Cauliflower Bread

This cauliflower bread is the best cauliflower bread I’ve ever made. It is low carb, gluten free, paleo, keto. It can be used as toast, sandwich bread, and any other bread substitution you need.
Cauliflower loaf with a few slices

I am super excited to share with this recipe with you today. I have shared a lot of cauliflower bread alternatives like my cauliflower crusted grilled cheese or cauliflower bread buns. And even though I adore those recipes, I have always wanted something more.

I really wanted to be able to make a loaf of cauliflower bread. A loaf I can slice up and treat like any regular bread loaf. It’s something I’ve been testing for nearly two years.
Overhead photo of cauliflower loaf and slices

Bread Texture

slices of cauliflower bread
This cauliflower bread looks similar to a loaf of white bread, though it doesn’t rise quite as high. It is sturdy enough to be sliced, toasted, used for sandwiches, etc.

The bread is much airier than your typical bread because there are whipped egg whites folded into the batter. It’s similar to texture as cloud bread, but slightly more durable and sturdy.

If you toast the bread, it will make it a little firmer and sturdier.

Bread Structure

Prep photo showing whipped egg whites folded into cauliflower bread batter
The key to the structure of the bread is whipped egg whites. Egg whites are whipped to stiff peaks and then folded into the batter. The whipped egg whites allows the bread to rise and keeps it light and airy rather than dense and flat.

How to Dry the Cauliflower

Like many of my cauliflower bread recipes, you will need to dry out the cauliflower before adding it to the batter. Cauliflower retains a lot of moisture so it would make the bread too wet if you don’t dry it out first.

First, use a food processor to rice the cauliflower until it resembles coarse crumbs. You want the cauliflower to be finer than if you were making a cauliflower rice dish.
prep photo showing cauliflower riced
Next, you cook the cauliflower either by steaming it or in the microwave.

Finally, you can wring dry by hand with a tea towel or a few sturdy paper towels, or you can continue to microwave to the cauliflower until it is dry. I discuss how to dry the cauliflower using only the microwave in this recipe. For this bread, I chose to wring the cauliflower dry by hand.
prep photo showing dried cauliflower

Flavor Options

I intentionally made a plain loaf because I wanted something similar to white bread. However, you can easily make this bread more flavorful by adding other toppings. I recommend sticking to dry additions because if you try to incorporate liquids, that will change the batter too much.

Some topping suggestions:

    • Dried or fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano
    • Shredded parmesan or cheddar cheese
    • Garlic powder or minced garlic

close-up of cauliflower bread loaf
If you enjoy this recipe, you may also like my cauliflower crusted grilled cheese, cauliflower bread buns, and cauliflower breadsticks.

Cauliflower Bread

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 slices

This is my favorite cauliflower bread recipe. This loaf of bread is sturdy enough for sandwiches, toast and any other bread substitution. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cauliflower finely riced
  • 6 large eggs separated
  • 6 tbsp canola oil (use olive oil if making paleo)
  • 1 ¼ cup superfine almond flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8 inch by 4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Microwave cauliflower for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Allow cauliflower to cool. Once cooled, place a small amount in a tea towel and wring dry. Repeat with remaining cauliflower, working in small batches.
  3. Add egg whites to a mixing bowl. Beat at high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine eggs yolks, oil, almond flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until a smooth paste forms. Stir in the cauliflower until evenly mixed.
  5. Add about ¼ of the egg whites to the paste. Use a spatula to fold in the egg whites, When egg whites are completely folded in, add in another batch of egg whites and repeat until all egg whites are incorporated. The mixture should look pale and fluffy. Be careful not to beat the egg whites because that will cause them to lose the air whipped into them and the bread will not properly rise.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until bread is done. Allow bread to cool before slicing.

