The keto bread

The keto bread

Smear with butter, and you will think you are eating the real thing! Maria Emmerich's keto bread sports a pleasing crispy crust with a soft, moist center. It’s bread — you know what to do. Savor it warm, straight out of the oven, or freeze, defrost, and toast to perfection…

The keto bread

Smear with butter, and you will think you are eating the real thing! Maria Emmerich's keto bread sports a pleasing crispy crust with a soft, moist center. It’s bread — you know what to do. Savor it warm, straight out of the oven, or freeze, defrost, and toast to perfection…
USMetric
6 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp 5 tbsp (40 g) ground psyllium husk powder
  • 1¼ cups 300 ml (150 g) almond flour
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp (10 g) baking powder
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup 225 ml water
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 3 3 egg whiteegg whites
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp (20 g) sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Add vinegar and egg whites to the dry ingredients, and combine well. Add boiling water, while beating with a hand mixer for about 30 seconds. Don't over mix the dough, the consistency should resemble Play-Doh.
  4. Moisten hands with a little olive oil and shape dough into 6 separate rolls. Place on a greased baking sheet. Top with optional sesame seeds.
  5. Bake on lower rack in the oven for 50–60 minutes, depending on the size of your bread rolls. They're done when you hear a hollow sound when tapping the bottom of the bun.
  6. Serve with butter and toppings of your choice.

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How much carbs does the keto bread contain?

The keto bread contains 2 net carbs per bun (a similar bun of regular bread may contain about 20 grams of carbs). This makes it a decent option on a ketogenic diet. Expand the nutrition tab above for the full nutrition facts.

Can I substitute ingredients?

In all baking, and especially in low-carb baking, the ingredients and amounts used are important. The eggs and ground psyllium husk are hard to replace in this recipe.

If you don't like almond flour or if you have an allergy, you can make this recipe with coconut flour instead. Substitute the amount of almond flour for a third as much of coconut flour and double the number of egg whites.

For a different look and some crunch, sprinkle seeds on the buns before you pop them into the oven – poppy seeds, sesame seeds or why not some salt flakes and herbs?

Flavor your bread with your favorite seasoning to make them perfect for what ever you're serving them with. You can use garlic powder, crushed caraway seeds or your homemade bread seasoning.

Troubleshooting

Do your buns end up with a slightly purple color? That can happen with some brands of psyllium husk. Try with another brand, like this one.1 For more information, check out our low-carb baking guide.

Is it gluten free?

The keto bread is 100% gluten free, just like all of our low-carb and keto recipes.

Origin

This recipe is adapted from a bread recipe by Maria Emmerich. She has been experimenting for over a year to develop the best keto bread recipe, and this is the result of her efforts.

Tip!

This recipe is so versatile and can be used in a number of ways. You can easily turn it into hot dog buns, hamburger buns or garlic bread.

What do you do with the three leftover egg yolks? Béarnaise sauce, of course! Check out our recipes for Béarnaise sauce and chili-flavored Béarnaise sauce.

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1,793 comments

  1. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi there,how long do these keep at room temperature? I'm from the tropical, so my room temperature is probably about 30 degrees.
    On day 3, I found my buns to be wet sticky and gooey on the surface. Probably from the psyllium husk. So was wondering how long these keep well.

    We recommend keeping keto baked goods in the refrigerator as there are no preservatives.

  2. Vickie Smyth
    HI everyone - I made a double batch of these buns - followed the recipe to the letter - I found them purple to my surprise - but once over the shock I just smothered it with my unsalted butter - as I am on the Keto Diet and really enjoyed them. Mine didn't flop but they did deflate a little but still looked like buns and tasted like buns so all in all - I think it was a success - my co-workers said they loved them so - koodoos well done!!!! I would love to have brown buns but if purple isn't your favorite colour it will be after you eat a few - lol !!!
  3. Danele
    My rolls turn out purple if I use psyllium husk powder which in an ingredient in the written recipe. They turn out like the rolls in the video if I use whole, ground psyllium husk which an ingredient in the video. Switch to whole psyllium husk, you can make them finer if you want, to get dense, more bread-like rolls that are not purple.
  4. Joe Gowler
    After there cooked how long do They last and how to store them without freezing please?
    Reply: #1257
  5. Joe Gowler
    I just pulled mine from the oven and upon cutting them open there's literally nothing inside. They looked great from the outside. But nothing on the inside. I followed the recipe what could I have done wrong ?
    Reply: #1262
  6. Nadinw
    Crazy over these buns!! Delicious delicious delicious. Best bun ive ever made. Family loves them. I give them 5 stars.☆☆☆☆☆
  7. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    After there cooked how long do They last and how to store them without freezing please?

