Soul bread is one of those low carb recipes that makes you do a double-take! It’s one of the best healthy recipes for white bread that I’ve come across.
It bakes up nice and fluffy with crispy edges that just beg for butter.
Low carb snacks really can include warm indulgent bread! (I know, it’s pretty exciting!) But the madness doesn’t have to stop at healthy snacks! Use soul bread to make sandwiches for lunch or just have a piece of toast when the craving strikes.
Here’s what you need to know!
*NOTE: Soul bread is not my original recipe. This is instead a variation of the traditional version and my personal review.
I absolutely love that this soul bread is so incredibly rich and decadent. It fills that hole in my heart where bread used to be before going low carb.
I also love that I don’t have to wait on this soul bread to rise and it’s ready in just under an hour. Now I can make warm delicious low carb white bread and it’s not an all-day affair.
Here are even more reasons to love it:
- Ready in under an hour
- Warm and fluffy
- Rich and decadent
- Super low carb
- 7 grams of protein per serving
This recipe is suuuper easy, here’s everything you need to know:
Whey Protein Powder – This ingredient makes ALL the difference! For lack of a better description, whey protein powder makes soul bread more “bread-like”. Adding a bit of fluff, while giving it the same structure as wheat bread.
Now, I adapted the recipe below from the famous Atkins and LCHF – The Road to Success FB group.
The original recipe indicates that only specific protein powders will work. I used True Athlete Natural Whey Protein (not one of the specified) and mine came out fantastic, so others may work fine.
Unflavored protein powder works best because it doesn’t affect the flavor of your soul bread. Some readers have shared awesome results using chocolate-flavored protein powder, for a low carb chocolate bread!
Xanthan Gum – You’ll need to use xanthan gum to hold your soul bread together. Xanthan gum is a thickening agent and a stabilizer that can be used to replace gluten.
(Yes, soul bread is gluten free!) In this recipe, it’s used as a binder.
Cream Cheese + Butter – You can soften these in the microwave, but I never seem to time that right. I like to leave them on the counter for 1.5 hours before making this recipe.
Baking Soda + Powder – YES, you do want to use both. Both are leavening agents that leaven differently — to maximize your bread’s fluff, use both!
Tools To Make
This soul bread is quite literally the simplest bread recipe I’ve found. You only need a few simple tools to throw it together – nothing complicated at all. Here’s what you need:
- 9×5 bread pan to bake your bread in
- 2 large bowls for mixing wet and dry ingredients
- Stick blender or hand mixer for mixing wet ingredients
- Wooden spoon to combine ingredients
- Knife or toothpick to test doneness
Store your cloud bread recipe in the fridge. I like to go ahead and slice the entire loaf (nutritional info is based on 16 slices) and freeze half of it.
Can You Freeze This?
Yes!! This soul bread recipe freezes (and thaws) very nicely. Actually, many breads do.
If you don’t eat bread very often, you can freeze individual slices and pull them out one or two at a time. To thaw, simply set on the counter for 20-30 minutes.
This soul bread recipe doesn’t take very long to thaw out, especially a few slices at a time.
How to Eat This Bread
Serving this soul bread recipe is so much fun because there are a lot of different options and it’s surprisingly moist and delicious! Use it as:
- Low carb sandwich bread for sliced meat and cheese.
- Toast for avocado and a soft boiled egg, pb&j or your favorite jelly and butter
- Low carb hamburger buns that’ll really knock your socks off!
- Treat it like a low carb bagel with a dollop of cream cheese and lox
This soul bread recipe is quite popular and even has its own Facebook group. (Yeah, a FB group dedicated to bread!) People have tried all sorts of things with this amazing recipe as a base. Here are so inspiring ideas:
- Use it to make hamburger buns, pizza crust, and even little dinner rolls – I haven’t tested any of the variations. Since the dough is pretty “wet”, you’ll probably want to try these in ramekins or a pie pan. Let me know if you try these variations in the comments below!
- Soul bread coffee cake and pecan cinnamon soul bread sound pretty scrumptious to me.
You can even make chocolate soul bread (using chocolate protein powder) if the mood strikes you!
Can I Turn This Into A Tortilla or Wrap?
This soul bread recipe is best as a fluffy loaf, turning it into a wrappable bread would take some serious tweaking, and if that’s what you’re craving, I suggest you try one of my recipes for that instead!
Can I Add Fruit and Vegetables?
Totally! Mix in some blueberries for low carb blueberry bread or shredded zucchini for low carb zucchini bread (I’d add erythritol to sweeten both of those up!)
You can also mix in some banana extract for a low carb banana bread!
For something even more nutritious, try making cauliflower bread. It’s made with one of nature’s most incredible and versatile superfoods.
Can I Add Pumpkin To This Recipe?
Or, stick with this recipe, and add erythritol and pumpkin pie spice. Yum!
Can I Add Some Toppings?
Of course, you can! A generous sprinkle of healthy seeds will turn this soul bread into low carb seed bread with plenty of vitamins and minerals in addition to the protein it already has.
You can also use it to make low carb cinnamon rolls that are phenomenal with a cup of morning joe — mix in some cinnamon and erythritol, then top each slice with some low carb icing!
Can I Turn This Recipe Into Muffins?
Yes, you totally can!
Pour your batter into a greased muffin tin pan, and bake for 25-35 minutes. Pour less/more into each muffin tin depending on what you’re going for, just know your bake time will vary (you can make low carb english muffins, with less!).
Mix in some banana extract and brown erythritol for low carb banana muffins!
- 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.
Making low carb bread opens so many doors!
Even people who don’t eat a ton of bread tend to miss it when they go low carb. I know I did! Making low carb bread puts all these things back on the menu.
Here are some of my favorite low carb bread recipes for you to try. See which ones you like best!
This soul bread recipe is a fantastic low carb bread that’s full of protein. It’s moist and fluffy and delicious.
This bread mimics the white bread most of us grew up with (for the most part) and it’s so simple to make. Just combine the rich decadent ingredients and bake, easy peesy!
Let me know what you think of this soul bread recipe in the comments below. Enjoy!