Amazing Low Carb Keto Protein Bread Loaf: just 4 ingredients and 0.6g carbs per slice.
Yes, it IS an amazing loaf of bread. Smells and feels like a traditional loaf. Holds up just like one. Toasts well. Keeps for days. And tastes divine. What more could anyone want from a healthy loaf of bread? Perfect for keto, low carb, wheat free, gluten free, grain free and Atkins diets (maybe Paleo, but I’m not sure). Not eggy, not soggy, not dry. Just perfect!
If you’re a carb eater looking for a healthier alternative to traditional bread loaves, this is for you too. Forget shop-bought stodgy bread that leaves you bloated.
White bread is just cheap, nasty and very unhealthy. You may already know that the wheat mill process isn’t like it used to be. Today’s wheat is stripped, bleached and highly processed. Then there’s chemicals, preservatives, flavourings, fillers and who knows what else. Not to mention the fact that the original ingredient – wheat – was very likely GM and sprayed with toxic herbicides. Why anyone would want to eat white bread is a mystery to me.
Brown bread looks like it’s better for you. But it’s just white bread in disguise. The only difference is some added colouring.
Wholemeal or wholegrain bread may sound like a good option, but don’t forget that manufacturers exploit loopholes all the time to cut corners and make the most profit out of cheap processes. So the term ‘whole’ may well conceal some cunning trickery.
Seed bread or multigrain breads are nothing more than white bread with added colouring and some seeds and nuts sprinkled in to qualify for the ‘healthy’ labelling.
Click here to learn more truths about bread. Yes I know there are some slightly better breads available, but seriously? Have you tried rye, wheat free, or gluten free breads? They taste absolutely awful and cost a fortune.
The solution? Bake your own alternative bread! Obviously it will never taste like the stuff you’re familiar with – unless you own a lab :), but it will be infinitely healthier.
The Amazing Low Carb Keto Protein Bread Loaf is ready to go in the oven in less than 5 minutes!
Yes! I know it’s hard to believe. This bread loaf is a breeze to make and it’s a quick bake as well. I’ve made a gazillion attempts at bread loaves in the past, wasting entire mornings or afternoons on inedible results. I was over complicating my bread recipes. I was using too many ingredients, and tweaking ratios just never delivered the result I wanted. Until it dawned on me that I should simplify my mixes. Simplification worked to a large degree with lupin flour – my favourite flour EVER. However, the result was an authentic-looking loaf that tasted OK, but deteriorated soon after. It became soggy and sticky to handle, while toasting made it very brittle. Nice, but not good enough.
So, with lupin flour substitution in my mind, I remembered reading about protein powder in breads and decided to give it a go. I used the same simple recipe for lupin loaf I had previously created and just replaced lupin flour with protein powder. Boom! The Amazing Low Carb Keto Protein Bread Loaf was born!
Protein powder and Bread. A match made in heaven!
Who would have known! Protein powder. To make bread. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (The Great British Bake Off) would have a fit if they heard about this, I’m sure!
However. It works and that’s all that matters.
Now. About protein powder. I know there are many kinds you can buy. Isolate, concentrate, whey, rice, soy, pea… I admit I know absolutely nothing about the differences and even less about which is best and which should be avoided. Nor do I wish to spend time on the internet reading all this mind-boggling information about protein. I’ll leave that to body builders and gym fans.
But with such a variety of options available, I wonder if, had I used a different protein powder, my Amazing Low Carb Keto Protein Bread Loaf would have turned out as good. For this reason, and because I wouldn’t want you to have a bread flop, I think I should tell you exactly which protein powder I used. You can find it by clicking here. As a protein powder newbie, my reasons for choosing this whey protein isolate were that: a) it is from a brand that I trust; and b) it claims to be ‘from grass fed, hormone free cows’ milk, non GM, no rBGH and gluten free’; c) it was the least expensive compared to similar products. Bob’s your uncle. N.B. If you find it is out of stock, the next best protein isolate powder – in terms of low carb and quality, is this one.
4 ingredients is all you need to make the Amazing Low Carb Keto Protein Bread Loaf.
Unless you count salt and baking powder. That will make it 6 ingredients in total. Whatever. The main 4 ingredients are: eggs, cream cheese, whey protein powder and psyllium husk powder. Psyllium husk is best known as a laxative. But fear not, as 1 slice of this loaf contains only 1.5g of psyllium. I regularly eat 4 slices and I can assure you that I experience no issues whatsoever. That said, everyone is different, so if you’re new to psyllium, stick to 1-2 slices at a time and see what happens.
The Easiest Bread Making Method.
All you need is a hand whisk, a spoon, two bowls and a 20cm x 11cm loaf tin (17cm x 8cm at the base). Pile dry ingredients into one bowl and mix well, using a hand whisk. Don’t be lazy on this step, or you’ll risk ending up with a lumpy loaf. Yep. It happened to me once. In my pathetic attempt to minimise washing up, I shoved everything in one bowl, without even sifting the baking powder. My loaf turned out with growths. Nice, but not visually appealing.
Weigh the cream cheese in the second bowl, then soften it using a hand whisk. Add whole eggs to the cream cheese. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Pour into a lightly buttered loaf tin and bake for about 35 minutes. Lightning fast.
The Amazing Low Carb Keto Protein Bread Loaf is light, dry but spongy just like an ordinary sandwich bread loaf. It keeps for days and doesn’t change its structure or flavour, so you won’t even need to re-heat it. But who can resist cheese on toast or a toasted sandwich when your home made bread is delicious and just
0.7 0.6g carbs per slice?
But enough verbosity. Let’s get down to business. Here is the recipe.
Many readers suggested adding ACV for extra rise. I tried it and the bread turned out even better! The recipe below has been amended accordingly. Thank you to everyone who got in touch 🙂
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- Servings: 1 loaf (20 slices)
- Serving size: 1 slice
- Calories: 38
- Fat: 2.3g
- Net Carbs: 0.6g
- Protein: 3.2g
- 3 large eggs (or 4 small)
- 120g full fat cream cheese
- 40g whey protein powder (use this one as an alternative)
- 25g psyllium husk powder (use this one as an alternative -others give baked foods an awful shade of purple!))
- ¼ tsp fine Himalayan pink salt
- 2 tsp baking powder (sifted)
- 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
- a sprinkle of coconut flour (optional)
- pre-heat oven to 140ºC fan (150ºC static).
- pile dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk until well blended and there are NO lumps.
- in a separate bowl, soften cream cheese using a hand whisk and add eggs one at a time, whisking in between each.
- combine dry and wet ingredients, whisking again to amalgamate really well, and finally, incorporate the ACV.
- pour the mix into a lightly greased loaf tin (20cm x 11cm / 17cm x 8cm at the base) and level it with the back of a spoon.
- bake for 35 minutes until brown on top and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
- allow the loaf to cool, then dust with coconut flour to mimic the farmhouse look (optional).
Once the loaf is completely cool, you can transfer it to a sealed plastic container and it will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature.
Re-heating isn't necessary, as the loaf tastes and feels like ordinary sandwich bread, but toasting makes it exceptional.
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