    Standard food safety practices state that breads baked with no preservatives can safely be stored in a refrigerator for 2 - 3 weeks. https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/nutrition-food-safety-hea...

  8. Gloria
    Question requiring answer: Vegetal oils are easily oxidized and contain only omega-6 fatty acids. they are repetitive not recommended. However, almonds are recommended and many recipes are based on almond flour; but these nuts are only omega-6. Is there a problem here?
    Reply: #1263
  9. Dee
    we have made four times and they all came out fine... no problems , no issues.. taste good... not great.. but when you want a sandwich on keto it is probably this one. We have also made hot dog buns with the same recipe
  10. S
    I used 2tsp of xanthum gum and they turned out great. had to add a little less boiling water.
    Reply: #1314
  11. Michael Sounhein
    Wow, first time making bread on keto and these are amazing. Obviously the texture will be different from regular bread but, my goodness, these are delicious. I'm excited to try to make French toast, with erythritol, out of these.
  12. MLewis
    Try decreasing the water to 3/4 cup. It worked for me.
  13. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Question requiring answer: Vegetal oils are easily oxidized and contain only omega-6 fatty acids. they are repetitive not recommended. However, almonds are recommended and many recipes are based on almond flour; but these nuts are only omega-6. Is there a problem here?

    Most people do not consume large amounts of nuts or almond flour. It can be balanced by making sure to incorporate more Omega 3s as well.

  14. Christina Reeves
    I tried these and, although they taste great, they were hollow! Did I overcook them?
  15. Moni
    Can I add .2 teaspoon of yeast to the eggs and let rise a bit? Thank you
    Reply: #1271
  16. Ida
    How many bread can i eat at one time?
    Reply: #1270
  17. Robin
    A little purple as well but a pleasant surprise. This is the 1st time I made them and I'm looking forward to adding them into the weekly rotation. I've been missing bread but these totally satisfy the cravings!
  18. Steph
    I have baked these to the recipie and they are amazing! A great bread alternative. Dusted with some ground seeds before baking and yum! Did take the full 60 mins. Used dough tool on hand mixer - sometimes problems can be due to over mixing
  19. Tammy T
    I have wanted some bread and this was so good! Yummy!!
  20. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    How many bread can i eat at one time?

    It's generally best to just keep to one serving at a time.

  21. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I add .2 teaspoon of yeast to the eggs and let rise a bit? Thank you

    The yeast won't cause a rise as there is no sugar to activate it.

  22. Lindsay O
    Has anyone had an issue with the crunchiness in these? Hot out of the oven, they tasted great...After they cooled off, it was like chewing bread with sand in it. I bought the psyllium powder and it was very pricey - I'd hate for that to be the cause because I don't think I can get past the texture.
    Reply: #1292
  23. JudyF
    I tried these again and again I have soup
    I have followed the recipe to a tee.
    Maybe it’s because Ilikve at 2200 feet elevation or its winter here but I am tired of throwing out my almond flour it is not cheap!
  24. Ingrid L.
    Is there a way to make a loaf of bread with this recipe or is it only for rolls
    Replies: #1275, #1276
  25. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is there a way to make a loaf of bread with this recipe or is it only for rolls

    If you want a loaf of bread, try this recipe instead - https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/golden-keto-sesame-bread

  26. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is there a way to make a loaf of bread with this recipe or is it only for rolls

    Yes, baking at altitude can require adjustments. You may need to increase the baking temperature.

  27. Bernardette Borba
    Hello! I make this recipe the bread tour good only I worry is the bread color is like purple, why?
    Reply: #1281
  28. Colleen
    The rolls are baking in the oven now and they are BEAUTIFUL!!
    Hope they taste as good as they look! Thank you!
  29. Megan
    Is it easy to do this diet????
    Reply: #1280
  30. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is it easy to do this diet????

    It can be very simple! You can sign up for our free two week challenge with a meal plan and recipes here - https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/get-started

  31. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hello! I make this recipe the bread tour good only I worry is the bread color is like purple, why?

    It has to do with the psyllium. You can read more in the Troubleshooting section above.

  32. Bernardete
    Ok I understand it but I did the recipe exactly it is written and on the picture the bread not look purple, can be a different psyllium?
  33. Jacqueline
    The Facts on Flax
    Flaxseed, also known as linseed, comes from the flax plant and is used in food and in medicine, primarily as a laxative. Like psyllium, flax is able to add bulk to stool, making it effective for treating constipation. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, eating flax can raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. Flaxseed has also been studied for its role in preventing heart disease, certain types of cancer and menopause symptoms. The medical center recommends that adults take 1 tablespoon of flax two to three times daily.

