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Easy Keto Bread Recipe with Almond Flour

“For the love of bread is the root of all evil” ~ unknown

Perhaps I misquoted that?

But…Bread!

Most people have nothing short of a love affair with bread. In fact, bread is usually the first food that comes to mind when considering a Low Carb or Keto lifestyle. The thought of giving up this beloved food can cause feelings of panic and doubt.

Yes, bread is as ingrained into our life as breathing. It’s the first major hurdle to overcome when starting any type of diet that eliminates wheat.

Also be sure to check out my post 8 keto comfort food swaps!

Why Give up Bread?

Breaking up with bread is hard, and people have different reasons when deciding to ditch this gluten-filled batch of yumminess. I’ll talk about two specific reasons here.

1. Carbohydrate Restriction

Bread is naturally high in carbohydrates. It doesn’t matter if it’s complex carbs or simple carbs, they break down the same. ALL carbohydrates are metabolized into sugar when they reach your bloodstream.

Eating carbs cause your blood sugar to spike, and your pancreas begins spitting out insulin to combat the problem. Then, you have a sugar crash and feel like you need a nap. To remedy this sudden crash, you eat more carbs and start the vicious cycle over again.

Restricting carbs can prevent this blood sugar rollercoaster many people experience every day. So whether you are a diabetic, who cannot afford the sugar spikes or someone looking for more consistent energy throughout the day, embracing a bread-free, low-carb lifestyle is immensely beneficial.

2. Inflammation

Did you know! Bread causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the root cause of many health issues. (IBS, skin disorders, auto-immune diseases, infertility, etc.…). 1

Why would we put something into our bodies, and several times a day, if it’s going to make us sick?

Some people have an obvious aversion to wheat, more specifically, the gluten found in wheat. If you’ve ever known someone with an auto-immune disorder such as Celiac Disease, you know eating foods with gluten can have a violent reaction on their body.

One person I know, who has an auto-immune disorder, said even the tiniest bit of gluten caused her “Exorcist” like vomiting. Yikes!

What is gluten, anyway? Ask most people on the street, and they know gluten is supposed to be “bad”, but have no idea what it actually is. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and a few other grains. It’s what causes bread to rise and gives it a bit of elasticity.

It’s this tiny little protein that can wreak havoc on one’s intestines.

But not all of us have an auto-immune disorder to cause an extreme gluten reaction. In fact, most people would say bread products do not negatively impact them at all. But it’s possible that you have a gluten sensitivity and not even know it.

I challenge you this. Give up all gluten products for one month. That’s 30 days folks! One month of true elimination…no wheat, spelt, semolina, barley, etc.…eliminate any foods that contain gluten.

Then have a piece of bread.

I did this. My husband did this. It was an eye-opening experience. The inflammation caused by bread was now obvious. Our bodies did not react well, and we both have sworn off wheat for life.

Common symptoms of gluten sensitivities include upset tummies, constipation or diarrhea,  fatigue, joint pain, headaches, and skin rashes…just to name a few. Bringing Bread Back

Gluten-Free Bread Recipe

My fellow bread lovers, all is not lost! Thanks to a few brilliant and creative foodies, bread has been restored. Not the gluten-free, wheat bread of our childhood, but a new creation, using ground up almonds.

This history of using almond flour is obscure, and little can be found about it online. It appears to date back several thousand years with Persians and Arabs using almond meal and water to make almond milk. 2

And here I thought almond milk was new on the scene!

Once my family adopted the Keto Diet lifestyle, figuring out a bread solution was Number 1 on my priority list. We could not spend the rest of our lives foregoing sandwiches. Without bread, the keto lifestyle was not going to last.

Many store-bought Gluten-Free loaves of bread are still high in carbs and made with other grains, so they did not meet our new dietary requirements. And folks, Keto is not yet mainstream enough for stores to offer a great variety of keto-friendly baked goods.

I needed to find a recipe, but not just any recipe. I needed it to be an easy keto-friendly bread recipe.

I searched high and low on the internet, browsed numerous pins on Pinterest, and started experimenting with keto-friendly bread recipes other bloggers had developed. Some recipes were pretty good, and others….well, they went into the trash.

