Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread

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Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread

You need only four ingredients to make this simple, delicious, gluten-free low-carb bread which is high in protein. What is really nice that you can cut as thin slices as you want since this bread holds well together. Quite often gluten-free bread tends to be crumbly and break easily because it’s the gluten which holds the bread together and it’s hard to find a proper substitute for that.

This bread is dense not only what comes to the structure, but it’s also dense in nutrients. Even it’s dense, it’s not dry and crumbly but deliciously moist.

 

 

 

Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread

1/2 cup = 120 ml = 45 g unflavored whey protein powder
2 teaspoons organic baking powder
1/2 cup = 120 ml = 125 g almond butter (natural, unsweetened)
4 extra large organic eggs

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 °F (150 °C).
  2. Mix well the whey protein and baking powder in a small bowl.
  3. Beat the almond butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl until creamy.
  4. Add one egg at a time beating well after each addition until the batter is smooth, fluffy and bubbly.
  5. Combine the whey protein mixture with the almond butter mixture and beat well until creamy.
  6. Pour the batter in a 9 X 5 inch (23 X 13 cm) silicone loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 30–40 minutes.
  8. Let cool, remove from the pan and cut into slices.

 

 

 

Nutrition information  Protein  Fat  Net carbs  kcal
Entire loaf:  94.3 g  99.0 g  10.7 g  1311.3 kcal
Per slice if 20 slices in a loaf:  4.7 g  5.0 g  0.5 g  65.6 kcal
Per slice if 30 slices in a loaf:  3.1 g  3.3 g  0.4 g  43.7 kcal

 

 

 

Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread, Slices

 

 

Tips for making the bread

This bread rises beautifully in the oven, so be sure to pour the batter in a big enough pan. I think it’s the whey protein which causes that puffing effect. This effect I found by accident when tried to turn peanut butter cookies into protein bars by adding whey protein powder and some more eggs to the batter. I put the ready batter in a far too small pan — the bread rose unexpectedly much and dripped on the bottom of my oven. Not a nice mess to clean… Be sure to beat the batter well enough, that guarantees the proper rising of the bread.

Update 24th August, 2012: If you don’t mind a hint of baking soda flavor in your bread, use 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar for even more voluminous loaf. Mix the baking soda with the whey protein. Add the apple cider vinegar to the batter before adding the dry ingredients and beat well. Personally I’m not that big fan of the taste of baking soda, so that’s why I use baking powder instead.

Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread, Ingredients

1. Ingredients.

Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread, Almond Butter

2. Almond butter.

Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread, Beaten Almond Butter and Eggs

3. Beaten almond butter and eggs.

Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread, The Ready Batter

4. The ready batter.

Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread, The Ready Batter In a Pan

5. The ready batter in a pan.

Simple and Fluffy Gluten-Free Low-Carb Bread, The Ready Loaf In a Pan

6. The ready loaf in a pan.

 

Tips for variation

For me this simple, delicious low-carb bread is the single best reason to buy almond butter. Naturally, other nut and seed butters work as well. The variations are infinite, for example:

  • You can add a pinch of salt and few drops of stevia for fuller flavor
  • Peanut butter works also well in case you like the flavor. Bread tastes great with sugar-free jam or with fresh berries
  • Tahini (sesame seed paste) works great as well. I love to add 2 tablespoons of caraway seeds to the tahini-based batter
  • Sunflower seed butter gives quite similar taste than peanut butter — obviously, since in general it tastes quite much like peanut butter
  • You can get even more variety by adding spices, herbs, nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oregano, rosemary, etc.

Feel free to experiment with different nut and seed butters and flavor combinations and let me know what is your favorite!

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Update June 25th, 2012: added pictures from the making process and subheadings.

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Update August 24th, 2012: fixed the amount of baking powder. The bread rises better if there are 2 teaspoons baking powder instead of 1 teaspoon. Also added the tip about the baking soda + apple cider vinegar.

