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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1,771 comments

  1. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi there! There is no psyllium husk “powder” available where I live.... can I make this using just psyllium husk? Do I need to adapt the recipe? Thanks!

    Many people report success using the husks. If that doesn't work for you, you can powder them in a small blender or small coffee grinder.

    Reply: #1602
  2. Nora
    Thanks Kristin!!!
  3. Dottie
    Is 1 tbsp of pbysillium husk correct as this is a huge reduction to the normal recipe
  4. Sheri
    Is there a substitute for the apple cider vinegar? I think that is the taste I am not crazy for.
    Replies: #1608, #1642
  5. Amanda
    Thank you for these tweeks! I made these into hamburger buns and they were hit! Taste just like regular whole wheat buns!
  6. Sandra Hughes
    I only make these, make 8 at a time and freeze them and when out. I take out 2, butter and cheese and can last on just one and save the second until next day. They are perfect for me.
  7. Stephanie
    Oh my goodness! I made this today. So very, very good. It is certainly not the same flavor as a standard bread, but it does have the exact same structure as bread and a flavor similar to a 12 grain bread. I may throw in a bit of yeast for flavor and a handful of sunflower seeds to make it resemble it more closely, but this is PURE BRILLIANCE. Thank you so, so much!
    Reply: #1613
  8. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is there a substitute for the apple cider vinegar? I think that is the taste I am not crazy for.

    We have not tested any substitutes for the apple cider vinegar.

    Reply: #1648
  9. Albert Alderson
    I didn't have cider vinegar so substituted red wine vinegar. They came out just the same as using cider vinegar, perfect!! For a bread loving low carber these are a godsend. Thank you so much
  10. Karen
    You might have beaten them too long..this is what happened to me. Next batch I just beat until mixed.. no longer than 30 seconds or less. Came out beautifully.
  11. Joan
    Loved these. First Keto bread I’ve tried. Followed the directions exactly and baked for 60 minutes. Tonight’s dinner-pulled pork sandwiches. Can’t wait!!
  12. Austin
    These are awesome!
    2 things I noticed: 1.) adding up all the ingredients adds up to 2.5 carbs. I am assuming baking is burning off some of the carbs. 2.) the keto hot dog rolls recipe and this recipe (yields 6) is exactly the same and the hotdog roll recipe says yields 10 (that would be some skinny rolls.) Typo?
  13. Austin
    1tbsp of yeast is 4.9 g of carbs
  14. Aba
    Please how do you modify this recipe to suit baking with a bread maker?
    Reply: #1615
  15. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Please how do you modify this recipe to suit baking with a bread maker?

    Keto/LCHF breads do not work well in a bread maker as there is no gluten to knead.

  16. Angela Hoffman
    Best keto bread recipe ever! I have baked bread for many years and this was the hardest to kick so this is a welcome treat.
  17. Mercy
    The receipit said that 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. " It means that we are going to use 1 1/3 cup of coconut flour or just 1/3 cup?
    Reply: #1657
  18. Beverly
    Can oat flour be used in place of the psyllium and if so, how much?
    Reply: #1623
  19. Charlie
    Really struggled with the consistency, it seems to be way too much water, really gloopy, not playdoh at all. I just added another 2-5 spoons of psyllium husk and that worked.
  20. Wendy
    Do they freeze well?
  21. Cwini
    Tried the recipe as stated, worked like a charm, as in the bins formed and were fluffy but had quite a nasty taste that I couldn't identify. Wife tasted and said it was egg-white, perhaps too much for my liking. Going to try another batch tomorrow but with 1 egg white instead.
  22. Shannan
    This recipe is amazing! I added some garlic and onion powder to the rolls, and topped with the everything seasoning. I just made another batch with green chili and cheddar on top instead of the everything seasoning. I can't wait for it to finish baking so I can try it out.
  23. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can oat flour be used in place of the psyllium and if so, how much?

    Unfortunately there is not a good substitute for the psyllium in this recipe.

  24. John Holt
    I followed recipe but they came out as just a ball full of air. Any tips would be great.
    Replies: #1625, #1630
  25. Susan
    Ours have too !!!
  26. Linda MacDonald
    I've made this a few times and it is one of my favourites. Today I made it and they turned out dark purple! Was it a reaction with the cider vinegar? Tasted the exact same but purple inside and out. Any ideas? Bought all new ingredients as we are at the cottage. Same brands for most things except the cider vinegar which was apple cider vinegar and it was a light brown colour.
    Replies: #1629, #1639
  27. Manu
    can i substitute the psyllum husk with the oat fiber?🤔
    Reply: #1628
  28. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    can i substitute the psyllum husk with the oat fiber?🤔

    Unfortunately there is no good substitute for the oat fiber in this recipe.

