I have to admit, even in LBK (Life Before Keto) I rarely ate bread. And when I did indulge, I always regretted it afterwards: I felt bloated and miserable and wouldn’t poop for a week (no bacon butty is worth that), so I didn’t miss it much when starting keto. However, being human and all, the craving for a slice of toast with butter-and-Bovril still slaps me through the face every now and again and I am well-chuffed with this alternative, where I used almond flour, extra-fine almond flour and ground chia seeds to achieve a lovely ‘bread’ texture and flavour. For UK readers, please see the image ad links at the end of the recipe for the exact products I use and recommend. Give it a try and then pat yourself on the back for being so dedicated. I have plenty of other Bread recipes on the site, give them a browse…
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Carbs 1.7g | Fat 11g | Protein 8.2g
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For those interested in seeing some comparison carb counts, check out these stats below:
Regular white bread – 18.2g carbs per slice (Tesco White)
Wholemeal bread – 14.7g carbs per slice (Tesco Wholemeal)
Seeded Bread – 18.5g carbs per slice (Tesco 7-seeds)
Oat and Barley Loaf – 19.8g carbs per slice (Tesco Finest Oat & Barley)
Multigrain Loaf – 21.8g carbs per slice (Tesco Multigrain Batch)
Gluten-free Bread – 13.7g carbs per slice (Tesco Free-from White)
My recipe below- 1.7g carbs per slice
It goes without saying that if you are considering starting a low-carb or ketogenic diet – you have to ditch the bread and get creative. Funnyman and I consume no more than 20g carbs per day and we ensure they come from high-fibre vegetables. Having just one slice of real bread (as you can see from the stats above) would throw us out for the day – it’s simply not worth it.
I have the perfect size Tupperware to make this in and it tips out as a perfect, thick square after a minute and a half in the microwave. I then placed the cooked mass on its side and sliced into 3 perfect portions the exact same size as a slice of bread. (I have a similar version I do in ramekins which pop out ‘muffin-size’.)
Combine your dry ingredients ahead of time and when the craving for a slice of the good stuff strikes, you need only add eggs and pop into the microwave for a minute and a half. Don’t skip the garlic and mustard powders in the ingredients – they do an excellent job of masking any eggy flavour you may expect and are not overpowering at all. The bread also toasts fantastically in a frying pan with a little butter (un-toasted version is pictured). You can see how I used the toast (and included the macros) in my Avocado Toast and Cheese Toastie recipes I posted today on Fats of Life. The recipe will make 3 slices and the macros are based per slice (so, go on – have two slices!)
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Quick Chia Bread (Keto)
- Place the almond flour, extra-fine almond flour, ground chia, baking powder, garlic powder, mustard powder and salt and pepper in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: I had feedback from a reader who ground whole chia seeds herself, which does not work. You need the fine texture of finely milled seeds, so I strongly advise you use store-bought ready-ground / milled chia. Available online (link is on the ingredient, or Holland & Barrett if you are in the UK.)
- Combine the dry mixture, then add the whisked eggs to this mixture and combine very well.
- Pour the mixture into a greased, microwave-friendly Tupperware. Mine was a small, square Tupperware – similar square dimensions to a slice of bread, approx. 11 x 11cm / 4.3 x 4.3-in. (Amazon link at the end of the recipe)
- Place into the microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds, then remove.
- Turn the Tupperware out upside down and give it a little knock – it will tip out as a solid mass. If it doesn't, slide a knife around the edges.
- Once cool enough to handle, turn it on its side and slice into 3 even slices.
- (If you want to make toast, simply heat a little butter in a pan and fry the slices on both sides until crispy.)
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Calories 136Kcal / 569kJ
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