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Flaxseed Bread (1.7g Carbs)

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If you are a keen baker like me and on a keto diet, you have to admit that it’s often easier and tastier to make your own bread than buying it from the store. This easy Flaxseed Bread Recipe is no exception! It’s a low-carb, gluten-free, egg-free bread recipe made from simple ingredients that cost very little to make and taste delicious.

It’s a dense earthy bread with a crusty outside and perfects if you have a low-carb bread with an Artisan bread-like texture. Since this bread is mostly made of flax seeds, it contains only 1.7 grams of net carbs per generous slice!

Sliced Flaxseed Bread in front of a cup with butter and a coffee mug.

If there’s one thing I love, it’s crusty bread with an earthy flavor, like the German bread I used to eat as a kid.

While it takes a while to develop such a recipe, you’ll find that following all my tips below will make it a breeze for you! I’ll try to share all my keto baking expertise to make it as straightforward as possible!

Why You’ll Love This Flax Bread

This flaxseed bread is an egg-free crusty low-carb bread that is also naturally:

  • Vegan – egg-free and dairy-free
  • Paleo
  • Keto
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Easy to bake – no loaf pan needed

Flax Seed Bread Ingredients

There are many ways to play with flaxseed and make bread from it. Most recipes call for eggs, egg whites, or wholewheat flour.

However, I didn’t find eggs beneficial with a flaxseed meal. The bread won’t rise anyway since it’s gluten-free. So here’s how I enjoy flax meal bread.

All you need to make this simple bread with flaxseed meal are:

  • Golden Flaxseed Meal – You must use fresh golden flaxseed, unroasted and grind them just before making the bread. Too often I hear that people have difficulties baking egg-free keto bread and most of the times it’s because their high fiber flours like flaxmeal are not fresh. In fact, flaxmeal lose it’s properties after 4 days at room temperature and 2 weeks in the fridge. So keep the seed and grind just before baking bread.
  • Almond Flour – You can’t use coconut flour instead.
  • Baking Powder
  • Lukewarm Water – Think bath temperature, not too hot, just warm enough to activate the fiber in the flaxmeal.
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder – To make sweet bread, swap the garlic powder for 1/4 cup of allulose or erythritol. Flaxseed flavors can be strong and not enjoyable without.
  • Oregano – For delicious Mediterranean flavors.

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How To Make Flaxseed Bread

Choosing Flaxseeds

You must make a fresh, ground golden flaxseed meal just before making the bread for the best result.

First, look for golden flaxseeds, not brown flaxseeds that have a strong fishy flavor.

The golden flaxseeds are earthy, too, but more like a nutty flavor. Then, look for unroasted seeds so their fat properties stay intact.

Next, ground in a blender into a thin powder.

I don’t recommend using a food processor as it’s not powerful enough. Finally, measure the amount called by the recipe.

A slice of Flaxseed Bread with butter.

Ground Flaxseeds Storage

If you ground too much, the flax meal stays fresh in an airtight container for about:

  • 3 days at room temperature
  • 3 weeks in the fridge
  • 3 months in the freezer

Making The Bread Dough

In a large mixing bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together: flax meal, baking powder, almond flour, salt, garlic powder, and oregano.

Then, make a well in the center of the dry batter and pour the lukewarm water and olive oil. Stir with a spatula until it forms a soft dough ball, not liquid, slightly wet but that holds well together into a ball.

If too wet, add an additional 1 or 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal, stir and set aside for 10 minutes at room temperature until the fiber absorbs the liquid.

Forming The Bread

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil it with olive oil.

Generously oil your hands with olive oil, grab the dough, and place the dough ball on the parchment paper.

Rub and shape the dough into an oval or round shape, and press to flatten it to about 1.5 inches in height (3.5 cm).

Don’t shape the bread thicker. It won’t bake well in the center.

This bread won’t rise! It will keep the shape you give it before baking.

Don’t be shy with olive oil, grease the ball to look smooth.

Finally, score the top of the bread if you like with a sharp knife.

Sliced Flaxseed Bread on a chopping board.


I didn’t add any seeds on top of my bread but feel free to sprinkle some:

  • Sesame seeds
  • Bagel seasoning
  • Pumpkins seeds

Baking Flaxmeal Bread

Bake the bread on the baking sheet on the center rack of the oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown at 400°F (200°C).

The cooking time can vary with your oven and how thick you make the loaf. Insert a toothpick in the center of the bread and if it comes out clean, it’s ready to remove from the oven.

Let the bread cool down on a wire rack for 3 hours before slicing.

A slice of Flaxseed Bread held above the whole loaf.

Storage Instructions

Store the flax meal bread at room temperature for up to 5 days, wrapped in a clean kitchen towel, and slice it just before serving.

You can freeze bread slices for up to 3 months in zip-lock bags and thaw them the day before at room temperature.

Four Reasons To Make Flaxseed Bread

You are probably wondering why would adding so much flax meal to your bread be good for you. Let me give you four reasons why you should eat more flaxseed on your keto diet.

