I love bread. I also love baking. One of the things I don’t really want to give up during Keto is baking. There are a lot of popular videos going around right now playing around with Keto bagels, breads, etc…I decided to try a couple out putting my own spin on them over the weekend. I tried THIS one. It was yummy, I will definitely be doing some of my own changes to it to make it desserty and another one garlicky, maybe even figure out some sort of pizza dough for this one. But what I did this weekend was beautiful, I made myself a grilled cheese out of it. Yum to the O!!!
One that inspired this little concoction is a Pinterest find for bagels. I adapted the recipe to go with my Keto lasagna which is coming up soon. I am super excited about it. If all goes well it’ll be what I serve these bad boys along side tonight!
The cheesy element of these really helps with texture. The bottoms are crusty, the insides soft and if you break bread while they are warm, you’ll see a slight gooey cheese string when you break them apart. Usually something heavily almond flour ends up tasting like some sort of dessert bread. The usage of cheese and almond flour gives these a crust that sets them apart from your usual low carb baked goods.
I hope you love these, I think it took me about 10 minutes to whip these together, easy peasy. From this article, the Nutrition Facts suggest that these would only be about 2.5-3 carbs each! Whoop Whoop!!
3/4 cup almond flour
1 tsp xanthan gum (Bob’s Red Mill is what I used)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups white cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 large clove garlic
2 tbsp butter, melted
Begin by preheating the oven to 400º and lining a baking tray with parchment paper. Melt the cheeses together in your preferred method (I used a pot and “squished” them together until gooey on low). Add almond flour, xanthan gum, salt and egg to mixer, then melty cheese mixture, mix until everything comes together. Shape by rolling (as you might play dough) into logs and space evenly on baking sheet. Melt butter in a small dish, then crush a peeled clove of garlic with your knife and quarter it, adding it to the butter. Paint the tops of the sticks with it and save the rest for post baking painting. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until little brown flecks appear externally.
This recipe only makes about 5 bread sticks, so you can double or even triple it according to your needs.
BAM!!! These hit the “bread spot” if you know what I mean!!