Notes:

  • If you are making a paleo version of this recipe, substitute the canola oil with olive oil and use a homemade paleo baking powder.
  • Rice the cauliflower until it resembles coarse crumbs. You want the cauliflower to be finer than if you were making a cauliflower rice dish.
  • If you do not wish to use the microwave to cook the cauliflower, you can steam it before drying.
  • I intentionally made a plain loaf because I wanted something similar to white bread. However, you can easily make this bread more flavorful by adding other toppings like shredded cheese, fresh or dried herbs. If you are adding toppings to flavor the bread, add them when you add in the cauliflower.
  • Recipe adapted from delish
Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 285mg12%
Potassium 301mg9%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 23.1mg28%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 1.3mg7%
Net Carbs 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

71 comments on “Cauliflower Bread”


  1. This bread came out GREAT! How do you store it? Fridge or counter?


  2. I am on keto. Can I substitute the canola with melted butter?? How many tablespoon of melted butter should I add??
    Regards,
    Mrs.Sundram

  3. How long will it store and can it be frozen? You have no idea how much this recipe excites me. I’ll let you know how it turns out. 

  4. I have a severe nut and banana allergy. Is there a substitute for the almond flour? 

  5. Is it 3 cups cauliflower before it’s riced or 3 cups after it’s riced?


  6. It turned out great! Don’t get discouraged if your initial egg yolk/oil/almond flour mixture doesn’t resemble a “smooth paste.” Mine was actually quite lumpy but everything turned out fine. I’m going to cube it, toast it and put it in my Thanksgiving stuffing to keep it low carb 🙂

  7. Can I add pre-riced cauliflower without cooking/steaming? Or does it need to be cooked first before making the bread?

    • It needs to be cooked and it needs to be dried out to remove all the moisture.

      • I didn’t understand by the directions that it needed to be cooked and THEN remove the moisture. I did not cook mine first. I riced it (more or less) then put about a half cup or a little more into a folded paper towel, I rolled that up like a burrito with ends folded in and everything. Then I rolled that up inside a dish towel and twisted it. When it was good and tight, I then held it between myself and the counter and thumped with my fist on the middle of the lump. My bread turned out great! I LOVE IT! I am wondering something though, in order to keep the center of the loaf from falling, would adding cream of tartar to the egg whites before whipping help?

      • I haven’t had issues with the center falling. Cream of tartar may help or you may need to eliminate more moisture from the cauliflower. The reason for cooking the cauliflower first before squeezing it dry is because cauliflower releases liquid when it is cooked. But I’m glad you got it to work!

  8. I’m not much of a cook. Could coconut oil be used instead of canola oil?

  9. Mine came out crumbly I tried to follow exactly the recipe. It looked just like the batter and the loaf looked the same but texture was off. I cooked to internal temp of about 165f

    • Sorry to hear that. Did you make sure to cook and wring dry the cauliflower? If the cauliflower isn’t cooked or dried completely, I can see that causing a crumbly texture. When it’s cooked and dried it should be a mash so it wont be crumbly.

  10. Hi can I use coconut flour instead of almond?

    • Coconut flour is not a direct substitute for almond flour. It may be possible to make this bread with coconut flour but it would use less coconut flour and other ingredients may need to be increased. The texture may also be affected.


    • Hey I’ve been making this bread almost every weekend and it’s fantastic! Thanks Kirbie!! But this weekend, I ran out of almond flour so subbed for coconut flour. As coconut flour is more absorbent, you need to use less so I used 1/2 cup or 88grams instead of the 1 1/4 cups almond, it is absolutely delicious and I intend to use coconut flour instead from now on. It is also less calories per slice.

      • Thanks for the recipe and thanks for the tip to substitute with coconut flour ! Going to try this now!

  11. Thank you for the recipe!
    Would it be possible to use whipped aquafaba in stead of egg whites and skip or substitute the yolks?


  12. THis is a fantastic recipe. I made 9 mini-loaves with this recipe. . It’s a good way to portion and not have to handle too much. They store great and have reheated well in the toaster oven. I am looking forward to spicing up with habaneros for the next batch. The only drawback is the time taken to dry the cauliflower. I used the dehidrator function on my toaster oven while I was at work.

  13. How many slices in a loaf?

    • It is stated in the recipe box under servings: 10 slices.

