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How To Make Gluten Free Bread Crumbs (keto, egg free, dairy free)

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This post will teach you how to make gluten free bread crumbs with only 3 ingredients. Traditional bread crumbs from wheat flours and panko are both full of gluten and carbs making them problematic for a variety of diets. This bread crumb substitute is seasoned, crunchy, and can be used as a keto breading or binder for your favorite recipes. This substitute for bread crumbs is also egg free and dairy free making them a great option for food sensitivities. 

Gluten free bread crumbs made with almond flour.

 

Why Should You Make Your Own Keto Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs are used for a variety of reasons in cooking and baking. They provide texture and flavor to food. Sometimes bread crumbs are used for binding things together, like meat and eggs. Other times, bread crumbs are used for coating, like fried pork chops.  

When it comes to low carb, keto, gluten free, and paleo diets, traditional breadcrumbs are not an option because they are made with wheat flours or panko. Pork rinds are often used as a substitute for bread crumbs on the keto diet but if you do not eat pork or do not like the smell, they are not the best option. Whey protein powders may be used for frying low carb foods but that may not be an ingredient you readily have on hand. 

These almond flour bread crumbs are incredibly easy to make, taste fantastic, and provide the ideal texture for breading. These gluten free bread crumbs have a texture that mimics panko or crushed pork rinds.

 

Seasoned gluten free bread crumbs for keto breading.

How To Make Seasoned Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

Making breadcrumbs from scratch may seem intimidating but it’s actually very simple! All you need to make this bread crumb substitute is 3 ingredients, water, a hot skillet, and patience. Actually, it only take about 15 minutes to make the whole batch of breadcrumbs. Let’s walk through the steps:

  1. Mix almond flour, salt, flax seeds, pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Add water and mix until it resembles sand colored playdoh. 
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. You will not need any oil or butter due to the flax seeds in the mixture.
  3. Cook the dough in the hot skillet. Use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to continuously break up the dough as it cooks. 
  4. The moisture from the dough will cook out and the dough will begin to toast. You’ll notice a change in color and a nutty fragrance too. The bread crumbs will become darker and golden. 
  5. Keep stirring and breaking up the crumbs so as not to burn the ones on the bottom.
  6. You’ll know they are done when they resemble little pellets or balls.
  7. Put the cooked breadcrumbs in a food processor and pulse until they are well broken up. 

 

Make gluten free bread crumbs with this easy 3 ingredient recipe. Simply seasoned, these keto breadcrumbs are a great pork rind or panko substitute.

Why are Flax Seeds Used and Can They be Omitted

Like moms do for families, flax seed is the glue that binds everything else together in these bread crumbs. I guess you could also say they are like eggs in that respect. In fact, flax seeds are often used as egg replacements in replacements. We do not use eggs in this recipe because it would alter the texture and flavor of the bread crumbs. It would also make them less shelf stable. If we omitted the flax seeds all together, you would just have mushy almond flour that wouldn’t have anything to adhere to when cooked. Basically, its science and the flax seeds are a must in this recipe.

 

Can Coconut Flour Be Substituted for Almond Flour

Coconut flour cannot be used in this bread crumb substitute recipe. Coconut flour is too soft and absorbent for this recipe. It would never toast properly because it holds onto all of the liquid, like a sponge. Here is a good article about coconut flour.

 

Can These Gluten Free Bread Crumbs Be Made in the Oven

This particular recipe has not yet been tested in the oven. However, I am working on those instructions and will have them linked here very soon. Sign up for my email newsletter in the Grow.me box within this post to be notified when those instructions are available.

 

 

Keto breadcrumbs used in meatloaf.

How To Store the Bread Crumbs

Your homemade gluten free bread crumbs can be stored in your pantry in an airtight container. They should stay fresh for up to 1 month. They may keep longer in the refrigerator but it is not necessary.

 

Different Ways to Season the Almond Flour Bread Crumbs

As written, these keto breadcrumbs are simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic so that they can be used in a variety of recipes. Try these variations:

  • Cajun seasoning
  • Italian seasoning
  • Old Bay seasoning 
  • Spicy with crushed red pepper

 

Different Ways to Use these Bread Crumbs

These breadcrumbs may be used in a variety of recipes. Here are some suggestions:

 

Keto breading on chicken with gluten free breadcrumbs.

 

Seasoned gluten free bread crumbs for keto breading.

How To Make Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

Yield: about 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Make gluten free bread crumbs with this easy 3 ingredient recipe. Simply seasoned, these keto breadcrumbs are a great pork rind or panko substitute.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

    1. Mix almond flour, salt, flax seeds, pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Add water and mix until it resembles sand colored playdoh. 
    2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. You will not need any oil or butter due to the flax seeds in the mixture.
    3. Cook the dough in the hot skillet. Use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to continuously break up the dough as it cooks. 
    4. The moisture from the dough will cook out and the dough will begin to toast. You'll notice a change in color and a nutty fragrance too. The bread crumbs will become darker and golden. 
    5. Keep stirring and breaking up the crumbs so as not to burn the ones on the bottom.
    6. You'll know they are done when they resemble little pellets or balls.
    7. Put the cooked breadcrumbs in a food processor and pulse until they are well broken up. 

Notes

Store in an airtight container up to 1 month. Refrigeration is not necessary.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: about 16 tablespoons Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 44Total Fat: 3.6gCarbohydrates: 1.6gNet Carbohydrates: 0.8gFiber: 0.8gProtein: 1.5g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is approximate.

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