Low Carb Bread Loaf (Keto | Gluten Free | Grain-Free | LCHF)
Before changing and adapting to this keto lifestyle, my husband and I were massive bread fiends. We simply LOVED bread and could not go food shopping without buying at least one loaf. I mean, c’mon, it’s perfect for every meal of the day (toast, sandwiches or a side) apart from the fact that it is LOADED with wheat, gluten and carbs.
So, I had to figure out a good substitute. For a while we just stuck to my trusty Keto Buttered Bread Rolls, as a source of “bread” for us, and then about two weeks ago I decided to play around making a bread loaf in the kitchen. I used the classic combination of mozzarella cheese, cream cheese and almond flour as a base, and added flaxseed meal and xanthan gum to help bind the ingredients…and I have to say it worked out AMAZING!
My family and I devoured the whole thing within a day…so the next day I made more!
The Same But Different…
Mozzarella cheese, cream cheese and almond flour are classic ingredients in many keto “bread” recipes. I use this combination of ingredients in my:
With this bread loaf recipe, the addition of flaxseed meal and xanthan gum really takes this bread to the next level, and it definitely makes it taste more “bread-like”.
I love using flaxseed meal in many recipes, as it is wonderful for binding ingredients together. I mentioned some of the amazing advantages of cooking and baking with flaxseed meal on my Keto Flaxseed Tortilla Chips page. However, if you haven’t read that post, then here are some interesting health benefits this ingredient has.
- Supports Digestive Health
- Improves Cholesterol
- Increases Estrogen Levels
- Decreases Blood Pressure
- Improves Brain Health
- Lowers Cancer Risk
Another ingredient I use A LOT of my recipes is Xanthan Gum. You can get this product in pretty much every major supermarket now. It may seem expensive at first, but trust me, it lasts AGES! I bought my bag over a year ago, and I still am working my way through it. That’s because I only ever need 1/8 – 1/4 tsp of it at a time! It is highly worth the investment!
Xanthan gum is used as a thickening agent, stabilizer and binder to prevent food falling apart. It is basically soluble fiber (which is great for people with a low carb, keto lifestyle), and it also has other beneficial qualities including:
- lowering blood glucose levels
- reducing cholesterol
- aiding in weight loss
- promoting digestive health
Side Note: When xanthan gum is an “optional” ingredient in recipes…do not hesitate to use it…especially if you want your food to come out looking like the picture!
Make Extra for Freezing…
As with most of my favorite baked goods recipes, I like to make extra and freeze it for another day. Luckily, I have two loaf pans so I double up the recipe in order to have one bread loaf now and one for next week.
The best tip I have for freezing this bread loaf is slicing it before freezing it! This enables you to easily grab some slices of bread as you please, without having to defrost the whole loaf!
This delicious bread loaf can be frozen for up to 3 months in the freezer!
Low Carb Bread Loaf (Keto | Gluten-Free | Grain Free | LCHF)
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups almond flour
- 3 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a loaf pan.
- Melt both the mozzarella and cream cheese together in a microwavable bowl for 1-2 minutes, until they can be well mixed together. Check it at 1 minute, stir together, and if it needs longer, then continue to microwave in 30-second increments.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.
- Add the almond flower, flaxseed meal, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum. Stir well until all combined.
- Pour the bread mixture into a loaf pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until inserted toothpick comes out clean and the top has browned.
- Let it cool down for 15 minutes in the pan before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Slice, serve & enjoy!
Servings: 16 thin slices
Net Carbs: 2.4g
Please note, I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional information for this recipe is provided for informational purposes only. I aim to provide the most accurate information possible, but I advise you calculate the nutritional information yourself using your favorite nutrition calculator