This incredibly easy mug bread cooks in the microwave! You can make low carb, keto, paleo and gluten free bread that is ready in less than 10 minutes.
I’m pretty excited to share this recipe with you today. Not only is it super easy to make, but it really tastes like bread. It also looks like bread, slices like bread, and tears like bread too.
Of course it’s not your traditional yeast-rising bread. This is a low carb, keto and paleo friendly bread made with almond flour. But it’s pretty darn close to regular bread in taste and texture.
You can tear it or slice it like real bread and it is sturdy and holds up well for sandwiches, toast, etc.
How to make the bread
To make the bread, you need four main ingredients: almond flour, egg, oil, and baking powder. That’s it.
If desired, you can add a pinch of salt, or add dried herbs to change the flavor of your bread.
The bread is made in the microwave and it cooks in under 3 minutes. When it’s done, you remove the bread from your mug and you can slice it up. I’ve also made a peanut butter bread this way that is ket0-friendly, so you might like to check out that one, too.
This recipe makes enough for six round slices of bread approximately 2 ½ inches in diameter and ½ inch thick, so you will need a tall and wide mug that holds at least 16 ounces of liquid.
You should use a wide mug because if your mug is too narrow, it will be difficult to cook the bread all the way through and your bread slices will be very small. The mug I used is 4 inches tall and 3 ¼ inches wide.
And of course, since this bread is being cooked in the microwave, make sure your mug is also microwave-safe!
How to Serve the Bread
The small rounds can be used for sliders, small sandwiches, canapes, fancy toasts. I like toasting mine before spreading almond butter on top or mashed avocados.
Any leftover bread should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container. It can keep for about 3 days. It will need to be reheated before consuming.
New! Recipe now updated with video! As always, you can also view all my recipe videos on my youtube channel.
Keto Low Carb Mug Bread
- ½ tbsp oil
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- In a large, microwave-safe mug, add all ingredients. Whisk until smooth.
- Cook in microwave at full power for about 2 minutes 20 seconds. Allow the bread to cool about 1 minute before removing from mug and slicing. I sliced mine into ½ inch thick discs.
- The breads can be used as is for sandwiches or can be toasted. I prefer the texture when the bread is toasted.
- You can use canola oil, vegetable oil, olive oil. If you are trying to make it paleo, keto, or have other dietary restrictions, please use an oil that is permitted in the diet you are following.
- You can add a pinch of salt to the batter. You can also add dried herbs for more flavor.
- Any leftover bread should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container. It can keep for about 3 days. It will need to be reheated before consuming.
- You should use a wide mug because if your mug is too narrow, it will be difficult to cook the bread all the way through and your bread slices will be very small. Your mug should hold at least 16 oz of liquid. The mug I used is 4 inches tall and 3 ¼ inches wide.
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.
Microwave Paleo Low Carb English Muffin
As mentioned, “it’s pretty close in taste and texture”, and that’s pretty darn accurate! I will definitely add the salt next time, herbs will be fun too. I have been craving cheese toast, so this gave me some quick and easy “bread” slices to finally do that…yay! thanks for the easy recipe!!
We’re so glad you loved it!
Hi, I just made this recipe and find the bread to be rather dry. I will try cooking for just 2 minutes, but may I ask you for the weight (g) of the almond flour in case our cup measures are different in NZ?
Sorry, but we don’t have that info. Cooking it for less time, as you mentioned, may help – the bread will dry out if it’s overcooked.
Can I double this recipe and if so do I need to cook it longer? Made it today and it turned out great! Only problem was I needed more!
We don’t recommend cooking a double batch in one mug. Instead, it’s better to make two separate batters for two mugs and cook them separately.
Do you have to use Almond flour or will another type flour be ok too?
We’ve only tested the recipe with almond flour.
Love this recipe !I make it in a lg. soup cup dish and it’s perfect .I get about 4 slices out of just one. Put it in the fridge and toast a slice for my breakfast. Delicious!!!! Will make over and over .Thanks so much for sharing .
Thanks for letting us know!
Best “fake” bread. Good texture and I San change taste with herbs. You’re fantastic
Thanks so much for your nice comment!
Luv this mug bread! Thank you for this recipe. I over-whisked mine and I believe my microwave may be more powerful than yours as mine really overflowed (same size mug as in your recipe.) It still tasted delicious. (Do you know the power on yours, so I can adjust the power setting down accordingly for the next time I make this?) Looking forward to the next batch.
