Bread

There are many ways to skin a cat, they say – and the same goes for baking low carb or keto bread. Here are several great ideas that mimic bread: try them all and use whichever is your favourite. IMPORTANT: Please note that almond flour and coconut flour are not interchangeable in baking. If a recipe calls for almond flour and you choose to use coconut flour, I cannot guarantee the same success. Texture, density and flavour will be compromised. These ingredients are pricey, so I always advise to use the ingredients I have used for best success first-time.

Tear-and-share Garlic Bread (Keto)

Just in time for summer! This is a fantastic keto garlic bread roughly based on the fathead dough concept. This recipe will yield 12 slices and the macros have been calculated on one serving being 2 slices (because who eats only one slice of garlic bread at a braai?) – so this will sufficiently feed 6 people. I used equal amounts of (recently discovered) extra-fine almond flour and regular almond flour to achieve the texture I wanted. NOTE: I have not developed this recipe using only regular almond flour, but I anticipate a much stickier mixture which will be impossible to work with – so I encourage you to invest in a bag of the extra-fine flour. Sealed well, almond flour will last a long time, and you will love this keto garlic bread so much, its best you have a bag on hand this summer..

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‘Rustic’ Pesto & Cheddar Fathead Rolls (Keto)

The Ham & Gruyere Rolls recipe that I posted a few weeks ago was so well-received (please try it), I decided to shake things up a bit and use a similar concept with fresh homemade Basil Pesto and grated Cheddar. There was one very significant change to the dough recipe (which is loosely based on the “fathead” concept): I experimented with extra-fine almond flour instead of regular almond flour. Some adjustments had to be made to the remaining ingredients, but the texture was exactly what I was after and the BONUS factor was that the raw ‘dough’ was SO much easier to work with! If you choose to follow this recipe, please use extra-fine almond flour – I cannot guarantee successful results if you don’t. I titled them “rustic” because while they do puff and rise, they lop to the side and look exactly like something that is made at home with love (that’s how we all cook, right?) Regarding the basil pesto, I really don’t want to blow smoke up my own… but my fresh, homemade basil pesto is simple unbeatable. It takes a few minutes to make and is SO worth the effort..

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Chia & Mixed Seed Crackers (Keto)

Keto Chia Seed Crackers
Keto Chia Seed Crackers

These fantastically crispy, mixed seed crackers can be used to scoop up your favourite dip or salsa. Follow the recipe below to yield 10 even-sized slices, because at only 2.4g carbs per serving (one serving = 2 large crackers), you can now do so completely guilt-free! Don’t omit the salt (as I did in my first trial) because its a necessary addition. Be sure to also cook both sides to achieve maximum crunch and colour. A batch of these lasted several days in a sealed Tupperware and I happily spread my Keto Chicken Liver Parfait on them. Be sure to sign up to the monthly e-newsletter to ensure you never miss a recipe. Enjoy!

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Chicken Mayo Sarmies (using Keto Seed Loaf)

Chicken Mayo Seed Loaf

There is debate over whether its sarnies or sarmies. I don’t know about you, but I grew up in South Africa – and we called it sarmies-with-an-m. Any which way you say it, this is just a quick idea to showcase the M&L Keto Seed Loaf where I made mini chicken mayo sandwiches for a quick meal. I simply tossed cooked chicken pieces in my Homemade Mayonnaise and enjoyed it with deliciously sweet tomato slices and avocado. Clean eating all the way! (Top tip: if any seeds fall off the crust of the loaf, scatter them over your sandwich for extra crunch and texture.) The macros include the whole lot (two slices, as pictured): not too bad for a lovely lunch using all of your efforts.

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Easter Cinnamon Rolls (Keto)

Keto Cinnamon Rolls
Keto Cinnamon Rolls

Best eaten warm, these puffy, cinnamon-flavoured rolls were made with sweetened Fathead dough. I know you may think I have gone completely bonkers suggesting a sweet treat made predominantly from cheese, but the reality is that fresh mozzarella and cream cheese are very mild in flavour and the cheese flavour doesn’t come through at all. I went on to drizzle mine in a criss-cross fashion – and aptly called them my Easter Cinnamon Rolls. Forgive my poor piping skills, you can decorate as you please (and the drizzle is included in the macros, which total in at only 4.1g carbs per roll!) QUICK NOTE: Your pastry scraper is a very important tool here (just as it is in the Ham & Gruyere Rolls recipe) – it’s essential to gently nudge and shift the ‘dough’ when rolling…. Happy Easter everyone! xxx

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Mixed Seed Bread (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Seed Loaf
Keto Seed Loaf

I have worked so hard to make keto bread… and let me tell you, its not easy! This one is loosely based on the 90-second microwave bread I feature (its a fantastic recipe and I get loads of awesome feedback on it). The only issue is that that recipe needs a very specific Tupperware-size to make it and THIS one doesn’t. It requires only a bread baking tin (mine was 18 x 9cm / 7-in x 3.5-in) and I feel like I have a real winner with this one! I liken this bread to what I remember rye bread being. Its fairly dense, makes a smallish loaf – and really delivers on flavour!

