Ultimate Keto Buns

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A couple of weeks ago, I asked my readers which bread recipe they would like to see posted on my blog. It was quite difficult to choose one because three of them got almost the same amount of votes. The Ultimate Keto Buns are one of the most popular recipes in the KetoDiet apps. Here is what some of our users say:

Jane:
"I love the keto buns. They are so light and fluffy and even better than wheat bread! I always make one or two batches and freeze them for later."

Clare:
I've been making the keto buns for my daughter who has epilepsy. I always have loads of egg whites left and it's a great way to use them. It's the best low-carb bread I've tried!

Sarah:
"Your ultimate keto buns are the best bread substitute I have come across since giving up grains - I can have burgers & sandwiches again, even my hubby will eat them which must mean they taste like good :0)"

Karen:
"Made this for the second time (try) and much better results. Pay attention to the tips and methods, first time I did not weigh dry ingredients and I used the lukewarm water method....not so good, very moist and did not rise nicely, had to toast in toaster prior to eating to salvage batch. Second try, got a good scale! and I used the boiled water method - only variation I had was substitute almond flour for the flax meal as I did not have any in the house. They look like buns! and taste so much better - we ate some with brats and sauerkraut and spicy mustard...heaven...have been going 'bunless' so often so it is nice to actually have a hotdog or brat (all natural ing of course) in a bun! Thank you for the very well explained recipe as baking is a science AND art!"

All of these low-carb, keto and paleo-friendly recipes can be found in my apps and also in my cookbook!

Ultimate keto bread, Fluffy grain-free sunflower bread, Low-carb sourdough bread, Ultimate keto buns (recipes from KetoDiet apps)

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). This amazing method is found on Maria Emmerich's blog Keto Adapted.

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.

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Nutritional values (per bun)

4.2 grams 8.1 grams 10.1 grams 15.2 grams 2.3 grams 208 calories
Total Carbs12.4grams
Fiber8.1grams
Net Carbs4.2grams
Protein10.1grams
Fat15.2grams
of which Saturated2.3grams
Calories208kcal
Magnesium95mg (24%)
Potassium389mg (20%)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (9%), protein (21%), fat (70%)

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)
Tips & substitutions:

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 °C/ 350 °F. 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).
    Ultimate Keto Buns
    Do not use whole psyllium husks - if you cannot find psyllium husk powder, use a 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! Ultimate Keto Buns
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients.
    Ultimate Keto Buns Cream 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 cream of tartar, instead you can use apple cider vinegar and add it to the wet ingredients.
    Erythritol could be omitted in this recipe - the effect on net carbs is minimum. It works in two ways: It acts as leavening agent and creates the slightly sweet taste burger buns have. Also, 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).
  3. Add the egg whites and eggs ... Ultimate Keto Buns
  4. ...and process well using a mixer until the dough is thick.
    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 Home-made Mayo, Easy Hollandaise Sauce or Lemon Curd. Ultimate Keto Buns
  5. Add boiling water ... Ultimate Keto Buns
    ... and process until well combined. Ultimate Keto Buns
  6. Using a spoon, make the buns and place them on a non-stick baking tray or a parchment paper. They will grow in size, so make sure to leave some space between them. You can even use small tart trays. Ultimate Keto Buns
  7. 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. Ultimate Keto Buns
  8. 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. Ultimate Keto Buns
  9. Top with butter or cream cheese, burger meat or any topping you like. Enjoy!
    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! Ultimate Keto Buns

Suggestions

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:

  • Make sure you weigh all the ingredients using scales. Even small differences can affect the final result of this recipe.
  • 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.
  • 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 in the oven.
  • If the buns don't rise properly, use only egg whites and omit the egg yolks.
  • 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 for 30-60 minutes. If needed, cut them in half and place in a toaster.
  • Do not leave the batter outside the oven for too long. Place in the oven as soon as you form the buns.
  • If the buns change color to slight purple, it's due to the psyllium husk powder. Whenever I use whole husks and grind them at home, they are always perfect, light brown. However, when I use ready-made psyllium husk powder, they look purple, especially the next day. Although they may not look appetising, they are perfectly fine.