      • Do you measure it after you rice it then cook it? Or measure it after cooked I’m only asking because I was going to make 2 loaves riced 6 cups put in microwave and lost 2 cups of volume after it was cooked

      • the measurement is for the riced cauliflower before it is cooked

  14. I can’t wait to,try this. Do you think this would freeze well?

  15. I have about 8 cups of riced cauliflower instead of 3 can I just double the ingredients ?

    • Using the correct amount of cauliflower will make a big difference in this recipe. So if you plan on doubling the ingredients, only use 6 cups of riced cauliflower and bake in two loaf pans.

  16. Can i use the frozen riced califlower?

    • I haven’t tried but I think it should work. You will have to make sure to really wring it dry though because frozen cauliflower has a lot more moisture


  17. Delicious.  Making dewberry jelly now with monkfruit!  

  18. Hello I am going to make this receip do you add anything to the cauliflower to help steam it when microwaving or just the cauliflower it’s self ?? I am so excited to try this receip. I’m also looking for a good cauliflower pizza crust 

    • You do not need to add anything to the cauliflower if you are cooking it in the microwave. Cauliflower has a lot of moisture which will release when it heats up.

  19. So I just made it last night and left it to cool overnight. I got a good consistency but it was too moist. I think next time I have to wring the cauliflower better. Also I think I need to beat the egg whites before adding so it can rise better. And my question. Anyone felt it tasted a lot like eggs? It’s my first time making it so I know I still have some more trial and error. But overall, it’s not bad!

    • Hi, I’m not sure what you mean about needing to beat the eggs whites next time. The recipe does require the egg whites to be beaten to stiff peaks which is how the bread is able to rise. You mentioned your bread was too moist, that can also keep it from rising properly. I hope you can get it to work next time. Make sure to really wring dry that cauliflower!


  20. Thanks for the recipe, turned out beautiful!

  21. That’s a lot of calories, could I substitute wheat flour for almond flour?

    • Low carb recipes tend to be higher in calories and fat. You could substitute with wheat flour but your recipe will not be low carb


  22. I made this bread and it turned out really well but it had an eggy taste. I could only really taste the egg whites. Do you know why that is?

    • I’m not quite sure why that would be. Did you let the bread fully cool before eating? The egg flavor may be more apparent when the bread is first done but once it settles and cools, the other flavors should be stronger and you shouldn’t taste the egg whites.


  23. Delicious!  Thanks for the recipe.

    I made a loaf this morning and was so surprised that almond flour/cauliflower bread could be this good.  I did substitute the canola for olive oil and added a little less salt.  I used one bag of frozen organic riced cauliflower from Costco ( it’s sold in a package of 4 12-oz bags).  Since I don’t cook with a microwave, I steamed the cauliflower initially and then baked it for another 10 minutes or so in a 400 degree oven.   Squeezed out any moisture left in a linen kitchen towel.   For a light lunch,  we toasted slices and then topped with a small spread of homemade pesto, arugula tossed in vinaigrette, and shaved Parmesan.  Tomorrow we may add a slice of tomato! 

    Next time we will double the recipe and maybe add seeds to the top before baking.

  24. Can you substitute tapioca flour for the almond flour? Thx!!

  25. can I just steam the cauliflower?

    • It’s stated in the recipe notes that you can cook the cauliflower by steaming rather than microwaving. You still need to wring dry before using


  26. For vegan option? Can I replace the egg?


  27. Great recipe. Does taste a little eggy (which I don’t mind) fresh but once it is toasted YUMMO. I doubt this loaf will last the day it is so moreish! ?


  28. This recipe is wonderful! I got 12 slices out of the loaf but the consistency is so good  I can probably slice a little thinner. Also, I think I dried the cauliflower TOO much in my 1200 watt microwave. I was left with only  1 cup but the bread still turned out fine. I’ll use the tea towel next time. 


  29. This bread came out delicious! It was easier than I thought it would be! I sliced it up as soon as I could and bagged it up and placed them in the fridge! Whenever I want some, I just pull out a baggie! Thank you so much for sharing! ?????
    I followed each step as  per your recipe. Next time I’ll lessen the salt (low sodium diet). Could I lessen the oil, or would that mess with the integrity of the loaf? 
    ????

  30. What can ya use the cauliflower bread for? I made it last night but don’t have a clue as to eat it. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated thx.


  31. I am wondering if food dehydrator might be useful way to dry enough cauliflower for 1 or more loafs.

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