Low Carb

Keto Bread

March 9, 2013
Keto bread recipe pesto red onion mozzarella

I’ve got a holiday and a big fitness challenge coming up this year, so if you follow me on Twitter you’ll have noticed my recent tweets about Keto. It’s short for Ketosis which is basically a process that forces your body to switch to burning fat as a primary energy source. It’s how we all used to operate before humans started processing grains and eating a carbohydrate heavy diet, long sciencey gist of it: by cutting out carbs you can turn yourself back into a super efficient fat-burning caveman!

Anyway, let’s talk food. Unfortunately in order to reach a state of ketosis you’re restricted by what you can eat a fair bit, bread is definitely off the menu. So if you want to satisfy a craving for stodge you’ve got to get creative. This recipe for a low-carb bread alternative is perfect for keto heads!

Keto Bread Fact

1 slice (just one slice!) of bread from the leading brand has 18g of carbohydrates. Half a loaf of keto bread has just 6g!

Keto Bread

  • 3 large eggs
  • 75g ground almonds
  • 1.5tsp baking powder
  • Large knob of butter (American readers: about 2tbsp)

Quite simply, add the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until smooth and aerated. Pour into a greased loaf tin and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 200c.

Easiest. Bread. Ever.

Keto bread loaf low carb recipe

Pour into individual moulds for bread muffins too.

Keto bread rolls

Keto bread low carb bread recipe

A lack of carbs and a lot of egg means that this bread will not have that dry, crusty consistency like a regular loaf, in fact it’s more like a savoury cake. But hey, you can’t have it all can you? Besides who’s complaining about low-carb cake? Not me! If you want to crisp it up put slices under the grill to toast.

Keto bread recipe pesto red onion mozzarella

Now top your keto bread with low carb foods and you’ve got yourself a delicious fresh meal. Here I’ve gone for olive oil, pesto, mozzarella, basil and a little red onion, along with simple pork pate.

Keto bread recipe low carb toppings

Keto bread low carb recipe

I found this an excellent substitute for the real bread: it’s light, tasty and really filling. The time it takes to create makes this keto bread so much more convenient as well.

Want to go Keto?

  • You must consume less than 20g carbohydrate each day.
  • You cannot eat grains, legumes, starches, milk, fruit, yoghurt… anything starchy or sugary is a no go.
  • You mustn’t be afraid to eat fat! If you deprive your body of a major energy source like carbs you must replace it with another (nuts, fish, oils, butter, peanut butter, avocado etc) otherwise you’re just starving your body… which is lame.

More Delicious Keto & Low Carb Recipes

 

Keto Sandwich (Click for Recipe)

 

Keto Pizza (Click for Recipe)

 

Courgetti (Click for Recipe)

 

Even More Low Carb Recipes (Click Here)

You can check out all of my keto, paleo and low carb recipes, HERE.

Further Reading: You can also learn more about the science behind Ketogenic diets from these nerdy beefcakes.

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64 Comments

  • Reply Shaz March 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    That bread looks really lovely!

    • Reply Taryn November 11, 2013 at 3:34 am

      How much is a knob of butter?

      • Reply Jo November 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm

        Hi Taryn, a large knob of butter is roughly 2 table spoons. The beauty of this recipe is you don’t need to be exact, hope this helps :-)

    • Reply Martha Jane September 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks for sharing but don’t forget about us poor yanks who don’t know squat about the metric system. I feel that is a great handicap for us. I wish we weren’t so lazy and we’d just step up and convert.

      • Reply Martha Jane September 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm

        I have a 7 yo old grandson and I’m always looking for toys and games that will give him a working knowledge of metric. Any suggestions. Pardon me for going off topic.

  • Reply Leesha September 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    This bread is perfection! I didn’t use salted butter the first time, so it was bland. Second time I added 1 tsp salt and that did the trick. I made mini loaves and had bacon and egg mini sandwiches. Delicious!

    • Reply Jo September 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

      So glad you like it Leesha! Try the link below to cheese & tomato keto bread if you’re looking for more flavour, it’s my favourite by far!

  • Reply Matt October 28, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Do you put almonds in a food processor to ground them up? Is there a possible substitute?

