Low Carb Cloud Bread

In my search for the perfect Keto friendly bread I’ve tried many recipes.  I came across cloud bread on another site awhile back and decided to try it out.  Cloud bread has been been a staple of Keto dieters online for many years so I felt it needed to be tried.  This recipe is very simple in that it only requires four ingredients.  Odds are you already have them on hand and these can be whipped up tonight!

The flavor has a mild egg flavor which makes sense since they’re almost all egg but this makes them a wonderful addition to the breakfast menu.  They’re best served warm from the oven with butter or sugar free jelly.  Cloud bread stores well in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.  To reheat them place them in the toaster on low to medium and watch them closely.  I’ve noticed when they start to singe they begin to smell strongly of egg so that’s your cue that they’re done!

Low Carb Keto Cloud Bread

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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⦁    3 Eggs
⦁    3 Tbsp Cream Cheese (At Room Temperature)
⦁    1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
⦁    Pinch of Salt to Taste
⦁    Garlic, Rosemary, Pepper or Any Other Spices (Optional)

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.  A silpat (I love these! Artisan Silicone Baking Mat) on a cookie sheet is helpful when baking this recipe.  Otherwise spray your cooking sheet with non stick cooking spray in preparation for later.  While your oven is heating separate your eggs.  Place the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another.  Choose a larger bowl for your egg whites as you will need the room later on.

First mix the egg yolks, cream cheese and salt in one bowl until smooth.  Add the baking powder to the larger bowl containing the egg whites and whip with a hand mixer (Turbo is good. More power. KitchenAid 7-Speed Hand Mixer) until the eggs form stiff peaks.  This may take 5-10 minutes but be patient.  The key to this recipe is the amount of air contained in the egg whites that gives it that light and fluffy texture.  No pressure here but once you’re done whipping the egg whites it’s essential to perform the rest of the recipe quickly as the mixture will begin to melt.  Take a silicone spatula and quickly but GENTLY fold the yolk mixture into the whipped whites mixture.  It is crucial during this step to stir  them only as much as needed to blend the two mixtures completely without working the air out of it.

img_4138-1Spoon the mixture into 12 even rounds on your silpat/cooking sheet.  If you want at this step sprinkle your favorite spices over the top of your future breads.

img_4140Place on the middle rack of your oven and bake for 18-20 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.  They will start to brown slightly at this point.  Next set your oven to broil and let the oven further brown the tops of your cloud breads.  Watch them carefully!  Burnt cloud bread isn’t very tasty.

1 Cloud Bread:  35 Calories, 2.7g Fat, 1.9g Protein, 0.3g Carbs, 0g Fiber, 0.3g Net Carbs

Adapted from The Big Apple Mama.

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Bob’s Red Mill Low Carb Keto Bread

We’ve been on a bit of bread kick around here lately.  Finding a decent substitute has been a goal of ours since we started keto.  This recipe is adapted from the Red Mill webpage using one of their many low carb baking mixes.  I try to stay away from anything labeled “low carb” because they’re typically infused with tons of sugar alcohols.  This baking mix doesn’t however it does contain wheat gluten and a small amount of cane sugar.  The net carbs per slice are around 5 net carbs so this is a bread that should be eaten sparingly.  The bread is very dense like a whole grain loaf of bread and it retains some moisture.  Even so it does toast in the toaster.  It’s almost sweet to the taste buds and makes a very good breakfast type bread.

The net carbs on this recipe are dependent on how thick you slice the bread.  When slicing the bread into 20 slices the net carbs works out to 5.1g net carbs per slice.  These slices are about 3/4 the thickness of regular sliced white bread.  You could attempt to slice the bread into more slices which would lower the carb count per slice even further but this might be difficult to do and require a very sharp bread knife.

