The Best Keto Bread Rolls

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This recipe for fathead keto bread rolls is the best you will ever have. These keto rolls are fluffy and taste like the holiday rolls your grandma used to make! You will love these keto dinner rolls, however, if you are looking for a keto bread, similar to white bread check out this recipe.

 

butter spread on a sliced keto roll

The keto diet has replacements and substitutions for many our favorite foods – bread is included here. My favorite keto bread recipes are keto buns, keto bread and these keto rolls.

Everyone needs a good keto roll recipe in their arsenals of recipes. This one is easy to make, so you can whip a batch up to serve along with dinner. And it’s the closest thing to a traditional non-keto dinner roll that you can get, so it’s perfect for holiday meals or potlucks because you friends and family will love them.

The secret to scrumptious rolls is adding a little bit of buttermilk or yogurt. It helps with the flavor, and it helps to make the bread rise in the oven.

Spread some grass-fed butter over the top and you will no longer be missing bread on the keto diet. You can enjoy it everyday!

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Keto Bread Rolls Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk or plain low carb yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

The Best Keto Bread Rolls Directions

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What is fathead dough?

close up of bread crust

If you have heard of fathead dough before, you are probably used to seeing it used as a keto pizza crust in low carb recipes. It can be used to make other breads and baked goods. In this recipe, we are taking the main components of fathead dough (mozzarella cheese, almond flour and egg) as a base for our keto bread roll recipe.

We add other ingredients, like buttermilk or yogurt, to help decrease the cheese flavor that some fathead doughs can have.

How to Get Keto Bread to Rise

Since keto bread typically doesn’t use gluten based flours or yeast, it can be difficult to get the dough to rise in the oven. The ingredients in this recipe that help the dough rise are the use of baking powder and baking soda. Baking soda needs to react with an acid in order to produce carbon dioxide bubble to puff up the dough while baking. The acid in this recipe is the buttermilk or yogurt.

ice cube in the oven

Another trick you can use to help your keto bread rolls rise is to throw a handful of ice cubes in the oven while the rolls are baking. The ice cubes will rapidly melt creating steam. Steam in the oven will also help you keto dough rise. Of course, if you had a steam oven, this would work even better.

 

Mixing the Keto Bread Dough

The best way to mix up this keto bread dough is to use a food processor. Since this is a fathead dough, the best way to incorporate the cheese with the rest of the ingredients is with an electric tool – like a food processor or mixer. I prefer the food processor because just a few seconds on the pulse button and the ingredients are combined. You can use an electric mixer but it’s a little messy because the ingredients can fly out of the bowl sometimes.

My favorite food processor is by Breville.

mixing keto dough in a food processor

Is Buttermilk Keto?

Although it may seem like buttermilk has a lot of carbohydrates in it, it’s really not that much when you break it down per serving. In this recipe for keto rolls, we use 1/4 cup of buttermilk. That equates to 3 net carbs for the entire recipe; therefore, buttermilk is keto approved.

I like to use buttermilk in recipes because it adds a tangy flavor and serves as an acid to interact with baking soda, which will help leven baked goods. In other words, it helps the bread to rise. The tanginess covers up the cheese and egg flavor in keto breads.

Keto Approved Yogurt

If you don’t want to use buttermilk, a low carb yogurt works well in this recipe too. It is tangy and acidic to give the bread flavor and help it rise while baking.

container of keto yogurt

My favorite brand of keto approved yogurt is by Peak Yogurt. Their yogurt is triple creamed and only has 4 g net carbs per serving and it is made from Grass-fed cows. If you can’t get a hold of their yogurt, another brand to try is Two Good Yogurt. This yogurt has 3 g net carbs.

If you can’t get ahold of either of those, when all else fails, just look for a Greek yogurt with the lowest carb count. You are only using 1/4 cup of yogurt for the entire roll recipe, so it won’t push your carb limit too much.

Keto Recipes to Serve with Low Carb Bread Rolls

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These keto rolls are so yummy on by themselves, but you can serve them as a side dish during dinner or a holiday meal. Try these recipes:

The Best Keto Bread Rolls: FAQS

How many carbs are in bread rolls?

