Keto Parmesan Bread Puffs

4.7 Stars (15 Reviews) 35 Comments

These buttery keto parmesan bread puffs will become your new favorite low carb poppable low carb bite! They make a great appetizer with ranch or marinara sauce and they can also be served as a side dish along with some keto spaghetti!

Tonight’s the night… well, may not “tonight”, but I think you know what I mean. You know, the kind of night where you are craving a chicken parmesan or a steaming lasagna? These parmesan bread rolls are the perfect compliment to complete the meal!

Why I love these low carb puffy parmesan bread puffs

They can be a wonderful appetizer

  • Keto Parmesan Bread Puffs are buttery, cheese puffy low carb rolls that you can easily pop in your mouth.
  • They are the ideal snack to serve at a party when you are hosting guests or even if you are invited over for a small get together!
  • These perfect bite sized buttery rolls can be served as an appetizer and dipped in low carb marinara sauce or ranch dressing. There won’t be anyone else bringing the same delicious home-made cheesy snack! You might want to make a larger batch if you’re serving them at a party as they’ll be gone in seconds!

They’re great as a side dish

These low carb parmesan bread puffs also make a great side dish and can be used to serve with a bowl of keto spaghetti or Salisbury steak. They perfectly complement any meal which requires a cheesy taste!

Keep them as a snack

You can even make them to eat as a snack throughout the week for when those savory cravings kick in. Preparing keto friendly snacks in advance helps to reduce the urge of eating the first thing that comes in sight when you feel hungry, which might usually be something full of carbs. They make the perfect replacement for crisps or for dough balls!

I can make these fast

This recipe can be made in less than 15 minutes, making them the ideal snack for any day! The parmesan and mozzarella are what give the puffs a cheesy flavor. These low carb puffs have such a great taste, they will become your kids’ favorite snack!  This is such an easy yet tasty recipe, you will be making it all the time.

puff rolls in a metal tray


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Keto Parmesan Bread Bites Ingredients

Butter & Parmesan Bread Coating Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Keto Parmesan Bread Puffs Directions

  • Keto Parmesan Bread Puffs

    How are these bread puffs made?

    rolls of buttery rolls on a try sprinkled with parlsey

    Cheese rolls are usually made of dough which is typically high in carbs.

    For this recipe, we make our own dough with almond flour, low carb protein powder, baking powder and xanthan gum, ensuring that the rolls are low in carbs, while being high in fats and protein.

    The fat and the protein in the puffs ensure that they will keep you fuller for longer. The dough prepared is then formed into rolls.

    This is another recipe showing you that you don’t need to stay away from any foods on a low carb diet! You can easily adjust recipes of your favorite foods and make them as keto friendly as possible!

    Almond flour replaces wheat flour

    You may think that the taste of almond doesn’t go well together with cheese, but really you won’t even taste the almond flour! It’s purpose is solely to make sure that all the ingredients sticks together.

    You can also make the rolls as small or as big in size as you want to. These puffy cheesy bites puff up while baking thanks to the protein powder used. They are then coated with melted butter and rolled in grated parmesan cheese.

    Unflavored whey protein powder to add volume

    The protein powder in this recipe is used to help add an airy volume to these rolls. It is important to use unflavored whey protein powder in order not to give the rolls any additional sweet taste. You also need to look for protein powder that is low in carbs as some of them can have additional sugars in them, which would make the powder not keto friendly.

    Our favorite brand is Isopure zero carb protein powder as their protein powder does not contain any carbohydrates or sugars.

    a tray of rolls with grated parm and fresh herbs on top

    Egg wash for the shine

    Before baking, we like to brush the puffs with an egg white wash. This gives them a nice sheen on the outside as we broil them. This is an optional step, but we do recommend it, especially if you are serving them to guests! It gives the rolls a very nice golden appearance!

    Butter & parmesan

    In order to give these rolls a buttery parmesan taste, we brush them with melted butter after they are baked and then rolled in grated parmesan.

    There are various herbs and flavors you can add to this recipe to get slightly different tasting rolls every time. You can add in minced garlic, onion powder, chopped parsley or even diced jalapeños to the parmesan cheese if you prefer a bit of a kick! With minced garlic and herbs added to them, they will resemble garlic bread, but without all the unnecessary carbs!


