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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1,795 comments

  1. Patricia
    Made these last night. Followed the recipe to a T and they turned out perfect! Don't over work the dough and don't over think the process. Just follow the instructions...and maybe make sure your oven is properly calibrated!Thank you, thank you for returning the occasional roll to my diet!
  2. Patricia
    I mixed all of my dry ingredients, stirred around to combine, then added the egg whites (beaten just to break them up a bit) and vinegar and tossed them around with the dry ingredients just as the water came to a boil. Pour the boiling water into the bowl containing all of the other ingredients with one hand while running the hand mixer on low speed in the other hand...little tricky but I didn't want the hot water cooking the eggs before I could get it all blended. Rolls came out perfect- trying them again tonight and hoping for the same results!
  3. Norm
    You can't just use psyllium husks, if you do, they will be way too loose. I know because that's what I did the first time I made them. You have to grind the psyllium husks into psyllium powder, I use a blade coffee grinder. It took me about 6 1/2 tbsp of husks to get 5 tbsp of powder.
  4. Rob
    My wife and I made these and they were hollow in the middle just air balls. There was nothing left on the inside. Has anyone had this issue? We followed the recipe exactly.
    Reply: #1365
  5. leanne
    how long will this keep and how best to store it? can it be frozen?
    Replies: #1356, #1403
  6. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    how long will this keep and how best to store it? can it be frozen?

    This recipe will keep for a week or so in the refrigerator. Yes, it can be frozen as well.

  7. Theresa
    I'm allergic to all nuts and coconut as well. Could you please recommend a substitute? Thank you!
    Reply: #1360
  8. Amanda
    After so many ravs from my sister, who seems to bake these once a week for her family, I tried them tonight and my husband and I LOVE them. Yeahhhhhhh. What a score, and we thank you so much! These are great for us both on a Keto lifestyle and also for me with many food allergies. I can finally, safely enjoy a bread👏🏻👏🏻 Is it possible to freeze the rolls once baked? I appreciate any thoughts on that, thank you. A huge Diet Doctor fan, Amanda
    Reply: #1361
  9. Rupe
    WOW!! Amazing how this bread turned out perfect. It made me look like a professional baker, Lol! I have stopped eating bread only for 1 week and boy did I crave badly for bread. Today this morning in fact I made my first keto bread. I followed the recipe but it seems like 1 cup of hot water was a bit too much instead of adding water slowly I just poured the whole cup of water in but the dough was a bit too wet, so I put in a half of coconut flour in to help dry up the dough a bit. Baked it at 170°C for 60 minutes. I put the tray on a cooling rack for half an hour. Scrumptuous! Yummy with butter and without butter. I had 1 1/2 bread and my craving for bread was more than satisying, wishing that I could eat more. I'm a happy woman and so will my son be also. My mum love's it. IS THERE A LIMIT OF EATING KETO BREAD??
    Thank you for this keto bread recipe KRISTIN. if this will help me and my son with high carbs I will be baking this bread al the time.
    Reply: #1362
  10. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I'm allergic to all nuts and coconut as well. Could you please recommend a substitute? Thank you!

    Substitute flours don't always work well in all recipes. You may want to try the Cloud Bread recipe instead.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/cloud-bread

  11. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    After so many ravs from my sister, who seems to bake these once a week for her family, I tried them tonight and my husband and I LOVE them. Yeahhhhhhh. What a score, and we thank you so much! These are great for us both on a Keto lifestyle and also for me with many food allergies. I can finally, safely enjoy a bread👏🏻👏🏻 Is it possible to freeze the rolls once baked? I appreciate any thoughts on that, thank you. A huge Diet Doctor fan, Amanda

    Thank you and yes, these will freeze.

  12. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    WOW!! Amazing how this bread turned out perfect. It made me look like a professional baker, Lol! I have stopped eating bread only for 1 week and boy did I crave badly for bread. Today this morning in fact I made my first keto bread. I followed the recipe but it seems like 1 cup of hot water was a bit too much instead of adding water slowly I just poured the whole cup of water in but the dough was a bit too wet, so I put in a half of coconut flour in to help dry up the dough a bit. Baked it at 170°C for 60 minutes. I put the tray on a cooling rack for half an hour. Scrumptuous! Yummy with butter and without butter. I had 1 1/2 bread and my craving for bread was more than satisying, wishing that I could eat more. I'm a happy woman and so will my son be also. My mum love's it. IS THERE A LIMIT OF EATING KETO BREAD??
    Thank you for this keto bread recipe KRISTIN. if this will help me and my son with high carbs I will be baking this bread al the time.