    Glucomannan, in Small Doses
    Glucomannan is used in foods as a thickening agent, due to its ability to expand. Glucomannan can swell up to 17 times its original size when immersed in water, making it ideal for moving waste through the intestine. For this reason, glucomannan can be taken in smaller doses than other fiber supplements, such as psyllium. Glucomannan has also shown efficacy in promoting weight loss, improving cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. Most studies using glucomannan used 3 to 5 grams daily, divided in doses before meals.

    Methylcellulose Fiber
    Methylcellulose is another type of fiber that works by creating bulk in the stool. According to WebMD, methylcellulose can also make stool easier to pass by increasing the amount of water in it. You should always take methylcellulose with a full 8-ounce glass of water to avoid choking. Like psyllium, methylcellulose can become very thick if left in water too long, so it should be consumed immediately after water is added.

  34. Michal
    Hi!
    For me the rolls are still "wet" inside - the outer layer is crispy and nice, but inside is still raw. What could be the reason? :(
    Anyone? Thanks for any hint
    Reply: #1302
  35. David
    They look great, taste reasonable, a little soft and gummy on the inside, nice and crunchy outside. Only the smell is awfull: very penetrating and like ammonia. Fortunately it didn't bother the children. Only my wife and me. Does anyone else have this smell? Followed the recipy to the letter, what could we change to improve this smell?
  36. Cheryl
    Unfortunately I didn't really enjoy the taste of these rolls. The only thing I did differently (I think) is that I hand mixed the batter and kneaded it a little. I did use "apple cider vinegar" instead of "cider vinegar," which I assumed was the same thing... ? But since I usually don't like the taste of ACV, I may try the recipe again with lemon juice or just omit it completely.
  37. Wolfgang
    This Keto bread works great and i have started to replace the almond meal with LSA. Same protein, less carbs, bit less fat but lots more fibre. The psyllium gives it great structure. Can be sliced quite thin for sandwiches of all types. Added turmeric, coriander seed and ground fennel seeds for that extra flavour. What a treat.
  38. Donna
    My husband and I love this bread! I made it for the first time yesterday, and it was quick and easy. Thanks for a great recipe.
  39. ElleK
    When I calculate the macros for this bread it comes to 14 total carbs. However, I see that’s not what’s listed in the nutrition facts above. Can someone explain this to me? Thanks!
    Reply: #1290
  40. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    When I calculate the macros for this bread it comes to 14 total carbs. However, I see that’s not what’s listed in the nutrition facts above. Can someone explain this to me? Thanks!

    Our carb count is the net carbs. You can click the Nutrition + tab under the list of ingredients to get the fiber if you track total carbs.

  41. Shivangi
    Hi can thesebe made in microwave on convection mode. If yes then what will be the preheat temperature and has to be microwaved for how many minutes
    Reply: #1294
  42. Catherine

    Has anyone had an issue with the crunchiness in these? Hot out of the oven, they tasted great...After they cooled off, it was like chewing bread with sand in it. I bought the psyllium powder and it was very pricey - I'd hate for that to be the cause because I don't think I can get past the texture.

    I am having the same problem. Hot out of the oven they were great. Now that they are cool, it's like there's sand in them.

  43. Michele
    Al Roker from the today show made this today. Then he made sloppy joes. He said that he lost 40 pounds doing keto.
  44. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi can thesebe made in microwave on convection mode. If yes then what will be the preheat temperature and has to be microwaved for how many minutes

    We have not tested this recipe on convection settings.

  45. Marielena
    Honestly I followed it step by step and 1 cup of water was too much or 1 1/4 cup of the flour was too little. Never got the consistency that the video shows. I added more flour but was never able to get it as a dough. I added 4 cheese mix to half of the dough... Will see, it’s baking now.
  46. Michele
    This is a game changer. I'll never by low carb bread again! 😍
  47. Vanessa
    Me too. Mine is like soup even when followed the recipe exactly. I kept adding more flour til I got the play doh consistency but oh my...the calories go up and everything goes up and I call them my Keto rocks, not buns!
  48. Ilanie
    I don't know. Mine came out pretty, round, and a tinge of purple hue (not a problem). I cut it and it is very soft. It has a typical bread look except it is shiny and almost has a wierd eggy texture. It was borderline custard. I taste it and it tastes eggy. It is not uneatable but it is not satiating my bread craving. These more time consuming Keto recipes are making me realize how much I enjoy just simply eating High fat, meat, and veggies rather than trying so hard to replicate carbs and being disappointed. I would say give it a try. If this recipe is truly the best bread recipe out there, I will pass on trying to make keto breads.
  49. Lisa R
    Can I travel with these? I want to take these on a trip but I don't want them to spoil. Do you think it will be safe to freeze them and then place them in my checked in bag?
    Reply: #1300
  50. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I travel with these? I want to take these on a trip but I don't want them to spoil. Do you think it will be safe to freeze them and then place them in my checked in bag?

    That should be fine.

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