Soul bread is one of the most popular low carb bread recipes out there and for good reason!
It bakes up nice and fluffy with crispy edges that just beg for butter.
Best news is? Unlike my almond flour bread, it’s completely flour and low carb flour free! Making it a great way to diversify your low carb lunches, toasts, and sides.
Your minutes away from a FLUFFY, soft, loaf of bread. Let’s start!
*NOTE: This is not my original recipe, rather a variation of the traditional version, and my personal review.
Looking for more keto bread? Check out my keto pizza crust, keto tortillas, or my almond flour bread.
What I Love About This Soul Bread Recipe
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. AND it’s…
- Ready in under an hour with just 10 minutes of prep.
- Warm, fluffy, and here to curb your bread cravings.
- Super low carb and there are 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.
You’ll want to grab an unflavored keto protein powder.
I’ve tested this soul bread with both ISO Pure and True Athlete brands, which is important to note, as not all protein powders work here.
Xanthan Gum – Xanthan gum is a binder and stabilizer that can be used to replace gluten. Don’t skip it!
Cream Cheese + Butter – You can soften these in the microwave, or leave them on the counter for 1 hour before making this recipe.
Baking Soda + Powder – YES, you want to use both. Both are leavening agents that leaven differently — to maximize your bread’s fluff.
Tools To Make
Only a few simple tools to throw this soul bread recipe together – nothing complicated at all…
- 9″ 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
Can You Freeze This?
Yes!! This soul bread recipe freezes (and thaws) very nicely. Actually, many bread recipes do.
If you don’t eat bread very often, you can freeze individual slices and pull them out one or two at a time. I toast them from frozen, or you can microwave them for a couple of seconds.
How to Eat This Bread
There are SO many ways to serve this soul bread recipe, such as:
- Keto sandwich bread for sliced meat and cheese.
- Toast for avocado and a soft boiled egg, pb&j or your favorite jelly and butter
- Treat it like a keto 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 some inspiring recipe ideas:
- Make a sweet version by simply adding some sweetener into the mix. Maybe cinnamon? Maybe a streusel topping? Check out my low carb coffee cake for some ideas.
- Speaking of a sweet version, why not add some fruit while you’re at it!? We love blueberries (ala low carb blueberry muffins). You can also add banana extract for a keto banana bread.
- Turn this bread into muffins by simply pouring the batter into a greased muffin tin pan, and baking for 25-35 minutes.
- Add some toppings: keto nuts and seeds, sliced jalapenos, cheddar, you name it!
- Make different types of bread with this recipe as your base, such as low carb hamburger buns, dinner rolls, and even low carb pizza crust. I haven’t tested any of the variations (but have seen it done!). Since the dough is pretty “wet”, you’ll want to pour the dough into ramekins or a pie pan.
More Low Carb Bread Recipes
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! Here are some more recipes to try:
Soul BreadPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 12 Ounces Cream Cheese softened
- 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter melted
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
- 4 Eggs
- 1 2/3 Cup Whey Protein Powder unflavored
- 1/3 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 2 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
- 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Preheat oven to 325 F and prepare a 9" bread pan with cooking spray.
- Soften cream cheese (12 ounces) and unsalted melted butter (1/4 cup) (this can be done in the microwave using 30 second intervals).
- Add cream cheese, butter, olive oil (1/4 cup), heavy cream (1/4 cup) and eggs (4) to a large bowl and blend using a stick blender until everything is well combined.
- In a second bowl mix the whey protein powder (1 2/3 cup), baking soda (1/3 teaspoon), baking powder (2 1/2 teaspoon ), xanthan gum (1 teaspoon) and salt (1/2 teaspoon).
- 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.
Fans Also Made These Low Carb Recipes:
- Recipe slightly adapted from Atkins and LCHF - The Road to Success FB group
- Xanthan Gum is necessary for binding the ingredients of this recipe together, you CAN'T SKIP OR SUB!
- Nutritional information is for 1 slice, if you slice this bread into 16 slices:
Lindsey – About how many slices do you cut from this loaf? I’m hoping the calorie count is for the entire loaf?! 🙂
Hi Kimberly! I had 16 slices out of this loaf 🙂 Hope you enjoy!
Kathy in OK
Nutrition info is for the entire loaf, right?
Hi Kathy! I’ve adjusted the servings size so the nutrition info is based on each slice. Hope you enjoy 🙂
Are the nutrition facts for the entire bread ?
Hi Kamrul! The nutrition facts are based on each slice. Hope you enjoy 🙂
Wow, the texture of this bread looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it <3
Looks great! Can egg white protein be substituted for the whey?
Hi Wendy! Great questions — I haven’t tried this recipe with egg white protein powder. I know the whey protein helps the bread rise a lot more than most low carb flours — if you give it a try report back and let me know what you think!
First, thank you for the recipe. I baked it for an hour and the top of it was done but when I took it out of the pan the bottom was the consistency of pancake batter. I did stick a knife in and the batter must have been wiped off by the top that was cooked. The part that was cooked was awesome. Any ideas?