We’re glad you liked it! As mentioned in the recipe card, we use an 1100 watt microwave – hope that helps.
Love this bread, it’s closer than the many I have tried and WILL MAKE THIS over and over???? I can see where it would be versatile for a seeded bread too.
Really appreciate you for sharing.
Idk what I did wrong but I had a big hole in the middle of the loaf.
My cups measurements are backwards from yours but still 16 oz.
It’s hard to know what when wrong – are you sure you completely mixed all the ingredients? That might have caused the problem.
Kirbie, thanks for the recipe and the mug suggestions. I am going to try this as my bread for a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. I wonder if the cooking time would need to be adjusted if I added 1 or 2 Tbs of unflavored protein powder?
Sorry, but we’re not sure how protein powder will affect the result.
Really loving these recipes. Thank you.
You’re welcome! I’m so glad you are loving them
This is my goto bread for on the go breakfast.
We’re happy to hear that!
This is lovely and very simple
So glad you enjoyed it!
Loved it thank you
Thank you for letting us know!
I have made this a couple of times now but both times I am left with a weird – bitter/salty after taste. I havent added salt and i reduced the amount of baking powder on the 2nd one but it didnt make a difference. Has anyone else experienced this?
It might be the brand of baking powder you used? Also, everyone has different salt preferences, so it sounds like you don’t need to add any extra salt to the recipe.
We love this bread and we have have tried it with seeds like; a tsp of mixed seeds or quarter tsp chia seeds. You can also add a little cinnamon or any spice powder you like. They all taste lovely.
Thanks for sharing those tips! Glad you are enjoying the recipe.
Use Aluminium free baking powder
What a simple, delicious and satisfying bread!
I’m glad you enjoyed!
I made this recipe tonight in a microwavable soup bowl. Its the perfect size for my bf to have a hefty kero bun. He will have to work out the carbs, etc. I just do the production. I think he will really like this and its so much easier than cloud bread. Ill try making it every time I’m about to run rhe dishwasher and get a stock of them. Thanks so much kirbie. He loves your recipes and your efforts bring us so much joy. Bless you.
So glad you guys are enjoying the recipes!
can you make in air fryer?
I haven’t tried
I’ve made the cloud bread and this keto bread. I liked both these recipes. Now I add 3T ground flax seed to each. No other changes. My ‘go to’ breads. Thank you
Is there a way to post pictures here?
So happy to hear you loved the recipe! Unfortunately, you can’t share photos here but if you upload them to social media be sure to tag us so we see the pictures.
Is there a non keto version too? With whole wheat flour?
Sorry, we haven’t tried that!
Thank you for a great recipe! Toasted, topped with almond butter and avocado . . .Yum!
I’m so glad you enjoyed!
This came out great. Used a large microwaveable soup cup, worked great.
Got 4 1/2inch slices.
I’m so glad it worked out!
just made it ! super easy !! and definitely gives the taste, feel and texture of a piece of bread .i will use this all the time from now on !! thank you so very much !!
So glad it worked out for you!
Really nice bread. I like to toast it too.
This is a good substitute for breakfast bread. Thanks.
I’m glad you like it!
Love, love this recipe! I think this is the best tasting mug bread. Great for savoury and sweet toppings. Thank you fir this wonderful recipe Kirbie.
I’m so glad you liked it!
Absolutely the best keto mug bread recipe that I’ve tried…and I’ve tried a lot! I use a microwaveable soup mug…much wider than a regular mug, but it works perfectly and results in 3 good-sized slices. Today I made it and topped a slice with cream cheese, sliced avocado, a couple of slices of smoked salmon, and finished it off with a soft-boiled egg. Heaven! Thanks for your great recipes, Kirbie!
I’m so glad you liked it!
One thing I noticed about this recipe is that you don’t have posted whether there is a fibre content to it being that you’re using almond flour!
Hi, it looks like there is less than 1 gram of fiber per slice which is why it’s not showing up in the nutrition info
This turned out really good. Very simple to make straight forward and doesn’t have the eggy taste that most microwave breads have. Will definitely make again.
I’m so glad you liked it!
I’m so glad you liked it!
Loved it! I slice it and toast it in the electric oven…..so nice
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Can i bake this keto low-carb mug bread in an oven?if yes,at what temperature and for how long?