  29. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I've made this a few times and it is one of my favourites. Today I made it and they turned out dark purple! Was it a reaction with the cider vinegar? Tasted the exact same but purple inside and out. Any ideas? Bought all new ingredients as we are at the cottage. Same brands for most things except the cider vinegar which was apple cider vinegar and it was a light brown colour.

    The purple is due to the psyllium husk. I don't know the exact reason that it happens, but they are still safe to eat!

  30. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I followed recipe but they came out as just a ball full of air. Any tips would be great.

    This usually happens if the dough is overmixed.

  31. Ericka
    Is there another substitute for the almond flour besides coconut? I am allergic to both coconut and tree nuts. Has anyone tried with sunflower meal?
    Reply: #1633
  32. Annie
    I use two eggs instead of 3 egg whites and they turn out great. Also hand mix with rubber spatula instead of using electric mixer and that saves on doing dishes. (Just stir and incorporate all dry ingredients and batter thickens as you stir in boiling water. Love these!
    Reply: #1643
  33. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is there another substitute for the almond flour besides coconut? I am allergic to both coconut and tree nuts. Has anyone tried with sunflower meal?

    Sunflower seed flour can sometimes be a 1:1 sub with almond flour, but doesn't absorb moisture like coconut flour does. We have not tested to find a good amount to substitute.

  34. Sharlene Crawford
    These were the best dinner rolls I have ever had bar none. I am thrilled. Followed directions to the tee and I can't get over how light and fully they are. Thank you so much. There is absolutely no egg taste.
  35. Sharlene
    How do you store the rolls to keep fresh and can they be frozen
    Reply: #1636
  36. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    How do you store the rolls to keep fresh and can they be frozen

    You can refrigerate or freeze these rolls.

  37. Claire
    I want to use egg whites from a bottle. Any suggestion on the amount (in ml please)?
    Reply: #1638
  38. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I want to use egg whites from a bottle. Any suggestion on the amount (in ml please)?

    On the side of your bottle, it should say how much of that brand is equal to one egg.

  39. Xenia Ramos
    Mine also turned out purple
  40. Sharlene
    The purple color in these buns and a great many other Keto breads is because of the baking powder. You need to buy baking powder with no aluminum. You color will be right every time.
  41. Sharlene
    Purple is the Baking powder. You have to use the baking powder with no aluminium. I buy at bulk barn
    Reply: #1687
  42. Andrea
    Hey Sheri!! I've made these several times now and I always have used red wine vinegar. Works great for me and I can't even taste it.
  43. Jen

    I use two eggs instead of 3 egg whites and they turn out great. Also hand mix with rubber spatula instead of using electric mixer and that saves on doing dishes. (Just stir and incorporate all dry ingredients and batter thickens as you stir in boiling water. Love these!

    Thank you, I was wondering if whole eggs would work!

  44. Mary
    Amazing....
    I made these exactly as described. It was so easy. I had the Organic India brand of Psyllium Whole Husk and I put it in the food processor to grind to a fine flour texture. I didn't have any ACV so I used rice vinegar instead and it was fine. I whisked everything together with a hand held whisk (not an electric one) and it made a very sticky elastic dough. The more you whisk the thicker it gets. Eventually it will be firm enough to handle and roll into a ball. I put olive oil on my hands to stop the dough from sticking. For a bit of extra oomph! I sprinkled the top of the buns with Trader Joe's Everything Bagel seasoning. In the oven they went and baked for 60 minutes.
    The result: Perfection. They were fully cooked, soft and chewy on the inside and firm on the outside. They did NOT turn blue. They were tasty and very filling (from all the psyllium fiber). It felt so good to be able to eat a sandwich for lunch!
    Can't wait to try it for garlic bread, hot dog buns, croutons, bagels etc.
  45. Lina
    Is there a recommended time to have this baked as a loaf? I've had it baking over an hour and it's still gummy inside... And because I took it out and checked, it's fallen flat 😭
    Reply: #1654
  46. Caroline
    Do you have to whisk the egg whites before adding them please.
    Reply: #1653
  47. Lisa
    So this is the second time I've made these, and while they taste yummy, they look nothing like the picture. They end up deflating and are pretty flat. Not sure what I'm doing wrong 🤔 any tips?
  48. Glenda
    You might try lemon juice. It has the same reaction to baking powder as the vinegar does.
  49. Brian
    Would it be possible to post the calories? I am attempting to count calories to manage a daily deficit. Thank you!
    Reply: #1652
  50. MARIA AGORASTOU
    Can you please provide us a sample meal plan with the bread included?
    Reply: #1651

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