By Beth Lipton
One of the toughest things you might think you have give up when you embark on a low-carb diet is bread in all its shapes and forms: toast, sandwiches, grilled cheese, French toast. Not anymore. These days, there’s no shortage of low carb breads that can stand in for traditional loaves, minus the excess starch.
Of course, not all low carb breads are created equal. Some taste better, have a better texture, or have better ingredients than others. One thing most have in common: They tend to be pricier than traditional loaves.
We put several brands to the test: We toasted them, we made sandwiches, we fried up eggs in a hole, and more to bring you the brands most worthy of your hard-earned dough. Here are our 5 favorite low carb breads.
1. If You Like Traditional Bread
None of the breads taste exactly like traditional bread, but Unbread comes close; the cider vinegar gives it a slightly yeasty taste. And the ever-so-slightly spongy texture of this grain- and gluten-free bread makes it really versatile. It great for toast, grilled cheese, French toast and, once defrosted, it’s even good on its own, straight out of the bag.
With wholesome ingredients like almond flour, eggs, extra virgin olive oil, and psyllium seed, you can feel good about enjoying it. And with only 6 grams of carbs per slice, you can have that sandwich and stick to your carb limits.
Buy It: Unbread, $12 per loaf, exclusively at Whole Foods
2. If You Like Nutty Bread
It’s hard to believe there’s no wheat in Base Culture sliced breads, but they’re gluten- and grain-free, made with almond flour, flaxseed meal, arrowroot, eggs, baking soda and a few other recognizable ingredients. They’re available in original, but we recommend the 7 Nut & Seed and Cinnamon Raisin versions, which have 8 grams and 9 grams of carbs per slice respectively—and they’re worth every single carb. The breads are tasty and work beautifully in all the ways you want bread to work. The cinnamon raisin makes exceptional low-carb French toast.
Buy it: Base Culture Sliced Breads, $20 for 2 loaves
3. If You Like Dark, Hearty Bread
If, in your bread-eating days, you tended to prefer a firmer, heartier bread like rye or pumpernickel, you’re in luck: Uprising has created a product with a similar feel. The bread comes in a cube, so you slice it yourself. It’s firmer and less spongy than the other brands we tried, and it has a bolder, more sourdough-ish flavor. It makes an especially good grilled cheese and it’s lovely toasted with butter and jam. It’s also grain- and gluten-free, and made with just 8 ingredients. It’s a bit higher in carbs than other low-carb breads at 11 grams per slice, but it also has 9 grams of fiber per slice.
Buyt it: Uprising Keto Cubes, $72 for 6
4. If You Like English Muffins
Do you miss those nooks and crannies now that you’re low carb? Grab a box of Mikey’s English muffins. They aren’t exactly the same as the ones you grew up on, but they’re close, and so satisfying. In original, toasted onion and cinnamon raisin, there’s something for everyone. We love these simply toasted with butter, but they also make good PB&Js and tuna melts. They’re grain-, gluten- and dairy-free, made with just a few wholesome ingredients, and clock in at just 5 grams of carbs per muffin.
Buy it: Mikey’s English Muffins, $10 for 4
5. If You Love Cauliflower Everything
You had to know cauliflower was going to show up somewhere, right? If you like cauliflower pizza, you’ll love these Outer Aisle SandwichThins. They come in original, everything, Italian and jalapeno and are the lowest in carbs with just 2 grams per slice; no wonder, since they’re made with just cauliflower, eggs, Parmesan, and nutritional yeast. We like them best for tuna melts, grilled cheese and mini-pizzas.
Buy it: Outer Aisle Sandwich Thins, $7 for a pack of 6