    • Reply Jo October 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Matt, you can buy ground almonds ready to go, you’ll find them in either baking section or with all the dried fruits & nuts.

  • Reply Maxx November 16, 2013 at 1:21 am

    3 large eggs
    75g ground almonds
    1.5tsp baking powder
    Large knob of butter

    Are those the exact ingredients. My bread took twice as long to bake and half it’s size (3/4 inch in height)

    • Reply Jo November 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Maxx, hmmm mysterious. Were your ingredients fresh? I ask because sometimes older eggs or baking powder can cause deflated baking, which would be the same case for keto bread. It also helps to make sure your mix is really well whisked before placing in the oven so lots of air is running through it. Hope this helps :-)

      • Reply Viviane November 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        I am having the same problem, its coming out quite deflated….

    • Reply Lis January 31, 2014 at 12:49 am

      200 degrees Celsius is about 400 degrees Fahrenheit, make sure you’re using the correct temperature.

  • Reply Debra December 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Is 200 degrees correct for baking?

    • Reply Jo December 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Debra, yes 200 degrees Celsius, if you’re from the USA that’ll be around 390 fahrenheit.

  • Reply Debbie January 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Hi, this looks really good. but can you tell me how much 75 g of ground almonds measures out to? thanks so much.

    • Reply Jo January 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Hi Debbie, do you mean in cups? It’s around two thirds of a cup if so. 120g in a cup.

      • Reply Diana October 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm

        I put in 75 grams into a conversion calculator and it said it was 1/3 cup – so which is right? 2/3 cup or 1/3 cup?

  • Reply Laura January 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Mine didn’t quite come out as thick as yours. Is there something that maybe I didn’t add enough of?

    • Reply Jo January 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Laura, depends what you added ;-) This bread is quite shallow in general, as it doesn’t have the rising agent of regular bread. I recommend thoroughly whisking the mixture to make sure it’s got loads of air running through it. Hope that helps!

  • Reply mark dowell January 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    does it have an almond flavor because try as i might i just dont like almonds but i want to try it thanks

    • Reply Jo January 11, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Hi Mark, no almond taste! it’s more eggy than anything.

  • Reply Maryann January 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I made this I love it. It doesn’t riase very much but I love it

  • Reply Natalie February 24, 2014 at 1:42 am

    So I was going to come here to ask what went wrong. I mixed everything together, whisking it all in a bowl for about 10min straight. Stuck it in the oven. 6min in it had risen to near the top of the pan, then it deflated…a lot. After 20 minutes it was done. The entire thing was only about an inch thick and although it faintly smelled of bread and had a really nice cake like texture it tasted of horrid bitterness and salt. Absolutely awful.
    Upon reviewing the ingredients I realized my mistake. The amount for baking soda is in teaspoons…not tablespoons. Oops.

    • Reply Jo February 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Oh no! I think it’s a baking mistake we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives :-P hope it hasn’t put you off making another batch!

      • Reply Natalie February 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

        I’ve got another one in the oven now! Will be ready in 10min. I added a little Stevia to it and am hoping to cover it in some whipped cream!

      • Reply Natalie February 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        Good news! This one came out edible! It’s a little bland tasting but when topped in whipped cream and cocoa powder it was awesome! I see to be running into an issue though. Both batches puffed up a ton! This one stayed puffed up till I took it out of the oven and checked to see if it was baked through…then it deflated. The entire loaf was more of a giant air bubble and for some reason it’s a weird green color on the inside once baked.
        It’s not that smooth golden yellow like the picture but a dirty mottle brown.
        If it helps, here’s what I’m doing-

        3 large eggs
        1 oz. ground almonds(I take sliced almonds and pound them into a powder)
        1.5 tsp baking soda
        2tbsp land o’ lakes butter
        .5 tbsp stevia

        Everything is whipped up really well and baked for 20min.

        • Reply Jo February 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

          Sounds yummy! I love how versatile this recipe is, you can really do what you like with it!

          • Natalie March 2, 2014 at 1:07 am

            No I wasn’t showing you my recipe as an alternative. I stated in the beginning I was having an ISSUE with making the bread, as in it wasn’t coming out right. It has since been resolved after looking over the ingredients yet again but it would have been nice if you’d helped me out in the first place.

