When I tell people I follow a low carb WOE they say they would love to do that but they could never give up bread. I admit. I love bread too. So I started researching forways to make low carb bread and was surprised by all the different types!
Finding the best low carb bread
When someone asks me which one taste most like bread,
I think it really depends on your taste buds. I LOVE the Parmesan cheese bread. I have some in the refrigerator all the time. They are great for making sandwiches with. But it doesn’t TASTE like bread. It has a great taste, but no it doesn’t taste like your typical bread.
But what is important to me in a low carb bread is this:
- I LOVE sandwiches. I need to be able to hold it like I would 2 slices of bread.
- It needs to be low enough in carbs that having 2 slices doesn’t put me anywhere near my daily allotment of carbs
- It needs to be versatile. Like with the Parmesan cheese bread. Sometimes I use it to make hamburgers, or I make peanut butter and jelly! Yes, I like the taste of peanut butter on these!
- It needs to be able to stay fresh for a week or more in the refrigerator (I do a lot of meal prep)
A lot of my friends like the Fathead dough. I honestly didn’t like it that much. I thought it tasted to cheesy LOL. I tried it once as a “bun” for some sausages. My friend loved them. I didn’t like them too much. I’m going to play with the recipe a bit and see if I can’t make it something I do regularly.
Some staples you will need if you are going to make low carb bread:
In my pantry I keep :
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Flax seed
- Psyllium husk
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Xantham gum (buy this online! My local store was $18 for a small bag)
- Erythritol – I like Truvia baking blend (cheapest place I’ve found to buy this is Kroger.
Its around $8 ) Vons carries Swerve but the bag is smaller than the one sold on Amazon
- Whey protein powder (unflavored)
- Spices: garlic, Italian, pink Himalayan salt, pepper – whatever you like to flavor your food with
In my refrigerator I make sure I have the following:
- cream cheese
- cheese (usually mozzarella and/ or cheddar)
- heavy cream (I’ve used half and half when I’m out of heavy cream, just use a little more)
If you keep these things stocked, you should be able to make most types of low carb bread recipes whenevever the mood hits you!
Some of the low carb breads I’ve made:
Fathead pizza dough wrapped around a sausage: Everyone I spoke to said if you are on a low carb diet you HAVE to try fat head dough. It will change your life! Well I didn’t try it right away. I tried a few other pizza recipes first. And liked them better LOL. I felt that the fathead dough just tasted ok. It wasn’t mind blowing. I think I have to play with the recipe a bit to find out how to make it
My favorite: Parmesan cheese bread. This is a low carb gluten free bread! I make this all the time. Its fast and easy. Just eggs, cheese and spices (I like to add rosemary or garlic). I brought several different pans to make these in, but you don’t need to make them in a pan. A lot of people just put heaps of the mixture on parchment paper and make it that way. I use the pans because I like the uniformity of it. I usually bake enough of these on Sunday to get me thru the week. I keep them in the refrigerator.
Egg fast crepes: I stumbled upon these. I wasn’t trying to do the egg fast. I just wanted something fast and easy to make. These are made of cream cheese and eggs and so versatile! If you have ever been to a crepe shop you know crepes can be sweet or savory. So when I made these I tried a lot of different fillings! I loved them with peanut butter and jelly. I also used them to wrap sausages in. They are fast and easy to make. I usually make a big batch, put them in a plastic bag and can grab them all week long. A week is the longest we have had them LOL. Don’t know if they keep for longer than that!
Chicken Crust Pizza: This is REALLY good, easy to make and filling! I made 1 for a dinner party and everyone had 2 slices and felt 100% full. The crust is easy to make and gives you that “feel” of eating pizza since you can eat it with your hands. You can even it load it with toppings and it won’t fall apart in your hands. Its my “go to” pizza recipe when I’m in the mood for pizza. You make the crust first and then add the toppings you want. Even as I type this I know whats on the menu for tomorrow! LOL
I like to make my breads in pans. I like how uniform they look that way. I use muffin top pans to get the right size that I want. For the crepes I just use my smallest frying pan.
Which is the best low carb bread?
Well it depends on your taste buds. If you ask me, its the Parmesan cheese bread hand down. But if you ask my friend Michelle, she will tell you the fat head pizza dough (by the way, lots of people use it for more than pizza!)
So do you need to give up bread in order to follow a low carb diet? The answer is YES and NO! You are giving up the types of breads you grew up on but you are replacing them with breads you can eat and stay healthy on! There are a LOT of low carb bread recipes. You will find a few here on my site and I will be adding more as I try out different recipes.
If you are willing to put in a little bit of effort, and prep your food, you will find that you can still have your cake and eat it too! LOL I mean that quite literally, check out this recipe for low carb spice cakes from Ruled.me These cakes are absolutely delicious! Top it off with cream cheese frosting and you will not feel like you are missing anything!