Sorry, but this recipe is only for the microwave. If you want to bake rolls in the oven, you might like to try our Keto Bread Rolls.
Have been making this bread for awhile. I use 1 tablespoon of butter instead of oil and add a dash of salt. Delicious!!
I’m glad it works for you!
Made this today for the first time….and I’m pretty sure it’s gonna change my life. I ate the first slice with avocado for breakfast, but I think I didn’t toast it long enough. I tried a second slice at supper with cream cheese and dill, toasting it much longer…and omg! I was blown away. Thank you so much for sharing.
I’m so glad you liked the bread!
Thank you!!!! Omg this bread was amazing super easy ingredients that anyone on keto has at home!! Saved my night made some awesome breakfast sandwiches for dinner.
I’m so glad you liked it!
This is a good bread I toasted it quite delicious ?
I’m glad you enjoyed!
I have been making bread with the same ingredients but slightly different proportions. It worked out GREAT! I love this recipe!
I’m glad you enjoyed!
Great recipe.I made it in a pyrex dish the same size as a slice of bread.I also added a bit of salt.Winner .
I’m glad you enjoyed!
Instead of almond flour can I use all purpose flour?
No, this recipe will not work with all purpose
OMG what can i say!! Yummy. Just what i was needing
I’m glad you enjoyed!
When I make this bread I add sunflower seeds to it. I prefer it sweet though to be honest. Same ingredients as above, but with sweetener, strawberries, vanilla essence, and some lemon juice. When done in the microwave, I then toast them. So it comes out like a fruit loaf. I then add some berries on top with cream.
good recipe thanks for sharing
glad you enjoyed!
Given this 5 stars as its the closest Ive come to gettting it right. However, mine came out very dry and crumbly, almost powdery. Have I done something wrong? Made with exactly half of all ingredients for smaller size and used a ramekin. Any tips appreciated.
did you adjust cooking time?
I’ll give it a try, I’m guessing less time would be better.
yes if you reduce all the ingredients, it shouldn’t need as long to cook
How long will these slices last?? Also can they be frozen?
I usually consume within 1-2 days. I have not tried freezing
Omg this is great! Tried the regular recipe but added a little salt for flavor. It was like eating buttered toast for the first time in 7 years. I made it today with Italian herbs added, and poured it into a wider Pyrex dish. Sliced it into thirds and used it as dipping bread at a local Italian restaurant. Perfection!!! I have had to watch everyone dipping their bread into the olive oil mixture for years. Now I can join in!!! I could kiss you!!!
I’m so happy you like the recipe! I definitely feel this is the most bread-like low carb bread recipe I’ve made and tried. I love that you dipped it in olive oil. It’s something I enjoy eating at Italian restaurants but not something I tried doing at home yet.
Exceptional and so easy and quick! Used a 4 inch high by 5 inches across mug. Same time 2:20. Got 4 really decent slices after letting it cool first. Then into a pan for my first grilled cheese sandwich in over 10 years! Will add herbs/spices next time. Cooling the remaining two slices really well to store in frig. THANK YOU!
So happy you got to enjoy grilled cheese again!
By really whisking for lift, I can now cut it into 5-6 slices! Cream cheese and olives yum! Fish fillet sandwich! Spices anyway you want! You have a real winner here!!
I’m glad this recipe is working well for you!
I made it in a larger Pyrex bowl to make larger slices and it worked great. I want to try the blueberry and snickerdoodle recipes in the larger bowl as well, more like a coffeemaker. I have made the cloud bread for years but this is so much more “dreamlike”, if that is even a word.
I’m glad it turned out well for you! Hope you try the other ones too.
Have been making bread with the same ingredients slightly different proportions. Got some of the plastic lunchbox sandwich cases in the shape of bread. Use those to wave bread, easier to make sandwiches and works for French toast.
Glad the bread has been working for you!
I followed your recipe and video with the exact ingredients and amounts. It worked perfectly; my bread rose quite nicely. The appearance, texture, and sliceability were similar to bread however I was disappointed by the taste. Do you have any suggestions to remove the “egg-y” flavor of the bread without adding any sweeteners?
Did you try toasting the breads? I don’t think it tastes eggy once toasted
I love this bread, but a large air pocket forms in bottom of cup so bottom of bread is slanted. Any ideas?