            On the plus side this last batch came out really well, a bit flatter than I thought it would be but that might have been from the use of hand-ground almonds. It still has an extremely bland flavor to it so I’m going to try and sweeten it up with stevia and sugar next time.

          • Jo March 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

            Natalie I can’t help you with every single problem you are having with your baking, if you follow the recipe and use the right ingredients it should be fine: it has been for everyone else! This is a bread alternative recipe for people following a very strict low carb diet, so it will naturally be a little bland. I will say if you add sugar it defeats the purpose of making this recipe though, you’d be better of just making a cake!

        • Reply Christina September 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

          Your problem is you’re using baking soda instead of baking powder. Be careful not to mix the two up.

  • Reply Tae February 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I’ve made this recipe a few times now and each time it has been a delight! I’m not a big fan of the eggy taste so after the first attempt I started adding dill or rosemary to overpower the egg flavor and YUM! I just had one of my pre low-carb favs, the BLT, and was in heaven. I do use blanched almond flour instead of grinding the almonds from scratch, it makes that whole process that much faster. I’ve never made it with ground almonds so I don’t have anything to compare to but what comes out of my oven is just fine. Are there any benefits to using ground almonds vs blanched almond flour?

    • Reply Jo February 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Tae, I’ve never used blanched almond flour, I always use ground almonds. I figure they’re 100% natural and unprocessed, so they’re a winner for me :-)

  • Reply Jamie February 27, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Great for hamburger buns! I many this recipe a few days ago and was already using my only bread pan so I divided the batter up into my whoopie pie pan and they made great sandwich rolls. Thanks!

  • Reply Lily May 7, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Can I double the ingredients to make it thicker and will the time and oven temperature will stay the same? Also I would like to add some pecans and vanilla,…what do you think?
    Thank you!

  • Reply Kelly May 31, 2014 at 12:40 am

    How long does the bread keep and should it be refrigerated

  • Reply terrij June 24, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Can you guess how manycarbs are in one sslice of bread?

    • Reply Jo June 25, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Really depends on the sizes of your slices! Half a loaf has 6g, just divide by how many slices you get out of it.

  • Reply Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy June 26, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Fantastic and simple. Will try this!

  • Reply Tammy June 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I made two batches following the ingredients to the tee. The first batch, I just put in all the ingredients and used a hand whisk and whisked until my arm was sore. The second batch, I separated the eggs, whipped the whites into a stiff peak, whipped the yolks with the butter and baking powder, added the almond meal and mixed well before slowly folding in the egg whites. Both taste good but the first was flat while the second was lighter and much more loaf-like.

    Thanks for a great recipe.

  • Reply Andreas July 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    excellent recipe, quick question, when you whisk it , is it meant to form as a dough or be runny?

    • Reply Jo July 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      It will be runny but thick like a cake batter.

  • Reply Jonnie July 2, 2014 at 4:28 am

    My daughter and her husband are following a high fat/low carb diet. I would very much like to surprise them with a bread. Unfortunately, he is allergic to almonds. Is there any subitution you have found or heard of that could be used in yours or any bread recipe that is low carb.

    Many thanks.

    • Reply Jo July 2, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Jonnie, if it’s specifically almonds, there are other ground nuts you can use like cashews. These are a little more difficult to find though! If you’re after low carb recipes there’s an entire section on low carb, just follow the main menu :-)

  • Reply Cindy July 28, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Tried this recipe, BEST RECIPE EVER!!! Thanks
    Just wondering if the dough is freezable? I end up eating the whole loaf, its a problem REALLY!!

    • Reply Jo July 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      I’ve never frozen it, I always keep it in a cake tin and it lasts for a week. For better portion control I find baking it in muffin moulds works well :-)

  • Reply Rebekah July 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    How do you recommend storing the bread? Refrigerator? Freezer? Is the counter okay?
    Thanks!

    • Reply Jo July 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      I keep mine in an air tight cake tin or tupperware, I find it keeps for a week.

  • Reply Kathy August 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Does anyone know the rest of the nutritional value for this bread, calories, fat, etc.