Bob's Red Mill Low Carb Keto Bread

  • Servings: 20
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 3 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Low-Carb Baking Mix
  • 3 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 4 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 7 Packets Low Carb Sweetener
  • 1-1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice or Nutmeg

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a large dry mixing bowl mix the low carb baking mix, baking powder, nutmeg and sweetener together until well blended.  Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and add the oil, water, eggs and vanilla to it.  Mix well with a fork or whisk until all the ingredients are blended.  This should only take a minute or two.  Spray an 8×4 loaf pan with non stick cooking spray.  Add the bread batter to the pan and spread it out evenly.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.  Check the center with a toothpick to insure it is done.  The toothpick should come out clean when it is cooked throughout.

One Slice, 1/20th Loaf:  103 Calories, 3.9g Fat, 7.5g Protein, 8.1g Carbs, 3g Fiber, 5.1g Net Carbs

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Adapted from Bob’s Red Mill.

Low Carb Keto Bread

One of the biggest struggles in the Keto lifestyle is adjusting to a life without bread.  Sandwiches?  Toast?  Hamburgers with buns?  All a thing of the past.  Or are they?  Recently I came across a recipe for a low carb ketogenic friendly bread that really takes a bite out of those cravings!  While this bread isn’t difficult to make it does take special attention so some finer details to make it “fluffy” enough to match that feel that only bread provides.  This recipe is adapted from ketoconnect.net.

Low Carb Keto Bread

  • Servings: 20
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  While the oven is preheating separate the eggs splitting the whites and yolks into different bowls.  Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat the eggs with a hand mixer (KitchenAid 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer) until peaks are formed.  Whipping air into the egg whites at this stage are what gives the bread that fluffy texture.  If you want denser bread go easy on this step or not at all.

Mix the egg yolks, butter, almond flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor (Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Food Processor) until all the ingredients are combined well.  Some lumps won’t matter but it’s best to try and get them all out at this stage.

Add 1/3 of the egg whites to the mixture and continue to process it until it is well mixed.

Critical point!  Add the remainder of of the egg whites to the processor and mix it in.  Do this only long enough to mix it and no longer.  This will insure the air isn’t worked out of the egg whites entirely and add the fluff we’re looking to create!

Finally pour the mixture into a buttered 8×4 loaf pan (Calphalon Bakeware Loaf Pan) and bake at 375 for 30 minutes.  Check the bread by piecing it in the middle with a toothpick.  If the tooth pick comes out clean it’s done.  If there is some dough stuck to it then it needs more time.

One Slice, 1/20th Loaf:  90 Calories, 7.9g Fat, 3.7g Protein, 1.9g Carbs, 0.9g Fiber, 1g Net Carbs

Here is a helpful video if you’re struggling with getting those egg whites fluffy!

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Keto Tuscano Soup

With the snow coming down outside it’s time for a hearty recipe that warms you up from the inside out.  In my opinion the best foods to eat when the temperature drops below freezing are soups!  This recipe combines spinach and sausage in an Italian inspired recipe that is filling and delicious.  This recipe is adapted from LINDA’S LOW CARB MENUS & RECIPES.

Keto Tuscano Soup

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  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1 Small White Onion, Diced (2.5 Oz)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 10 Oz Frozen Chopped Spinach, Thawed
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Morton Lite Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

Remove the sausage from its casings, if necessary.  We use the kind of sausage that comes in a single package like Jimmy Dean.  Brown the sausage in a 4-Quart Soup Pot with Lid along with the onion and garlic.  You can drain fat if you desire but I feel it adds flavor and keeps the fat content of this soup higher.  Add the broth and drained spinach and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer about 30 minutes. Add the cream and simmer a few minutes until the cream is heated.  Season to taste.  Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese over each serving.

This soup is delicious as a meal or as a side dish.  The calorie content is a bit higher than your traditional canned soups so keep that in mind as you track your macros.  Enjoy!