I’m not sure what is causing that issue. I would try tapping the bottom of the mug a few times against your counter to remove any air pockets from the batter before cooking it. Or using a different mug may help.
I love this bread!! having a problem finding the right size mug tho. I always have a puffed up top on mine. using 1/2 tsp baking powder. Any suggestions?
I state the dimensions of my mug in the post, hopefully that might help. You can also try a wider mug. Also have you tried the recipe with the 3/4 tsp baking powder? It should help with a more even rise.
I add a 1/4 teaspoon of salt and eat this with just a tablespoon of unsalted Kerrygold butter. Reminds me of cornbread like that. Also great with dried or fresh rosemary.
For a treat, I have started making a sweet version with 35g wild blueberries, 2 drops of liquid stevia, 1/2 tablespoon Swerve, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/8 teaspoon salt. Oh, and still with the tablespoon of Kerrygold butter. Yum!
I am currently recovering from lower GI surgery and this is really helping. Thank you!
thanks for sharing your variations!
Fantastic bread; a couple of slice toasted and topped with butter is delish.
So glad you enjoyed!
The only foods i were really missing on keto were cheese fries and garlic bread.
I used a wide sillicone flan tray and microwaved it in that for the perfect personal pizza base. Topped it with garlic butter (while still hot) and a generous helping of cheese and even some pepperoni and oh my god yes.
Im going to see if it works for breadcrumbs as soon as i can get my hands on a fryer and see if i can make mozzerella sticks out of it! At this rate i will never eat carbs again!
So glad this worked for you!
Did you put it back in the microwave after topping with cheese & pepperoni or the oven? My life will be complete if I can make a pizza this quickly!!
Have you tried baking this in the oven? I don’t have a microwave right now but want to try this!
I have not tried baking this. But here is another low carb bread recipe that I have tested in the oven: https://kirbiecravings.com/microwave-low-carb-bread-grilled-cheese/
Oh. To have bread again!! I made it without salt, will definitely add next time. The “mug” I used made it difficult to slice into 6 pieces. I ended up with 2 large 1/2″ slices. Toasted with almond butter on it. EXCELLENT!!
I’m glad it worked out for you!
Great substitute toasted was great!
glad you liked it!
Great bread I toasted mine with cheese, can’t wait to have it as a sandwich or burger mmmm!
can this be made in the oven instead? I don’t own /use a microwave
this recipe is designed for microwave cooking and will not work in the oven. I do have several low carb bread options that are designed for the oven. Please check out this recipe which has a microwave and an oven version: https://kirbiecravings.com/microwave-low-carb-bread-grilled-cheese/
Can I use coconut flour instead of almond flour?
Coconut flour cannot work as a direct substitute for almond flour. Coconut flour is highly absorbent and would make the cake extremely dry. There may be a way to make a coconut flour mug bread but without testing it out, I don’t know what the measurement adjustments would be.
substituting 1/2 the amount of coconut flour and adding a dash (here, i’d say like 2 teaspoons) of water is the general recommendation.
Thank-you for this very tasty, very easy recipe. We like using 1/4 cup ground walnuts, and 1/4 cup almond flour. It gives it a heartier flavor.
love the idea of using walnuts!
Ha ha, leftover bread. You got jokes!!!
This is my go-to bread recipe! In fact I am in line at Sonic for a cheeseburger, no bun, so I can go home and make this bread!!!
My recipe was for 1 serving. Thanks for the larger batch conversion!
I like being able to make several slices in about the same amount of time =)
Thank you for the great recipe! The bread looks really good. I do have a question, though: will it still work if I substitute eggs with flaxeed or chia seed eggs?
I have not tested with an egg substitute. Sorry
I have tried replacing one of the eggs with a flaxseed egg or a chia egg and it was delicious.
I always make this. This time I decided to try adding a 1/2tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tbsp sugar. Butterrd that bad boy up. Did not need to toast it! Tasted better untoasted
I’m glad it worked out well for you!
its a good recipe, i added psyllium husks (ground & the best kind) & a much larger mug (4×4). toasted, it was great… im going to use it for an egg mcMuffin sandwich 2morrow…. thanks
great addition! glad it worked out for you
How is the calories for this accurate. 2 large eggs alone are 72 callories PER egg…
the bread yields 6 slices. the nutrition information is for one slice