For the uninitiated, oopsie bread is an ingenious bread substitute that is low carb, wheat free, grain free, and sugar free.
Also known as cloud bread, this creative approach to buns, rolls, and beyond brings major protein to the table—with hardly any carbs.
I’ve put together a great little recipe for this unique bread solution, plus my secret ingredient that SERIOUSLY makes all the difference!
I’ll share all the tips and tricks I’ve learned so you can easily whip these up without any extra “oopsies.”
First of All—What, Exactly is Oopsie Bread?
To break it down, oopsie bread is a baked, low carb bread alternative made from cream cheese, cream of tartar, eggs, and sometimes, a sweetener like stevia.
This creation has long been a staple in the Atkins community, as it’s a low carb bread substitute—perfect for those cutting back their carbs, those avoiding gluten, or people who wish to lose weight.
It’s also pretty darn customizable. You can add in curry spices or chili powder for a punched up flavor or you can top it with olive oil, oregano, and parmesan cheese…
…And don’t feel constrained to the dinner table—a little cinnamon and sugar can elevate these oopsies into solid breakfast pastries—perfect alongside a hot mug of coffee.
What Does Oopsie Bread Taste Like?
Oopsie bread can best be described as “bread-like.”
It’s not bread, so don’t whip this up expecting an exact dupe for your favorite crusty baguette. Rather, they feel a lot like a savory meringue—eggy and a little crunchy
Skeptical? Don’t be.
Just because it’s not bread, doesn’t mean it’s not good—I’ve served these to bread lovers who think these rolls are fantastic!
They taste great and they’re versatile! But best of all, if you’re following a low carb eating plan, this bread enables you to enjoy a modified version of all your favorite things—from burgers to sandwiches, from breadsticks to pizza.
But if you know it’s low carb and a great substitute, then you can get used to it and make it part of your lifestyle. I personally enjoy the taste of them every bit as much as bread, especially with my secret ingredient sprinkled on top!
Oopsie Bread—How to Make
This recipe isn’t too complicated, but you’ll need to pay special attention to the eggs. The process is a lot like making eggs for dishes like meringues or souffles.
Here are a couple of tips for making this recipe:
First, you’ll divide the yolks and egg whites into two separate bowls.
In the egg whites bowl, you’ll add salt and cream of tartar—may seem random, but it’s needed to help you achieve the firm egg white peaks required to make this bread extra fluffy.
Beat the egg whites for a good long while. I’m talking about 10 minutes—moving an electric mixer around the bowl, so all ingredients are incorporated. Because oopsie bread is a lot like a meringue, you’ll want to get as much air into the egg whites as possible, so you end up with a fluffier bread.
Beat until you’ve achieved firm peaks in your egg whites.
If you’re waiting for the same rising action you’ll get with yeast-based doughs, it’s not going to happen here. This bread doesn’t rise much at all, in fact, you might not see any changes here.
The second bowl is for the egg yolks, cream cheese, baking powder and psyllium husk—if you choose to use.
A quick note about Psyllium Husk Powder—I feel like I need to address the unfamiliar here. This ingredient is often used as a bulk-forming laxative (ok, don’t freak out)—it’s fibrous and promotes regularity.
So, when added to the egg and cheese rich dough, it brings some balance to the table and helps your ingredients stick together and bake more evenly—it’s a real miracle ingredient in gluten-free baking. You don’t have to use it, but you may find it elevates the recipe—this depends on your personal preference.
I, personally, can’t tell much of a difference with or without the psyllium husk (in this recipe—other recipes it does make a huge difference).
Add it if it fits within your low carb plan or if you’re looking for more fiber in your diet… skip it if this ingredient doesn’t work with your digestion or you don’t think the bread needs it!
My secret ingredient, that I truly think makes this recipe the best is Trader Joe’s, Everything Bagel Seasoning. Have you tried it? WOW! Zero carbs in a serving, but a whole friggin’ lot of flavor. I. Love. It.
Oopsie Ideas—From Low Carb Lunch to Low Carb Dinner
The great thing about oopsie bread is you can decide how large you’d like to make each slice, depending on how large of a dollop you place on the baking sheet! For pizzas, make a huge circle! For low carb dinner rolls, a small one, you get the picture.
Because there aren’t many carbs in cheese, oopsie dough makes a great base for a less starchy pizza. Top with low carb pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and your favorite toppings, and you’re onto something special.
In fact, oospie bread is very similar to the base for fathead pizza—a popular, and oh so delicious low carb pizza.
Sandwiches and Burgers
Think going on a low carb meal plan means no more sandwiches, burgers, or subs? It’s not so!
This low carb bread recipe toasts really nicely—add some bacon, avocado, and sliced lettuce and tomatoes for a low carb BLT.