Per 3/4 Cup Serving: 366 Calories, 32g Fat, 15g Protein, 4g Carbohydrate, 2g Dietary Fiber, 2g Net Carbs

Simple Keto Pan Pizza

We’ve explored different keto friendly pizzas here at The Bacon Monologues and each has different qualities that make them appealing.  Keto Snack Pizzas have a thin and light crunch crust thanks to the tortilla crust.  The Almost Real Crust Keto Pizza is a full sized pizza with a nice doughy crust that is a great dinner option.  Both are great options for different occasions.  Sometimes you want a simple and filling option for one person.  That’s where the Simple Keto Pan Pizza comes in to play.  The crust is thick and fluffy like a personal pan pizza.  Check it out!

Simple Keto Pan Pizza

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Crust Ingredients:

  • Two Large Eggs
  • Two Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • One Heaping Tbsp Unflavored Psyllium Husk
  • One Tbsp Water
  • Lite Salt to Taste
  • One Tbsp Olive Oil

Toppings:

  • One Serving (1/4 Cup) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • One Serving (1/4 Cup) Low Carb Pizza Sauce (Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce is a good choice.)
  • Anything else!  (Mushrooms, Pepperoni, Sausage Etc…)

Start by heating a tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet to medium high heat.  Using an immersion hand blender mix your eggs, water, parmesan cheese, psyllium husk and salt very well.  You want to lift the immersion blender in and out of the mixture to blend some air into it.  This will help your crust be fluffier.  Remember the more bubbles the better!  It also helps to mix your “dough” in a container with high sides so you don’t make a mess.  Once the mixture is well blended pour it into your preheated skillet and try to spread it around in a nice circle.  This will be a little difficult because the psyllium husk rapidly absorbs the water and will thicken rather quickly.  I use a rubber spatula coated with a little cooking spray to accomplish this.  Cook for roughly 3 minutes each side or until it’s golden brown.

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Now set your oven to broil.  If your skillet is oven safe you can leave your crust in it.  If not transfer your crust to a pizza stone or a pan.  Place your pizza sauce, cheese and toppings on your crust.  Place it in the oven and watch closely.  Within 5 minutes or so your cheese will begin to bubble and you’re done!  Total time for this recipe is 10-12 minutes and it’s delicious!  Enjoy!

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Bunless Keto Burgers

Life has been hectic around here the last few weeks with soccer, work and summer yard work starting up.  Having little to no time to plan or cook a meal we’ve had to resort to shaking up old pre-keto favorites and making them low carb!

Summer time around this house means cooking on the grill! We have a Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill and it gets a workout every summer! We fired it up for the first time the other day to make Bunless Keto Burgers.  This isn’t exactly rocket science.  It’s just a burger without a bun!

Bunless Keto Burgers

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 lb 70/30 Ground Beef Divided Into Four 4 Oz Patties
  • Morton Lite Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • Your Favorite Keto Friendly Toppings!  (Picture is 1 Oz Swiss Cheese, 2 Strips of Crisp Bacon, A Few White Onion Slices, Yellow Mustard and Mayonnaise)

Fire that grill up to medium heat and start cooking!  I generally keep the burgers on one side for 4-6 minutes depending on how thick the patty is.  Once the burgers are charred to your taste and heated on the inside to a minimum of 160 degrees (Food poisoning is bad, mmkay?  Check it with a thermometer!) you’re ready to dress your burger how you like!  No bun?  No problem!  All the flavor of our favorite fast summer time meal with none of the carbs.  Enjoy!

Bratwurst and Saurkrat

This isn’t quite a recipe so I’m calling it a meal idea. Bratwurst and sauerkraut is an exceptionally Keto friendly meal. Growing up in southwest Pennsylvania these foods are common place here. If you do your label checking for specific brands you’ll find that these foods are very low in net carbs!  These beer bratwurst and sauerkraut are from Aldis.  The brand is from Germany called Deutsche Küche.  

  

2 Links and 1 Cup Saurkraut:  556 Calories, 44 g Fat, 30 g Protein, 2 g Net Carbs