Keto Brown Bread

by hungryelephant

A delicious brown bread that can be used for sandwiches, toasting or even by itself!!

Now, you may notice, this recipe is incredibly similar to my ‘white bread’ recipe. In fact, it’s nearly identical, but the one difference is that this bread has yeast in it. I know, I know, it’s not typical ‘multigrain’ or anything but with the addition of yeast, it creates a taste similar to brown bread, while if we leave it out, the taste is more white bread. So that is how I am naming them. 

keto brown bread, keto bread with yeast, keto bread made with yeast, keto bread recipe with yeast, keto bread using yeast

I always say this, so I will say it again. When using yeast, it needs sugar to rise. You can use inulin, which is keto (but also $$$) but I used sugar because it is cheaper. AGAIN – the carbs from the sugar DO NOT COUNT. The sugar is eaten by the yeast to make carbon dioxide, hence how it rises. It should not affect your blood sugar levels.

Let’s quickly talk about protein. In normal wheat bread, gluten is the protein, so when we take it out, we need some protein to replace it. The best way – protein powder. I use whey because it’s incredibly versatile, but I get so many comments saying how whey will spike insulin and that too much protein will kick you out of ketosis. 

keto cravings cookbook, keto cravings

Buy my two cookbooks on Amazon now!

While both are true, there are many variables and the amount of whey protein per serving (slice of bread) is around 12g.. less than a chicken breast. Each person is different, but to kick yourself out of ketosis with protein, you’d have to eat more than half the bread and definitely MORE than your macros suggest. Now, again, whey does spike insulin, which could be concerning to those with diabetes or insulin resistance, but let’s keep in mind that whey comes from milk and is also in cheese, sour cream and yogurt. Something most consume on keto. 



If you don’t want to use whey – you could try casein, pea or another type of vegan protein powder. However I have NOT tried it with anything other than soy (and it did not work!). So keep that in mind. Someone did try the bagels with egg protein powder and they said it was delicious. 

Ok I will stop talking now! 


keto brown bread, keto bread with yeast, keto bread made with yeast, keto bread recipe with yeast, keto bread using yeast
Yield: 16

Keto Brown Bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Rise Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This delicious brown bread takes only 5 minutes to whip up and tastes like the real thing. Use it for sandwiches, toast or by itself! Gluten and grain free.



In a mixing bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients, including the instant yeast. 

Slowly pour in the warm water and whisk until incorporated. You should have a thick cake batter type consistency. 

Pour the batter into a 9x5 loaf pan that is greased or lined with parchment paper.

Cover and let rise in a warm area for 45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

Spritz a little water on top of the dough so it is moist (the top will have dried out during the rise)

Preheat the oven to 375°F / 190°C for 20-25 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.


** keep an eye on while baking, if it starts browning too early, cover with foil.

This makes roughly 16 slices.

Nutritional information PER slice

  • CALS: 137
  • FAT: 8.8
  • CARBS: 4.2 
  • FIBRE: 2.3
  • NET CARBS: 1.9
  • PROTEIN: 11.9

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 8.8gCarbohydrates: 4.2gFiber: 2.3gProtein: 11.9g

You may also like


Anna February 28, 2019 - 5:16 pm

Could you use milk in place of the water, like traditional bread? Does the dough not require any kneading at all?

hungryelephant February 28, 2019 - 5:19 pm

Yes you could and no it doesnt! There is no gluten to strengthen so no kneading required 🙂

hungryelephant February 28, 2019 - 5:21 pm

Also just a heads up, the dough isnt like traditional bread. Its definitely more liquid.. just a heads up so you’re not confused lol

Anna February 28, 2019 - 5:23 pm

Thanks so much for the fast reply, excited to try this!!

Mitzi Boyles March 4, 2019 - 8:22 pm

Hi This one looks really good have you ever tried doing it in the bread machine?

hungryelephant March 4, 2019 - 3:56 pm

I havent! It’s worth a try but I dont have a bread machine!

Pat March 9, 2019 - 6:45 pm

This recipe, like many of your other recipes, was awesome!!! not one to ever leave a recipe alone I did throw in about a quarter of a cup of flax meal.. I guess thinking it would be more ” brown ” bread…hummers!

Elizabeth Needham April 21, 2019 - 4:34 pm

Thanks for the great recipe. One question, how much salt did you use. I just added a pinch and it definitely wasn’t enough. Thanks!

hungryelephant April 21, 2019 - 5:07 pm

I think 1/2 tsp is what I went with!

Annie November 13, 2021 - 8:24 pm

Hi I don’t want to use whey, casein, pea, soy or any other type of protein powder. I’d like to use what I already have in the pantry or fridge instead. Can you suggest anything else to use please.


Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy
Skip to Recipe