almond flour.
For every extra tablespoon of coconut flour that you use, take out 2-3 tablespoons of almond flour.
You can feel free to add some yeast to your bread. It does not have any carbs in it and it will not make your bread rise any more but it will give your bread a mild yeast flavor to resemble traditional bread.
Flavor the keto sandwich bread by putting some sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or everything bagel seasoning on the top before baking it.
Butter vs. Coconut Oil
I like using both butter and coconut oil, which are both interchangeable, so whichever one that you prefer will work well in this keto bread recipe.
If you can’t eat dairy for some reason, then you know that coconut oil will be your choice. A handy tip that I learned the hard way is that if you don’t want your coconut oil to taste like coconut then you need to use the refined version, not the virgin one.
Xanthan Gum Alternatives
If you do not have xanthan gum then there are some other alternatives that you can use to make low carb bread:
Psyllium Husk Powder
Ground Chia Seeds
How to Use Low Carb Bread
When it comes to making sandwiches with this low carb bread recipe there are so many possibilities:
Egg, Sausage, and Cheese
Egg, Bacon, and Cheese
Other delicious ways to use low carb bread:
Toasted with Butter
Toasted with low carb Jam
On the side of Soup
On the side of Salad
How to Make Keto Bread
Now we will show you step by step how easy it is to make this keto bread recipe.
STEP 1: Preparing the Dough
Get a large mixing bowl. Put the eggs in the bowl and beat them with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes.
Next, add the melted coconut oil and beat it together with the eggs until smooth. This usually takes about 30-60 seconds.
Put the last ingredients in the bowl too and blend it all together.
STEP 2: Baking
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Line the loaf pan with parchment paper which will keep the dough from sticking to the pan and which also will make it easier to lift it out of the pan without breaking it.
Put the dough in the loaf pan and pull the parchment paper over the top of the loaf and lightly press it down to flatten the top of the bread. This will help keep the loaf together and will keep it from cracking open on the top.
TIP: Leave the parchment paper on the top during the baking process to prevent the top of the bread from burning.
Bake the loaf of bread for about 40-45 minutes.
To test the loaf for doneness, the toothpick will not work because it is too small. Instead use a wooden or metal skewer, which are longer and thicker.
Take the loaf out of the oven and place it on a wire rack until completely cool.
FAQs & Best Tips
Now we will provide you with answers to your most thought of questions on how to make the best keto bread recipe and also some helpful tips in order to make it come out great each time!
Use the right pan. To make sure that your loaf of bread comes out a good size, use a 8” x 4” pan, not a 9” x 4” or a 9” x 5”. If you do then you will have to increase the portion of dough to fill it.
Use room temperature eggs and coconut oil or butter to avoid an eggy tasting loaf of keto bread.
If you do not mind the taste of stevia, just add 1 or 2 drops to the batter to take away the eggy flavor.
No xanthan gum, no problem. Replace it with gelatin powder or psyllium husk powder.
By pushing the sides of the parchment paper down over the top of the loaf, flatten the top evenly for a flatter finish. Leave the paper on the top during the baking process to also prevent the keto white bread from overcooking on the top and undercooking in the middle.
We measured out the keto loaf bread to yield 14 slices, but you could always slice it a little thinner and get another couple of pieces out of it. Sprinkle some sesame seeds, poppy seeds or everything bagel seasoning on top for extra flavor. If you miss rye bread you could always add some caraway seeds to the batter.
If you use psyllium husk powder in your bread it will be darker than when using xanthan gum.
How to Make Low Carb Bread Fluffy?
A great way to get your low carb bread fluffy is by whipping up the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer and then carefully folding them into the batter will make the bread have a more fluffy texture.
Keep Keto Bread from Falling Apart
The eggs that you put in keto bread will help bind it together and should be enough in most cases. Also the xanthan gum will help to keep the stability of the bread.
If you try to take the bread out of the pan while it is still hot then it will crumble. The same is true if you try to slice the bread before it has completely cooled off. Avoid both of these to keep the bread together.
Get Rid of the Eggy Taste
Eggs are essential to hold the keto bread together, so the complaint with some of the low carb bread recipes is that they can pick up an eggy taste the more eggs that you put in it. However, there is a solution to that.
By starting off with room temperature eggs and coconut oil or butter will help prevent or reduce any eggy taste in the bread.
Some people suggest that by adding 1-2 drops of stevia to the batter, the eggy taste will be covered up.
Does Almond Flour Rise with Yeast?
Dough made from wheat flour has proteins that cause gas bubbles and in turn cause the dough to rise.
Almonds do not contain those proteins and therefore do not form such gas bubbles, so almond flour does not rise when you add yeast to it.
However, if you use yeast, it will help your recipe taste more like “real bread.”
How Many Servings are in One Loaf?
We cut our keto bread into 14 slices, but you can certainly cut them a little bit thinner and get 16 slices instead. It’s all about the thickness that you want.
For a sandwich you may want it to be thicker than if you are having a piece of toast.
Can I Make Keto Bread Ahead of Time?
Once you make up the bread dough, it is best to bake it right away instead of letting it hang around on your counter or in your refrigerator. Making the dough ahead of time and not cooking it is not a good idea.
It is possible however to bake the bread ahead of time and then eat it in the following days as long as it’s stored properly.
How to Store Low Carb Bread?
The best way to make sure that your bread stays fresh is to wrap it well so that it won’t get stale. Put it into a large plastic ziploc bag and stick it in the refrigerator.
If you wrap it tightly it will stay fresh for a solid week or even more. Another tip is If you don’t slice it, the keto bread will stay fresh longer.
Can You Freeze Low Carb Bread?