 

 

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I tried your recipe today. I made a small change using 2 tsp baking pwd and 1/2 tsp baking soda, plus a tsp of molasses. My almond butter was very thick and I could not mix it with my whisk so I threw it into my kitchenaid, added the eggs and vinegar, it was doing ok but was on the thick side,I put the whey protein mixture into it and it became super thick so I added an extra egg, still too thick, so I added 1/4 cup hot water, still too thick, anyway, my machine stopped mixing. Maybe my whey protein has something that adds to the thickening? I decided what the heck, I’ll try to bake it anyway even though it was super thick texture and hard to get out of the machine. Baked at 250 degrees since I only have access to a convection oven. It came out about double the height and had a nice flavor. Lots of tiny airholes so nice, light texture. If my KitcenAid still works I will try this again but try to thin the almond butter down more at the beginning with maybe half a cup of hot water. I may have to get a real mixer for this.

Hi Kathy, and thanks for telling about your experiment. I really wonder that the batter was so thick. I simply use hand-held mixer for beating the almond butter and then adding eggs one at a time (or sometimes if I’m lazy I just throw the almond butter and all the eggs in the bowl at the same time and mix for a few minutes).

I’ve never faced the problem before that the batter would become too thick. Does your whey protein have thickeners like xanthan or guar gum? Because those could make the batter thick as well.

I’m relieved to hear that the result was edible anyway. I’ve sometimes used oil to thin the almond butter, but adding hot water simply makes the bread fluffier and not that heavy, so making almond butter thinner with hot water sounds like a great idea.

I would love to hear about your next experiment!

Hi, I read the ingredients and my hi protein energy mix has guar gum, also has some soy which I am not supposed to have. So went to the store and bought some whey protein mix. I think my almond butter was on the dry side too since it was the last bit in the jar. I’m sure that it must have been that guar gum though that turned it into cement. I’m surprised it turned out pretty good for all that, even my husband liked it. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

Thanks for clarifying! It really sounds like the guar gum was responsible for that thickening. After all, it’s great that the bread turned out well and that you liked it!

I made this recipe with cashew butter. I forgot to add the eggs one at a time but it turned out great anyway. I used the whisk attachment on my mixer to make this recipe. It rose nicely but didn’t quite fill up the pan. The next time I will be sure to add the eggs one at a time.

Hi Carol, great to hear that you liked the bread! I’m often lazy and just throw the almond butter and all the eggs in the bowl and beat a few minutes so that everything is well mixed and got a little bit of volume. But I have noticed that adding eggs one at a time should make the bread rise a little bit more.

Do you think this could be made just as easily with J. Robb’s Egg White Protein instead of whey protein? I am allergic to milk.

Hi Liz, egg white protein makes the bread quite dry and paper-like, although it holds extremely well together. You might want to use half egg white protein and half of some plant-based protein like rice, hemp or pea protein. You can naturally use only plant-based protein, but the result will be more crumbly and the bread doesn’t rise that much. But the bread is okay, anyway. Hope this helps!

Thank you! :)

This is one of the best low-carb bread I’ve had and it’s super easy! Thank you Elviira, great recipe as always! :-)

Thank you, Martina, for your kind words! It’s one of my earliest recipes, and now I’ve done improved versions of it which I can hopefully publish soon :)

Looks absolutely gorgeous! Question: locally we’re having a bit of an almond butter shortage, so I’ve been making my own. Do you think it makes a difference in the recipe whether I’m using raw or roasted almond butter?

Thanks!!

Hi Sara! It doesn’t make too much of a difference. In addition to raw or roasted almonds, you can use also almond butter made from blanched almonds, the color of the bread will be light then. But in my opinion the result is good with all types of almond butters. Hope you like the bread!

Elviira,

I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful recipe. I am sensitive to gluten and both my husband and I eat low carb. I used to love bread so I was very excited to find a recipe that fits all our dietary criteria. I admit I was skeptical at first, seeing the short and unusual ingredient list but had to try it given it’s not only low carb and GF but also high in protein. Both times I made the bread, it turned out wonderful. Last time I mixed 1/2 almond, 1/2 peanut butter and added some salt and caraway seeds. The bread rose beautifully actually. Better than the first time. I do think I whipped the batter a bit longer than last time if that might have to do with it (I use baking powder, not soda).