Traditional bread rolls with wheat flour have a significant amount of carbohydrate ranging from as low as 15 Net Carbs to well over 30 carbs per roll! This keto bread recipe has only 7 Total Carbs and just over 4 Net Carbs!

Can I add seeds such as sesame seed?

Sure. Experiment with the 'kitchen sink' of seeds! Other than sesame seeds you could use poppy seeds, minced dried garlic or onion, flaked sea salt and garlic powder. I would either add melted butter and then top with seeds, or I would apply an egg wash, then top with seeds and do another couple of minutes in the oven. I could see this turning into a nice sandwich roll or burger bun!

Does this recipe contain psyllium husk powder?

No. While psyllium powder is in many keto recipes, this bread roll recipe does not call for it.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

The Best Keto Bread Rolls

Servings: 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 261
Fat 20.5g
Protein 14.4g
Total Carbs 7.3g
Net Carbs 4.2g

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123 Comments

  1. Could you list the mozzarella by weight? The weight of three cups of shredded mozzarella could vary quite a bit depending on how it is shredded and packed. As well, since it is being melted, it is a drag to have to go to the bother of shredding it. Thank you. It looks great.

  2. This is the REAL DEAL! I followed directions exactly using plain Fave yogurt. Dough is a little sticky so I oiled my hands to weight out exactly 12 rolls (62 grams each). I added a teaspoon of yeast to give the dough a “yeasty” smell/flavor. This is a great trick for keto breads. I made 6 “balls” that did flatten; I also made 6 “flatter” ones to use as sandwiches; they got really flat. Thanks for this recipe.

  3. Halved recipe. Made 8. Mixed all dry ingredients in processor first then added egg and sour cream. Put melted cheese in last so it was still very hot and it processed easily. Used only one egg. The dough was actually fluffy, full of air and not too sticky. Didn’t even need to wet fingers. Baked 14 and a half min. Best keto roll I’ve ever tried. All the other roll recipes in my keto recipe box were thrown out. Only need this one now. These make great slider rolls! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. These rolls where delicious! I am diabetic and have been eating strict clean keto for 3 years to control my blood sugar in non diabetic range without medication and in that time I’ve made every roll recipe out there. These are by far the best! I served them with a keto beef stew and it was wonderful to have a “bread” to soak up the gravy from the stew. I’m going to try making them larger split in half and see how they are as a bun for a hamburger.

  5. Why twice the baking soda vs powder in this recipe and there is twice the baking powder vs soda in the bread recipe? Basically the same dough, no? same amount of outside acid in both recipes, (buttermilk and sour cream). BTW I sub kefir for both. Thanks, keep up the good work.

  6. i’ve been making these once a week since last Thanksgiving. They are now a staple in our keto house. My husband and i LOVE them!!!

  7. Hi Annie,
    I’ve been on the Keto diet for about 9 months. I made pancakes and a couple of breads which were barely edible. I made your rolls but I flattened them so I could use them for hamburgers or for bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. The taste and consistency are like “normal” rolls!!! Not heavy, spongy or greasy! They are easy to make even though I don’t have a food processor.

  8. I baked these for 15 minutes, they looked done and nice and brown, but after waiting 5 minutes & trying one it was a bit undone inside. Should have baked them for 18 minutes?
    These are the best tasting rolls I have tried on GF/Keto & easy to make and when rolling the balls of dough it felt just like I was using a yeast-whole wheat flour recipe.

  9. Hi, I have tried many bread recipes and like the other folks found these to be the best! I did add yeast like someone else mentioned and it worked great. One question I have for you is how is the best way to store these?

    1. I’m so glad you liked the recipe. I store leftovers in the fridge or you can freeze them! To unthaw, just wrap in a paper towel and microwave for about 45 seconds or more

  10. I just made some. They were very dark on the bottom practically burnt. I only baked them for 13 min @400. Any recommendations? They taste great other than that!

  11. Hi Annie. Do you think these will make a good crust for a souffle? I’m trying to create a low carb version of Panera’s famous menu item. 🙂

  12. We love this recipe!! The big problem is that we cannot stop eating them… 🙂
    I use whole mozzarella (not shredded) from Costco, which is sold at a great price!
    Do you know what the weight would be, equivilant to the 3 cups?
    Many thanks!

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