Keto/low carb bread is one of those foods that will freeze well, even for a few months as long as it’s wrapped properly.
Freezing the Whole Load: If you plan to thaw the whole loaf of bread at once then freeze it whole. First put it in a ziploc bag and place the bag into a plastic container for double protection.
Freezing Slices: If you plan to take it out 2 slices at a time, then freeze it wrapped separately. Slice the bread and wrap 2 slices in a ziploc bag and then in a plastic container for double protection.
Tools to Use
There are some basic tools that you can use to make easy keto bread and some that you may not have in your kitchen. Let’s take a look at some options:
Bowl – A large enough mixing bowl that will hold all of your ingredients.
Spoon, Spatula, Whisk – Use one of these tools for mixing the dough by hand, and a spatula to scrape the bowl when pouring it into the baking pan.
Hand Mixer, KitchenAid Mixer, Food Processor – Either of these tools will mix all of the ingredients together. It is a matter of what you have or what you prefer to use.
Loaf Pan – 8” x 4” pan, my preferred one is a glass loaf pan. Some loaf pans are 9” x 5” which is too big to use for this low carb bread recipe. It will give you a shorter but wider loaf.
Parchment Paper – This is to line your pan so that the bread will not stick to the pan. You can also use it to flatten the top of your paleo bread and keep it from burning on the top.
Knife – A good bread knife with teeth so you can slice the bread.
Bread Machine – If you have a bread machine, then feel free to use it in this case.
Other Diets This Recipe is Good For
Gluten-free – There is no gluten in almond flour or coconut flour.
Dairy-free – We used coconut oil instead of butter so that it would be dairy free.
Vegetarian – We are happy to share with you bread made also for vegetarians.
Sugar-free – There is no added sugar in our keto bread recipe.
Paleo – All ingredients are approved for paleo followers.
How Many Calories in Keto Bread?
Since it uses almond flour, there are more calories in this keto bread than in conventional sliced store-bought bread made with white flour. However, these are much healthier calories that will fit into the keto diet plan.
There are about 236 calories per slice if you cut the bread into 14 slices. If you want to lower the calories by a few then cut your bread into 16 slices.
Where to Buy Keto Bread?
When you don’t have any time to make bread, there are some options in the stores and online to buy keto-friendly breads.
First, since so many people are watching their carbs and are on a keto diet, you may want to check out any local bakeries. You may be surprised at what you can find.
We have a specialty bakery in our area that caters to delicious gluten free baked goods and will occasionally have keto items too.
Aldi – L’Oven Fresh Zero Net Carbs Bread. It is very popular, so when you see it then buy it because they may not have it everytime you go there.
Sprouts – The brand name of the line of bread that they carry is Chompie’s. It is low carb and high protein.
Whole foods – Has a few different Paleo ones in the freezer section that are likewise Keto friendly.
Costco – As of now they do not have any keto sandwich bread but they are starting to carry more and more keto items so keep on the lookout. One of the items that we buy there is called Outer Aisle Cauliflower Thins, which are only 4 net carbs for 2 thins.
Online: The Great Low Carb Bread Co. – They have dinner rolls, bread, and bagels. When you p[lace an order be sure to order more than one thing at a time because they freeze well so that when you feel like eating it you will have your stash to take from.
You can also find the same Outer Aisle Cauliflower Thins online at costco.com that you can find in the Costco stores.
Other Low Carb Bread Recipes
If you are looking for other delicious low carb bread recipes then try some of these:
This amazing recipe for Keto Bread will become one of your favorites. I never thought that there would be bread again on a low carb diet. We worked on this one for many times before we came up with a bread that we thought was a great one to share with you. It is easy to make and only has a few basic ingredients which will make this one of your family’s favorites just as it is in our house.
8 whole Eggs
1 tsp Swerve
2 ¼ cups Almond Flour
¼ cup Coconut Flour
½ cup + 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tsp Baking Powder
½–¾ tsp Xanthan Gum
½ tsp Salt
Making the Dough:
Get a large bowl and add the eggs to the bowl. Mix it with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes.
Next add the melted coconut oil and beat it together with the eggs until smooth, about 30-60 seconds.
Now it’s time to add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. Now blend everything together.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Line the loaf pan with parchment paper so that the bread does not stick to the pan.
Spread the batter evenly in the pan and pull the parchment paper over the top of the loaf and lightly press down on it to flatten out the bread. Leave the paper on the top whole it is baking which will also prevent the loaf from burning and cracking on the top.
Bake for about 40 minutes.
To test and see if the loaf of keto bread is done, use a wooden or metal skewer which is longer than toothpicks.
When the bread is done take it out of the oven and place it on a wire rack until it is completely cool. When you are dealing with things made from almond flour, it can fall apart when it’s hot so let it set up.
2.7 NET CARBS PER SLICE
To avoid an eggy taste to the bread, just make sure that your eggs and coconut oil or butter are at room temperature before using them.
Using 1 or 2 drops of stevia sweetener can take away any egg taste in the bread but stevia has a very unique flavor that I personally do not care for.
If you don’t have xanthan gum you can replace it with psyllium husk powder or gelatin powder.
If you want to omit 2 whole eggs, feel free to replace them with 3 egg whites. But do not omit more than that because you do need them to help with the texture of the bread.
When you are baking with almond flour, you need to let it cool completely before moving or cutting into it so that it does not break apart. Remember it is different baking with some low carb ingredients.
Storing: The best way to preserve your keto white bread is to store it in the refrigerator in a ziploc plastic bag. It will keep for at least a week.
Freezing: The best keto bread is something that freezes very well for a few months if it is wrapped properly. Slice it and freeze it in a ziploc bag, and then put the bag into a plastic container for double protection. Take out only what you are going to use at one time.
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