Anyway, thanks for figuring out such a healthy, simple and tasty recipe. This bread with some cream cheese is such a treat for us!

Hi Magda! Thank you for your kind words! It’s so nice to hear that you found a bread recipe with which you are happy! Makes me also happy.

I’ve been searching for a low carg gluten free bread recipe and happened upon this. Can’t wait to try it. My question for you is…can you make this in my bread machine. Have you tried to do it?

Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you….Debbie McClure

Hi Debbie, I haven’t tried this with bread machine so unfortunately I cannot say if it works. Please tell me how it went if you try it out!

Wow….that was a fast reply!!!! I’ll have to take a look at the recipes cooking time and see what I come up with. When I find out I’ll let you know.
Thanks again for the prompt reply!!!!

Debbie

You’re welcome :) I would try bread machine myself but unfortunately I don’t own any, neither my friends. Actually, I’m really curious how the bread would turn out in a bread machine!

Can I use coconut cream or normal butter instead of almond butter as I can’t eat almonds?

Hi Kathy, unfortunately those don’t work here. Other nut butters (like sunflower seed butter or peanut butter) work well, however they taste completely different. If you use sunflower seed butter and baking soda, you’ll end up with bright green bread!

Does this bread make good toast? How about a sandwich? Thanks for the recipe, do you have any reviews? Worried if I buy the ingredients then I don’t like it, expense.

Hi Holli, yes, the bread makes good toast and works well in sandwiches too. Please read these comments in this thread how people like it. Most of them are amazed how good and easy it is. This recipe got also five star reviews in Tasty kitchen. However, if other people find it amazing, it doesn’t guarantee that everybody likes it, as we all do like different things.

I never write comments or reviews on food sites but I was so impressed with the simplicity and outcome of this ‘bread’ that I wanted to express my sincerest thank you for developing this. So easy and although it doesn’t taste exactly as bread, it’s a great alternative for those of us who live low carb (which I do due to digestive issues). A huge Thank You!

Hi Kris! Thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate it. It’s fantastic to hear that you like the bread and have found it as a good alternative.

I made your bread with sunbutter and baking soda and apple cider vinegar. It’s excellent except the bread is a bright green. Should I increase the amount of ACV?

thank you!

Hi zooie, unfortunately that happens with the combination of sunflower seeds and baking soda. It’s totally harmless (just the looks) chemical reaction, which sunflower seeds create with alkaline baking soda. If you use baking powder instead, the bread shouldn’t turn green, at least not bright green. Btw, I took advantage of that effect and made green bread with orange spread for my Halloween party.

Hi Elviira, with regard to the simple and fluffy bread. When I made it I added 125g almonds to get almond butter, which in the recipe equates to 1/2 cup but when I google how many almonds in 1 cup the result is 100g. Are USA and Finnish cup different?. The texture was fine but it did taste a little like Almond Cake rather than bread, many thanks, Debra
By the way the recipe for Crispbread is lovely

Hi Debra, do I understand correctly that you make the almond butter yourself in a blender? The commercial almond butter which I use in this recipe (Justin’s) contains oil, and if I make almond butter myself I also have to add oil to get smooth almond butter. Do you use oil when making almond butter? If not, I wonder if that’s the reason why the result is cake-like. What do you think? Great to hear you like the crisp bread!

Hi again Elviira, I have just made the simple and fluffy bread and although it’s very nice, it is also a little “cakey”. Is there anyway I could compensate for this, perhaps by adding a little more Whey?, thank you, Debra

Hi Debra and thanks for your question. I hope I read your problem correctly. According to my experiments whey makes the texture more dense and sponge-like. With whey the bread is not crumbly and it holds really well together. So if you have the problem that the bread is crumbly, not spongy and not moist, I would suggest to increase the amount of whey a bit. Does this help?

