If you haven’t tried soul bread, then brace yourself, it may be the low carb bread you’ve been searching for!
It’s a staple in the low carb community that uses a handful of tasty low carb foods, including: cream cheese, heavy cream, butter, oil — I mean what’s not to love? Somehow these ingredients unite to form a remarkably fluffy loaf of bread that’s so delicious you’ll want to eat it with every meal!
I grabbed this soul bread recipe from Atkins and LCHF – The Road to Success FB group, where it started (thanks to Soul Songs) and morphed into what it is today. In this article, I’ll share my honest review, some suggested variations and everything you need to know about how to make soul bread!
My Honest Review of Soul Bread
If you’re making low carb bread, you’re craving bread — meaning you want your substitute to be as bread like as possible! Some low carb bread recipes miss the mark — too eggy, to crumby, too dense.
So here’s my honest review of this soul bread recipe, so you know exactly what to expect before taking the time and spending the money to make it!
The texture of soul bread is truly incredible. It’s every bit as fluffy as any store bought white bread with nice and crisp edges — similar to a sandwich bread’s crust. It’s hard to get most low carb bread recipes to rise and become as fluffy as soul bread!
The only downside to the texture of soul bread is that the edges become slightly drier than I’d prefer.
Texture Rating: 8 out of 10 (because of the dry edges)
The taste of soul bread is truly delicious — I mean come on, it’s hard not to love a recipe with a whole lotta cream cheese in it! That said, if you’re expecting an exact replica of traditional sandwich bread, you may be disappointed.
For lack of a better description, I would say soul bread is more flavorful than traditional sandwich bread, which I mean in the most positive way possible!
Taste Rating: 8 out of 10 (I REALLY like the taste, but if I had to pick between this recipe and my almond flour bread, I’d opt for the latter)
Other than oopsie bread, soul bread is the lowest carb bread in my low carb recipes collection. Thanks to the protein powder, it’s also significantly higher in protein!
Nutritional Breakdown Rating: 10 out of 10 (love the addition of protein)
Cloud bread is ridiculously easy to make. The biggest barrier to entry was getting the ingredients together!
Difficulty Rating: 10 out of 10 (it’s really REALLY easy to make!)
As you probably know by now, low carb baking can get expensive! And this cloud bread recipe is no exception, as it includes some of the priciest low carb ingredients — from heavy cream to cream cheese to unflavored whey protein powder.
The most expensive ingredient on this low carb shopping list is whey protein powder. I purchased mine on Amazon to save a few bucks!
The original author of this recipe says only certain protein powders work: Isopure Whey Protein Isolate or Hoosier Hill Farm Whey Protein Powder Isolate. I purchased the True Athlete Natural Whey Protein and mine turned out great!
Cost Rating: 6 out of 10
Soul Bread Variations
Using this recipe as a base, soul bread fans have worked up all sorts of variations!
Here’s a Pinterest board dedicated to a handful of delicious options. There’s even a Facebook group devoted to Soul Bread! Through both of these links, you’ll find every sort of take on the recipe — from soul bread buns to soul bread pizza crust, these fans have tried them all!
What I found most useful from these links are all the different ingredient lists people have worked with to create soul bread. From soul bread oat fiber to soul bread with almond flour, if you’d like to swap some of the traditional ingredients used in this recipe, chances are someone has done it and can tell you how.
After browsing through both of these resources, the soul bread variations I’m most excited to try are:
- Soul bread coffee cake
- Chocolate soul bread
- Pecan cinnamon soul bread
Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?
How to Eat Your Soul Bread
Eat this soul bread as you would any other low carb bread recipe!!
- Slice it up and serve it with avocado.
- Make sandwiches for your low carb lunches.
- Make grilled cheese and serve it with your favorite low carb soups.
- Make soul bread hamburger buns!
- Dice it up, broil it, and add it to stuffing.
Honestly, I’ve love this recipe so much, I enjoy it by the slice as a midday snack.
Soul Bread Recipe
There you have it friends, everything you need to know about the low carb community’s favorite soul bread!
Let me know what you think in the comment below! Did you try any of the soul bread variations? How did soul bread measure up with other low carb bread recipes you’ve tried?
Low Carb Soul Bread
Preheat oven to 325 F and prepare a 9x5" bread pan with cooking spray.
Soften cream cheese and melt butter (this can be done in the microwave using 30 second intervals).
Add cream cheese, butter, olive oil, heavy cream and eggs to a large bowl and blend using a stick blender until everything is well combined.
In a second bowl mix the protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum salt.
Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir by hand just enough for the ingredients to combine (don't over stir!)
Pour batter into greased bread pan and bake for 45 minutes. You'll know the bread is done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is golden brown.
- Recipe adapted from: Atkins and LCHF - The Road to Success FB group
- I changed a few ingredients around from the original recipe you may want to add back in: left out the cream of tartar (I didn’t find using it made a difference) and skipped the stevia
- Recipe says only certain protein powders will work: Isopure Whey Protein Isolate or Hoosier Hill Farm Whey Protein Powder Isolate. I used True Athlete Natural Whey Protein and mine turned out great!
- Original recipe suggests melting butter on top of the bread to make the dryness of the crust less dry.
Nutrition information will vary based on the specific products. To be safe, check the nutrition facts labels of your products. Optional object listed above have been left out of nutritional data.
Pst, for those of you looking for where to buy soul bread, I haven’t found it available in stores, so keep baking until someone works up a purchasable option for us!