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 ground psyllium husk powder
  • 1¼ cups (5 oz.) 300 ml (140 g) almond flour
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup 240 ml water
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 3 3 egg whiteegg whites
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp 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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2,240 comments

  1. Bold Italic
    I was finally able to find psyllium husk powder and my rolls came out beautifully, really perfect, if you don't mind the mauve-ish color (due to psyllium). I'll be making these every week. They're delicious with fresh chopped rosemary mixed into the dough. Made one batch with sesame seeds and the other with caraway seeds, making the rolls reminiscent of "Jewish rye."

    Lesson learned... Despite what you might read on the internet, flaxseed meal is NOT an acceptable, feasible substitute for psyllium husk powder, at least not in this recipe.

    Reply: #2252
  2. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I was finally able to find psyllium husk powder and my rolls came out beautifully, really perfect, if you don't mind the mauve-ish color (due to psyllium). I'll be making these every week. They're delicious with fresh chopped rosemary mixed into the dough. Made one batch with sesame seeds and the other with caraway seeds, making the rolls reminiscent of "Jewish rye."
    Lesson learned... Despite what you might read on the internet, flaxseed meal is NOT an acceptable, feasible substitute for psyllium husk powder, at least not in this recipe.

    I am glad that you found success with this recipe. I love the idea to add caraway seeds.

    Reply: #2295
  3. Lena
    So I tried substituting the egg whites with flax seeds today and OMG they are soooo good. No more eggy taste. This recipe is a keeper!
    Reply: #2254
  4. Britta Patterson

    So I tried substituting the egg whites with flax seeds today and OMG they are soooo good. No more eggy taste. This recipe is a keeper!

    Lena, happy to hear you found an alternative that works for you!

  5. Cemil
    This recipe is amazing. Kids already asking when we're making more and when we're taking some to the grand parents! Only modification at this point for me would be about half the salt, 1 tsp really did go a long way and it was more noticeable than I think it should... but to each their own :) Overall, I was delighted to find a tasty low carb bread recipe that wasn't either mush or hard as a rock. Thank you so much!
    Reply: #2256
  6. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This recipe is amazing. Kids already asking when we're making more and when we're taking some to the grand parents! Only modification at this point for me would be about half the salt, 1 tsp really did go a long way and it was more noticeable than I think it should... but to each their own :) Overall, I was delighted to find a tasty low carb bread recipe that wasn't either mush or hard as a rock. Thank you so much!

    Awesome! So glad they are a hit with your family!

  7. Lina
    How many calories in each bun?
    Reply: #2258
  8. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    How many calories in each bun?

    These are 164 calories per bun. You can view the full nutrition information by clicking the Nutrition+ tab under the list of ingredients.

  9. Vanessa
    Can you leave the dough in the fridge overnight?
    Reply: #2260
  10. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Can you leave the dough in the fridge overnight?

    I would not leave the dough overnight as the psyllium may continue to absorb water.

  11. Li
    Can you freeze them
    Reply: #2262
  12. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can you freeze them

    Yes, these freeze well. Thaw on the counter and then you can slice them and toast them when ready.

  13. Maria
    Fantastic! Great recipe, great results! Tastes delicious! Thank you! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Reply: #2264
  14. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Fantastic! Great recipe, great results! Tastes delicious! Thank you! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Great! So glad you love them!

  15. Colin
    I made the following adjustments for higher altitude (5600 ft). Decrease psyllium to 4T, decrease baking powder to 1 3/4t , and increase water to 1C + 2T. This fixed the issue I was having where the bread had a lot of bounce. Now it’s soft like a piece of bread should be. Thanks for this great recipe!
    Reply: #2267
  16. Bessie Ng
    I have used baking powder with no alumininum however the keto bread still turned out purple, how about yours?
    Reply: #2288
  17. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor
    I made the following adjustments for higher altitude (5600 ft). Decrease psyllium to 4T, decrease baking powder to 1 3/4t , and increase water to 1C + 2T. This fixed the issue I was having where the bread had a lot of bounce. Now it’s soft like a piece of bread should be. Thanks for this great recipe!

    Thanks for sharing your tip!!

  18. Jane
    Has anyone made this in a loaf?
    Reply: #2269
  19. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Has anyone made this in a loaf?

    This may not cook all the way through to the middle in a loaf form. We have not tested it as a loaf.

  20. Susan
    I made them today. Love this recipe. I forgot to add the baking powder. They taste good but flat.
    Reply: #2271
  21. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I made them today. Love this recipe. I forgot to add the baking powder. They taste good but flat.

    I am so glad you enjoyed these despite the snafu!

