How To Make Keto Bread: A Step-by-Step Guide
Are you on a low-carb or keto diet and missing bread? You're not alone!
Bread is a popular comfort food for many people, and it can be tough to give up when trying to follow a low-carb lifestyle. Unfortunately, most standard bread options, including the 'keto' bread in grocery stores, are high in carbs and contain questionable ingredients.
Fortunately, there are plenty of keto bread recipes online that can help you satisfy your bread craving! In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to make truly keto bread easily at home. Get ready to enjoy delicious, low-carb bread that will fit into your macros and won't compromise your diet!
Is Bread Keto?
Bread is a popular food, but is it keto-friendly? The answer is that it depends. A few keto-friendly bread options may be available and are typically made with low-carb flour and other ingredients.
Here are some important things to keep in mind when you’re purchasing keto-friendly bread in the grocery store:
- Regular bread is not suitable for a keto diet as it contains wheat flour, which is high in carbs. White bread and wheat bread are also high in gluten and low in nutrients.
- Gluten-free bread can contain non-keto ingredients like oat flour and tapioca starch, which are also high in carbohydrates. Many people who follow a keto diet also avoid gluten.
- Paleo bread is typically made with almond flour, coconut flour, or flaxseed and contains no grains or gluten. Some paleo bread recipes may contain honey or other natural sweeteners, which can add carbs to the bread.
- Low-carb keto-friendly bread is made with low-carb flour and has fewer net carbs than regular bread.Some contain non-keto ingredients like vital wheat gluten.
Select keto-friendly options that fit your daily carbohydrate allowance. And if you're wary of store-bought bread labeled as keto, you can always try making your own at home. This gives you more control over what’s in your bread, and you might even enjoy yourself along the way.
How Do You Make Keto Bread?
While plenty of keto bread recipes are available online, choosing one that fits your preferences and dietary goals can be overwhelming.
Depending on the ingredients and cooking methods, some recipes may have an eggy taste or a chewy texture. For those who prefer a more bread-like consistency, some options use blanched almond flour and psyllium husk powder to create a soft and fluffy bread.
When searching for the best keto bread recipe, it's also helpful to consider the type of bread you're looking for. Some popular options include almond flour bread, chewybagels, and buns.
Look at the prep time and total time required for the recipe, as some may require longer resting periods or additional steps. Finding the perfect, easy keto bread recipe may require experimentation and trial and error.
With the abundance of low-carb bread recipes available online, it should be easy to find a recipe that suits your needs.
Step One: Gather the Ingredients
Before you start baking, ensure you have all the necessary ingredients. While some ingredients can be found in your local grocery store, you can easily find most ingredients online on websites like Amazon.
Some sweeteners used in traditional baking, like sugar and honey, are not keto-friendly. Instead, you can use a low-carb sweetener like erythritol or stevia, which won't spike your blood sugar.
Make sure your kitchen is stocked with baking essentials, such as parchment paper, loaf pans, mixing bowls, measuring cups, and spoons.
Step Two: Beat the Egg Whites
If you've been looking for keto bread recipes, you may have encountered ones that call for beating egg whites into a meringue texture before adding other ingredients. However, some people find this bread too eggy or dry for their taste. Add a few egg yolks and some avocado oil or keto-friendly mayo to the recipe to improve this bread’s texture and make it palatable.
Using a stand mixer can speed things along, but hand mixers work just as well. First, ensure that the bowl and beaters are spotless and free of grease or residue. Then, separate the egg whites from the large eggs and add them to the bowl.
Begin mixing on low speed until the egg whites start to foam, then gradually increase the speed to high. This works best when the egg whites are at room temperature.
Continue beating the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, which means the meringue holds its shape when the beaters are lifted. This can take three to ten minutes, depending on the mixer and the number of egg whites used.
Step Three: Mix the Dry Ingredients
Mixing the dry ingredients first can help ensure that everything blends well. Make sure you’ve thoroughly mixed the dry ingredients before adding them to the egg whites to avoid any lumps or uneven texture in your keto bread.
Some keto bread recipes will call for almond flour or coconut flour, baking powder, and xanthan gum to be blended food processor or a bowl. This helps to distribute the ingredients evenly and prevent clumps.
This is a great place to incorporate some of Dr. Kellyann's products into your recipe. For example, you can add a scoop of our Powdered Bone Broth or Collagen Peptides to your dry ingredients to give your bread an extra boost of nutrients.
Step Four: Add the Wet Ingredients
When working with meringue-based bread, it's essential to add in the wet ingredients last. The fats in the wet ingredients can deflate the airiness of the bread, so we want to avoid over-mixing them. Over-mixing can result in flattened and dense bread.
Wet ingredients include melted butter and dairy-free options like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Egg yolks and mayo should also be added in at this point. It's recommended to hand-mix the wet ingredients into the meringue with a spatula, folding them in like one would make macaron cookies.
Step Five: Add to a Pan, Bake, and Enjoy!
Once you have mixed all the ingredients, it's time to add the batter to a loaf pan. Line the pan with parchment paper to keep the bread from sticking. Smooth out the top with an icing knife and place the pan in the oven.
Baking keto bread is different from baking regular bread. It's best to bake low and slow to make sure the bread cooks evenly.
To start, preheat the oven to 300ºF and toss the bread in for about an hour. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the bread is ready. The top should also be golden brown.
Once the bread is done, remove it from the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to finish cooling. This can help make sure the bread doesn’t stick to the pan or breaking apart.
Now that your keto bread is ready, slice it up and enjoy!
How Can You Enjoy Keto Bread?
Keto bread is a delicious and satisfying alternative to real bread. You can enjoy it toasted with butter, low-carb jam, and a cup of Dr. Kellyann's bone broth or collagen coffee from our keto-friendly collection.
A Classic Sandwich
Keto bread can be a perfect base for classic sandwiches like club sandwiches, BLTs, or traditional grilled cheeses. You can experiment with different keto cheeses, like muenster, mozzarella, or pepper jack, and add some bacon or ham for a heartier sandwich. Don't forget the tomato soup for dipping!
With Peanut Butter
Another great way to enjoy keto bread is with peanut butter and low-carb jelly. This classic sandwich will satisfy your cravings without kicking you out of ketosis. Just make sure to choose sugar-free peanut butter and jelly options to keep it keto-friendly.
Avocado toast is a popular breakfast choice among keto dieters. To make the perfect keto-friendly avocado toast, toast a slice of your keto bread in the toaster until it's crispy.
Next, mash up some fresh avocado and spread it over the toast. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt for flavor, and enjoy! Avocado is rich in healthy fats and a good source of potassium and calcium, making it a great addition to any keto breakfast.
Alongside a Breakfast Smoothie
With the keto bread recipes, you can make your own bagels or toast and add cream cheese for a satisfying breakfast. Pair it with a breakfast shake or smoothie using Dr. Kellyann's Shake and Smoothie mixes to make your morning more nutritious.
And if you've got a craving for sweets, why not try making French toast with keto bread? Simply dip it in a batter made with our collagen products and cook it for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast.
The Bottom Line
There are endless ways to enjoy and incorporate keto bread into your keto diet. Experiment with different recipes and pairings to find what fits your needs and enjoy a delicious slice of bread without sacrificing your low-carb, keto-friendly lifestyle.
We know going keto can be difficult at first — after all, it’s hard giving up all of your favorite comfort foods. That’s why we have a library filled with delicious and satisfying keto recipes of popular comfort classics. For more keto tips and tricks, check out our blog!