Keto Focaccia

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Keto focaccia bread that’s perfectly crisp on the outside while soft and bread-like inside. Coated with fresh olive oil and herbs. Cut into chunks and dip into your favorite low carb marinara or extra virgin olive oil.

There is nothing authentic about keto focaccia. Unlike the traditional Italian bread, this focaccia bread doesn’t use flours high in gluten, yeast or cheese. Yet, it’s still has a similar texture and flavor since we use some simple substitutions that bake into this savory Italian inspired bread that’s perfect for dipping into marinara.

Dimpled focaccia bread cut into strips next to bay leaves and garlic cloves.

Using almond flour as the base, this keto focaccia  bread also contains lupin flour to give a hint of cornmeal flavor and ingredients like protein powder, baking powder, xanthan gum and eggs to help make the dough rise into a flatbread.

How to make keto focaccia bread

  1. Mix together dry ingredients – blanched almond flour, lupin flour, unflavored protein powder, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt.
  2. Stir in melted butter and eggs. Mix and knead until a dough ball forms.
  3. Roll dough in between two sheets of parchment paper until about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Make dimples into the focaccia flatbread using your fingers or a blunt instrument.
  5. Coat with egg wash, dried or fresh herbs and coarse salt.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Broil under high heat for 1-2 minutes to crisp up the top.
  7. Remove from oven and coat with olive oil. 

Close up of the dimples of focaccia bread cut into pieces and topped with herbs.

Key ingredients

  • Almond flour – The base flour for this keto bread. Make sure to use blanched super fine almond flour.
  • Lupin flour – Used to decrease the amount of almond flour needed, which limits the amount of carbs added. Lupin flour is mostly fiber and it gives a hint of cornmeal flavor to the flatbread.
  • Protein powder – Used to help the bread rise and to provide structure to trap in air bubbles released when baking. Look for low or zero carb unflavored protein powders.
  • Xanthan gum – Helps to hold the dough together and to keep the low carb focaccia from crumbling.
  • Butter – Gives a buttery flavor to the bread.
  • Eggs – Helps the focaccia rise and hold together.

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Looking over a batch of focaccia cut into pieces with herbs and garlic nearby.

What is focaccia bread?

Focaccia is a type of Italian bread made with yeast and high gluten containing flour. It is baked in flat sheet pans. Focaccia dough is flavored with olive oil, herbs and vegetables.

Traditional focaccia cooks quickly in a hot oven (about 475 degrees).

Hand dipping a piece of focaccia into red marinara sauce.

Toppings

Besides the focaccia toppings I suggest (Italian seasoning, rosemary sea salt and olive oil), you can add these toppings to your dough before or even after baking:

  • Butter
  • Fresh herbs (parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, basil)
  • Dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, basil, dried garlic)
  • Olives (black, green, Kalamata)
  • Roasted red pepper strips
  • Garlic cloves (whole or minced)
  • Lemon zest
  • Garlic powder
  • Flaky salt
  • Pepper
  • Zucchini
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese

Dipping sauce

Low carb marinara is my favorite sauce for dipping herb focaccia but here are some others you may enjoy:

  • Olive oil
  • Ranch
  • Balsamic vinegar

Storage information

Store leftover focaccia bread in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Although freezing isn’t preferred, you could freeze your keto focaccia by wrapping in plastic wrap and placing in a freezer safe bag for up to 3-4 weeks.

Keto Focaccia: FAQS

Why do you poke holes in focaccia?

Traditional focaccia is poked with dimples before baking. Making these indentations help to keep the dough from rising too quickly, but it also provides little reservoirs for the olive oil to collect.

Is gluten allowed on the keto diet?

There are some flours that contain gluten but are stripped of carbohydrates; although these flours and breads may not kick you out of ketosis, they can still cause inflammation which is why some people on the keto diet choose to avoid gluten.

Can I use all almond flour in this recipe?

Yes, you could use only almond flour in this recipe. If you choose to do this, use 2 cups of almond flour.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Focaccia

Servings: 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 149
Fat 12.3g
Protein 6.4g
Total Carbs 4.2g
Net Carbs 1.8g

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