But even the best recipe left me wondering what could be improved.

After a year of trying various recipes and tweaking a few ingredients, I finally found what I was looking for! To give a little credit where credit is due, my recipe is an alteration of an amazing recipe from Wholesome Yum.

An existing bread recipe, with an ingredient swap suggestion from a friend, another ingredient change “ah-ha” moment I had while making pancakes, and voila! I give you, my easy keto bread recipe.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Easy Keto Bread Recipe with Almond Flour

Yield: 18 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Super easy homemade keto bread with only 7 ingredients (and that includes the salt and water!)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x5 in loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt.
  3. Stir in the eggs, avocado oil, and water until everything is combined.
  4. The batter will be fairly thick, so spoon it into the loaf pan and spread out using a spatula or your hand. (rinsing your hands in hot water will help keep the dough from sticking to your hands)
  5. Bake for 60-70 minutes. The top will look done well before the inside is finished.
  6. Let the bread cool completely before removing it from the loaf pan.
  7. Using a bread knife, cut 1/2” thick slices. Store in the refrigerator.
  8. If you think it will take more than 5 days to eat all the bread, place in freezer bags and store in the freezer. When ready, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy! This bread freezes really well, so sometimes you can batch cook several loaves and freeze for future use.

Notes

To make cinnamon toast, warm a couple of slices in the oven, or toast it in an iron skillet. Then spread with butter and sprinkle Swerve Granulated Sweetener and cinnamon!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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Peggy Pittman

Saturday 24th of April 2021

Loaf looks good! Does need to be sliced very thin to get that number. Can't wait to taste it!

Cathy Dean

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

Yes, I slice it pretty thin, probably between 1/4-1/3 inch thick for sandwiches. If I'm planning to make french toast I will slice it a bit thicker.

Cecile C

Monday 26th of October 2020

I just made this bread and it’s delicious, used olive oil instead and only two of the four yokes so that it’s not so eggy, worked out great. My question is the nutritional facts, how do you get 18 slices, I’m lucky if I get nine. Do I double the calories when Im Logging my food in MyFitnessPal?

Cathy Dean

Saturday 31st of October 2020

I cut my slices very thin :) But yes, if you are only cutting 9 slices, you'll need to double the nutrition info.

Dwayne

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

In my oven right now. Smells fantastic. Made a 90 second PC of keto bread, a little eggy but decent. Looking forward to a tuna salad sandwich! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Jodi

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

I have a question Instead of a comment. Is there a substitute for xanthan gum?

Cathy Dean

Friday 2nd of October 2020

How'd the tuna sandwich turn out?? If you want a recipe with a bit more of a "bread" flavor, check out my Keto YEAST Bread recipe ;)

Jane

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

I'm new to this keto/gluten free bread baking - my daughter in law is gluten intolerant and my son has now decided to do the keto diet. He asked if there was any way I could try a loaf of bread for his lunches - saw how easy this recipe was and decided to give it a try. I don't know what went wrong, I followed the recipe exactly and all I ended up with was a small brick size loaf - it didn't rise at all. And yes my baking powder is good - before baking this I made muffins and they rose beautifully. With the cost of the ingredients I won't toss this into the trash. If he doesn't like it or want to try it, I'll crumble it up and use it as bread crumbs

Cathy Dean

Friday 28th of August 2020

My first loaves seemed super small (or short) too. One thing I did was change to an 8x4 loaf pan. A 9x5 loaf pan was just too big. I also created a new recipe using yeast and a few other ingredients. The added ingredients really seemed to help. However, almond flour will never rise as wheat flour does. Here's the yeast bread recipe if you want to try it out: https://healthyambitions.co/keto-yeast-bread-perfect-for-sandwiches/

Judy

Monday 8th of June 2020

Can I use olive oil in this bread?

Cathy Dean

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Hey Judy. Yes, you can use olive oil, but it will change the taste just a bit. I've also used melted butter or melted coconut oil in this recipe with success. The conversion for all of these oils are 1:1

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