  • Reply Chris August 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Natalie says she is using baking soda..recipe says baking POWDER..maybe that is the problem solver for her.

  • Reply Don August 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    WTF is a knob of butter?

    • Reply Christina September 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      If you read through the whole recipe you would see she clarifies what a knob of butter is in tbs…

  • Reply Paeonia August 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I modified this to be vegan and it was an unmitigated disaster. Here’s what NOT to try:

    3 flax “eggs” (3 Tbs ground flax seeds, combined well with 9 Tbs water, set in the fridge for 5 to 15mins)
    2/3 cup almond flour
    1.5 tsp baking powder
    1 Tbs + 1 tsp coconut oil
    Pinch of salt

  • Reply Lisa August 28, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Very Tasty…I added garlic powder and Herbs du Provence to make it more savory. Followed to a T but still came out very thin, like 1″ thin.

  • Reply yellowcub September 7, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Hi! Would you mind sharing with us the full nutritional info? Found one on MyFitnessPal but I’m not sure is very accurate. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe ;)

    • Reply Jo September 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      I’m afraid I don’t have the ingredients to hand at the moment to work it out. I would say though that this isn’t a low calorie recipe: almonds are very high in calories! Keto bread lends itself perfectly to a low carb, high fat diet, but for incorporating into a regular diet just watch your portions a little more. Hope this helps!

  • Reply Julie September 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Looks like REAL bread, which I miss greatly! Have you got nutritional counts on this?

    • Reply Kristin September 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Nutritional Info:

      For 1/6 of loaf (which is probably 2 slices – stay tuned, it’s still in the oven!):
      114 calories
      1g carbs
      5g protein
      10g fat
      178g sodium
      (I used Trader Joe’s “Just Almond Meal”)
      Recipe entered into My Fitness Pal to calculate calories

  • Reply Antonio September 16, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I tried this bread today. Put baking soda instead of baking powder, which I have found interchangeable in other recipes, but I think it went haywire here. The loaf was very flat and had a strong ammonia scent. It diminished as it cooled but was still there. The flavor was ok, bland but it’s vessel more than anything else. It was hard to eat because of the smell… don’t know what gave the strong ammonia scent… strange…

  • Reply Kristin September 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    OK it’s out of the oven and I am very happy with it! Tasty! The only thing is, I think I should use a smaller loaf dish next time, as the one I used is rather long and so my loaf came out less than 2 inches tall. That still didn’t stop me from lathering it with butter :) Next time, I’ll try it in a smaller loaf pan so I might be able to make a sandwich out of it! Thank you for a wonderful recipe! (I posted estimated nutritional info above!)

  • Reply Did September 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Is the inside of the bread wet? It looks very well, but I’ve tried a couple of recipes and all my “breads” were wet and I had to toast/ grill them. Thanks!

  • Reply Ginger October 10, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Thank you for this recipe. I followed your recipe last week and used this bread to make open-faced sandwiches with leftover grilled chicken breast. I topped my sandwich with the chicken and added onions, tomato slices, spritz of olive oil and shredded mozzarella cheese – then put it under the broiler. So Good! Repeated the next day with a few slices of avocado added to the top. Died and went to Heaven!

    Tonight I made it to go with my Eggplant Parmesan dish. I made a change or two:
    I substituted 2 Tablespoons of Milled Flaxseed for 2 Tablespoons of the Ground Almonds (I used the Hodgson Mill brand.) And – added 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. The ground flaxseed worked fine. Tasted great! I’m looking for ways to get more fiber into my diet.

    Almond Flour (Bob’s Red Mill) 1 Tablespoon = 40 calories, 1.5g carbs, .8g fiber.
    Milled Flaxseed (Hodgson Mill) 1 Tablespoon = 30 calories, 2g carbs, 2g fiber.

    I used a total of 6 tablespoons in the recipe: 4T ground almonds and 2T ground flaxseed. I’ll try substituting more ground flaxseed next.

  • Reply Nancy October 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Can you make this bread and freeze it so it will keep??

  • Reply Megan Farthing November 10, 2014 at 12:19 am

    once cooked does this freeze well?

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