Most people love — or have loved — bread at some stage in their life.
Whether it’s pizza, sandwiches, wraps, or rolls, bread is a great vehicle for some delicious ingredients.
The problem: it’s just not good for you.
On the positive side, there are various low-carb versions of traditional recipes.
And there is a great option that is low in carbs, tastes great, and has an excellent nutrient profile: cloud bread.
What Is Cloud Bread?
Cloud bread is a zero carb bread that is suitable for low-carb and ketogenic diets.
As it’s carb free, it’s also safe for diabetics to eat without worrying about wild blood sugar spikes.
Interestingly, this “bread” doesn’t even contain any of the popular low-carb flours.
Otherwise known as ‘oopsie bread’ or ‘keto bread,’ the main ingredient behind it is eggs.
With a similar shape and texture to any regular bread, we can also use cloud bread for many of the same things.
This similarity makes it an option for those who are trying to adopt a healthier diet and need a little help with their bread cravings.
Want to make a pizza? Use a cloud bread base.
Have a craving for bacon and eggs? Put them inside cloud bread for a low-carb sandwich.
Overall, it’s easy to make, and very adaptable, and it can form the main part of a meal or be a side dish.
Cloud Bread Recipe
Here is a very simple recipe to make cloud bread:
- 4 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons of cream cheese
- Pinch of cream of tartar
- 1 tsp mashed garlic
- 1/2 tsp of Italian herbs
- Salt to taste
Regarding the ingredients: choose a cream cheese that is free from artificial flavors and additives. This is mainly because pure cream cheeses are a lot tastier, but no doubt they’re a little better for you too.
As for cream of tartar, this is a kind of thickener used in food to give it more volume and a sturdier texture.
Otherwise known as potassium bitartrate, it’s a potassium salt which is perfectly healthy for use in cooking (6).
For the Italian herbs, I use a combination that features oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil, and sage. If you’d prefer a ready-made option for convenience, there’s a great mix available here.
Following this recipe will make eight pieces of cloud bread, which serves four people (if you’re eating sandwich style).
Note: the Italian herbs and garlic are not necessary, and most people don’t use them. However, I think they add a lot of taste!
How To Make Cloud Bread
Once you have all your ingredients ready, it’s time to get to work in the kitchen.
Here are some step-by-step directions:
- First of all, preheat your oven to 300°F (just under 150°C) and lightly grease an oven tray with butter.
- Next, separate the egg whites from the yolks. Put the egg yolks in one bowl and the egg whites in another.
- After that, add the cream cheese, mashed garlic, Italian herbs, and salt to the egg yolk mixture. Blend until it’s a smooth liquid consistency.
- In the other bowl, put the cream of tartar into the egg whites and beat until the mixture forms a stiff peak. If you have never done this before, then basically as you are beating the eggs you will see soft mounds start to form. At this stage, keep going and these mounds will grow, become stiffer, and sharp peaks will form.
- Once the egg whites are ready, very carefully mix them into the egg yolk. This mixing should be very gentle so that the thick consistency of the egg whites remains.
- When the yolk and egg white mixture has a consistent texture, spoon the mixture onto the baking tray in eight equal-sized portions. Spread these out into circular shapes. If you imagine small pancakes – that’s the kind of shape you want.
- Finally, bake the cloud bread mixture for around 25 to 30 minutes. Keep a close watch on the bread; when it starts becoming golden brown, they are almost ready. The exterior should feel slightly crispy once they are ready, so take them out when they reach this stage.
- Allow to cool.
In contrast to wheat bread, cloud bread has vastly different nutritional properties.
While most bread is extremely high in digestible carbs and low in fat, cloud bread is based on protein and fat (7).
Here is a breakdown of the nutrients if you follow the recipe above:
Calories and Macronutrients
Based on a serving for one person, there are 129 calories in cloud bread.