Thanks for the reply Elviira. The bread to me tasted too much of Almonds so I will add more whey next time. Also I live in UK and when I google how much almonds are in 1 cup it states 100g but your 1/2 cup = 125g of almond butter so I am bothered that I have used too much Almonds. Are the cups you use in Finland the same as iN USA?, THANK YOU

Hi Debra, yes, I use the US cup (240 ml) in my recipes, however I always give metric units as well (in fact, we use metric system in Finland). In my opinion almond butter is easier to measure by weight, that’s why I gave it also in grams. Hope you get better result with more whey!

Thanks for this recipe! It’s so hard to compare low carb bread to gluten-filled stuff, so I will just compare it to other low carb breads I have had. This is the best, for a few reasons: 1: all natural, 2: an easy recipe, 3: it’s cost effective. The last low carb bread I purchased had a horrible texture. Even though I think I overlooked this first loaf, it tastes pretty good. My toddler loves it with no sugar jam, and it toasted nicely in a grilled cheese I made for lunch. I accidentally used protein powder with vanilla and stevia in it (True Whey by Source Naturals), but couldn’t tell it was vanilla like or sweet.

Alisa, thank you for your comment and for trying out my recipe! I’m so happy you like the bread and that it bears comparison with commercial low-carb breads!

Hi – wondering if you coat the silicone bread pan with anything before adding the batter. I’m guessing no, but want to be sure. Thanks!

Hi Alisa, thanks for your question. You’re right, there is no need to coat silicone pan.

I can not tell you how excited I was to find this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing, I appreciate your efforts to keep it simple….I have just baked this bread and it is cooling, smells great! I was a bit worried because at 300 degrees it was not rising…I brought the temp up to 325 and got some action! I eventually brought the temp up to 350 and the loaf finished nicely in 40 minutes…I have a gas stove, I think the temp might be responsible for some of the loaves not rising that I have read about here or even gas oven vs electric, just a thought. Now that I have the basic recipe down I can begin experimenting….muh ha ha! Lol!Just had a toasted cheese and ham sandwich, yummy!

Hi Patricia! Thanks for your comment and your notes about the temperature! I have electric oven but experimenting with different temperatures sounds so interesting that I might give it a try, actually very soon :)

Fantastic to hear that you like the bread recipe!

Hi, do you think that I could use milk powder in this recipe instead of whey protein?, thanks

Hi Debra, I haven’t tried out, but my gut feeling is that it wouldn’t work very well. The whey protein makes the bread puff and rise and I doubt the milk powder would do the same. But like I said, I haven’t tried it out. If you do, please tell me how it worked!

You mention other nut and seed flours, but do you think coconut butter might do as a substitute? Thanks!

Hi Breezy! I guess you mean nut and seed butters? I haven’t tried coconut butter, so unfortunately I cannot say if it works or not. I have some doubts, though, but could be that I’m wrong. If you try out, please tell me how it worked!

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Your bread looks perfect.I do have a question though.I have high cholesterol,so do you think a soy protein powder would work, and also would liquid egg substitute and/or part egg whites work? Can’t wait to try it out!

Hi Lesley. I don’t use soy protein, so unfortunately I cannot say if it works or not. Are you afraid of using egg yolks because of high cholesterol? They won’t rise your bad cholesterol (at maximum they rise the good cholesterol), so please don’t be afraid of using them. They are very nutritious and real health food, especially when they are from free-range or organic eggs. Moreover the influence of high cholesterol is highly exaggerated, actually falsified. Reducing carbs and vegetable fats (like canola oil) and increasing saturated fats in the diet is the best way to reduce the bad cholesterol. But I guess you are aware of this. Anyway, I recommend to use real, whole eggs when making this bread.

