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This low carb bread recipe with almond flour came about somewhat by accident during my Sunday keto meal planning. I had been making the flattened version of my 4-ingredient almond flour biscuits to use for sandwiches each week, but I wanted to create an almond flour bread that is much closer to a traditional bread. This is one of the closest ways I’ve come to a carb-free bread loaf. Although almond flour bread is not quite as low in carbs as cloud bread or my white keto bread (both of which are lighter and fluffier), this one is a low carb gluten-free bread that has a taste and texture closer to a whole wheat variety. It even has a crusty exterior!
This one is one of my favorite low carb bread recipes for everything from toast to sandwiches — and will easily fit into your low-carb diet! I’ve been making it for years, but recently updated it to use a hand mixer and the results are even better (more on this below).
Why You’ll Love This Low Carb Bread Recipe
- Chewy with air pockets
- Crusty golden brown exterior
- Neutral flavor (not sweet), like whole grain bread
- Just 5 simple ingredients (plus water and salt)
- Only 10 minutes prep time
- Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo, and keto friendly
- Packed with protein and fiber, keeping you full for longer
- 2g net carbs (and just 5g total carbohydrates) per slice – won’t spike blood sugar!
After dozens of tests, I only make this loaf with Wholesome Yum Blanched Almond Flour. That’s because its fine-milled texture makes each slice taste more authentic than other flours, all while keeping the carb count ultra low. You can truly taste the difference!
Readers also love this low carb gluten-free bread so much that I included it in The Easy Keto Cookbook — my first print book with 100 easy recipes designed for keto newbies, experts, busy people, those with diabetes, and everyone in between.
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for (almost) carb-free bread, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Wholesome Yum Almond Flour – I recommend this one over other almond flours because of its superfine grind. Many other brands are more coarse and will give this low carb bread a gritty or grainy texture. For the same reason, I don’t recommend using almond meal (unlike blanched almond flour, this form of ground almonds includes the skins).
- Psyllium Husk Powder – If you haven’t heard of it before, psyllium is a type of plant fiber that helps create a chewy texture in keto baking and also makes low carb gluten-free bread recipes more sturdy. This ingredient is what gives this almond flour bread its chewy texture, so don’t skip it! Some brands impart a purple tint to the bread which is harmless but doesn’t look very appetizing, so I recommend this brand that doesn’t do that. If you want to use flaxseed instead of psyllium, follow this similar flaxseed bread recipe.
- Baking Powder – I always use gluten-free, but any kind will work. Don’t confuse this with baking soda, which is not the same thing.
- Sea Salt – For simple flavor.
- Eggs – I’d heard recommendations of using only egg whites with psyllium, but whole eggs are more convenient. Besides, egg yolks are a natural leavener, so including them, makes the bread rise better in combination with the baking powder. Since this almond bread loaf uses quite a few eggs, I don’t recommend egg substitutes. Make sure your eggs are at room temperature before you start, to prevent clumps in your batter.
- Coconut Oil – You can use an unrefined one if you don’t mind a subtle coconut flavor, or a refined coconut oil instead for a more neutral taste. You can also use butter instead, in the same amount. I have not tested using other oils, such as avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil, so am not sure if those would work.
- Warm Water – Helps the psyllium husk “bloom,” since it absorbs a lot of moisture.
How To Make Low Carb Bread With Almond Flour
This section shows how to make low carb bread, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Prep. Line a 8×4 loaf pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven.
- Mix dry ingredients. In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour, psyllium husk powder, baking powder, and sea salt. (I prefer to use a whisk to break up any lumps.)
- Beat eggs. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs until they double in volume.
- Combine dry and wet ingredients. Beat the dry ingredients into the eggs. Beat in the melted coconut oil, followed by the warm water. Mix well to make more air bubbles.
- Bake. Transfer the carb-free bread batter into the prepared loaf pan and form a rounded top with your hands or a spatula. Bake until a wooden toothpick comes out clean and loaf develops a very hard crust (see tips below to confirm that it’s done and avoid a gummy texture).
- Cool. Let the low carb bread cool completely on a wire rack to ensure the right texture. (It can be gummy if you slice it right away.)