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Yummmm!! This was my first attempt at Keto bread. My hubby & 7-year old child are not doing Keto with me, but are open to trying the food. They both liked this! Yay! I REALLY like this... in fact, I crave it!! I like the idea of pre-measuring/ mixing batches of the dry ingredients so I can whip up a new batch quickly!

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Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed!

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Do you know if a vegan egg replacement like Vegg or any other will work in this recipe?

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I haven't tried that but perhaps someone else did and can comment?

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I am new to Keto cooking, and have sought it out as recommended by my infertility clinic.
I was wondering, Can I pre-measure all of the dry ingredients and combine them into quick use portions to have on hand and save time when I need these? Kind of like a store bought cake mix. Then I can just add the egg and boiling water?
If so, is it ok in the pantry, or do I keep the dry ingredients in the freezer or refrigerator?
My sister is also going Keto, and I’d love to make some batches up for her that she can just quickly make up when needed.

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Absolutely! I keep the dry mix in the freezer (up to 6 months). It's best to do that as flax meal and almond flour may go rancid if left at room temperature for too long. Fridge is another option (up to about one month). I would make a mix for a batch of 10 and then just add the liquid ingredients before baking. Once baked, I keep 2-4 buns at room temperature for immediate use (1-2 days) and freeze the remaining buns.

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Absolutely the best keto bread recipe. I did use your suggestion to whip the egg whites and the buns were amazing. My family was surprised saying they tasted so much like the bread they had been missing!! I'm going to use this recipe to make a loaf of bread next. Thanks for all you're doing to provide us with such great recipes.

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Thank you so much Mary Jo, I appreciate your lovely feedback!

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I have just made your Sourdough Keto Buns (from the book),though I have not yet tasted them.  The ingredients and methods here seem rather different.  Is that because you have made improvements, or doesn't it really matter?  In the book, you say, "This is the absolute beat bread recipe I've ever come across."
And what can I do with six egg yolks, apart from the one recipe you mention in the book?

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Hi Valerie, they are similar but not the same. My aim was to replicate the "sourdough" taste which can be achieved by using vinegar, buttermilk (like I did in the sourdough keto buns from my Keto Slow Cooker & One-Pot Meals cookbook - my personal favourite recipe) and you can even use probiotics (different recipe from the KetoDiet app and my first cookbook).

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Do you think I could use coconut flour instead of almond flour?  I am allergic to almonds and many recipes use it

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Hi Lor, I made this bread that is nut-free: Nut-Free Keto Buns
And one of the recipes here: Low-Carb & Paleo Bread - The Ultimate Guide
You could use coconut flour in this recipe but will need to use more eggs and water (coconut flour is more absorbent). I haven't tried it but the general rule is that for every 1 cup of almond flour you can use 1/3 cup coconut flour (plus 1-2 more eggs, plus water if too thick).

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Any chance eggs could be substituted? I'm allergic to eggs and beginning Keto.

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I'm afraid not in this recipe but here's something you might like (avoid the egg wash): Ultimate Keto Breadsticks

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I love these except for the feeling of sand between my teeth.I find they are gritty.Is there anyway to get rid of that?

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Hi Lori, that doesn't sound familiar at all. They shouldn't feel gritty - can you tell which ingredient might have caused that?

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Hi! Love the recipe but I have a stupid question. Is it 8 eggs total or 6 eggs, two with yolks. I'm assuming it's 6 egg whites + 2 whole eggs but just wanted to make sure. Thanks!

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Hi Greg, not at all! It is 8 eggs total (2 whole + 6 whites only, reserving the yolks for another recipe).

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I have been eating keto for 1 week now and have lost 5 lbs.  I know most is water loss but I'm not hungry at night when that is the worse time for me.  Thank you for your recipes.

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Hi, thank you for the recipie.  I tried it out and I must have done something wrong, my buns didn't rise very well. They still turned out okay, but not the fluffy buns you have in your pictures.  Ah well, I'll try it again and see if I can get better results!

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Hi Jason, this might help (some extra troubleshooting tips): Low-Carb & Paleo Bread - The Ultimate Guide

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Just made this wonderful recipe- so good!
I used my food processor to mix, and the dough came out light and airy- buns puffed up beautifully, with a gorgeous texture.
One question- you mention Erythritol being used in the recipe, but I don't see where it was listed. I did add a tablespoon for flavor.
Thanks for such great recipes Martina!

