The Only Keto Bread Recipe You'll Ever Need
This keto bread recipe is the newest one in my collection and is a heartier alternative to my 100% coconut flour bread recipe. This version of low carb bread works in a myriad of ways. Use it for a crusty loaf, for keto rolls to make sandwiches or burgers, for keto biscuits and even for a keto pizza crust!
What's unique about this grain-free bread is the beautiful brown crust it forms on the outside. Once cooled, slice it to reveal the beautiful bread-like texture on the inside. Smear it with fresh butter or nut butter and enjoy it just as is.
Before we go into WHY this keto bread recipe actually works… I want to share my early struggles. Over the past 30 months… I made recipe after recipe trying to make a loaf of bread that would work well for a sandwich only to have most of them fall apart. Even if they sliced well initially.
You see, normal wheat flour contains gluten which holds bread together and creates the beautiful texture of normal bread. But, when we eat a ketogenic diet, we omit wheat and grain completely. So, no more gluten…. Which is great for our body…but so many of us miss bread!
There are many breads in the store (and recipes online) that call themselves a keto bread. However, when you look closely – they contain vital wheat gluten. It's a consensus among most keto experts that this ingredient should not be part of a keto diet as it can cause inflammation and disturb your gut microbiome.
When I tested a pizza recipe at a conference that had vital wheat gluten in it, I woke up the next day very puffy. My face, my hands, my feet and my gut all felt oddly swollen. I struggled with brain fog and low energy throughout the day.
So, my advice is to avoid vital wheat gluten and any ingredient with “gluten” in the name when you're shopping for keto products or keto ingredients for recipes.
The challenge then becomes creating a “bread” without this cheat ingredient. With this recipe I took some inspiration from fat head dough which is the first recipe I'd ever run across that used cheese in a bread.
My husband and I wanted a keto bread that would work for sandwiches of all kinds. This specific version started as a whacky, creative ‘What-If” experiment… and it all started with inspiration from the fat-head dough…because I began with a mozzerella cheese base.
To create just the right texture, I married the cheese base with cream cheese. Added in eggs (because of the coconut flour I used so the result wasn’t too wet) and gelatin to give the bread more of a chew factor. Finally, I figured out the baking powder ratio to get a great rise that didn’t fall too much in the end (that cheese is heavy!)
Can I Substitute or Omit _____?
What's interesting is that, when I tested removing the cream cheese or the gelatin or changed the number of eggs from this keto bread recipe… The results were different with each test. So, I strongly encourage you to follow the recipe EXACTLY.
The gelatin works in a few important ways in this keto bread recipe and the method we use to activate it is important. The gelatin acts as a binder, adds just the right amount of “chew” and creates texture in the bread. It helps mimic what gluten would do in a normal bread recipe and I consider it a critical ingredient here.
However, many have shared that they've been able to get great results using 1 tsp xanthan gum in place of the gelatin.
You can substitute the coconut flour in this bread recipe for equal parts psyllium husk powder with great results. The reason I've used coconut flour in this recipe is because it is highly absorptive. As the bread bakes, the cheese releases moisture and the coconut flour goes to work soaking up the extra moisture.
So, yes, you can also use almond flour but almond flour is not absorptive which will give you a wetter result. If you substitute with almond flour, use 7 Tablespoons in place of the 2 Tablespoons coconut flour.
Can't Find Whole Milk Mozzerella?
If you aren't able to get whole milk mozzerella, you can simply use half part skim mozzerella and half cheddar cheese. This substitution works because cheddar is a lower moisture cheese. So, blending these two will work.
It's possible other cheese blends will work as well, but I've only tested this ratio. If you test something that works, please comment below and let us know.
Tip for finding whole milk mozzarella: Check Sam's Club for a large pre-shredded bag of whole milk mozzarella. It is a red bag and is sometimes not with the other shredded cheeses.
We tested loaf after loaf to get just the right ingredients to make this recipe for us all to enjoy. So, I strongly encourage you to use the ingredients called for and follow the recipe exactly. After you've made it a few times successfully then have fun experimenting if you wish 🙂
It's Versatile! Make Keto Rolls or Biscuits
Just look at the texture of these keto rolls made with the same recipe. You can either drop the batter by spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet or make formed keto rolls by refrigerating the dough before forming them.
To make formed rolls, allow the batter to chill in the fridge for 5-10 minutes until less sticky and easier to handle. Then, shape into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. The rolls will spread as they bake, so if you want a taller roll, make sure they aren't squished down.
Then, bake in a preheated 350 degree (325 degree convection) oven for 20-25 minutes or until browned on the bottom and tops as pictured. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes and serve.
What Makes This Keto Bread Recipe Different?
As I mentioned, this low carb bread recipe begins with the cheese and cream cheese. These ingredients act as binders and provide the needed structure to allow the bread recipe to be substantial enough to use it for things like sandwiches. Once cooled, you can hold this bread horizontally and it won’t fall apart… Well, as long as you don’t slice it paper thin!
I’ve also used gelatin as an extra binder and to give the bread a pleasant chew that was missing in early test versions.
Bread is one of the most difficult keto recipes that I’ve tackled in the kitchen. I have learned a lot in my experiments.
Storing Your Low Carb Bread
Store your keto bread or rolls in the fridge… they will keep for weeks in the fridge. Or, store in a freezer ziploc bag or freezer safe container in your freezer for up to three months.
Because of the cheese content, I wouldn't recommend storing your keto bread on the counter or at room temperature for more than 48 hours.
We like to make a loaf of bread, let it cool completely and then slice it and package it into little packets of one and two slice servings. We wrap these in saran wrap and then pop them in a plastic container and store in the freezer.
This way, when Jeremy needs a keto sandwich, I just pull out a two slice package the night before and throw something together for him as he heads out the door in the morning.
For me, I love toast… so I'll snag a one slice serving right out of the freezer and pop it in the toaster. Sometimes I'll top this with one of my homemade nut-butters or just smother some fresh butter on top and enjoy it that way.
Ingredients for Keto Bread
There are a few specific ingredients you'll need to bake up this lovely golden loaf. I have organized them for you here so you can make sure you have what you need. Keep scrolling for the full recipe complete with nutrition facts.
Tutorial Video: Keto Bread
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Keto Bread “The Only Keto Bread Recipe You'll Ever Need”
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a microwave safe bowl, microwave mozzarella and cream cheese until melted, stirring to combine.
- In a large mixing bowl whisk or blend together eggs and gelatin until foamy. Mix in melted cheeses.
- Grease your loaf pan with coconut oil or butter. Then, pour batter into a standard sized loaf pan and spread it out until the top is even.
- Bake for 20 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes. Top will be deeply golden and browned when done.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 60 minutes. This allows time for the cheese in the bread to cool and set. Then, turn out the loaf onto a cutting board to slice and enjoy!
Other Keto Recipes
Have you had a similar experience? You find a recipe online and get really excited with how it looks in the picture. Then… you make it…and have to toss out the whole thing because it's either soggy, dry, eggy, gummy or the taste is strange. Yeah…me too. In fact, these type of struggles inspired me to start Tara's Keto Kitchen!
We've rounded up a few more recipes we think you'll enjoy here on the website. You can also use the search functionality at the top of the website or click the “Keto Recipes” link you see on the banner to go to different categories to explore.
Keto Bread Recipes
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