Keto breads are low-carb bread recipes made with keto flours, mostly gluten-free and often using eggs. Keto breadrecipes provide an alternative to wheat breads and their high level of carbs. Keto breads are a good alternative for bread-lovers in their keto diet program. Keto baking is a new way of baking that combines high-fiber, low-carb flours, eggs, dairy-free milk, and sometimes cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, or vital wheat gluten.
Keto bread dough
There are three types of keto bread dough that you can use to bake keto bread depending on what you expect.
Egg-based keto bread dough – the most classic way of bakingketo bread is to combine many eggs with one, or a combo of the most popular keto flours almondflour or coconutflour. Since these keto bread recipes use several egg yolks, they often have a strong eggy taste and cakey texture. In fact, the more egg yolks you add in bread, the stronger the eggy taste will be. To decrease the number of egg yolks in a keto breadrecipe, you can add more olive oil. One tablespoon of olive oil can replace one egg yolk.
Egg-free keto breaddough – this is a new way of baking keto bread. These keto bread recipes have no eggy taste but a normal bread-like flavor. It consists of a meticulous combination of different low-carb flours including almondflour, coconutflour, flaxseed meal, and a decent amount of whole psyllium husk or psyllium husk powder to replace eggs.
Cheese-based keto breaddough – also known as fathead dough. The purpose of this dough is to create extremely low-carbbread with a chewy texture. It creates delicious keto rolls, bagels, buns, or pizza bases but it is not used to make keto breadloaves. A Fathead dough combines mozzarella cheese with cream cheese, eggs, almondflour, or coconutflour, andbaking powder.
Cream cheeseeggbreaddough – also known as cloud bread or oopsie bread. The purpose of this dough is to make very low-carb burger buns. These buns are light and fluffy. They do not quite taste like normal bread, but they are convenient to make a keto burger with very few carbs. Cloud bread batter combines whipped egg whites, cream cheese, cream of tartar, and baking powder. Cloud bread dough is also used as Danish pastry dough in some keto baking recipes.
The most popular keto breads
There is a variety of keto bread recipes that are safe to enjoy on a keto diet. The most popular keto breadrecipe types are:
A keto breadloaf looks like a normal breadloaf, with a crusty crust, soft airy crumb, and a rectangle shape. Keto breadloaves are always baked in a loaf pan and can be sliced perfectly like wheat bread, just without the carbs. They make delicious keto sandwiches, keto toasts, or keto French toasts. However, keto breadloaves have a heavier dense texture compared to wheat-flourbread.
Also, the classic method of bakingketo breadloaves often uses many eggs to binds the keto flours together, resulting in a strong eggy taste. That is why some recipes use psyllium husk powder or whole psyllium husk as an egg replacer. Therefore, egg-free keto breads are very trendy since they avoid the eggy taste and taste just like your normal bread. Below is the almond flour bread recipe without eggs.
Keto bread rolls
Keto bread rolls are mostly used as a side dish or to make keto burger buns. They are small balls of bread, baked on a baking sheet, and can be made from any keto dough: classic, egg-free dough or fathead dough. For an easy keto breadrecipe without eggs, try my egg-freeketo bread rollsrecipe.
A keto bun refers to a flat round bread baked on a baking sheet and used as a carrier of food in burgers or sandwiches. Keto buns can be made with any keto dough like fathead dough, cloud bread dough, or classic dough. However, for an egg-free keto bunrecipe try my keto burger buns recipe.
Microwave keto breads
A 90-second keto bread or microwave bread is a quick breadrecipe baked in the microwave. It usually uses 3 or 4 simple ingredients as a base: one egg with three tablespoons of almondflour, melted butter, and baking powder to create a single-serve keto bread. You can try my 90-second keto breadrecipe, it is perfect for a fast grilled cheese sandwich!
There is no secret, to make a keto bread you cannot use wheat flour and you must use low-carb flours instead. Low-carb flours, meals, or grounds are mostly made of nuts or seeds. They contain an incredibly low amount of net carbs.
Therefore, low-carb flours generally contain a high amount of fiber, fat, and protein. As a result, keto baking is quite different from traditional baking, it requires different techniques and different ratios of wet to dry ingredients.
The table below lists the most common low-carb flours for bakingbread (data from nutrition data). As an element of comparison, wheat flour contains 73g of net carbs per 100g and only 3g of fibers.
What are the best keto flours for baking?
Almondflour – there is a large variety of almondflour on the market. To avoid grainy, gritty keto bread, always choose ultra-fine almondflour with a golden color. You can try my almondflourbreadrecipe for an easy keto bread and make yourself a delicious grilled cheese sandwich!