- Enjoy. Once it’s completely cooled, slice and enjoy! Use it as a sandwich bread, for avocado toast, or in any recipe that calls for bread!
VARIATION: Want to use a bread maker?
You can! Many of my readers in our low carb support group report you can make this almond flour bread recipe in a bread machine. If you want to use your bread machine, load the dough into your machine instead of a loaf pan and make sure to use the “Quick Bread” setting.
Tips For The Best Low Carb Bread
I’m so excited about how delicious and chewy this almond flour bread is! It’s one of my favorite low carb bread recipes, and I want it to be yours, too.
Below are tips to getting the best rise and knowing how to tell if the bread is fully baked.
How To Create Air Pockets In Almond Flour Bread
Almond flour just doesn’t work the same way as wheat flour. But, you can still do everything you can to help this bread rise:
- Eggs should double in volume. Beating the eggs with a hand mixer until the volume doubles helps create air bubbles in the dough.
- Beat at high speed. A hand mixer is also important when mixing the other dough ingredients, to create as many air bubbles as possible. I used to make this low carb bread recipe by mixing it by hand, which you can still do, but the bread is a lot more dense that way.
- Use fresh baking powder. If it’s older, it won’t work correctly.
How To Make Sure Your Low Carb Bread Recipe Is Done
It will look done before it actually is! And if you take it out too soon, it will fall and worse, it will be gummy inside. Here are 2 ways to test for doneness:
- The toothpick test. This bread will pass the toothpick test before it’s fully done. So, check with a toothpick and then continue baking for at least 10 more minutes.
- The crust test. Another way to tell is that the top should get very hard and crusty. It’s an important marker of the bread being done.
In general, err on the side of more time and not less. You can always cover the top if it starts to burn, though I’ve never had to do that.
Wrap low carb gluten-free bread in parchment paper, not plastic. Store on the counter for 3 to 4 days, or in the fridge for up to 1 week. It does get a little hard at the end, similar to wheat bread from the store (perfect for keto French toast or low carb croutons).
TIP: Don’t wrap this low carb bread in plastic wrap or a plastic bag.
It will trap moisture and ruin the texture. If it gets a little damp or gummy with time, you can pop it in the toaster to fix that.
Can You Freeze Low Carb Bread?
Yes, you can freeze low carb bread for 3-6 months. Slice and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Once frozen solid, transfer your (almost) carb free bread slices to a freezer bag. (Alternatively, you can freeze in a freezer bag right away with pieces of parchment paper between the slices.) Reheat in the toaster.
More Low Carb Bread Recipes
If you like carb-free bread, you’ll enjoy these other keto bread recipes with easy ingredients and amazing texture!
Tools To Make Almond Flour Bread
- Loaf Pan – This baking pan is the perfect size and doesn’t stick in case the parchment paper coverage misses some areas.
- Parchment Paper – The size is perfect for loaf pans to hang over the sides when making low carb bread.
- Bread Maker – This is not required, but some people want one and my readers have told me that this recipe does work in it, on the quick bread setting.
Low Carb Bread (Almond Flour Bread)
This easy almond flour bread is the best low carb bread recipe with a texture like wheat bread. Just 5 ingredients and 2g net carbs!
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Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Line the bottom of an 8×4 in loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, use a hand mixer at high speed to beat the eggs until they double in volume.
In a second large bowl, mix together the almond flour, psyllium husk powder, baking powder, and sea salt.
Beat the dry ingredients into the eggs.
Beat in the melted coconut oil, then the warm water.
Transfer the dough to the lined baking pan. Smooth/press the top evenly with your hands or a spatula, forming a rounded top.
Bake for 55-70 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and the top is very hard, like a bread crust. (Important: It will pass the toothpick test before it's completely done, so make sure the top is very crusty, too.) Cool completely before removing from the pan.
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Serving size: 1 slice (slightly less than 1/2″ thick)
This recipe was originally made in a 9×5 loaf pan, but I now recommend this size instead — it makes a taller loaf.
Recipe from The Easy Keto Cookbook.
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