    These are very high in fiber and too much fiber can be a problem!

  13. Anna Marie Garcia
    What is the nutrition facts on these rolls (Calories, fiber, protein, etc.)
    Reply: #1364
  14. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What is the nutrition facts on these rolls (Calories, fiber, protein, etc.)

    You can click the Nutrition + tab underneath the list of ingredients for full nutrition information.

    Reply: #1418
  15. Irene

    My wife and I made these and they were hollow in the middle just air balls. There was nothing left on the inside. Has anyone had this issue? We followed the recipe exactly.

    I read some time ago that this can happen if you over-mix dough containing psyllium husks.

  16. Nancy
    Love this bread as a roll-It keeps me feeling like I'm having my morning toast which I was missing. No issues with the recipe at all. I added caraway seed to it for rye flavor.
  17. Alice
    This was delicious! Would it be possible to use this recipe with a loaf mold? Thanks!
  18. Ani
    Mine did as well. Really disappointed!
  19. Betsy
    Mine did too. Did you get a response?
  20. Jen
    Can this dough just be mixed by hand, or do you have to have a hand mixer?
    Reply: #1375
  21. A
    My bread feels abit wettish. Baked it for a good 60 minutes. Is this how it normally is ? Texture is abit rubbery.
  22. Antonietta Lazzarato
    My bread turned purple even though I used the brand of psyllium you recommended. Liked the look of the outside, but the inside was purple. It made us not want to make it again. Any suggestions would be great. Thank you.
  23. Jamie
    How many carbs are in each bun? Thanks in advance
    Reply: #1374
  24. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    How many carbs are in each bun? Thanks in advance

    The nutrition information for each recipe is in the Nutrition + tab under the list of ingredients.

  25. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can this dough just be mixed by hand, or do you have to have a hand mixer?

    You can mix it by hand, you don't want to over mix the dough.

  26. Johan
    Great rolls! Been making a double recipe (12 rolls) weekly, for a few months now, but changed it a little, no need to separate eggs; I use 4 whole eggs, only 7 tbsp of Psyllium powder, and 4 tbsp of ground flax (get some more Omega 3’s and helps with binding) everything else doubled. You won’t get an egg-y flavor and you won’t get the big air pocket, if you found either of these issues.
  27. Boothtec
    Just made these for the first time. Followed directions exactly and used the psyllium powder from Amazon as suggested. Turned out perfect. Next time going to add some garlic powder and see how turns out. I am NOT a baker but have been forced to be one one to keep on my keto diet. One hint - add the boiling water last with the mixer ready to go...
  28. Liz
    Made these yesterday and they turned out great. I live at 4,500 ft above sea level and made no adjustments but did omit the seeds. Will do again. I just smeared mine with butter - really good. They had a very slight purple color (my guess from the psyllium) but who cares - they are good.
  29. Caroline
    I would like to know how you calculate the carb cause if i take the carb in the 1 14 cup of almond flour minus the fiber each buns equal to over 10 carb. For the psyllium husk there are equal amount carb and fiber so it count to 0.
    So tell me how you can count only 2 g of carb?? I am on keto diet since a month have lost weight every week since i have start eating this bread.
    I havent change nothing else other than add the bread and last week i have gain weight.
    I dont think this bread is just 2 g of carb.
    The bread is delicious but you should not say that they are only 2 g of carb
    Please tell the truth on your receip. They are good people will do it but at least they will now how much they can afford a day or a week.
    Thanks
    Caroline
    Reply: #1380
  30. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I would like to know how you calculate the carb cause if i take the carb in the 1 14 cup of almond flour minus the fiber each buns equal to over 10 carb. For the psyllium husk there are equal amount carb and fiber so it count to 0.
    So tell me how you can count only 2 g of carb?? I am on keto diet since a month have lost weight every week since i have start eating this bread.
    I havent change nothing else other than add the bread and last week i have gain weight.
    I dont think this bread is just 2 g of carb.
    The bread is delicious but you should not say that they are only 2 g of carb
    Please tell the truth on your receip. They are good people will do it but at least they will now how much they can afford a day or a week.
    Thanks
    Caroline

    Carb/fiber count can vary by brand. You can read more here - https://www.dietdoctor.com/ingredients/almond-flour

