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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.  

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.

Can You Have Breadcrumbs on Keto?

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 and are very high in carbs. One serving of panko has 21 g of carbs! 

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. Low carb dishes can be fried using whey protein powders, but you might not always have that on available.

 

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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Carol

Thursday 27th of October 2022

If making for a sweet pie, eg pumpkin, would a combo of cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice be a good alternative?

Ketoinpearls

Friday 4th of November 2022

Hi Carol, I haven't tried but I think that should taste lovely. Please let me know and I will add that to the recipe.

JM

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

Are these a 1:1 substitute as far as quantity? Thanks.

Wayne

Wednesday 16th of June 2021

I appreciate all of the effort that you have put into this wonderful treasure of a site. Thank you for making my keto life more enjoyable,which in turn helps with sustainability of my health Love and blessings to you in all you do Many kind regards Wayne Francis

Herb

Friday 28th of May 2021

I can't believe you tell your readers to store a food containg ground flaxseed in a pantry for a month. If I were to mix what would certainly be RANCID bread crumbs with a $30 pound of jumbo lump crab meat to make crabcakes, I would be very unhappy with you. Herb

Anna Hunley

Friday 28th of May 2021

Hi Herb- I am not sure where you've drawn the conclusion that flaxseed goes bad before 1 month in a dark and dry place but you are misinformed. Ground flaxseed stays fresh for a quite a long time. A quick Google search can help clear up any confusion. I have personally kept these breadcrumbs in my cabinet for a month and they were just as good as the first day when I went to use them. I hope you'll give this fantastic recipe a try! I don't think you'll be unhappy with me. :)

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