- Carbohydrate: 2g
- Fat: 10g
- Protein: 7g
Vitamins and Minerals
As shown above, 129 calories worth of cloud bread provides a reasonable amount of vitamins and minerals.
Cloud Bread Pizza
One of the great things about cloud bread is adaptability.
For example, if you want to make a low carb pizza, all you have to do is follow the cloud bread recipe.
Next, instead of making eight separate portions, just make one big pizza base out of the mixture.
When it’s half cooked, add some tomato paste, cheese, and your choice of toppings, and you’ll soon have a healthy low-carb pizza.
Does it taste exactly like real pizza?
Well, not exactly, but the main reason pizza tastes so good is the cheese, not the bread.
And I’m happy to say that cloud bread pizza also tastes delicious.
Delicious Cloud Bread Variations
As previously mentioned, cloud bread is extremely adaptable and can be used in many different ways.
To give you a better idea, here’s a showcase of some of the best ideas from around the web:
Cloud Bread Sandwich: Bacon, Avocado and Egg (by Ruled.Me)
How good does this carb-free sandwich look? With bacon, egg, avocado, and a whole lot more; it looks delicious.
If you want to see the full recipe, just click here.
Cloud Bread Cake: Pink Lemonade (by Tasteaholics)
Made with real ingredients such as butter, cream, and fresh strawberries, this low carb cloud cake looks amazing.
For instructions on how to make it for yourself, look here.
Eggs in a Cloud (The Suburban Soapbox)
This recipe places an egg in a real cloud-shaped piece of cloud bread.
An altogether lighter, healthier, and tastier choice than the usual eggs on toast.
To make eggs in a cloud, just go here to see the recipe and detailed guidelines.
Cloud Bread Cheese Danish (Low Carb Yum)
Here’s another great recipe from Low Carb Yum: cloud bread cheese danish.
Almost all recipes from Low Carb Yum look amazing, and this one’s no exception.
In contrast to the other recipes, this one is sweet one as it uses erythritol.
So, if you have a sweet tooth, then this low carb danish is a much better idea than getting a pastry.
Cheese and Garlic Cloud Bread (Sugar Free Mom)
Cloud bread comes in many different shapes, and as shown here, it can even imitate traditional garlic bread.
In particular, this one is full of garlic, cheese, and several tasty seasonings.
If you want to give it a try, then you can see how to make it by clicking here.
Cloud Bread Mozzarella Burger (Karlijn’s Kitchen)
Most people know that burgers are far from healthy, but that’s down to the highly-processed burger bun rather than the meat.
So, this mozzarella burger which uses low carb bread is a good choice.
Full of healthy nutrients from the meat, cheese, egg, and vegetables: it’s a healthy burger.
To make it, just go here.
Three-Ingredient Cloud Bread (A Seat At My Table)
This recipe here shows how to make cloud bread as simply as possible: with only three ingredients.
And as you can see in the picture, making a ham salad sandwich is also easily possible.
For this straightforward recipe, see here.
Low Carb Breakfast Sandwich (Sugar Free Like Me)
Sugar Free Like Me shows a delicious looking low carb breakfast sandwich in this photo.
As it uses cloud bread, it’s also a much more natural breakfast than the stuff you’ll find in fast food places.
For more information and recipes, go here.
Garlic Cloud Breadsticks (360 Family Nutrition)
Last but not least, here’s a recipe for garlic cloud bread sticks.
In addition to the base recipe, this one adds some extra tasty ingredients such as butter, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder.
To make it, see the recipe here.
Food is certainly changing over recent years, as well as coffee made from butter we have bread made from eggs.
This ‘egg bread’ is low in carbs, relatively nutrient-dense, and has none of the additives found in heavily processed commercial bread.
All in all, if you occasionally want to have a bread substitute, then cloud bread is an excellent choice.
For more low carb bread options, see this list of 15 recipes and bread alternatives.
For some more tasty recipes, see this list of 38 low carb and keto snacks.