Nothing adds to a salad or soup quite like the crisp, buttery, texture of a crouton. Cheese crisps or low-carb crackers can do in a pinch, but since I’ve started a low-carb way of life I’ve missed the lovely crunch of a fresh crouton. These keto croutons have a crisp exterior with a warm, soft, interior that has hints of garlic and butter can turn a boring side salad into a satisfying main dish. These are croutons are packed with fiber and protein in every handful!
To make these delicious little salad and soup toppers, you begin by making two large dough balls that bake as “buns”. These buns can then be cut into pieces and drizzled in oil and cheese before baking again to crisp up the pieces. This recipe is so versatile because you can use any variety of herbs or seasonings to meet your salad needs. Parmesan and garlic is my go-to but sundried tomato and basil or butter and rosemary would be equally as delicious!
This recipes uses psyllium husk powder to give a bread like texture while adding fiber to keep carbohydrates low. Psyllum husk powder is not something you can easily substitute so I really do recommend having this ingredient on hand. It can last for quite a while and there are so many uses in keto baking that it’s well worth keeping in the pantry.
To make the croutons, I cut each of the buns into about fifteen small squares. I like a substantial crouton. If you choose to cut them smaller or bigger, just divide the totals from the table at the end of the recipe by the number of croutons you have for the most accurate nutrition data.
Yields 6 servings, 5 Garlic Parmesan Keto Croutons per serving
- ½ cup almond flour
- 4 teaspoons psyllum husk fiber
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1. Heat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment. Combine almond flour, psyllum fiber, baking powder, garlic and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir until uniform.
2. Add egg whites to the dry mixture and stir.
3. Work the dough with a spatula or your hands until it is a thick, slightly sticky consistently.
4. Divide dough into two balls and place on the parchment. They will already begin to become drier as you continue to work with them so move quickly!
5. Flatten each dough ball slightly and bake for 10 minutes or until the dough seems firm but not crusted on the edges.
6. Cut each portion in half, like a burger bun, and then each sliced into squares. This should yield about 9 croutons per section of dough.
7. Drizzle croutons with oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese then return to oven until the cheese has melted and browned.
8. Cool and serve on keto salads or soups!
This makes a total of 6 servings, 5 Garlic Parmesan Keto Croutons per serving. Each serving comes out to be 91 Calories, 7.25 g Fat, 1.53g Net Carbs, and 3.48 g Protein.
|Garlic Parmesan Keto Croutons||Calories||Fats(g)||Carbs(g)||Fiber(g)||Net Carbs(g)||Protein(g)|
|½ cup almond flour||320||28||12||6||6||12|
|4 teaspoons psyllium husk powder||40||0||10.68||10.68||0||0|
|1 teaspoon baking powder||2||0||1.27||0||1.27||0|
|½ teaspoon garlic powder||5||0.01||1.13||0.4||0.73||0.26|
|2 large egg whites||34||0.11||0.48||0||0.48||7.19|
|1 tablespoon avocado oil||124||14||0||0||0||0|
|1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese||21||1.39||0.7||0||0.7||1.42|