Not only did the bread pass the sandwich taste test, both kids said it is VERY good, is BETTER than the Udi’s GF bread I have been buying them, and are absolutely willing to convert to the bread for all their bread needs. I am so happy to hear this you have no idea! I don’t know if it is exactly more cost effective, I would have to work out the ingredients prices, but I have a feeling it is pretty close to the same. That part doesn’t bother me, because I know the ingredients of fresh baked bread that is also grain free, low carb, and high in protein are far superior to any store bought brand. Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking Udi’s, I actually think they are a very good company and I am glad they were there to help with converting the kids over to GF. Their products are by far the most palatable of the different GF lines without TOO many questionable ingredients. However, the white bread does have “modified” tapioca starch, evaporated cane juice, and cultured corn syrup solids, to name a few; along with a lot of carbs and very little fiber or protein. So to be able to not only offer, but MAKE a bread with only 5 wholesome ingredients makes me very happy.

Sooooo PLEASE help me figure out how to get this darned bread to rise more! I thought it rose better than it did, but it is quite short upon further inspection. The kids have to make two sandwiches, which is totally fine for now, but when school starts it may be more of a pain in the butt for them. Do you think a little more egg white protein and a little less hemp would work? Maybe 3/8 cup of egg white and 1/8 cup of hemp? I also don’t want to mess with the texture either, so if you can think of another suggestion where I’m not changing the ratios let me know. Again, I made it with 1/4c egg white, 1/4c hemp and I used the baking soda/vinegar combo along with a bit of salt and stevia. I found a baking powder that is corn starch free so I can use that instead if you think it’ll be better. I am totally open to experimenting and have been having the kids help me in the kitchen :)

Thanx again Elviira. Your website and recipes have really added a lot of flavor and variety to our life!

Deana, that’s fantastic that your kids like the bread! I’ve made some experiments with whey protein where I got the bread rise even more, but I have to experiment with egg white protein and hemp protein. I have some ideas, but I would like to test them so that I know if they work. Hope this is okay.

You’re welcome, great that my recipes have been helpful to you and your family!

That’s awesome that the hemp/egg white combo worked for you! I will find out in a couple of days whether my kids like it as well. I would really like to make their bread and not have to pay an arm and a leg for GF bread from the store that is still loaded with questionable ingredients! They are not grain free, but I have been trying to give them less here and there. If I could cut the grain out of their bread; even better!

Did you get my email I sent last night? I sent it through here on the “contact” tab. If not, let me know if I need to send you another one.

Deana, hope your kids like the bread! If they don’t, I have to try to develop a recipe for bread they like :)

Unfortunately I didn’t get your email. Would you be so kind and send it again? Thanks!

So far the bread has passed the “toasted with cream cheese” taste test! They were actually both quite impressed that I made bread ;) Tomorrow I told them to make sandwiches with it and let me know. I have been covering 3rd shifts for the past week so I am not there when they eat lunch. Hopefully they remember!

I sent a “test” email so I’m guessing it’s not working. Both times I get a “your message has been sent” pop up so I don’t know…

Great to hear that your kids also enjoy the bread!

I wonder why the email doesn’t work. Actually, yesterday I sent myself a test email as well, which worked well. How about if I’ll send you via email my other email address which you can use? Is that mail address you left in the comment valid?

yes it is valid! thank you and look forward to hearing from you :)

i just made the bread and it does have a nice texture and taste. however, like others have said, mine did not rise like yours. it did rise a bit fresh from oven, but as it cooled it collapsed. final height was only 1-1/2inches!!
i notice you were telling ppl to make sure they beat batter enough. in first step when you said to beat almond butter until creamy, mine was already creamy to start with so i didn’t beat that much. for eggs, i used 2 regular eggs, and 2 powdered whole eggs. for the latter i mixed powder w/dry ingredients and then added water to wet ingredients. i tossed in some sunflower seeds. i used a glass loaf pan 9×5.
so, from what i did, do you have any ideas or suggestions as to why it didn’t rise and what i can do differently next time?
thanks much.