Coconutflour– often used in combination with other keto flours to add bulk and bread flavor to keto bread. In fact, coconutflour contains a lot of fiber – 37g per 100 grams. As a result, it absorbs a lot of moisture in keto bread recipes and can dry your bread dough quickly. That is why coconutflourbreads are often made with a combination of coconutflour and almondflour. Try my egg-free keto breadloaf with coconutflour, it tastes like regular bread with delicious toasted sesame seeds on top.
Psyllium husk – this is pure fiber and acts as a binder in keto bread recipes. Since keto baking does not use starch or gluten, psyllium husk powder or whole psyllium husk is often used to add chewiness to the bread crumb and bind ingredients with minimal eggs. However, it should be noted that psyllium husk powder is often confused with the popular dietary supplement called Metamucil. That is why you must choose a psyllium husk powder suitable for baking. Otherwise, whole psyllium husk is the best replacement for psyllium powder. In fact, whole psyllium husk absorbs moisture even better and creates the best keto bread texture. Also, a fun fact is that most psyllium husk powder turns keto bread purple-blue in color!
Flaxseed meal – flax seed meal is a seed-based keto flour with a high amount of fiber and fat. As a result, it adds elasticity to the bread but can also make it gummy. That is why flaxseed meal is always used in small amounts, in keto bread recipes, and always in combination with almondflour or coconutflour. You can try my 90-second keto breadrecipe with a flaxseed meal for an egg-free keto breadrecipe in the microwave.
Chia seeds – some keto breads use chia seeds to replace or decrease the amount of egg in the recipe. In fact, chia seeds are high in fiber and they have the power to bind flours the same way eggs do. Since they also contain a good amount of fat, they compensate for the absence of egg yolks. As a result, chia seeds are often seen in keto breadrecipes to decrease the number of egg yolks or whole eggs and reduce the eggy flavor of the bread.
Sunflower seed flour or pumpkin seed flour – these flours are great substitutes for almondflour to create nut-free keto breadrecipes. They can often be used in similar volumes as almondflour to replace nuts in keto breadrecipes.
Keto baking: fat and oils
Butter, olive oil, andcoconut oil are the most popular fat used in keto breadrecipes. However, the choice of fat impacts bread texture.
Butter– melted butter in breadrecipes results in a cakey texture. Therefore, it is better to use melted butter to grease a loaf pan or bake sweet keto breads like this keto blueberry bread.
Olive oil – the best oil to add a regular bread flavor to bread is olive oil. Plus, olive oil is high in healthy monosaturated fat, good for your health. If you are not a fan of the olive oil flavor, pick a light olive oil, you can barely detect the flavor.
Coconut oil– the best part of coconut oil in keto baking is the addition of MCT oil, naturally present in coconut oil. In fact, MCT oil, also known as medium-chain triglyceride oil, boosts fat burning on a keto diet. There are two types of coconut oil you can choose from: refined or unrefined. Note that refined coconut oil has no coconut flavor.
Low-carbbread raising agent
Most low-carbbread recipes are gluten-free. Gluten is a protein that usually raises bread when activated with a wet ingredient and when in contact with yeast. Since keto breads do not contain gluten, other ingredients are used to raise the breads.
Baking soda and baking powder– they can be used in combination or on their own. Baking powder is not always gluten-free so if you are gluten intolerant, replace baking powder by half the amount of baking soda in your keto breadrecipe. In fact, baking soda is basically 50% of the active ingredients of baking powder and they can be swapped by a 1:1/2 ratio in most baking recipes.
Apple cider vinegar– the purpose of apple cider vinegar in keto breadrecipes is to activate the baking soda. In fact, baking soda requires an acidic ingredient to raise. That is why apple cider vinegar is often used in combination with baking soda. Other ingredients that can replace apple cider vinegar in keto breads are lemon juice or white vinegar.
There are a few other ingredients that can be seen in an easy keto breadrecipe like:
Vital wheat gluten– it is basically 100% gluten without the starch, and it adds elasticity to keto flours and airy texture to keto breads. Vital wheat gluten is a convenient keto ingredient to mimic the wheat-bread texture, add chewiness and texture to the final product. However, it is rare to see a keto recipe using vital wheat gluten since most keto recipes are gluten-free.
Whipped egg whites – some keto breadloaves use whipped egg whites to add air and make breads less dense. In fact, whipped egg whites are fluffy and if added gently to keto bread batter, it can prevent dense bread.
Wheat protein – like vital wheat gluten, wheat protein is used to replace gluten in keto breads. Since gluten is a protein, adding more protein to a keto breadrecipe enhances your chance to mimic regular bread texture.
Most popular keto bread recipes
Find below a roundup of all my favorite easy keto bread recipes. Do not hesitate to comment if you made any of them. Or if you would like to find another keto bread recipe here!
Low carb burger buns are easy homemade gluten free keto bread buns with a soft brioche texture. No yeast or eggs in those buns only nourishing almond flour, coconut flour and psyllium husk for a 100% Vegan and paleo burger.