This simple keto bread is made with almond flour. Its neutral taste makes it the perfect choice for savory or sweet toppings.
The leftovers keep well in the fridge for several days, and you can also freeze them for a few months.
This delicious almond flour bread comes together quickly and smells so good when it bakes. Its pleasantly neutral taste makes it the perfect canvas for many toppings. It's also very filling!
You can bake a loaf on the weekend, keep it in the fridge, and toast a slice or two for your meals throughout the week.
You'll only need six simple ingredients to make this keto bread. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Eggs: I use large eggs in most of my recipes, this one included.
- Refined coconut oil: Virgin coconut oil is OK if you don't mind a coconut flavor. Melted unsalted butter works, too.
- Apple cider vinegar: The vinegar reacts with the baking soda and helps the bread rise. You won't taste it in the bread. If you use baking powder instead of baking soda, you can omit it.
- Kosher salt: Or use just a pinch of fine salt.
- Almond flour: I use blanched, finely ground almond flour.
- Baking soda: You can use 2 teaspoons of gluten-free baking powder instead of ½ teaspoon of baking soda. The crust will not brown as much when using baking powder. You can see it in the photos below. In the bread made with baking soda, the crust is beautifully browned. In the bread made with baking powder, the crust is paler.
- Turn the basic bread into an herb bread by adding ½ teaspoon each of garlic powder, oregano, and thyme. Or use 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. If you go this route, olive oil will be a good substitute for coconut oil.
- Make it sweet by adding 1 ½ teaspoons of stevia glycerite (equals ½ cup of sugar), 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. If you go this route, you can use virgin coconut oil for a slightly sweet coconut flavor or unsalted butter.
Keto Bread Instructions
Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps for making this almond flour bread:
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch loaf pan (a 9-inch pan will be too big). For easy removal, you can line the pan with parchment paper with an overhang.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk in the coconut oil, vinegar, salt, almond flour, and baking soda.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Smooth the top out with a spatula.
Bake until the bread is golden brown and set, and a toothpick inserted in its center comes out clean, 30-40 minutes.
Cool the bread to room temperature before slicing and serving.
- How long you need to bake the bread depends on your oven. When I started making this recipe, I used an old oven and baked it for 45 minutes. I have since moved, and in my new oven, it takes 30 minutes. Oven temperatures vary, so I suggest you start checking after 30 minutes.
- Use a small 8-inch loaf pan, not a standard 9-inch one. The bread will come out too flat and wide if you use a standard loaf pan.
No, it doesn't. When making this bread, it is important to adjust our expectations. The yeasty aroma and gluten-induced fluffiness we love about traditional bread cannot be achieved without yeast and gluten.
So, this is more of a quick bread that fills the need to make a sandwich or have a slice of bread for breakfast. It's excellent - but it's different than traditional bread.
I use refined coconut oil to keep the bread's flavor neutral and non-coconutty. You can use virgin coconut oil if you don't mind the flavor, especially if you plan to use this bread with sweet toppings or unsalted butter.
Extra virgin olive oil gives this bread an interesting flavor and works well for savory applications.
I've been making this bread for years. Lately, my favorite fat to use is melted unsalted butter. You can see in the video below that this is what I use. It's more flavorful than refined coconut oil (which is essentially flavorless), so the bread comes out tastier, even without any toppings.
Yes. You can use either ½ teaspoon of baking soda or 2 teaspoons of baking powder (gluten-free if needed). Both work. If you use baking powder, there's no need to add vinegar to the batter.
The apple cider vinegar interacts with the baking soda, enabling the bread to rise (here's a good explanation of how to activate baking soda).
You can use any vinegar or fresh lemon juice to achieve the same goal. If you replace the baking soda with baking powder, you can omit the vinegar.
Yes. I tested this bread with this almond meal, and it worked, although I prefer the almond flour version. The bread is coarser and not as fluffy when using almond meal, and you'll need to check the batter. If it seems very dry, add a tablespoon of milk.
For lunch, I use it to make avocado toast, a Swiss-and-ham sandwich, or a cream cheese and smoked salmon sandwich.
Sometimes, I use this bread to make keto grilled cheese. It truly is a versatile keto bread that goes with any topping you like!
Once completely cool, place the bread in an airtight container or a large resealable bag and store it in the fridge for up to five days.
It also freezes well. I slice it, wrap each slice individually in plastic wrap, and then put all the slices in a freezer bag. When ready to eat, I briefly heat a slice in the microwave or toast it.
Like most low-carb breads (90-second bread is a good example), this bread improves dramatically when toasted and buttered.
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Keto Bread (Almond Flour)
- 5 large eggs
- 5 tablespoons refined coconut oil gently melted in the microwave (2.5 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (don't skip - helps the bread rise)
- ¼ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt or a pinch of any other salt
- 1 ¾ cup almond flour blanched, super-fine (7 ounces)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda (see note below)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch loaf pan (a 9-inch pan will be too big). For easy removal, you can line the pan with parchment paper with an overhang.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk in the coconut oil, vinegar, salt, almond flour, and baking soda.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Smooth the top out with a spatula.
- Bake until the bread is golden brown and set, and a toothpick inserted in its center comes out clean, 30-40 minutes. (See notes below).
- Cool for 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack before gently releasing the bread. Carefully run a knife along the edges if needed. Cool the bread to room temperature for about 20 more minutes before slicing and serving.
- I use Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour. One cup of this flour weighs 4 ounces, so 1.75 cups weigh 7 ounces. It's best to measure almond flour by weight and not by volume.
- Occasionally, baking soda can cause a reaction in baked goods, resulting in an ammonia smell. If you're concerned about it happening, use 2 teaspoons of fresh, gluten-free baking powder instead of baking soda and omit the vinegar. The crust will not brown as much if using baking powder.
- You can use melted butter instead of coconut oil.
- How long you need to bake the bread depends on your oven. When I started making this recipe, I used an old oven and baked it for 45 minutes. I have since moved, and it only takes 30 minutes in my new oven. Oven temperatures vary, so start checking after 30 minutes.
- A few readers wrote to me over the years saying that their bread came out with a green tint. This is a reaction between almond flour and baking soda. It never happened to me, but to prevent it from happening, replace the baking soda with 2 teaspoons of aluminum-free baking powder and omit the vinegar.
- Once completely cool, you can place the bread in an airtight container or in a large resealable bag and store it in the fridge for up to five days. It also freezes well. I slice it, wrap each slice individually in plastic wrap, then put all the slices in a freezer bag. When ready to eat, I briefly heat a slice in the microwave or toast it.
- Like most keto breads, this bread improves dramatically when toasted and buttered.