This easy, batter-based recipe will help you make a sandwich while still staying in ketosis.
Photo: A Clean Bake
Thinking about going on a keto diet, but not sure if you can live in a world without bread? After all, this weight-loss diet is all about low-carb, high-fat eating, so that means wrapping your burgers in collard greens and rolling your turkey and cheese together without the wrap. The keto diet does leave room for some carbs (preferably via veggies) but it's capped at about 40 to 50 grams a day. So it's easy to go overboard if you order your regular ham and Swiss on whole wheat. (BTW, here's the difference between whole wheat and whole grain if you're still not sure.)
But what if we told you that you could have your bread and still stay in ketosis? Yep! This low-carb keto bread recipe is the solution.
It's all about choosing the right ingredients to create a low-carb bread while leaving some of the usual recipe components out. "Keto baking is easier than you think, once you get the hang of it," says Nora Schlesinger of A Clean Bake, who created this keto bread recipe. "The trickiest part is balancing the macros and the flavor, without using processed or unhealthy ingredients."
This low-carb keto bread recipe is made from a base of eggs and almond flour, and the batter (not a dough) can be mixed in a blender for easy cleanup.
"I only use real food, good-for-you ingredients like nuts and nut flours, healthy oils, and eggs in all of my keto recipes," says Schlesinger. "All of these ingredients are essential for making sure the recipe tastes great but is still high-fat and low-carb."
This highlights a common mistake among keto newbies: If you're on the keto diet, it's more than just the obvious carb-heavy culprits that are off limits. Starchy vegetables and high-sugar fruits are also no-gos—think sweet potatoes, butternut squash, Gala apples, and bananas. What's more, making sure not to just cut back on carbs, but upping your fat intake, too, is important. A few high-fat keto diet foods you should include are full-fat Greek yogurt, coconut, full-fat cheese, eggs, nuts, nut milk, cream cheese, avocado, and olive oil, among others. (Learn more: The Keto Meal Plan for Beginners)
So, now that you know that keto baked goods are possible, here are some other tips from Schlesinger to keep in mind for your next recipe: Use blanched almond flour for a smoother, milder flavor. Try coconut flour for another keto-friendly baking ingredient. Avocado oil works well in cakes and cupcakes, and coconut oil is a smart choice when you'll need oil a solid-fat replacement for butter. (FYI, it's possible to find success on the keto diet if you have dietary restrictions. There are lots of vegetarian keto recipes and vegan keto recipes that taste great.)
Low-Carb Keto Sandwich Bread
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
- 2 cups + 2 tablespoons blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 large eggs
- 1/4 cup organic canola oil (or sub grapeseed oil or almond oil)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8.5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Beat eggs in a high-speed blender on medium speed for 10 to 15 seconds until frothy.
- Add oil, water, and vinegar, and process for another few seconds until combined.
- Add dry ingredients all at once and immediately process on high for 5 to 10 seconds until the batter is smooth.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth top into an even layer.
- Bake 50 to 70 minutes until a tester inserted into center comes out clean.
- Allow bread to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.