Hi Kathryn! Sorry to hear about that, I haven’t heard of this happening! How long did you bake it form? What about cooking it longer with tin foil over the top, so the bottom part can bake and the top doesn’t burn?
Best low carb bread recipe I have tried! Highly recommended!
Yahooooo! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed <3
Dr. Emily Franklin
This is great! Wonderful bread-like texture – way better than the dozens of other LC bread recipes I’ve tried – and nice mild flavor.
I use whey protein concentrate from Natural Grocers, only $6 for several loaves worth. I’ve also used egg white protein powder with good results.
FYI, I sub in Kite Hill cream cheese and coconut cream for lower dairy content, and it works great!!
I use the cream of tartar recommended in other versions of soul bread, and it does improve the texture.
Wow! thanks for the tips Emily. Happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe <3 🙂
The batter looks pretty soft. In order to make hamburger buns, will it hold a shape on a baking sheet or do I need to put it into ramekins to bake?
Hi Sue! Place the batter in buttered ramekins. Hope you enjoy!
I made a mistake and bought chocolate protein powder, but baked it anyway. My son LOVES it. I do have a question, however. I am going to buy the unflavored next time and am anxious to try the hamburger buns. How long do you bake the ramekins?
Ohhh chocolate soul bread sounds dreamy, I’ll have to try that one ?. For the hamburger buns, I bake them for 25-30 minutes. Come back and let us know how they turn out! Hope you enjoy!
Could you use this recipe in a bread maker??
Hi Becca! I haven’t tried making this in a bread maker, but if you give it a try, let us know how it goes!
I want to try this receipe but where I live I don’t have access to unflavored Whey Protein or the Egg white Powder. Can I substitute Organic Maca Powder or Almond flour instead? Thanks!
Hi Teresa! I haven’t tested this recipe with those swaps. You could try my almond flour bread recipe instead, which doesn’t contain any whey protein ? Hope you enjoy! https://www.thelittlepine.com/almond-flour-bread/
Hoe long will this last in the refrigerator?
Hi Joanne! I like to eat/freeze the bread within 4 days. Hope you enjoy ?
I just discovered using Whey Protien to bake with nd now am excited to try this bread. My husband is actually on the low carb diet with me and the man misses his ‘bread’. Thank you for the recipes. I can’t wait to explore more.
Yay! Happy for you guys 🙂 Enjoy Linda!
I am assuming this bread is gluten free but this is not mentioned…would you please clarify? Thanks so much…this looks yummy!
Hi Barbara! You’ll want to check that your protein powder is gluten-free, as well as your baking powder (I like Bob’s Red Mill!). Hope you enjoy!
My favorite keto bread!!! The first time I made it I forgot the xanthan gum and it still turned out great. Today I remembered it. It came out even fluffier and softer. USE THE XANTHAN GUM ?.
Yahoo! So good, so easy,I’m so glad you enjoyed.Thanks Rene! ?
I have tried all the breads on your list. I like the banana bread with more splenda and more banana extract in it and the pumpkin bread also with much more cinnamon and splenda in that. The other breads have a bad flavor to them. I dont know what it is. The almond sandwhich bread esp was aweful. I like scones made with almond flour so I dont know if its the flour making that aweful flavor. Tonight I tried the soul bread. It turned out perfect but again this bread has a nasty flavor. Even with jelly and butter on it. Can you tell me what it is that has this aweful flavor to low carb bread? Is there anything I can do or add to make it taste better? I have been buying LC bread online and that too has a flavor that isnt very good esp the crust of the bread. Thanks Lindsey!
Hey Cindy! Happy to hear you liked the banana and pumpkin bread, and sorry you didn’t enjoy the flavor of the sandwich bread! Honestly, I haven’t heard this before, so I’m trying to think what you may not like about the flavor — do you like the taste of almond on their own? That should be the main flavoring difference, I find the taste to be pretty subtle, but you may not like it.
I wonder if adding more herbs to the bread would make you like it more? (Since you didn’t mind the sweetened breads). Let me know if this helps, happy to continue troubleshooting with you. Thanks!
hello i want to make you bread but i don’t have cup sizes. Can you say how many grams that 1 2/3 cup protein powder has
Hello Nadine! 1 2/3 cup of Whey Protein Powder would be 227g. Hope this helps! 🙂
Made this recipe and it turned out good, but found the texture to be more like a pound cake,
I think this would be excellent if you added
cinnamon and sweetener to the dough before baking, I am looking for a crustier bread
Hi Dixie! My favorite bread recipe on the site is this one: https://www.thelittlepine.com/low-carb-sandwich-bread/
That said, if you’re looking for a traditional crust, low carb recipes don’t have the same super crisp crust as wheat bread, as the crust is a byproduct of gluten coagulating along the surface. Hope you enjoy!
The best low carb bread recipe i’ve tried! It’s a big hit at our house..YUM!?
I’m so glad you enjoyed Dana! ?