    They are best served warm, especially when eaten with a meal. However, you can still prepare them ahead of time and pop them back into the oven for a few minutes to reheat them before serving. If you think you’ll be serving them at room temperature, keep them stored them in an airtight container until serving.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Parmesan Bread Puffs

    Servings: 18

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 175
    Fat 15.4g
    Protein 7.8g
    Total Carbs 3.2g
    Net Carbs 1.6g

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    1. EXCELLENT – made within minutes of seeing this recipe this afternoon. I served an Italian style dinner of simmered pork butt with fresh tomatoes from the garden and a salad with my homemade mozzarella, evoo & a fig balsamic vinegar dressing topped with my garden basil leaves. The rolls rounded out our tasty dinner !
      Can they be frozen ?

    2. Hi, thanks for sharing! I just started Keto and this might just keep me on track! 🙂 Can you skip the protein powder? I have a huge container but it’s flavored and would rather not buy more. Thank you!

      1. The protein powder helps to make baked goods fluffy and less dense when using almond flour. It kind of acts as a replacement for the gluten that wheat flours have. Without it, most keto baked goods are very dense and crumbly.

    3. Could egg white protein powder work instead of whey protein powder? I make this switch in several recipes since I can’t tolerate whey, so I was wondering if would work as well in this recipe.
      And cream cheese instead of sour cream, maybe just tinned a bit with almond milk or heavy cream to resamble the same consistence?

    4. I made a batch today, it was so easy and they taste amazing. They make 18, but I only baked 12. With the other six I am going to make stuffed puffs using a cooked meatball in the center and then baking and dipping in melted garlic butter and Parmesan cheese and serving with marinara sauce. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I will be experimenting with it as I can see where you can use this dough as a base for glazed donut holes, altering the recipe with a flavored protein powder and adding some sweetener and flavorings.

      1. Wow that sounds like a truly inspired idea!! Have you made these rolls that way with the meatball stuffed in the middle and how did they turn out? I’d love to try to make something like that but I’m a bit nervous to give it a try. If I knew it actually works I’d give it a go! Thanks!

    5. This was a big hit with my husband and I love them too. I advised him that it was very low carb but not low calorie. So easy to eat 2-3 but for our senior selves, 1 is a good serving. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

      1. I thought exactly the same thing!
        You are so clever, Annie. I love your site and I’ve made several of your recipes. Thanks heaps.

    6. Thought I might roll them out lengthwise to make a breadstick – kind of like the ones at Olive Garden. I’m guessing it will need more dough per breadstick so the carb count will change, but it seems like a fun idea.

    7. Absolutely delicious! Made a double batch and froze half. Should they be thawed before cooking or can they be cooked frozen?

    8. Oh my gosh! Made these so good. I added garlic powder to half of them. Amazing cold or hot with or without dipping sauce!

    9. Loved the rolls! Very good! I didn’t add any of the parmesan and butter on top and it was fabulous! Thank you for sharing.

    10. I’ve been keto all of 2020. Fell off the wagon for most of 2021. We are back on gain for better health and feeling better. I’ve tried many keto breads and wasn’t expecting much different from these. We tried them with bbq chicken and cauliflour Mac. They are so good. Easy to make and taste delicious. My husband claims even non keto people will love these. Little bit of a biscuit texture but so yummy. Thanks for sharing

    11. Can you use vital wheat gluten instead of the protein powder since its meant to imitate the gluten effect? Like someone else said, I too have 2 giants canisters of flavored protein and don’t really want to buy another.

      1. I haven’t tried that substitute but I’m curious if it would work. I feel like it would. If you try it let me know how it turns out so I can update the recipe.

    12. These came out dense like play doh. What type of protein powder do you recommend. It seems like that might matter, even though the recipe doesn’t specify. Are they supposed to puff, as the name implies? I was imagining something a little airy. These were kind of a bust.

    13. I’ve tried dozens of online recipes and this is the first time I’ve ever left a review because these are just. so. good. They taste like Red Lobster’s cheesy biscuits, but saltier and more flavorful. My husband and I are dumbstruck that these are low carb and we’ll be making these regularly from now on. Thank you!

    14. I decided to give these a try today alongside Keto parmesan chicken. They smelled so divine while baking that I couldn’t wait till dinner. I haves the ingredients and still ended up with 11 puffs. Thanks so much for sharing this gem of a recipe. This is going to be a regular. Wish I coupd share a picture 😉

    15. Can I replace the almond flour with lupin flour or coconut flour? We can’t have almonds but these look amazing!

      1. I haven’t tried those as substitutes in this recipe. But lupin flour would be half the amount and coconut flour…use 1/4 to 1/3 the amount.

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