Top your oopsie rolls—aka low carb hamburger buns with sesame seeds! Then melt some cheese, and your favorite low carb hamburger recipe.
I know, low carb bread isn’t quite the same, but adding your favorite toppings—from meats and low carb cheese to veggies, spices, and hot sauces can make you forget why you ever ate traditional white bread in the first place.
Low Carb Appetizers
I personally love adding onions, garlic and chives and serving them with whipped butter. It’s a great low carb appetizer—perfect for dipping in marinara or eating as is.
Oopsie bread can be altered to make things like Swiss rolls, shortcake, and cinnamon rolls.
The cream cheese base makes it easy to sweeten up the dough—top with fresh fruit, cinnamon, or chocolate and you’ll be in heaven.
If you’re looking for a low carb dessert, sprinkle the dough with your favorite sugar replacement and cinnamon <3
Oopsie Bread Keto
Oopsie bread is a real lifesaver when it comes to sticking to a keto diet.
Seriously, Google oopsie bread, and keto blogs abound will pop up in your results. Why?
Well, keto (or ketogenic) is a low carb, high fat diet—which aims to help your body rely on fat, rather than carbs for energy for the brain and body.
The high egg content, plus cheese, makes this bread substitute an easy sell for this particular diet—with plenty of oopsie bread reviews from the keto community to prove it.
Of all the low carb foods out there, oopsies have a pretty major following.
Oopsie Bread with Almond Flour
Looking for rolls with a little more oomph? I hear ya—from what I’ve read, you can try reducing the cream cheese by about half an ounce, and adding ¼ cup of almond flour.
I haven’t yet tried this, I wonder if the bread will be as fluffy? Although, our low carb bread recipe uses almond flour and it’s got plenty fluffy!
Almond flour is my favorite low carb flour—with hardly any carbs, it adds a nice, texture and delicious taste—making for great low carb biscuits and breads.
Oopsie Bread without Cream Cheese
The beauty of this recipe is how customizable it is…
So depending on how many recipes you’d like to test, and your dietary restrictions, you can create the perfect bread for you!
As is, this oopsie bread recipe is pretty high in fat. If you’re following the keto diet, the fat content is probably something you’re not too worried about.
Personally, as a non-keto low carber, I like using Greek yogurt (specifically Fage, as it’s extremely high in protein and low in carbs). I typically buy the fat free version, especially in recipes like this where fat isn’t needed.
You can also try cottage cheese (this is what the original Atkins recipe uses)—although I haven’t yet tried this, from what I’ve read it seems like full fat works best .
If you’d like something a little richer or creamier—say if you’re making an oopsie-based dessert, try folding in mascarpone instead.
Can You Freeze Oopsie Bread?
Yes! I personally freeze oopsie bread in a Ziploc bag and unfreeze when I’m ready to use.
Just stick em in the toaster oven like regular toast and enjoy.
Is Oopsie Bread For You?
If you’re trying to get rid of as many simple carbs as possible, and looking to make the most of your low carb meals—oopsie bread makes it easier to reimagine some of your favorite low carb recipes, without sacrificing your eating plan!
But, it goes without saying, the best low carb diet isn’t going to be three square oopsie-centric meals per day…
I get the bulk of my calories from lean proteins, low carb fruits and low carb vegetables. Oospie bread, low carb crackers and those types of goodies are treats I enjoy every once and a while.
Have you guys tried making oopsie bread? What did you think? Share your thoughts below!
Everything you need to know about the low carb bread substitute Oopsie Bread. Plus our secret ingredient that SERIOUSLY makes all the difference!
- 3 Eggs
- ½ Cup Cream Cheese , full fat
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ Tablespoon Psyllium Husks , (optional)
- Sprinkle of "Everything Bagel Seasoning" from Trader Joe's , (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 300°.
- Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks into two medium bowls -- I do this by cracking the egg in half and passing the yolk between the two halves of the egg shell, at the same time allowing the egg white to spill into the bowl. You can also crack the egg into your hand, and use your fingers as a "drain", allowing the egg white to spill into the bowl.
- In the egg yolk bowl, add cream cheese, baking powder and psyllium husk (if you choose to use it) and mix until there are no remaining lumps. If you plan to use the same utensil to mix the egg white, clean off the utensil and dry - you don't want any yolks in the egg white mixture.
- In the egg white bowl, add the cream of tartar and salt. Using an electric hand mixer mix until the eggs whites form firm peaks.
- Gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolks, you want to keep as much of the air in the mixture as possible (the airy-er the fluffier)
- Using a spoon, place by the dollop (depending on how large you'd like your bread slice to be) onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, making sure to leave at least an inch between each dollop.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until they become golden brown.
- Let cool and enjoy!
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