Seriously craving bread? You’re not alone.
Because a ketogenic diet means eating fewer carbs, it’s likely you waved a solemn, heartfelt goodbye to your favorite carb-laden foods including bread.
Well, now you can eat bread again.
While low-carb bread might sound like an oxymoron, that’s exactly what this recipe is for. Fluffy and delicious, this cloud bread — sometimes referred to as oopsie bread — contains only .4 grams of carbs, making it the perfect substitute for your favorite burger or sandwich.
Not only is cloud bread keto-friendly, but it’s loaded with fats and protein — where the bulk of your calories should come from. With only four ingredients and a cook time of just half an hour, this is a great recipe for anyone on a low-carb diet.
Plus, this keto bread has quite a few health benefits, from protein, healthy fats, and plenty of other nutrients. Best yet, it helps fight carb cravings, allowing you to enjoy a beloved food while staying in ketosis.
Whether it’s your first time or tenth time making this bread-like creation, this easy recipe is going to be one of your favorites. And it doesn’t have any flour — not even almond flour. It’s just an egg white mixture that you bake.
Benefits of Cloud Bread
- Contains less than a gram of net carbohydrates
- Loaded with healthy saturated fats
- Doesn’t need a sweetener
- Great substitute for foods you would otherwise have to skip
- Naturally gluten-free
Another benefit: it’s incredibly easy to make. You’ll just need three large eggs, cream cheese softened at room temperature, cream of tartar, salt, parchment paper, and a baking sheet. Cloud bread takes just 10 minutes prep time and 30 minutes in the oven, for a total time of 40 minutes.
Cloud Bread Contains Less Than a Gram of Net Carbs
Not only is this bread light, airy, and perfectly delicious, but it has less than half a gram of net carbohydrates. To stay in ketosis, most people average 20-50 grams of net carbs per day. With a single slice of white bread weighing in at 20 grams of carbs, this usually means saying goodbye to your favorite hoagie.
Even though this cloud bread isn’t completely carb-free, it’s pretty close.
More than half the calories of each slice come from fat. Protein makes up around 40% of its total calories, and carbs less than 10%.
Cloud Bread Is Loaded With Healthy Saturated Fats
The keto cloud bread secret is separating the egg yolks from the egg whites. When you whip the egg whites at high speed, a stiff peak forms much like a meringue — giving it a cloud-light texture when baked.
Meanwhile, combining cream cheese with the egg yolk mixture is what gives cloud bread such a healthy dose of saturated fats.
While saturated fats were previously linked to higher cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease, recent research reveals that these studies were deeply flawed[*]. In fact, after the infamous Seven Countries Study of the 1970s[*] — inadvertently leading to the American Heart Association’s vilification of saturated fats — American consumption of all types of fat dropped 25%. Meanwhile, obesity in America doubled in the same time period.
Something didn’t add up.
Today, the idea that sugar and carbs — not fat — are what cause inflammation, hormone imbalance, and obesity. Cutting carbs and increasing your healthy fat intake can actually lead to a healthy heart, among other health benefits.
Cloud Bread Doesn’t Need a Sweetener
One common misconception about cloud bread is that you need to sweeten it with a sugar substitute, such as stevia or honey. Some discredit cloud bread for this very reason, arguing “sugar is sugar” and people would be better off eating the real thing.
But it’s cream cheese, not sweetener, that gives cloud bread its tasty flavor. You’ll notice in this recipe that there’s no sweetener in sight. Other recipe variations might call for sour cream, Greek yogurt, or cottage cheese in lieu of cream cheese, or baking powder instead of cream of tartar. However you choose to prepare it, the additional sweetener is completely optional, and never necessary.
If you do choose to add a sweetener — you might consider cloud bread as a low-carb dessert, like shortbread — be sure to use a keto-friendly sweetener. Ideally, choose a sweetener that doesn’t spike your blood sugar or insulin levels, such as stevia or monk fruit.
It Takes Less Than an Hour to Make
One of the best things about this recipe is how quickly it’s done. From start to finish, it only takes about 45 minutes — and most of that time your oven is doing the work. Since it’s so easy to make, consider making a large batch. This way you can use it all week for lunch or snacking.
A Quick Reminder About Dairy
While you’re grocery shopping for your cloud bread ingredients, make wise choices. Select organic, full-fat cream cheese if possible.
Although organic grass-fed dairy products can be pricier than conventional versions, it’s well worth it. These products have higher quantities of CLA and omega-3 fatty acids, which help promote weight loss and increased muscle strength[*].
Cloud Bread Is a Great Substitute for Foods You Might Otherwise Skip
It’s OK to miss pizza. And burgers. And sandwiches, too.
It’s completely fine to crave the foods you once loved. The key is consistency — finding a keto-friendly, grain-free substitute for your favorite indulgences.
Cloud Bread Keto Meal Ideas
Take a look at these fun and flavorful ways to use cloud bread in keto-friendly lunches, snacks, and meals.
When you need some sandwich bread, make this instead.
Cloud bread offers a low-carb substitute for hamburger buns too. You can top it with mayo and bacon for a keto BLT.
Replace pepperoni pizza with this could bread. Just top it with tomato sauce and mozzarella. You can then broil it in the oven or let the cheese melt in a toaster oven. It will taste amazing!
There are so many things you can put on this cloud bread that will remind you of tortillas.
Scramble a few large eggs and chorizo for a breakfast taco that won’t wreak havoc on your blood sugar.
Following the keto diet should be enjoyable. Yes, it helps with weight loss, mental clarity, and a host of other benefits. However, the biggest benefit of the keto diet is that it makes you feel good.
And feeling good shouldn’t require restricting yourself from foods you enjoy.
Which you can now enjoy in less than forty minutes.
Keto Cloud Bread (“Oopsie Bread”)
This low-carb cloud bread (also called “oopsie bread”) has only four ingredients, is keto-friendly, and clocks in with less than half a gram of net carbs.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 10 pieces 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: American
- Preheat oven to 300℉ and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Carefully separate egg whites from yolks. Place whites in one bowl and yolks in another.
- In the bowl of egg yolks, add cream cheese and mix together with a hand mixer until well-combined.
- In the bowl of egg whites, add cream of tartar and salt. Using a hand mixer, mix together at high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Pouring slowly, use a spatula or spoon to add yolk mixture to egg whites and carefully fold in until there are no white streaks.
- Spoon mixture onto prepared baking sheet about ½ to ¾ inches tall and about 5 inches apart.
- Bake in the oven on middle rack for 30 minutes, until tops are lightly golden brown.
- Allow to cool (they will likely be too crumbly directly out of the oven) and enjoy.
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Calories: 35
- Fat: 2.8g
- Carbohydrates: 0.4g
- Protein: 2.2g
Keywords: low carb cloud bread