3 Surprising Gluten-Free Recipes that are Keto Friendly
I guess that my journey towards the keto diet is similar to many others. I would start a diet, initially get great results, but then life would get in the way… I would find after a period of time that I was always hungry, this would affect my mood and get in the way of my work. Or, after some initially promising results, I would stop seeing any kind of health benefits. This would lead me to get disillusioned and I’d give up.
Then, I was introduced to the keto diet by a friend. What was fantastic about keto was that it wasn’t a diet built around starving yourself (it has limitations though; check the list of 108 keto foods to avoid). Also, it had a huge raft of health benefits – it wasn’t just about losing weight. I found that I felt healthy and comfortable in my body. This wasn’t just some fad diet that I’d give up after a few months.
Even better, the keto diets avoid carbohydrates, focusing on healthy fats as the primary source of energy for the body. This means that most keto-friendly recipes are also gluten-free. So, for me, it was a no-brainer!
Of course, even if you don’t want to follow the keto diet rigorously, it can still be a great source of inspiration for gluten-free recipes – it is definitely worth checking out keto-friendly recipes to find new and interesting ideas for your own kitchen!
In this article, I’ll show some of my favorite gluten-free recipes that are keto friendly.
1 Keto Bread
It might come as a bit of a shock to see bread as the first thing on a gluten-free, carb-free recipe list. However, keto bread uses gluten-free flour – specifically, this recipe calls for almond flour, which is made from ground almonds. This makes it a great source of protein, and can help control those cravings for bread!
Apart from substituting almond flour for wheat flour, the process for making keto bread is the same as for baking any other bread – mix together your almond flour, some salt and a gluten-free baking powder, drizzle in olive oil, crack in eggs and then beat with water before baking for half an hour – for the step by step recipe click here.
Of course, the great thing about keto bread is that this now opens up all kind of great options for meals. Try adding avocado and smoked salmon for a delicious breakfast, or maybe fry up some bacon and have a BLT or have with a nice hearty soup.
2 Crispy Parmesan Crusted Chicken
This recipe lets you get the delicious texture of breadcrumbed chicken without the carbs! Again, the hero here is almond flour – mixed with grated parmesan to create a delicious cheesy crispy chicken. You can get creative with this recipe – use your favorite herbs to make the parmesan coating you own. It’s a super simple recipe, coat your chicken in egg wash, roll it in the herby, crispy mix and then fry in a pan for 5 minutes on each side (see the full, step-by-step recipe here).
3 Ooey Gooey Keto Almond Flour Brownies
Who doesn’t love a brownie? This recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth – without kicking you out of ketosis! If you are on a keto diet, then you’ll know that watching sugar levels is very important. This might make you think that chocolate brownies are off the menu. However, this need not be the case – as long as you opt for the unsweetened cocoa powder you’re all good!
Similarly, this recipe is gluten-free – thanks again to the magic of almond flour. Of course, if you’re not on the keto diet and are just here looking for gluten-free inspiration, then feel free to add sugar or sweetened cocoa powder to taste!
If you want the full, step-by-step recipe you can get it here. Essentially though, you combine your almond flour, eggs, butter, and unsweetened almond milk (although any dairy substitute milk will work) and work into a batter. Then, bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the center is firm. A good way to test they’re done is to stick a toothpick into the brownie – if you pull it out and it’s clean then the brownies are finished!