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Ham & Gruyere Rolls (using Fathead Dough)

Fathead Ham and Gruyere Rolls

I did an Instagram snapshot of me tucking into my recipe trial of these Ham & Gruyere Rolls (using Fathead Dough) last week. It was so well-received, I simply had to post the perfected recipe earlier than scheduled. Oh, how we love the Fathead Dough base! Here I used it (somewhat altered) to create deli ham and (powerfully-flavoured) Gruyere cheese rolls… and the results are simply amazing. One roll is very rich and filling and comes in at only 3.8g carbs per roll! Some struggle with perfecting the Fathead dough technique, but I have added step-by-step pics below to help you along…

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Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls

Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls
Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls

I need to do more research on the guy that invented Fathead dough, so I can find him and plant a big fat one on him! I love it and use the concept for so many great dishes, but switched around some ingredient ratios until I was happy. Here, I made a batch of mini rosemary-flavoured ‘breadrolls’, yielding between 13 and 14 little rolls. The macros are calculated as one ‘serving’ being 2 mini keto rolls. You can use any appropriately-sized pan or baking tin, but I thought it would be attractive to bake, then serve (tear-and-share-style) straight from a cast-iron pan (mine was 20cm / 8-in diameter). Enjoy with just about anything and play around with different herbs – but I think I rocked these using rosemary..

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Olive & Sun-dried Tomato Low-carb Bread

Olive and Sundried Tomato Bread
Olive and Sundried Tomato Bread

I am never running out of ideas to mimic a loaf of the good stuff. Each slice of this bread – made using almond flour and psyllium husk powder – comes in at 7g carbs (one slice is approx. 60g / 2.1oz). A bit of a hefty price to pay for such a small slice, but a great recipe to try anyway on your low-carb journey. Use the best quality, strongest-tasting black olives you can find and don’t omit the sun-dried tomatoes – they add a lovely sharpness with every bite. Serve a slice of this olive & sun-dried tomato low-carb bread with a thick layer of grass-fed butter and a crack of Pink Himalayan salt. (The loaf tin I used to bake this was 18 x 9cm / 7-in x 3.5-in in size.) Be sure to also check the other Keto Breads I have on the website..

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Mini Keto Soda Bread Loaf

Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf
Keto Mini Soda Bread Loaf

I play around a lot with bread, and this was another attempt. The texture is great and you should give it a try. Baked using bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), eggs, and a combination of almond and coconut flours, this bread took a few attempts to get me to this point. Since ingredients are pricey (and I want you to succeed first time) I encourage you to follow the recipe closely. The loaf you shape (which is fairly small) will slice into approximately 8 mini slices, but the dense texture makes each slice rather filling. The macros are calculated per two slices of (35g / 1.2oz) each, so adjust accordingly. Enjoy topped with cream cheese or goat’s cheese and smoked salmon for a posh afternoon tea option, like I did here.

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Keto Breakfast Muffins

Keto Breakfast Muffins
Keto Breakfast Muffins

These are quite similar to my Quick Keto Chia Bread recipe I posted last week, except I made these in ramekins which create perfect little muffin shapes (which I then sliced in half). This recipe will make 2 muffins and yield 4 slices, as pictured. The macros have been calculated per 1 serving (1 muffin cut into 2 slices). They can also be toasted by simply frying in a little olive oil. Top with a poached egg or butter and good-quality prosciutto, like I did on my Low-carb Prosciutto Muffins or (if you are very ambitious) make a super-posh Keto Salmon Eggs Benedict. Enjoy!

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Quick Chia Bread (Keto; Paleo)

90 second Keto Microwave Chia Bread
90 second Keto Microwave Chia Bread

I have to admit, even in LBK (Life Before Keto) I rarely ate bread. And when I did indulge, I always regretted it afterwards: I felt bloated and miserable and wouldn’t poop for a week (no bacon butty is worth that), so I didn’t miss it much when starting keto. However, being human and all, the craving for a slice of toast with butter-and-Bovril still slaps me through the face every now and again and I am well-chuffed with this alternative, where I used almond flour and ground chia seeds to achieve a lovely ‘bread’ texture and flavour. Give it a try and then pat yourself on the back for being so dedicated…

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Keto Cloud Bread

Keto Cloud Bread
Keto Cloud Bread

I want to start by saying I did not invent this ‘Cloud Bread’. I am sure there is a great story behind the concept, but I am ashamed to say I haven’t even researched what that story is as I was too excited to try it out and post my version of keto cloud bread. After a slightly failed first attempt (at trying other versions I saw online), I made it my mission to improve what I had seen drawing from my own experience in the kitchen. The recipe will make 6, but essentially this means 6 halves (in other words – 3 sandwiches / 3 burgers). If you want more, double the recipe and use a second tray (they can store in the fridge for up to 2/3 days). Be sure to also check out the Breads section on this site for other options.

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