Hi samudra, I’m sorry to hear that the bread didn’t rise properly. I wonder if the culprit was the water added to the wet ingredients. Powdered eggs should be okay, but water might ruin the rising of the bread. I would recommend to use whole extra large eggs if you can. In case you have to use powdered eggs, I would omit the water and use less whey protein. This, however affects the texture of the bread, it won’t be that soft and moist. Hope this helps!

I just ordered a silicone loaf pan so the bread will have to wait. I was going to use a regular one but decided I’d rather use the silicone. I am wondering though, since the egg white protein made the bread rise a lot, but changed the texture, would a combination of plant based and egg white do the trick of not making it too rubbery, but yet still rise pretty well? hmmmmm? Sounds like an experiment waiting to happen! I think I will get some unflavored plant based protein this weekend and then when the loaf pan comes I will try it, unless you want to try it first! ;)

Deana, a regular pan works also if greased and floured properly (e.g. with almond flour), but silicone pan is by far the best. No question about it.

I once made an experiment with hemp protein (again you can find a photo of that from my FB page). The texture was fine, though the bread didn’t rise that much and it didn’t hold that well together either. And the bread was a bit greenish in color… But it was okay, after all.

Combining egg white protein and plant-based protein sounds like a great idea! Actually I’m thrilled to try that out. So, what I would try next is 1/4 cup (60 ml) egg white protein and 1/4 cup (60 ml) hemp protein or some other plant-based protein. I think that I won’t have time to try that out soon, so if you make some experiments I’m really curious how you succeed!

Silicone loaf pan came today and I couldn’t wait, had to try it out! I did the 1/4c egg white and 1/4c hemp method along with the baking soda/vinegar combo and the salt and stevia. The bread rose decently, probably not as much as it did for you using only egg white, but still about 7-8cm high. The taste is fantastic, as well as the texture. I can tell if only egg white protein was used how it would have that “rubbery” texture, but in combination with the hemp it has it much less. I thought it was going to be green, but the final color looks a lot like whole wheat bread! lol There’s a bit of a feel (VERY slight) from the hemp, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I am super impressed with this and have a feeling this will be a staple in my house. I can’t believe I can eat bread it is so unreal to me!! I had two pieces with cream cheese still warm fro the oven. Tomorrow I might make a SANDWICH yahooo!!

To add to what I just said, the bread probably is more dense than the original whey version, but I really like it and still feel like it is bread. Let me know if you make it this way as well and what your opinion of it is.

Deana, sounds fantastic! I definitely have to try that out myself as well! Maybe already today or latest tomorrow when I’m going to bake some bread. My mom is coming to visit so let’s see if she likes the bread as well. I let you know my opinion on the bread.

Thanks for trying out, I’m so glad that you are satisfied with the bread!

Deana, I had to try the 1/4 cup egg white protein 1/4 cup hemp protein combination today. I used baking powder as leavening agent.

The bread rose nicely, though with whey protein or egg white protein it would rise a bit more.

Texture was nice, actually I think I prefer this one, with whey protein the texture is more sponge-like and moist. Now the hemp protein made the bread feel more like real bread.

And you’re right, the hemp protein feels slightly, but it’s not too bad. For me it also gave that “whole wheat” look.

All in all, I think I will make this egg white protein & hemp protein version also in the future in addition to the original whey protein bread. I really liked this one, also my family liked it!

I cannot use whey protein so I am going to attempt this with egg white protein and use the baking soda/vinegar as well. Any tips you might think of? Have you tried the egg white or know anyone who has?

Hi Deana, I would be careful with egg white protein. The bread might turn into omelet. Can you use plant-based proteins like pea protein or rice protein? Those should work, however the bread won’t turn out that fluffy like with whey protein. Hope this helps!

Hi Deana, I tried this bread today with egg white protein and it made the bread rise enormously! I also used vinegar and baking soda.

The bad thing is that the texture is quite dense and a bit rubbery, so I cannot really call it bread. Anyway, you can cut very thin slices since this “bread” also holds very well together.

So, in case you are just searching for a carrier to butter, cheese, veggies, ham, etc. it’s worth trying, but like I said, it’s really not like real bread.