    Reply: #1383
  31. Nicole
    How long can these be left out in room temperature? Maybe a week? When I made a batch and kept it in the fridge the texture was strange if I didn’t toast it. Does anyone just leave it out instead of refrigerating it?
  32. dora pecoraro
    I made them last night. They turned out really good. I only had two eggs so I was shy one egg white but it was fine. I used Metamucil, the husk is ground to a fine powder. I also just mixed them by hand and not with a mixer. I am so happy to have "real bread".
  33. Kim
    If made with coconut flour, this keto bread comes to less than 1 g of net carbs. (7.2 g of carbs, 6.3g of fiber). Just a thought. I guess it also all depends on the brand of flour you are using.
  34. Darlene
    Can these be made into any sort of sweet bread? The consistency is so good that I would love to use the base for something else.
    Reply: #1388
  35. Carol
    Can I make a loaf of bread with this recipe?
    Reply: #1389
  36. Fortune
    I just tried making this bread. Wow, I'm so pleased it turned out perfect. I was very nearly tempted to eat normal bread. Glad I saw this and actually had all the ingredients at home. I'm one happy bunny. Thanks once again.
  37. Maya
    Just made it RIGHT NOW. Got the psyllium husk from Trader Joe’s for really cheap like $7, and these guys turned out sooo good. Beat eaten when out of the oven, smear some delicious grass-fed butter on it like Kerrygold, and some oregano and parmesan cheese, pop it in your mouth and go to sleep for 3 days!
  38. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can these be made into any sort of sweet bread? The consistency is so good that I would love to use the base for something else.

    That sounds like a fun experiment! You will have to keep us posted!

  39. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I make a loaf of bread with this recipe?

    We have not tested this bread as a loaf.

  40. Catherine Macpherson
    Can I use white wine vinegar rather than cider vinehar
    Reply: #1391
  41. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can I use white wine vinegar rather than cider vinehar

    White wine vinegar is much sweeter than cider vinegar and may not react the same way in baked goods.

  42. Andrea
    I made these yesterday since my sons are full keto and I am transitioning. My boys have lost about 23lbs each in 2 months and I in on week of transitioning to low carb list 6.5 pounds.
    They were hollow inside and a bit wet, but i just read i may have overmixed.

    My question is this, mine although looked beautiful on the outside, loved by my son, were salty....I will definutely make these again but will cut the salt in half or possibly leave it out completely.

    I will also mix by hand as I read here and see. But I love looking at these little rolls siting on the counter. I left them out and put them in a ziplock.

  43. Lisa
    How much is in one roll carbs wise
    Reply: #1396
  44. Katie
    Hi, I would like to bake this dough in a bread loaf on, any idea how long can I bake for?
    Reply: #1397
  45. Sarah
    Great simple recipe!! For the Keto vegans out there, I replaced egg whites with 5 tbsp aqua faba (Chickpea brine) and they turned out great! Rose up nice and fluffy :) I did end up with purple buns from my psyllium husk powder but I think they look cool haha. Thank you!
  46. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    How much is in one roll carbs wise

    The carb count is in the green circle on the recipe picture and full nutrition information can be found on all of our recipes in the Nutrition + tab underneath the list of ingredients.

  47. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi, I would like to bake this dough in a bread loaf on, any idea how long can I bake for?

    We have not tested this as a loaf.

    Reply: #1400
  48. MattMan
    Mine keeps turning out dough-y rubbery in the middle. I've tried different times and different heat, but get the same thing every time. They also blow up to a pretty good size and deflate when you open them. Any clues to what I am doing wrong?
    Reply: #1402
  49. Maria
    These are so easy to make and perfect when you want a bread fix. I have started to make them a little differently. I put the egg whites and vinegar in my Vitamix with the boiling water and blitz them just for ten seconds or so, and then I add that to the dry mixture and hand-mix everything. Somehow the whole consistency is better and the dough easier to handle.
    Mattman I prefer these cold. The texture is so much better.
  50. Marilyn
    Yes, I do 1.5x recipe, quickly shaping it into a loaf as I put it into a silicone loaf tin.
    I whip up the egg whites and vinegar and then add the egg yolks. I also add 1 tbsp of sunflower/pumpkin seeds.
    Wait until it's cold before slicing it all up with an electric knife and freezing it. Good to put avo/bacon and egg on, and really yummy with cheese and salami for lunch.

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