  22. Trixie
    If using coconut flour do you use 1cup instead of 11/4 cups of almond flour?
    Reply: #2274
  23. Trixie
    These look awful and are not edible, total waste of time and money spent on ingredients and electricity
    Reply: #2275
  24. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    If using coconut flour do you use 1cup instead of 11/4 cups of almond flour?

    You can find ratios for flour substitutions here. https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/baking

  25. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    These look awful and are not edible, total waste of time and money spent on ingredients and electricity

    So sorry they didn't work out for you!

  26. Michelle Turnbull
    Just made 6 delicious rolls. Hot out the oven with butter..omg! Wondering what they will be like once cooled?
    Reply: #2277
  27. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Just made 6 delicious rolls. Hot out the oven with butter..omg! Wondering what they will be like once cooled?

    They can easily be reheated or toasted if you like!

  28. Zed
    What are the size of eggs used in the recipe? E.g. small, medium, large etc. Thanks
    Reply: #2279
  29. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    What are the size of eggs used in the recipe? E.g. small, medium, large etc. Thanks

    Our recipes are tested using large eggs.

  30. Yvonne
    is the pysilliium husk powder the same as pysillium husks which I buy at local supermarket? Used my husked and halved amount as confused which one you double!!! My misxure was too wet to shape. I plopped in large plops onto tray and whoppee. They rose and taste delish. But need to know whether I can use husks not pwder and how much. Tx
    Reply: #2281
  31. Britta Patterson

    is the pysilliium husk powder the same as pysillium husks which I buy at local supermarket? Used my husked and halved amount as confused which one you double!!! My misxure was too wet to shape. I plopped in large plops onto tray and whoppee. They rose and taste delish. But need to know whether I can use husks not pwder and how much. Tx

    Hi Yvonne! We have a guide on psyllium husk which should clear up some of your confusion on this. https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/guides/psyllium-husk

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  33. Dee Wang
    Can you use the 2 or 3 whole eggs instead of egg white???? All the nutrients are in the yolk!
    Reply: #2284
  34. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Can you use the 2 or 3 whole eggs instead of egg white???? All the nutrients are in the yolk!

    You are right that the nutrients are in the yolk, but for this recipe, you need the volume and leavening provided by the egg whites only.

  35. Bonnie
    Followed recipe exactly, they are very doughy inside like it didnt even cook. Outside looked nice but not edible, also baked for 90 min just to make sure.
    Reply: #2286
  36. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Followed recipe exactly, they are very doughy inside like it didnt even cook. Outside looked nice but not edible, also baked for 90 min just to make sure.

    As ovens can vary, they made need to cook a bit longer.

  37. Dionne
    I use the whole egg and they come out exactly the same.... 👌
  38. G
    The reason is the psyllium you use, not the baking powder
  39. Helen
    Made these today looked really good but was hollow in the top. What did I do wrong.
    Reply: #2292
  40. Anca
    OH MY GOD!!! I don't miss regular bread at all with these! They are simply perfect and make baking a pure joy. Made them when I started keto and they are a must now. I bake a batch weekly and have a bun daily, usually for breakfast. Definitely life changing xxx
  41. Donna
    i was not expecting these rolls to turn purple!
  42. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Made these today looked really good but was hollow in the top. What did I do wrong.

    If they turned out hollow inside, that usually means they were overmixed.

  43. Una
    This bread is just revolting! Different is putting it mildly. Thank goodness I don't miss my delicious breads I love at the moment after three months of none. I would rather do without bread than eat this stuff, which is not cheap.
    Reply: #2294
  44. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This bread is just revolting! Different is putting it mildly. Thank goodness I don't miss my delicious breads I love at the moment after three months of none. I would rather do without bread than eat this stuff, which is not cheap.

    So sorry this recipe didn't work for you! Some people do find it's best to abstain from certain foods instead of trying to recreate them.

  45. Lori
    I made these today and they were not stiff, but more sticky and wet. I followed the recipe exactly. They are in the oven now so we will see how they turn out,, Can someone advise why they would be wet?
    Reply: #2296
  46. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I made these today and they were not stiff, but more sticky and wet. I followed the recipe exactly. They are in the oven now so we will see how they turn out,, Can someone advise why they would be wet?

    Some brands of psyllium don't absorb as much water as others. I hope they turned out well.

  47. Nigel Red
    Could you please provide this recipe in grams instead of spoons? Thanks :)
  48. IM
    Can psylum husk be substituted with xanthan gum in this recipe?
  49. Lillian BORG
    Can i use apple cider vinager instead of apple cider

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