Oh yes, taste is fine, especially after adding 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt and 10 drops stevia to the batter.

Wow that’s great that you tried it! Ok I am gonna give it a whirl as well. I was going to return the egg protein and get an unflavored plant based one, but I think I will go ahead and try it. I don’t mind weird textures. I will even use the salt and stevia. I am sooo glad I found your website!! You are awesome :)

Thanks :) So great to hear that you like my blog! I just had to try out the bread with egg white protein as I like to explore things… I’m really curious how you like the bread if you try it out.

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Just took this out of the oven, looks beautiful! Thanks for such a simple and elegant recipe!

Sherry, thanks for your comment! Hope you like the taste of the bread as well!

How would flavored whey powder work? Thinking of using Vanilla.

Hi Ellie, flavored whey protein works fine, especially if you add a few drops stevia. In addition to vanilla, I’ve used also strawberry and chocolate-flavored whey powder. They were okay, too.

Hi! I tried the bread today! It didn’t rise a lot, but it is really good. I added a few drops of stevia and a pinch of salt, and made it with the baking soda. Next time I think I might add a little orange zest, a tad more stevia and a small amount of chopped up raisins to try to make it like Irish soda bread. Any suggestions on how best to store it?

Hi Lia, great if you liked the bread! Some people have also had problems with rising. I still don’t know where the problem lies. Well, one thing I’ve noticed is that the narrower the pan is, the better the bread rises. And you can bake the batter for example in muffin cups, too. The result is then like dense muffins, which rise nicely.

I’ve also used raisins and a bit more stevia to make German-style raisin bread. I have been planning to create a recipe for Irish soda bread, but your version actually sounds brilliant, no need to develop a new recipe :)

It’s best to store the bread in an airtight container in the fridge.

Elviira, I stumbled across your website last night when looking for a new grain free low carb bread recipe to try. I made your bread for breakfast this morning and it was fabulous! It rose beautifully, was moist and fluffy and really delicious! It was far nicer than a lot of the more complicated recipes I have tried – I can’t believe it was so easy! Thank you so much for posting it. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Best wishes, Sarah
P.S. I used the baking soda/apple cider vinegar combination instead of baking soda.

Thanks Sarah! I’m so glad you found my blog. Great to hear that you like the bread. Hope you like the other recipes as well!

Wow, I just made this last night and it was so good. I can’t wait to actually make a sandwich with it. Very simple recipe to follow and I like that you use weights in your recipes because almond butter is just so sticky and difficult to measure.

Andrea, thank you for trying out my recipe! Great that you like the bread. You’re right, almond flour is so much easier to weigh than measure with a cup. I always use scale when making this bread.

Oh I had a sandwich with the bread this morning for my breakfast and it was perfect! Many thanks.

Also I’m a working mom of two so simple recipes are perfect for me!

Wonderful! I’m glad you find my recipes useful.

Is this bread something you could eat egg salad on? I love egg salad but it’s just not the same wo bread.

Hi, sure, at least I like the bread also with egg salad.

Wonderful recipe! Thanks for developing it and sharing it with the world. Best yet attempt for me to have the sandwich experience again since going low carb, gluten free.

Thanks, Melinda! Great to hear that you like the bread!

Hi, this recipe looks amazing!! So simple too. I’m trying to stay away from dairy, do you think an egg based protein powder would work too? If not, do you have any other suggestions? Thanks!

Hi Tania, I have’t tried out any other protein except whey protein even I have always wanted to try how they would work with this bread. I’m going to bake some bread anyway today, so I’ll try out some other protein. I’ll let you know how the bread turned out.

Thanks!

Tania, I baked this bread yesterday and I didn’t have egg-based protein but I used a sample bag of this: http://www.iherb.com/Metabolic-Maintenance-Meta-28-Protein-Appetite-Control-Drink-1-5-lbs-690-g/41927. It is made from a mixture of pea protein, rice protein and hemp protein and some other stuff. The resulting bread didn’t rise that much than bread with whey protein, but it did rise quite nicely anyway. The texture was great. This protein powder is quite sweet, so I added some salt for complementing the flavors. The taste was nice, too.

