Low carb yeast bread is delicious, but it’s typically not included on the menu for people who are trying to lose weight. Many people who are happy with their body weight even eliminate yeasty bread from what they eat. But when you’re able to get that chewy, delicious yeast bread taste without all the carbs, it might be something you can indulge in from time to time, even if you’re watching your waistline.
What should you know about this low carb yeast bread recipe and can you include it in your diet if you’re trying to lose weight?
This Low Carb Yeast Bread Recipe Isn’t Like Many Others
The first thing we noticed about this recipe is that it’s much different (much better!) than many of the low carb yeast bread recipes out there.
In many cases, when you opt for an alternative type of flour (other than All Purpose ‘AP’ flour) and mix it with yeast, it doesn’t work. There’s no denying it: nothing holds the CO2 that yeast produces better than AP flour. This is how you get a great rise out of your bread. In this case, though, the texture of the bread does work out and you won’t notice a problem with how the flour handles the yeast.
In addition to yeast, you might also want to add something called vital wheat gluten when you make this bread recipe. If you or anyone else eating the bread is gluten intolerant you’ll need to skip this step, but if everyone’s okay with gluten, this can really add a zing to the end result.
Vital wheat gluten contains proteins that add structure to the end loaf of bread. It also creates a better rising environment, which means you’re more likely to get the rise from your bread that you want. It’s best to use it in small quantities because it does increase the carb content, but a little can go a long way in creating the perfect loaf of yeast bread.
Another option is to add psyillium husks, which boosts the fiber content of the bread, or to use xanthan gum or protein powder. Swapping ingredients will change the final texture of the bread, so make sure you’re careful when experimenting. And like all recipes, we recommend trying the basic option first and making adjustments once you’ve mastered that.
Your bakeware selection, as you might have guessed, will play a significant role in the final outcome of your low carb yeast bread. Most people use a metal loaf pan when making bread, but we’ve found that to be the least appealing option. Instead, we’ve made the bread in a silicone loaf pan, which reduces the risk of the baked bread sticking to the pan, and we’ve used a glass pan, which is great for helping the loaf keep its structure.
If your only option is to use a metal loaf pan, line it with foil and/or make sure you use non-stick spray. Keep in mind the spray can slightly alter the nutrition info and boost fat and calories by a bit, but it’s rarely anything to be worried about.
Also keep in mind you might need to adjust cooking times slightly based on the type of loaf pan you bake with. That’s why it’s recommended you begin checking for doneness about 10 minutes before the shortest length of baking time in any recipe.
Low Carb Yeast Bread Recipe
First, you’ll want to gather all of your ingredients for the low carb yeast bread. These include:
Instructions for Preparation
One loaf contains approximately 875 calories and 145 grams of carbs. You can adjust the thickness of your slice of bread to adjust your calories and carbs.
What Can You Do with this Bread?
This bread is great for a variety of different uses.
It’s tasty enough to be served on its own with just a bit of butter. You can also add jam or preserves, peanut butter, apple or other fruit butter, or honey. We love a fresh slice of bread smeared with a dollop of goat cheese, drizzled with honey, and topped with a few walnuts.
This bread is also hearty enough to make a great sandwich option. You can slice it thinner or thicker depending on the type of sandwich you’re making and how you want to adjust the calories and other nutrition stats. We found that it makes a surprisingly delicious grilled ham and cheese sandwich and would probably stand up to French toast batter without much of a problem.
This low carb yeast bread is also a great option for serving alongside pasta. Since you’re already splurging on carbs with your pasta option, it’s great to have a traditional side that isn’t going to blow your carb intake to bits. You can even add a bit of honey and crushed garlic and toast it in the oven at 300 degrees for five minutes to get a crusty, delicious garlic bread.Finally, this low carb yeast bread recipe makes a loaf that is great for a variety of different spreads, including hummus, tapenade, and avocado.