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Thank you Niketa! I must have forgotten to mention - You can mix it with the dry ingredients before adding the eggs and water.

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Hi I am very new to Keto Diet I just completed my first week. I am looking for creative cooking options, specifically baking and desserts. However I am allergic to all things coconut, weird I know, and my issue is most keto breads and desserts have coconut oil or coconut flour. Any suggestions for alternatives? Please help I miss bread !!

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Hi Melanie, I haven't tried a recipe without coconut flour but you can try substituting it with sesame flour or more flax meal. Just like coconut flour, sesame flour is more absorbent and you wouldn't have to change the amount of liquid ingredients. Or you can use more almond flour instead but then you will need to adjust the amount of water (you will need to use less water). I hope this helps!

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Honestly, I would NEVER recommend flax as it's highly estrogenic, pretty much like soy!
https://www.oncologynutrition.org/erfc/hot-topics/flaxseeds-and-breast-cancer/

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Actually, it's very different from soy: Is Flaxseed Healthy? Safety Concerns, Benefits & Recommendations
In contrast to flaxseed's apparently protective effects on breast cancer, study results regarding soy and breast cancer risk have been mixed. Unlike the lignans in flaxseed, flavones and other phytoestrogens found in soy seem to either stimulate or suppress cancer growth, depending on dosage and other factors.

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Will these work with egg whites from a carton? “”

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I don't know as I haven't tried that - perhaps someone who did else can help and comment? 😊

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I always use them from a carton. My recipes always turn out.

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Thank you, that's good to know!

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These buns are fantastic. I omitted the garlic and onion powder but otherwise make them exactly per the recipe. They turn out lighter than I thought they would vs. other keto breads I've made. I'm very happy to be able to add bread back into my diet again.

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I’ve made these several times and they’re fantastic. I’ve also done them with no onion or garlic seasoning, added cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as a tsp of almond extract and a tsp of vanilla. So yummy toasted with almond butter.
Tonight though was the best. We took a half batch and made it into pizza dough. Cooked it at 400 for 15 minutes on a pizza pan with no toppings. Then we added sauce, cheese and toppings and baked for another 15 minutes.  It was a real treat.
I took a picture but I can’t tell how to upload it 😞.
Thanks for the great recipe.

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perfect. love them. very easy to make and the whole family enjoyed them. thanks

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Even though I would love to make these but I’m kind of nervous. Is there a store bought bread that I can buy? Would Ezekiel brand work?

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Try this it’s really great and low carb

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Don't be a pansy - quell your "nervous" feeling and make these - they're easy! NO, Ezekiel will NOT work - it's grain (I don't care how "ancient" it is) and as such has gluten and lots of carbohydrates, which defeat the purpose of these lovely buns!

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I was in heaven when I found this recipe. My whole family loves these rolls!
Thank you!!

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This recipe is fantastic! It came out perfectly the first time. I have bread in my life again! Woohoo! Thank you!

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These were really great! Thank you!

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Amazing recipe! Thanks a lot. To share my results: I used red wine cider and worked perfectly. As well, mines were very moist. After 60min in the over with fan on at 90 degrees, they turned out amazing.

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Thank you for sharing your results and tips!

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I just baked them today for the very first time to have something similar to my husband’s burger for dinner...they turned AMAZING! Look and taste as real bread, I’m estonished. I’m on Keto for just over 1 month and as I love cooking and baking I’m trying several of your recipes. This one was so far the most successful! I must say I used for the first time the psyllium husks powder, together with almond ground and coconut flour. This could be the secret for perfect texture?? Also I used only white eggs as I had them left from another recipe. Thank you very much Marina for sharing tipps and ideas, I love your blog and the App

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I'm glad you like them Daniela! 😊 I sometimes use just egg whites too - the result is almost the same. Happy keto baking!

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Hi, I love his recipe, it makes Keto that much more enjoyable for me!
I wonder if I can use Hemp Flour or Sunflower Flour as a substitute for Almond Flour?

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I'm glad you like it! 😊 I haven't tried those two but would love to know if you did! They are similar so the main difference should be the taste.
Or you could try sesame flour - I made a version here: Nut-Free Keto Buns

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