Ultimate Keto Buns

Although this low-carb bread recipe uses many eggs, it does not taste eggy. If you’ve had a bad experience with recipes that tasted eggy before, you’ll love this recipe. There’s a good reason I use a combination of whole eggs, egg whites, and a few types of low-carb flours to make this recipe. There’s no eggy taste and no coconut taste either.

Can I Make A Loaf Instead Of Rolls?

Absolutely! If making a loaf instead of buns, bake for 75 minutes. Do not use a silicon (soft) loaf pan — use a firm pam instead.

Can I Make Keto Bread If I Have Food Allergies?

If you have any food allergies and can’t eat nuts, eggs, or flax meal, try some of these options:

  • Keto Rye Bread (grain-free and nut-free)
  • Nut-Free Keto Buns (includes flax meal)

If you don’t want to use coconut flour and want to make this recipe, I’d use twice the amount of almond flour instead of coconut flour (1 cup of almond flour instead of 1/2 cup coconut flour).

Tips For The Perfect Keto Bread

If for any reason you can’t get this recipe to work, here are some tips that might help. Most of the above tips apply to any recipes using psyllium husk powder:

  • For best results, use a kitchen scale when measuring all the dry ingredients. Using just cups may not be enough to achieve the best results, especially in baked goods. Weights per cup and tablespoons may vary depending on the product/brand or if you make your own ingredients (like flaxmeal from flaxseeds). Psyllium absorbs lots of water.
  • Leavening agents. Creams of tartar and baking soda act as leavening agents. This is how it works: To get 2 teaspoons of gluten-free baking powder, you need 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar (double in this recipe of 10 buns). If you don’t have a cream of tartar, instead you can use apple cider vinegar and add it to the wet ingredients. If using apple cider vinegar instead of cream of tartar, make sure to mix it with the wet ingredients. Do not use whole psyllium husks — ideally use a smoothie blender or coffee grinder and process the whole husks until fine.
  • If the buns don’t rise properly, use only egg whites and omit the egg yolks. This issue could also be related to the psyllium you are using (see tip above). Some ready-made powders are too dense and make the bread heavy.
  • If the buns appear to have large hollow bubbles inside, it may be due to the psyllium. Make sure you use powder, not whole husks. Otherwise, use a coffee grinder or blender and pulse until fine and powdery.
  • Use whipped egg whites to make these fluffier. For a slightly (but not significantly) better result, incorporate the eggs separately. First, whisk the egg whites until they create soft peaks and add cream of tartar used in this recipe. In another bowl, mix the egg yolks and gently fold them into the egg whites. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients and pour in the hot water. Process well using an electric mixer (hand whisk is not as good in this recipe). Add the foamy egg white mixture into the batter and process well. Try not to deflate the batter completely. Form the buns and place them in the oven.
  • If the final result is too moist, do not reduce the water used in this recipe or the psyllium will clump. Instead, dry the buns in the oven on low, up to 100 °C/ 210 °F (fan assisted), or 120 °C/ 250 °F (conventional) for 30-60 minutes. If needed, cut them in half and place them in a toaster.
  • Do not leave the dough outside the oven for too long. Place in the oven as soon as you form the buns.
  • If the buns have a purple hue, it’s due to the psyllium husk powder. Whenever I use whole husks and grind them at home, they are always perfect, light brown.
  • Erythritol can be omitted in this recipe — the effect on net carbs is insignificant. It works in two ways: It acts as a leavening agent and creates the slightly sweet taste burger buns have.
  • Flavor options for herbs and spices: If you don’t have both onion and garlic powder, you can use just one of them or use freshly mashed garlic cloves (2 cloves per recipe of 5 buns).
  • When baking with psyllium, you must remember to drink enough water throughout the day to prevent constipation!
  • Why do I need to use so many egg whites? The reason you shouldn’t use only whole eggs is that the buns wouldn’t rise with so many egg yolks in. Don’t waste them – use them for making Homemade Mayo, Easy Hollandaise Sauce, or Lemon Curd.

How To Make Keto Buns

The keto buns can be made in two ways, both work equally well.

Method 1 (with boiling water): Mix all the dry ingredients and then add eggs, egg whites, and boiling water (as shown in the steps below).

Method 2 (with lukewarm water): Another method that also results in fluffy bread buns:

  • Mix the dry ingredients apart from psyllium husk powder.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients: eggs, egg whites, lukewarm water with psyllium husk powder.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and process well.

Ingredients (makes 10 buns)

Dry ingredients:

Wet ingredients:

  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups water, boiling or lukewarm depending on the method – see intro (480 ml/ 16 fl oz)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 175 °C/ 350 °F (fan assisted), or 195 °C/ 380 °F (conventional). Use a kitchen scale to measure all the ingredients and add them to a mixing bowl (apart from the sesame seeds which are used for topping): almond flour, coconut flour, flax meal, psyllium husk powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt (and optionally, Erythritol).
  • Do not use whole psyllium husks – if you cannot find psyllium husk powder, use smoothie blender or coffee grinder and process until fine. If you get already prepared psyllium husk powder, remember to weigh it before adding to the recipe. I used whole psyllium husks which I powdered myself. Do not use just measure cups – different products have different weights per cup!
  • Mix all the dry ingredients.
  • Add the egg whites and eggs.
  • Process well using a mixer until the dough is thick.
  • Add boiling water.
  • Process until well combined.
  • Using a spoon, make the buns (about 110 g/ 3.9 oz each) and place them on a non-stick baking tray or parchment paper. They will grow in size, so make sure to leave some space between them. You can even use small tart trays.
  • Top each of the buns with sesame seeds (or any other seeds) and press them into the dough, so they don’t fall out. Place in the oven and cook for 45-50 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, let the tray cool down and place the buns on a rack to cool down to room temperature. Store them at room temperature if you plan to use them in the next couple of days or store in the freezer for future use.
  • Top with butter or cream cheese, burger meat, or any topping you like. Enjoy!

Meal prep tip: To save time, mix all the dry ingredients ahead and store in a zip-lock bag and add a label with the number of servings. When ready to be baked, just add the wet ingredients!