When I first spotted the Aldi Keto Bread by L'Oven Fresh a while back, I knew it was a product that I absolutely had to try.
With a label touting it as "zero net carbs," I was intrigued to say the least.
My mind instantly started to plan out a menu of foods I had missed since starting Keto.
Notably, I was really into the idea of making:
- a loaded BLT sandwich in the summer (with butter and mayonnaise, of course)
- crunchy croutons on a Caesar salad
- stuffing drizzled with gravy for the holidays
- French toast with berries and cream
- Over easy eggs with buttery toast to dip
With two flavors to choose from (multiseed and wheat bread), the possibilities would truly be endless!
But before this was a reality, I had to see if it was even a worthwhile bread substitute.
Here's my review of the elusive zero carb bread from Aldi.
If you've been looking for this elusive product and have yet to see it stocked in your store, you are not alone.
After a very successful launch in 2019, Aldi stores have been working hard to keep this product stocked on their shelves.
For those that are fortunate to find it, act quickly! This stuff tends to go extremely fast.
If you have the extra storage space in your freezer, pick up an extra loaf and freeze it. For emergencies, of course.
Nutrition Facts for Keto Friendly Bread at Aldi
For 1 slice of Aldi Keto Bread (multi-seed):
- 45 calories, 2g fat, 9g total carbs, 9g fiber, 5g protein
Ingredients: Water, modified wheat starch, wheat protein isolate, oat fiber, yeast, wheat gluten, inulin, sunflower seeds, soybean oil, wheat bran, flaxseed meal, vinegar, salt, preservatives (sorbic acid, calcium propionate)
For 1 slice of Aldi Keto Bread (wheat):
- 40 calories, 1g fat, 9g total carbs, 9g fiber, 5 grams of protein
Ingredients: Water, modified wheat starch, wheat protein isolate, oat fiber, yeast, wheat, gluten, inulin, soybean oil, wheat bran, vinegar, salt, preservatives (sorbic acid, calcium propionate)
In addition to the impressive macros, this bread substitute is perfect for weight loss and is also suitable for vegans as well.
It's important to note that it is not gluten-free, however.
One of the most appealing aspects, in my opinion, is the price point. At my local store, each loaf came out to just $3.99.
This is an excellent value considering that most low carb breads and mixes are typically closer to $10 a piece.
Taste and Texture
Overall, it looks and feels just like real bread. It's soft and squishy with a light golden brown crust.
Flavor wise, I find the bread to be a bit bland and dry. It totally reminds me of the gluten-free breads that I've had in the past.
But quite honestly, this is better than what I would expect for a baked good made almost entirely of fiber.
It's not something that I would ever want to eat alone, but it serves well as a vessel for other foods.
When you start piling on the toppings and condiments, you likely won't even realize it's not real bread.
Best method of preparation
While a bit plain by itself, I find that toasting the bread improves the taste and texture tremendously.
This extra step adds a really delicious, nutty aroma and flavor similar to real bread.
It also crisps up perfectly in a toaster oven just like traditional bread would.
Is it suitable for the Keto Diet?
It really depends on your definition of a Keto diet.
Some choose a very strict plan that avoids ingredients like gluten and wheat starch. In this case, it's probably not a great choice for a super clean ketogenic diet.
Personally, I choose to follow a more lax approach that only limits carbohydrates to stay in ketosis. This is sometimes referred to as "Lazy Keto," but it works extremely well for me.
With that being said, make a judgement-based decision as to whether or not this is something you'd consume regularly.
Overall, I thought it was pretty good, especially when toasted. I probably wouldn't eat this daily, but I would definitely get it again.
The two bread flavors are very similar and I'm not sure I can tell the difference.
As mentioned earlier, I plan on keeping a loaf of this in my refrigerator for situations when I really want bread.
Have you tried this zero carb bread from your local Aldi?