If I get egg-based protein somewhere I’m definitely going to try how it works with this bread.

This looks great! Is it possible to use regular butter instead of almond butter?

Thanks for your great site.

Hi Dan, thanks for your comment! Unfortunately regular butter doesn’t work here, the result is an omelette rather than bread.

Could you substitute coconut flour for the protein powder?

Hi Janet, I’m afraid that coconut flour doesn’t work here. Protein powder helps the bread puff and rise. I would expect that coconut flour makes the bread too dense. Coconut flour absorbs huge amounts of fluid.

I arranged some slices on a plate, warmed them up in the microwave and topped them with butter and sugar-free pancake syrup! Heavenly! I can only imagine how good these slices would be dipped in egg and fried for french toast! You have saved me from falling off the low carb wagon!

Thanks, Adrienne, I’m so delighted to hear that! How about using bread crumbs for breaded fish, meat or for example eggplant fritters? In the fall I made apple brown betty and cobblers using sweetened bread crumbs. Really nice!

Made this bread today, it is fabulous! I also toasted it and it was even more fabulous! Great recipe! A while back I used to make this type of loaf with sugar-free jello and protein powder, can’t find the recipe, but you can use any flavor of the SF jellos and it comes out the same exact way! I just wish I could find the recipe again, I think cream cheese might have been in it. The one I made was lemon-poppy seed. Any ideas?

Hi Adrienne! Great that you liked the bread! Unfortunately I haven’t heard of any bread recipe which would use Jello. Sounds interesting, though.

Well, the jello was just to make the loaf different favors, like the “jello poke cake” recipe, I just can’t remember what the “base” was! But your recipe is great! Thank you! I will enjoy this toasted again in the morning with my coffee!

If you use the baking soda and vinegar method do you omit the baking powder?

Yes, I usually omit the baking powder in this case. I have also tried a version with baking powder, vinegar and baking soda, but didn’t notice that the texture would have been any fluffier that way. If you try, please let me know how it went.

A note about rising: When I pour the batter into the pan, it’s some 0.9 inches (2.3 cm) thick. The ready loaf is some 3.2 inches (8.1 cm) thick.

Good to know ellviira! I added oil the first time anyway, for some good fats! I might just bake this in a muffin top pan if all else fails because it is probably up there with one of the best gf lc breads ever! Amazing when u look at the ingredients!

Thanks, Erica! Great to hear that you liked it!

Hi, mine didn’t rise either, but the flavor is surprisingly good. I think next time I will try separating and whisking the egg whites to lighten up the batter a bit. Thanks!

Hi Erica, thanks for commenting and trying out the recipe! Separating eggs sounds a good idea. I tried it once when developing this recipe. However, the dough was dry and crumbly after beating the almond butter, adding the egg yolks and the whey protein, so I added 1/4 cup olive oil before adding the beaten egg whites. The result was nicely light and moist.

Hello! I just made this bread with peanut butter and it was very tasty and light, but it didn’t rise all that much. It was about 1.25″ high in an 8″ x 5″ bread pan! Any tips? Also, one of my daughters is allergic to nuts–do you think I could make this with success using regular butter? Thanks :)

Hi Tara! Sorry to hear that the bread didn’t rise that much. Sounds weird. Did you beat the ingredients well enough? I think that’s one of the keys to proper rising. Also whey protein plays an important role since it causes some expanding too. Which brand did you use and was it pure whey? I’m afraid regular butter won’t work, but nothing prevents from experimenting. The idea sounds good.

Tara, I just had to try this with regular butter and the result was a dense omelet :) So it wasn’t very successful experiment.

Is your daughter also allergic to seeds? If not, then Sunbutter or tahini-based bread might be an option.

Great idea! She is not allergic to seeds, so I will try to make this with sunbutter before she heads back to college. Thanks :)


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