#1 Fiber

One slice of flaxseed bread contains 8.4 grams of fiber.

Flaxseeds are high in fiber that keep you full and satisfied for longer.

Plus, fiber supports healthy guts and stabilizes blood sugar slowing down the speed at which the food is absorbed.

#2 Low-Carb

Once slice contains only 1.7 grams of net carbs

Most of the carbs in flaxseed are fiber, which means they are not counted as net carbs because your body won’t assimilate these carbs.

100 grams of flaxseed contains 29 grams of carbs of which 27 grams are fiber, leaving only 2 grams of net carbs.

The fiber in flaxseed helps with many of health factors like reducing appetite, lowering cholesterol, and decreasing sugar cravings.

#3 Proteins

One slice of flax bread is packed with 6.9 grams of proteins

Flaxseeds are packed with 18% proteins. It’s almost a complete protein like soybeans, except for lysine. They are a great source of protein for low-carb vegetarian or low-carb vegan eaters.

#4 High In Polyunsaturated Fat

One slice of flaxseed bread contains 7.8 grams of polyunsaturated fat.

The polyunsaturated fat in flaxseed helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and heart disease risk.

Since you need fat on a low-carb diet, focusing on good omega-3 fatty acids brings you many health benefits.

Allergy Swaps

  • Olive Oil can be replaced with melted butter, melted coconut oil, or avocado oil.
  • Almond Flour can’t be replaced with coconut flour

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Brown Flaxmeal?

I don’t recommend using brown flax meal in this recipe because its fishy smell makes the bread flavor very weird.

Can I Skip The Savory Flavoring?

You can, but you must replace it with some sweet flavoring, like one teaspoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup of erythritol. I add spices to flax meal bread to cover the earthy flavor of the seeds and make the bread taste better.

Why Is My Bread Not Rising?

This bread has no gluten or yeast, so it won’t rise.

Why Is My Bread Too Wet?

There are many reasons why this could happen. It means your flaxseed meal is too old and the fiber doesn’t absorb the liquid enough, or you underbaked the bread, or you shaped it too tall.

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Flaxseed Bread

Flaxseed Bread

1.7gNet Carbs
This easy Flaxseed Bread Recipe is a low-carb, gluten-free, egg-free bread recipe made from simple ingredients. It's a dense earthy bread with a crusty outside and perfect if you have a low-carb bread with an Artisan bread-like texture.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
cool down 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 55 minutes
Yield: 12 slices
Serving Size: 1 slice
4.82 from 11 votes


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  • Before you start, remember that this is a dense bread, it won't rise, but it has a delicious crusty outside, dense earthy crumb with a noticeable flaxseed flavor.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and slightly oil paper with olive oil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk freshly made golden flax meal (flax meal loses its property after a few days, so it matters to be fresh!), almond flour, baking powder, garlic powder, salt, and oregano.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in lukewarm water and olive oil.
  • Stir with a spatula until all the ingredients come together into a dough that is slightly moist and soft but not liquid. It takes about 1-2 minutes of mixing for the fiber in the flax meal to absorb water and bind the dough into a ball.
  • Set it aside for 10 minutes, and then check the dough's texture. If too sticky, add more flax meal, 1-2 tablespoons at a time, stir and wait 10 minutes after each addition for the fiber to work their powder.
  • Oil your hands generously with olive oil and transfer the bread dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Use your hands to shape an oval bread – it won't raise – so the shape you give to the bread now is the shape and thickness of the slice you get at the end. Flatten the dough (1.5 inches/3.5 cm) tall. Don't shape the bread too thick, or it won't cook properly in the middle.
  • Score the bread on top using a sharp knife.
  • Bake the bread for 40-45 minutes until golden brown on top and crusty.
  • Cool down on a wire rack for 3 hours before slicing.
  • Slice and serve with your favorite bread toppings – butter, chia seed jam, ham, cheese, etc.


  • Store the bread for up to 5 days at room temperature, wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.
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Nutrition1 slice
Yield: 12 slices


Serving: 1 sliceCalories: 206.7 kcal (10%)Carbohydrates: 10.1 g (3%)Fiber: 8.4 g (35%)Net Carbs: 1.7 gProtein: 6.9 g (14%)Fat: 17 g (26%)Saturated Fat: 1.5 g (9%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.8 gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.9 gSodium: 175.7 mg (8%)Potassium: 220.6 mg (6%)Sugar: 0.7 g (1%)Vitamin A: 2.8 IUVitamin C: 0.2 mgCalcium: 129.6 mg (13%)Iron: 2 mg (11%)Magnesium: 105.3 mg (26%)Zinc: 1.2 mg (8%)
Carine Claudepierre

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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

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    2 Thoughts On Flaxseed Bread (1.7g Carbs)
  1. Hello. I’d like to try your recipe but need a swap for almond flour due to an allergy. Is there a different flour you do recommend? I see the note that coconut flour won’t work. I’m hoping there is a wheat free option. Allergy free not gluten free. Thanks.


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