If you’re looking for the ultimate guilt free, gluten free, low carb treat, then look no further than this cinnamon swirl almond bread recipe!
The walnuts on top add a nice little crunch while the swirl in the center is full of cinnamon-y deliciousness. Slice and toast it on up just like regular low carb bread — then smoother it in cream cheese or butter. A delicious midday snack, after dinner treat, or breakfast with your morning coffee.
This almond bread recipe is a winner, and whether you eat carbs or not, you’re gonna love it!
Low Carb Bread Recipe Ingredients
If you’ve tested a low carb bread recipe before, there’s a chance you didn’t love it — maybe it tasted eggy or dry? Both are common with almond and coconut flour bread recipes, as the ingredients used in low carb baking have a different set of rules than traditional baking ingredients.
But don’t worry, this bread is far from eggy, and is perfectly moist and delicious — the secret is knowing which ingredients to use, and how to use ‘em! Here’s what to add to your low carb shopping list and why:
Low Carb Flour
With a whopping 24.8 grams of carbs per ¼ cup, we’ll skip the wheat flour in this almond bread. Instead we’ll use my favorite low carb flour alternative: almond flour. By making this simple swap, we’ll save 18.8 grams of carbs per ¼ cup!
There are a few adjustments we’ll need to make to get this flour acting like wheat flour:
What You Should Know About Baking With Almond Flour
Almond flour is significantly heavier than wheat flour, which can lead to a dense and dry bread. It also lacks wheat gluten, which helps bind ingredients together. For both of these reasons, baking with almond flour requires additional ingredients
Eggs play a big role in binding low carb breads, which is why so many almond bread recipes taste eggy. To remedy that, I use part egg, part:
The “Fluff” To This Keto Bread
Instead of an almond flour bread recipe with yeast, I chose to use an ingredient that doesn’t require sugar to activate: psyllium husk.
Which may seem like the keto bread ingredient you want to skip, but trust me, you’ll regret it if you do! It’s extremely fibrous and absorbs the liquid added to the almond bread batter, which binds the ingredient together, and creates a fluffy, solid loaf of almond bread!
This ingredient can be purchase online, or in most health food stores. Be aware that many brands of psyllium husk can turn your almond bread a blue-ish purple — I always use NOW psyllium husk and haven’t had this issue!
Side Note: How to Make Almond Flour
Those of you who think they’ll be making almond bread on the regular, try making your own almond flour — it can save a lot of money in the long run, and is crazy easy to make! Check out my how to make almond flour guide! (If you don’t think this applies to you, that’s only because you haven’t tasted this almond bread yet :))
Low Carb Breads Sweetener
There’s nothing better than a freshly baked loaf of sweet bread — except low carb sweet bread that is! Sugar is obviously crazy high in carbs, so let’s leave that out and use my favorite low carb sweetener instead: erythritol.
If you’d prefer an almond bread recipe paleo, swap it with whatever sweetener you have on hand.
How to Eat This Low Carb Bread
This low carb bread is ridiculously delicious toasted with melted butter or cream cheese — in my house, we enjoy a slice as an after dinner treat! Some gals in my FB group have gotten creative with this almond bread recipe and turned it into low carb McGriddles! (Add a sausage and egg in the center and panini it up)
I’d love to hear what you try in the comments below!
Storing This Paleo Bread Recipe
Since there are no preservatives in this paleo bread recipe, I store it in the fridge.
If you don’t think you can eat an entire loaf of almond bread before its expiration date, slice it up, toss it in an airtight resealable bag, and place it in the freezer. Next time you’re craving cinnamon swirl almond bread, toss a slice in the toaster and your treat will be ready in minutes!
Almond Flour Bread Modifications
As long as you stick to this base low carb almond flour bread recipe, you can modify the nuts, sweetener and spices as you see fit! Here are some almond bread variation to try:
- Increasing, decreasing or swapping the sweetener. As is, this isn’t the ideal almond flour sandwich bread — leave out the sweetener and cinnamon if that’s what you’re looking for!
- Different low carb nuts: If walnuts aren’t your thing, I’d suggest almonds (they’ll be crunchier) or pecans
- Incorporating the nuts into the batter instead of on top (more crunch with every bite)
- Play around with the spices: some delicious spices to add would be nutmeg, cardamom or allspice. Go light on these, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!
- Adding vanilla, coconut or maple extract. Extracts can be expensive, but they add a ton of flavor with just a little dash.
Why This Isn’t a No Carb Bread
I know many of you are looking for a no carb bread recipe — and as low carb as this almond bread keto recipe is, it’s not completely carb free.
This is because low carb flours still have a few carbs in them. Almond flour is one of the lowest, but it still container 6 grams of carbs per ¼ cup. Psyllium husk also adds a few grams of carb/fiber to the equation.
How Do I Make Almond Flour Bread Recipe
There you have it crew! Everything you need to know and more about this almond flour bread recipe. I hope you love it as much as my family and I do! Report back and let me know how you enjoyed this healthy almond bread and what you enjoyed it with!
Cinnamon Swirl Almond Bread
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Mix almond flour, psyllium husk, baking powder, salt, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and erythritol together in a large bowl.
- Add hot water. Using a rubber spatula, stir until fully incorporated.
- Add eggs and coconut oil and stir to combine.
- Pour half the batter into a 8" greased bread pan.
- Sprinkle remaining 2 teaspoons of cinnamon over the top.
- Pour the rest of the batter into the pan.
- Using a knife, swirl the batter around to create a pattern with the cinnamon.
- Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top of bread.
- Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. You'll know the bread is done if you place a knife in the center and it comes out clean.
- If you’d like to cut some carbs, try using less erythritol. You can also leave out the nuts!
- Certain brands of psyllium husk can turn breads blue-ish purple — I use NOW psyllium husk and don’t have this problem!
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Best Low Carb Bread Recipes
Whoever thinks low carb bread doesn’t taste as good as regular hasn’t found the right recipe yet. Sure, almond bread is a little different than a french baguette or ciabatta — and yes, it may take some getting used to, especially if that’s what you’re expecting. But the best low carb bread recipe may be waiting for you, you just have to bake it! Test almond bread recipe and find one that works for you.
Carb Free Bread Alternatives
If you’re looking for a carb free bread alternative, steer clear of low carb flours, and work some magic with cheese — cheese crisps can be a delicious shell for your sandwich. You can also try making lettuce wraps, or dill pickle stuffed sandwiches. There are plenty of options out there, you just gotta get creative!